After talk that it might possibly be shelved, the Pro Bowl will be played in Hawaii one week before the Super Bowl next January, as the NFL announced on Wednesday. Commissioner Roger Goodell had previously threatened to cancel the game given its lackluster level of competition, but players have apparently vowed to change that to some degree:
The players have made it clear through the NFL Players Association that they would like the opportunity to continue to play the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season's game.
The game will occur on January 27, 2013, which is one week before Super Bowl XLVII. It will be the 33rd Pro Bowl played in Honolulu, Hawaii, after last year's game resulted in a 59-41 victory for the AFC at Aloha Stadium. As ESPN notes, last year's game had the best television ratings of any all-star game among the big four North American sports leagues.
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