This coming Sunday the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl comes to town for the 3rd straight season. In it's first year in Orlando the announced attendance was 60,000, the following year it dropped by 9k, and all indications for this year point to an even lower # than that for Sunday. Bianchi brought up this point yesterday and I quickly shot it down, the notion that somehow Orlando should be putting on a show for the NFL by the way it supports the Pro Bowl, in an effort to one day get a team. He went on to essentially say that Orlando should be docked points as a 'sports town' if the event doesn't do well.
To which I say, ha! The Pro Bowl is great, I love having the event here, and to be clear, I don't want it to leave. It's a great event for football fans that choose to go, great for kids, and is another stimulus to my local economy. Check, check, and check. However, the level to which the event is supported has no bearing to me on how I judge Orlando as a sports town. Did we judge Honolulu for how they supported the Pro Bowl?
The NFL puts this event in cities that the players will want to travel to, and I don't think there's much more to it. I can't imagine the Pro Bowl is here for some type of "Orlando tryout". But, that's just one man's opinion, what say you? Vote below!