FOX Sports, PBA Announce Expanded Television Schedule for 2020

by Bill Vint October 30, 2019 08:38

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour television schedule, which includes more shows on the FOX broadcast network, the first show featuring women bowlers and more live telecasts. The announcement was made today by Bill Wanger, FOX Sports’ EVP, Head of Programming and Scheduling and PBA CEO Colie Edison.

The second year of the PBA-FOX Sports agreement features six telecasts on FOX, the most PBA action on network broadcast TV since 1999. Plus, there will be 25 shows on FS1 and a total of 23 live broadcasts, the most in 12 years (up from 19 live shows last year). Altogether, the 2020 TV schedule includes more than 60 hours of coverage.

"We are delighted to expand our Go Bowling! PBA Tour offerings," says Wanger. “In our first season, we brought new energy and excitement to the tour, highlighting the star bowlers and enhancing the broadcasts with Kegel’s Specto ball-tracking technology StrikeTrack to provide real-time ball tracking during all events.”

Kicking off the 2020 PBA on FOX season will be a bonus event - PBA Clash - on Sunday, Nov. 3 on FOX. The 90-minute telecast will feature top PBA stars in a unique, $50,000 winner-take-all competition, plus a look at the new year and upcoming events on FOX and FS1.

“We’re making major investments in the PBA and the future of the tour by expanding TV coverage and increasing prize money across our tournaments,” said Edison, the PBA’s CEO and Chief Customer Officer of Bowlero Corp, its parent company. “Bowlero Corp purchased the PBA with the goal of strengthening its presence throughout all media and our partnership with FOX is an essential part of that objective.”

Other highlights of the 2020 PBA on FOX Sports schedule include:

  • Live coverage of five PBA major championships: the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 9, from suburban Akron, Ohio; the PBA Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 15, from Columbus, Ohio; the US Open on Sunday, Feb. 23, from Lincoln, Nebraska; PBA World Championship on Wednesday, March 18, from Las Vegas, and the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday, March 29, from Reno, Nevada.
  • Revolutionary coverage of professional bowling’s biggest event, the PBA World Series of Bowling X. Five consecutive days of WSOB coverage, including live finals of four PBA title events, will air from Las Vegas, March 15-19.
  • The PBA Playoffs are back bigger and stronger, taking place from April 6 through May 17. The playoffs will be held in four different locations, allowing fans across the country to see their favorite bowlers in the exciting tournament.
  • The PBA/PWBA Mixed Doubles take place on Sunday, July 5 live on FS1 from Denver and will include the debut of professional female bowlers on FOX Sports.

· The PBA League team competition returns to Portland, Maine, where the hometown team looks to defend its PBA League title in four live primetime telecasts on FS1 for three consecutive nights, July 21-23.

Viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com.

In addition to the 60 hours of broadcast television, FOX Sports digital also will play a key role in expanding the PBA's visibility. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Additional details concerning tournament formats, host bowling centers and more, will be announced by the PBA soon through the PBA Network's social media outlets.

2020 Fox schedule

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing Fox Corporation's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports arm of the FOX Network as well as FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine, jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com and BowleroCorp.com.

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PBA Spare Shots: Chris Warren Wins Record 55th PBA Regional Title in Waxahachie

by Bill Vint October 25, 2019 08:53

Defending champion Chris Warren, a native Texan now living in Grants Pass, Ore., built a 238-pin lead after the 13 games of qualifying and then coasted in the eight-game round robin finals to win a record 55th PBA Regional title by repeating as the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open titlist at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, Sunday.

Warren defeated runner-up Pete Thomas from Oklahoma City, Okla., 227-201, in the final position round match for a 4,896-4,695 victory, including match play bonus pins. Thomas held off third-place finisher Paul Fleming of Ft. Worth, Texas, who finished with 4,649 total pins, to stay in second place.

Along with his eighth PBA50 Regional title to go along with his 47 standard PBA Regional wins, Warren earned the $2,000 winner’s check.

