The NFL has announced that the 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 27, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will air on NBC at 7 p.m. ET.
There had been discussions of suspending or relocating the game after the level of play has been falling off in recent years. However, both the NFL and the NFL Players Association believe the all-star game is worth keeping, and to do so in Hawaii.
“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,” said Ray Anderson, the NFL's executive VP of football operations. “We will support the players on this initiative to improve the Pro Bowl. We have had many discussions with the players in recent years about the Pro Bowl and they recognize that the quality of the game has not been up to NFL standards. We look forward to working with the players toward the goal of improving the competitiveness of this season’s game.”
“The players believe that the Pro Bowl is an important tradition,” NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth said. “We worked hard with the league to make sure the best players in the NFL are honored for their achievements on the field.”
The game next year will mark the 33rd time that the Pro Bowl has been played in Hawaii, but just the fourth time that it will be played the weekend before the Super Bowl.