Hawaii Four-No

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)

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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside Philadelphia PA. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen US states (most just one time each) and Canada (twice). 50-plus years - married 30-plus years. Love massive quantities of sports, television and movies (viewed in a movie theater).
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6 Responses to Hawaii Four-No

  1. JW says:

    He didn’t even need to get all “won’t somebody think about the children.” on this. The real answer is “Why would anybody pay to host this crappy event?”

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  2. I do agree the Pro Bowl is something the NFL should be paying a city to host and not the other way around…”crappy” event indeed. Maybe Philadelphia…since we’re so “crappy?” (another shameless plug for lifeattitudes blog…post called “Philadelphia Is Crap”)

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  3. Tipsy Lucy says:

    Pro Bowl not in Hawaii? Where would it be held?

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    • Well..the experiment a couple years back was to have it the week before the Super Bowl, in the same city as the Super Bowl…without players from the two teams in the Super Bowl. That may be where all this will head again if no Hawaii…

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  4. JW says:

    It needs to be held in a city commensurate with the level of interest the Pro Bowl generates. I understand Fargo, North Dakota is available.

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  5. And at that time of year…yes, Fargo works for me! Love football in the “elements.”

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