- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the NFL moving the Pro Bowl game to Orlando. (All times local):

12:45 p.m.

The president of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association says the departure of the NFL’s Pro Bowl for Orlando is a black eye to the state’s sports tourism sector.

Mufi Hannemann says Hawaii has lost a decades-old partnership with a major sports organization that helped the islands show the world it can host significant athletic events. The former mayor of Honolulu says it will be difficult to get the game to return.

Three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the NFL would move the game to Orlando. The NFL will announce the move during a news conference scheduled with ESPN in Florida on Wednesday.

Hawaii Tourism Authority spokeswoman Charlene Chan says the NFL has asked the agency to refrain from commenting until it announces its decision.

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10:45 a.m.

The chairman of the state House of Representatives’ tourism committee says losing the NFL’s Pro Bowl to Orlando is a sign the state needs to compete harder.

Rep. Tom Brower says the game is important to the tourism industry for the exposure it gives the state. He says it’s also important for the people it attracts. Brower says he hopes the game will return to Hawaii in the future.

Three people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the NFL would move the game to Orlando. The NFL will announce the move during a news conference scheduled with ESPN in Florida on Wednesday.

Hawaii Tourism Authority spokeswoman Charlene Chan says the NFL has asked the agency to refrain from commenting until it announces its decision.


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