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Lt. Gov. Aiona wants commission to bring sporting events to Hawaii

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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As more and more stars drop out of this weeks Pro Bowl, there are more and more complaints about why the game is being played the week before the Super Bowl and in Miami and not Honolulu.

The game will be back at Aloha Stadium next year, but there are no guarantees how long it'll stay.

And you can bet the state wants it here. Last year, the Pro Bowl generated an estimated $28 million in visitor spending.

With that in mind, Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona is proposing the formation of a state Sports Commission to attract, develop, and promote money making sports events in Hawaii.

"Pro Bowl is synonymous with the state of Hawaii," said Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona. "It's our Pro Bowl. It always has been for the last 20-plus years, and it should continue to be our Pro Bowl. And I'm not pointing fingers at anyone, but this is where a sports commission would have that responsibility to keep a sport like that in Hawaii."

Aiona says the commission would work toward bringing all sorts of events here from professional golf tournaments to youth soccer tournaments.

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