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Pro Bowl date change=increase in ratings

The move results in better television, attendance numbers. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This February 02, 2010, 07:16 AM EST

MIAMI, Fla-We can argue for the Pro Bowl to be played after the Super Bowl.

We can argue for the Pro Bowl to be played in Hawaii.

But at the end of the day, numbers talk. And the numbers for the 2010 Pro Bowl indicate that moving the game up two weeks and playing it in Miami instead of Hawaii was a good decision.

12.3 million viewers tuned in to the NFL’s annual all-star game on ESPN this past Sunday night, the most since 2000, according to the Associated Press. Last year’s Pro Bowl on NBC drew just 8.8 million viewers, which is 40 percent less than what the game brought in this season.

In addition, Sunday night’s attendance at Sun Life Stadium was reported to be 70,697, the most for a Pro Bowl since 1959 when the game was held in Los Angeles.

All of this asks the question: If the television numbers were good and the attendance numbers were good, shouldn’t the NFL stick with the change?

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