NFL may suspend 2013 Pro Bowl

The 2013 Pro Bowl could be suspended
The 2013 Pro Bowl could be suspended
Andre Riekstins
Andre Riekstins
David Uchiyama
David Uchiyama

Two people familiar with the discussions says the league is considering suspending the annual All-Star game for next season. Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed concern about the quality of play after the defenseless 59-41 win by the AFC in January.

The contest appears to resemble nothing more than a touch football game at times. Additionally, more of the players that are named to the game are opting not to play.

The importance of the game is obvious in Honolulu. Quicksilver holds the license to sell board shorts bearing the NFL brand. During this year's Pro Bowl week the store moved lots of merchandise.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "One guy came in and bought 25 pairs of shorts," sales clerk Penina Suddeth said. "It brings ten times more business, not just for that but for all the rest of our product too."

Chase Hawaii Rentals rents motorcycles and other modes of transportation. Pro Bowl week's the busiest of the year.

"We get people who come here year after year after year for the Pro Bowl. We like having return customers who keep on coming here, Andre Riekstins said.

More than 48,000 fans filled Aloha Stadium for this year's Pro Bowl, not quite the sellout we're used to but still sizeable. Hawaii pays the NFL $4 million to host the game. But the league reinvests the money with local suppliers, so it stays in the state.

"Then we take in another $25 million in expenditures from people that come here to see the game," said David Uchiyama of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

HTA said it's still having discussions with the NFL for future Pro Bowls. Football fans hope the game doesn't totally disappear.

"When that comes around, a lot of excitement, you get to interact with the players. Yeah, it would a shame," Wade Sooy said.

It would be a big loss for Snappers Sports Bar and Grill.

There's basically almost a 20 or 25 percent increase in business during that week," owner Colleen Wenzel said.

You don't have to be a football fan to understand the importance of those numbers.

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