HONOLULU (AP) -Hawaii tourism officials say they are in negotiations to extend the state's contract to host the Pro Bowl.
The state's five-year contract, which pays the NFL about $4 million a game, expires with the 2009 Pro Bowl.
Lloyd Unebasami, interim head of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, confirmed the negotiations but declined further comment Thursday.
There had been speculation the game could be moved to another host city. Under the current contract, the league could have moved the game in 2009, so long as it returned to Hawaii in 2010, but decided to stay in the islands.
The game has been sold out every year since it moved to the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium in 1980.
The 2008 Pro Bowl generated about $28 million in visitor spending and $2.5 million in state taxes.
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