Warren improved his lead in the overall PBA Regional titles race to three over Dale Traber, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. who have each won 52 PBA Regional titles. Warren and Weber share the standard PBA Regional titles lead with 47 each while Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., is the PBA50 Regional titles leader with 24 wins. The current PBA Regional titles leaders include the following:

Overall Standard and PBA50 Regional Titles
1, Chris Warren 55
2 (tie), Dale Traber 52
   Pete Weber 52
   Walter Ray Williams Jr. 52
5, Hugh Miller 45
6, Mike Scroggins 44
7, Steve Jaros 43
8 (tie), Ross Packard 42
   Guppy Troup 42
10, Sam Zurich 40

Standard PBA Regional Titles
1 (tie), Chris Warren 47
   Pete Weber 47
3, Steve Jaros 43
4, Mike Scroggins 40
5, Dale Traber 39
6, Sam Zurich 38
7 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr. 33
   Hugh Miller 33
   Ross Packard 33
10 (tie), Dennis Horan 30
   Patrick Allen 30
   Jeff Richgels 30

PBA50 Regional Titles
1, Harry Sullins 24
2 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr. 19
   Tom Baker 19
4 (tie), George Pappas 17
   Ron Mohr 17
6, Brian Kretzer 15
7, Ron Winger 14
8 (tie), Dale Traber 13
   Guppy Troup 13
   Tim Kauble 13

“PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE” RETURNS WITH NORM DUKE REVISITING 2011 U.S. OPEN

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of special YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, returns on Tuesday, Oct. 29, when PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke revisits his stunning victory over Mika Koivuniemi in the 2011 U.S. Open.

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Nov. 5 – Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Playoffs victory.

Nov. 12 – Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open.

Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2014 Wolf Open title.

Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

PBA, IBM/HF PARTNER FOR SPECIAL “VIP EXPERIENCE” AT PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

The PBA and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame are teaming up to offer bowling fans a unique experience in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January that will kick off the PBA Tour’s 2020 season.

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will take place at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, which is home to the IBM/HF and the International Training and Research Center, where the PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be contested – all as part of a weekend that will include the induction of PBA Hall of Famers Tommy Jones, Mike Slade and Rob Glaser on Saturday, Jan. 18. The weekend will conclude with the tournament’s stepladder finals, live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. EST.

The IBM/HF is holding a special auction with one fan receiving a Hall of Fame VIP Experience to the weekend’s activities on Jan. 18-19. The auction is underway at BowlingMuseumAuctions.com. The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at noon Eastern on the IBM/HF Facebook page and will receive:

— Round-trip travel (domestic travel only) and select meal expenses for two to the International Bowling Campus for the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic;
— Weekend events hosted IBM/HF President Mike Aulby, a PBA Hall of Fame member;
— Private, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the IBM/HF and the IBC;
— Tickets to PBA Hall of Fame cocktail party and special exhibit opening;
— VIP seating at the PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies;
— Meet and greet with PBA Hall of Fame bowlers;
— Special PBA TV production tour;
— VIP seating at PBA Hall of Fame Classic stepladder finals live on FS1;
— Bowling jersey autographed by the PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion;
— Autographed PBA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 bowling pin;
— Photo in a national bowling magazine;
— Tons of photo and autograph opportunities.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the IBM/HF’s Frame4Frame Film Restoration Initiative. Go to BowlingMuseum.com to learn more about the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Also visit BowlingHeritage.com for the Bowling Virtual Vault featuring online collections at the museum.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS GIBBONS WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL IN 29 YEARS

Chris Gibbons of Madison, Wis. threw three strikes in his final frame Sunday to defeat non-PBA member Jason French of Levittown, N.Y., 236-234, to win the PBA Bowl-A-Vard Midwest Open at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in his hometown for his first PBA Regional title in 29 years.

Gibbons, who had not won a PBA Regional title since winning his only previous regional title in Belleville, Ill. in 1990, earned a first-place check for $2,500. In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, French defeated Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill., 235-187, to advance to the title match.

Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa. compiled an 8-0 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,417 pins to win the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open at Timber Lanes in Oxford, Pa., Sunday for his 16th career PBA Regional title.

