Hawaii sounds ready to say “Aloha” to the Pro Bowl. As in “Aloha” meaning buh-bye.
A column in this week’s USA Today Sports Weekly by Nate Davis quotes Governor Neil Abercrombie as having little desire to re-upping at $4 million a year for the rights to host the NFL all-star attraction.
“You can’t do things like give 4 million bucks to a $9 billion football industry and not give any money to children. You’ve got this spectacle of these multi-millionaires and billionaires out there arguing about how they’re going to divide it up, and then they come and ask us to bribe them with $4 million to have a scrimmage out here in paradise. We’ve got to get our values straight and our priorities straight.”
Abercrombie also went on to dismiss the figure state tourism officials put on the revenue generated from last year’s game – over $30 million. I personally have always questioned the dollar spin tourism people put on the “value” of hosting large events.
It is interesting to read the Governor’s comments in light of the current NFL labor issue, is it not?
Great to hear Hawaii has its priorities in order…now if we can get Taiwan’s priorities in order. (shameless plug for a blog called lifeattitudes)