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Houston bidding to land Pro Bowl week before Super Bowl

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  The Kansas City Chiefs huddle in the first quarter against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

For many Pro Bowlers, the promise of a week-long vacation in Hawaii is the only incentive to playing in a meaningless game.

And next year, they might not even have that.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Houston is bidding to add the 2017 Pro Bowl in addition to next year’s Super Bowl hosting duties.

“The Pro Bowl has historically been held in Hawaii, but I know the NFL is trying to consolidate their Super Bowl experience with the Pro Bowl,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “They’d like them to be held in the same city. It just makes it much easier for everybody who’s traveling who’s affiliated with the city and the Super Bowl. It’s a possibility. It would be ideal if it could happen.

“There are some conversations. We’re making a major push to bring all of the major events to the city of Houston, just like the Final Four.”

The Pro Bowl has been on the mainland twice in recent years, serving as a lead-in to Super Bowls in Phoenix and Miami.

And it’s interesting that the mayor cited the NFL’s desire to consolidate the game, as much as the usual promises of economic impact. While it’s not as tropical as Hawaii, linking the game with the Super Bowl does create an extra boost of attention for the game, which could counteract the lack of boat drinks at poolside for players who might otherwise not attend.

A league spokesman said a decision on the site of next year’s Pro Bowl was expected this spring. Hawaii will bid for the game again, and Brazil is under consideration as well.

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17 Responses to “Houston bidding to land Pro Bowl week before Super Bowl”
  1. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 12, 2016 10:20 AM

    Lame! Leave it in Hawaii and make it the week after the Super Bowl. I miss my vacation.

  2. ampats says: Feb 12, 2016 10:22 AM

    Great ! Next year the Pro Bowl will consist of practice squad players since going to Houston to play in a meaningless game will not interest most players in the NFL ,not to mention the little financial incentive.

  3. 6ball says: Feb 12, 2016 10:38 AM

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    “Plenty of good seats still available “……just saying
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  4. captainwhodat says: Feb 12, 2016 11:55 AM

    looking at keeping down costs for their players playing in the Pro Bowl…

  5. htowntexan says: Feb 12, 2016 12:29 PM

    Pro Bowlers can relax on the beach anywhere in the world during the off season. It’s silly to think that Hawaii is really a carrot. And admittedly, Houston is not as exciting as Hawaii on a normal day, but there will be a lot of glam and huge parties going on in the city around the Super Bowl.

  6. ttommytom says: Feb 12, 2016 12:30 PM

    If you want to consolidate then have the Super Bowl in Hawaii.

  7. ermur221 says: Feb 12, 2016 12:47 PM

    Your an idiot if you think Hawaii is not the reason most players go to the Pro Bowl, I bet for some it’s the ONLY reason. There is NO WAY going to Houston would be an incentive to play. It would be worse that this year and that is saying a lot!!!

  8. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 12, 2016 1:02 PM

    Given the choice of taking the family on a free trip to Houston or Hawaii, of course everyone would choose Houston. I don’t even know why cities like NY, LA, and SF try to compete with Houston for tourist dollars.

    Houston — we’re like Austin, but without the music scene, film festivals, or restaurants that don’t have cows on the menu.

  9. daddeeo says: Feb 12, 2016 1:21 PM

    You could put it on the Moon and I still wouldn’t be interested in this uninteresting game.

    As for the comment of Houston having Glam and huge parties – are you kidding? The first things that come to mind when I think of all this money being spent in the city are DUIs and violence

  10. rodd1 says: Feb 12, 2016 1:25 PM

    ampats says:
    Feb 12, 2016 10:22 AM

    Great ! Next year the Pro Bowl will consist of practice squad players since going to Houston to play in a meaningless game will not interest most players in the NFL ,not to mention the little financial incentive.

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    Brilliant idea to finally end the PRO Bowl forever !!!

  11. htowntexan says: Feb 12, 2016 1:38 PM

    Your an idiot if you think Hawaii is not the reason most players go to the Pro Bowl, I bet for some it’s the ONLY reason.

    __________________________

    You do realize how much these players make . . . .

  12. lance19 says: Feb 12, 2016 2:25 PM

    Maybe make guys go to Houston if they’ve been bad,
    and have to serve a suspension…

  13. mackcarrington says: Feb 12, 2016 5:16 PM

    Well, Houston IS known for having some of the best strip clubs in the country.

  14. j0esixpack says: Feb 12, 2016 11:38 PM

    Great idea – no one likes Hawaii anyways

    The weather is just too extreme and unpredictable

  15. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 13, 2016 2:59 AM

    ……….oh good…..for a moment there , I did’nt think we would have anything to talk about during the footballl off season.

  16. mudcat1961 says: Feb 13, 2016 9:48 AM

    Let the peeps the England have the Pro Bowl! It would be great “entertainment” for London. And while the “league” is at it, let Mexico, Brazil, England, Iceland, Thailand, & any other place that the “league” wants to “grow the game” host every preseason game from here on out. Let’s see how those locations “fill the stadium” watching no-names & non-superstars play. Let those locations prove they can support preseason games with sell outs before giving them regular season games to watch. As a season ticket holder for 20 years I think it’s bad business for the “league” to take a regular season game away from the home team & that city’s economy. It’s not like we have 44 home games like the NBA!? Only 8 meaningful home games! And to charge the fans for a full price ticket to see no names trying to make the team is crazy! And they’ve been doing that for a long time!!

  17. spfripp says: Feb 13, 2016 10:36 AM

    As a Hawaii resident, I say Houston can have the Lame Bowl. The NFL has a very strong fan base here. It is on of the few places where you would find a fan of every single team. With that said, I think we deserve more than a two hand touch game.

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