Bower entered the position round match trailing Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. by 10 pins. Bower doubled in the 10th frame to force Ventura to throw the first strike to win the game and earn the 30 bonus pins. Ventura failed to strike, giving Bower a 215-199 win and the title by a final margin of 36 pins, 3,417-3,381.

The win was Bower’s fifth in PBA50 Regional competition to go along with 11 standard regional titles. He also received $1,500 for the win.

— Joe Cannon of Puyallup, Wash., posted a 6-1-1 match play record and knocked down 4,140 pins Sunday to win the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore., for his first PBA50 Regional title.

Cannon, who earned $1,500, defeated non-PBA member Mal Acosta of Lebanon, Ore., by 301 pins for a convincing win. Acosta had a 4-4 match play record and 3,839 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA60 Open for bowlers age 60 and older, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 6-2 and knocked down 4,042 total pins for 16 games to top John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., by 114 pins and earn $1,500. Gould had a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,928 pins. This was Miller’s eighth win as a “senior” player, and his first in the 60-and-older category.

Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio defeated Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich., 269-209, to win the PBA Greater Jackson Central Open at Dave Small’s JAX 60 in Jackson, Mich., Sunday for his third career regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Mayberry topped Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 203-169 and Knowles downed Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 276-192 to set up the championship match.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

busy schedule of events is on tap for November as the PBA Regional program begins to wrap up the 2019 season, beginning with the Nov. 1-3 weekend. On the schedule are the PBA-PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Over-Under Doubles presented by TechVision at Callahan’s Bowl O Rama in Newington, Conn.; the PBA-PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Va.; the Mesa East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., and the one-day Ft. Wayne Central-Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, at the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with a pair of tournaments over the Dec. 6-8 weekend: the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

FloBowling’s coverage of U.S. Open qualifying, cashers and match play rounds begins Friday and continues through Tuesday, leading into the live stepladder finals Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. Qualifying rounds begin at 8 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The top 36 qualifiers will bowl the cashers round at 10 a.m. Monday followed by the first round of match play at 5 p.m. Match play concludes with rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday. For subscription information, visit flobowling.com. BowlTV also will livestream the same rounds simultaneously. Visit bowltv.com for details.

Fans also can follow the tournament as it happens, game by game, by visiting the “Live Scoring” feature on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2951).

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PBA Pro Bowling Video Game for Consoles Debuts

by Bill Vint October 22, 2019 07:07

CHICAGO – PBA Pro Bowling, the first officially licensed video game designed for gaming consoles and PCs in more than 30 years, makes its official debut today, the Professional Bowlers Association and FarSight Studios have announced.

HighresScreenshot00014The new PBA Pro Bowling game for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Steam owners allows gamers to interactively “bowl” against more than 15 PBA stars, including Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, Norm Duke and others, with commentary provided by PBA announcers Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen.

“It’s been our dream to create an official PBA video game with the real pros since a lot of us watched the PBA Tour growing up,” FarSight Studios Vice President Bobby King said. “We’re proud of the game that we’ve created and can’t wait for people to check out just how easy and fun it is to play for casual bowlers, while still being difficult to master in Simulation Mode.”

To preview the game, view the trailer released by FarSight Studios: (https://youtu.be/QkW87h5_Cxg).

The extensive career mode includes more than 100 virtual tournaments and dozens of venues. PBA players are depicted in accurate motion-captured animations, featuring the best bowling physics ever incorporated into a video game. The action is further enhanced by the use of authentic PBA lane oiling patterns and approved bowling equipment from 10 PBA product registered companies.

Among the additional features are quickplay and local multi-player modes, online leaderboards, E-Sports style online tournaments, and optional power-ups and special balls.

The easy-to-use "Arcade" controls are patterned after the hugely popular PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices from Concrete Software which has been downloaded more than 27.6 million times, including almost 2.5 million times in 2019 alone.

In addition to the current roster of PBA stars, FarSight anticipates adding "Simulation" controls, additional PBA stars, venues, bowling equipment and other challenges in the near future.

The game is selling for $19.99 at launch. To place online orders, visit http://probowling.com/buy.

