Goodell will speak


POSTED: Thursday, February 05, 2009

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was scheduled to address reporters today at Pro Bowl practice. One hot topic will be the NFL All-Star game's future.

Sunday will mark the last of 30 consecutive Pro Bowls at Aloha Stadium. The 2010 game is in Miami, and the NFL and Hawaii Tourism Authority are in negotiations for future years.

The HTA rejected a proposal from the NFL last month because it was not specific regarding which years the Pro Bowl would be played here.

Tickets for Sunday's game remained available yesterday. If it is not sold out by today, it could be blacked out and not televised in Hawaii. This happened just once prior, in 1982. That game—following a players' strike season—was blacked out, but did eventually sell out.

Also today, Pro Bowl players from the Super Bowl teams—the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals—were expected to arrive and possibly practice.