… we will miss it, but life will go on. Not as we know it for one day in late January or early February. But remember, we survived the Pro Bowl disappearing for a year in 2010. If I remember correctly, the sun did rise again the next day.
Also, if the NFL does suspend or eliminate the Pro Bowl, that doesn’t mean Hawaii shouldn’t try to continue its relationship with the league. If the St. Louis Rams are willing to give up one home regular-season game a year to play in England, how difficult would it be to entice a West Coast team (all of which are popular here) to play in Hawaii? At least a preseason game.
One big obstacle comes to mind immediately: A tough sell considering the current condition of Aloha Stadium.
I spoke with Mike McCartney of the Hawaii Tourism Authority this morning. He said the HTA is still in talks with the NFL to host the Pro Bowl in 2013. “Oh, yes, we’re still in discussions with them and we want the game in Hawaii.”
“We’re negotiating in good faith and nothing has changed since we last talked (with the Star-Advertiser, last month).”
McCartney said latest negotiation discussion was today, and the possibility of there being no Pro Bowl is nothing new.
“That’s just an ESPN report. That has always been a possibility.”
On possibility of other events partnering with the NFL even if Pro Bowl is suspended or eliminated, McCartney said: “There’s no question Hawaii wants to continue its partnership with the NFL in different ways.”
McCartney declined to provide any details on negotiations or possibilities other than the Pro Bowl. “We’ve agreed to work with them directly and not in a roundabout way, and I have to honor that,” he said.