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SBD/Issue 94/Events & Attractions
NFLPA Leaders Express Frustration With Pro Bowl Changes
Published January 28, 2010
|Mawae Says NFLPA Is Frustrated
By Changes To Pro Bowl
TRAVEL ISSUES APPEAR SETTLED: ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the Colts and Saints "will fly their players to South Florida" for the Pro Bowl on a chartered jet that the NFL "will reimburse them" for. The seven Colts players will then "stay overnight" in South Florida and await the rest of the team to arrive on Monday "as opposed to flying back to Indianapolis and then returning" with the full team. Colts President Bill Polian has been outspoken regarding the need for the players who will not play in the game to attend Pro Bowl festivities, and Mortensen noted they were "contemplating not going to Miami as so mandated by the NFL." ESPN's Trey Wingo asked, "The league had to think these things might be coming when they did this logistically and put the game the week before the Super Bowl, right?" Mortensen said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "just wanted to try this one time to see how it works and based on the early returns, it's got some problems" ("NFL Live," ESPN, 1/27). Meanwhile, Saints GM Mickey Loomis yesterday confirmed that the team's seven players who are scheduled to attend the Pro Bowl "will remain in the Miami area Sunday night, then be joined by their teammates Monday" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/28). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser noted Goodell is the son of a politician, and he "should understand that you count heads to find out if the bill is going to pass. There's no good that can come out of this" ("PTI," ESPN, 1/27).
McNabb Among Players That Are Not
Thrilled With New Pro Bowl Set-Up
OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT: NFL officials said that the game "has officially been declared a sellout with about 70,500 tickets sold," though some club seats and a "few single seats are still available" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/28). NFL Senior VP/Events Frank Supovitz Tuesday said that Sunday's game "will be the highest-attended Pro Bowl since 1959" (NFL.com, 1/27).