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Hawaii lawmaker laments Pro Bowl's move to Florida

2016 NFL Pro Bowl (Image: Hawaii News Now) 2016 NFL Pro Bowl (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Tom Brower (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Tom Brower (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - 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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