"The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson. "We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season's game."
The 2012 Pro Bowl on NBC was watched by an average of 12.5 million viewers, the second most-watched NFL All-Star game since. This will be the 33rd Pro Bowl held in Hawaii.
Recently the NFL had considered suspending the annual All-Star game for next season. Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed concern about the quality of play in last January's Pro Bowl game.
Governor Neil Abercrombie released the following statement:
"This is wonderful news for football fans in Hawai'i and elsewhere who love watching the game. It's also great news for NFL Players and their families who enjoy coming to our Aloha State.
"I have had discussions with the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) and the NFL to look at ways in which we can provide a renewed experience for the game next year for the players, visitors, people of Hawai'i and fans the world over. Hawai'i has a variety of cultural experiences to offer and we want to be sure to highlight our uniqueness beyond the beauty of our landscape.
"We look forward to working with the NFL and the HTA in this partnership and offer our hand in assisting the NFL as it builds relationships with our friends in Asia."
We will have more on this developing story tonight on Hawaii News Now.