The NFL’s Pro Bowl is taking a break from Honolulu.
The league announced today that the annual all-star game will be played in Miami in 2010, this time the week prior to, instead of after, the Super Bowl. ESPN will televise the game.
“Moving the Pro Bowl to the Sunday prior to the Super Bowl can add even more excitement to Super Bowl week, one of the most anticipated weeks of the year,” said Frank Supovitz,, the NFL’s senior vice president of events. “Taking the Pro Bowl to new locations can showcase our top players to more fans around the country. We are also in discussions with key leaders in Hawaii to continue our partnership with the State of Hawaii, which has embraced the Pro Bowl for 30 years.”
The NFL did not mention whether players participating in the Super Bowl would be expected to play in the Pro Bowl, if elected. Imagine the outrage if a key player from a Super Bowl-bound team were injured in the previous week’s all-start festivities.
This would be the first Pro Bowl to played outside of Hawaii since 1979, and the first to be played in the same city as the Super Bowl since the 1967 in Losa Angeles.