Report: NFL could move Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Pro Bowl could be moving to the site of Super Bowl XLIX.

The Pro Bowl has long been viewed as an honor and a vacation for many NFL players. That's because Hawaii has been the home of the NFL's annual All-Star game, but it now appears there’s a chance it won’t be back in Hawaii next season.

According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the NFL is "strongly considering" moving the Pro Bowl to Arizona next season. Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, 2015.

That means if the Pro Bowl were to move to Arizona, it would be played the week prior to the championship game at the same location. It would certainly draw more local interest and attendance if it were played at the site of the Super Bowl with so many NFL fans and media already there for Super Bowl week.

The Pro Bowl is played around the end of the NFL season for so long now, it's unlikely that would change, even if the site does. Since 1970, it was held primarily on the weekend after the Super Bowl. That changed in 2010 when the game was moved to the weekend one week after the Conference Championship games, right before the Super Bowl.

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