By MARINA STARLEAF RIKER
HONOLULU (AP) - Millions of visitors come to vacation in Hawaii each year, but state lawmakers say more would come to the islands if there were more sporting events.
Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to establish a Hawaii Sports and Entertainment Authority, which would work to grow Hawaii's appeal as a destination for national and international teams and performers.
Supporters of the bill say Hawaii's location between the U.S. mainland and Asia could help it thrive as a destination for sports. Hawaii already hosts events like the Ironman Championship, the NFL Pro Bowl and the Sony Open.
But in a state without any major sports teams and aging event venues, critics wonder whether the benefits of bringing more events to Hawaii will outweigh the costs of starting another government agency.