NFL 'exploring all options' for site of 2013 Pro Bowl
The NFL could be headed out of Hawaii with the Pro Bowl again.
The league is considering a handful of options for the all-star game in 2013, and Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the Superdome is one possibility as New Orleans is also the host of Super Bowl XLVII.
The NFL experimented with having the Pro Bowl at the host site for the Super Bowl in 2010 in South Florida. It’s not a popular choice for players, but the league might not be going back to Honolulu.
“We are exploring all options," league spokesman Brian McCarthy told Triplett.
At issue in Hawaii is believed to be a payment of $4 million the state makes to the NFL to play the game there. With a struggling economy, government leaders might not be willing to fork over that kind of pay day to the NFL, and logistically it works far better for the league if the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl, on back-to-back weekends, is at the same site.
Per Triplett, sites like Los Angeles and Orlando could also be in the mix.
The NFL has played every Pro Bowl since 1980 in Hawaii except for the one two years ago. Good luck getting players enthusiastic about the game if it’s not in Honolulu.
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