For more information about the numerous features included in the game, visit http://probowling.com/.

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PBA Spare Shots: How to Order Your Copy of New Earl Anthony Biography

by Bill Vint October 18, 2019 08:13

Veteran bowling writer Barry Sparks of York, Pa., has authored the first comprehensive biography covering the life and accomplishments of PBA legend Earl Anthony, which can now be ordered from Luby Publishing.

“EARL: The Greatest Bowler of All Time,” is Sparks’ 293-page compilation of more than 100 interviews with people who crossed paths with Anthony and includes more than two dozen vintage photos from Anthony’s career. Anthony, who held the PBA Tour titles record with 43 for several years before being surpassed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), was selected as the PBA’s greatest player in the 2009 celebration of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA history.

To place an order for the book, visit www.earlanthonybook.com. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Earl Anthony Scholarship Fund that is managed by the United States Bowling Congress.

DID YOU KNOW “HI AND LOIS” ARE INTO BOWLING?

“Hi and Lois” is an American comic strip about the suburban Flagstone family. Created by Mort Walker and illustrated by Dik Browne, it debuted on Oct. 18, 1954, and is distributed to newspapers across America by King Features Syndicate.

With those family-oriented ties, it only makes sense that – 65 years later – the family comic strip would acknowledge its bowling roots. Now produced by the sons of the original creative team, the strip is written by Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne and Eric Reaves, and it appears in 1,000 newspapers across the country. Here’s a link to the strip featuring the Flagstones’ teenage son Chip that ran this week: (https://www.comicskingdom.com/hi-and-lois/2019-10-17).

Trivia tidbit about the strip: did you know that Hiram and Lois Flagstone first appeared in Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” cartoon strip…and that Lois is actually Beetle Bailey’s sister?

WATCH U.S. OPEN ON FLOBOWLING, CBS SPORTS NETWORK

Bowling’s U.S. Open, the final major championship of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, gets underway on Friday, Oct. 25, and concludes with the stepladder finals airing live on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

All preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open will be livestreamed simultaneously by FloBowling.com and BowlTV.com. All three days of qualifying, the cashers round and three rounds of match play will be contested on different lane conditioning patterns.

England’s Dom Barrett is the defending U.S. Open champion.

FOX SPORTS, FACEBOOK COLLABORATION TO INCLUDE PBA HIGHLIGHTS

FOX Sports is teaming with Facebook to create new, exclusive interactive programs and segments on Facebook Watch that will focus on football, sports wagering and more, including highlights from the 2020 PBA Tour season.

The new weekly FOX Football Sunday program streams on the platform each Monday morning during the season where fans on Facebook can submit questions to Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and Curt Menefee. Additionally, every Sunday night, Menefee will host FOX Football Update, a recap of the day’s action with FOX Sports analysts from game locations.

The new collaboration between FOX Sports and Facebook will also offer regular highlights from Liga MX, Big East basketball, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Championships and PBA Tour events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NUZZO, GUERRIERI WIN PBA50-60 DOUBLES EVENT IN OHIO

PBA60 competitor Joe Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and his PBA50 partner Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, defeated Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio and Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio, 482-479, 475-395, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles event presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams in the event included one bowler between the ages of 50 and 59 and one bowler over the age of 60. Even though the champions split the $2,800 first prize, neither earned a PBA title because both are non-members.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Nuzzo and Guerrieri blanked PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., and partner Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, 2-0, while Peters and Graham downed Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., and Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-0, to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

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PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr, a 23-time PBA Regional title-winner and three-time Southwest Region Player of the Year, married two-time PWBA champion and 11-year Team Colombia competitor Maria Jose Rodriguez Saturday in Austin, Texas.

REMINDER: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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PBA Star Tommy Jones, Former Ownership Partners Mike Slade, Rob Glaser Elected to PBA Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint October 17, 2019 13:15

CHICAGO – Nineteen-time title winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and former ownership partners Mike Slade and Rob Glaser have been elected to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

Jones was unanimously elected for superior performance by an elite panel of veteran bowling writers and PBA Hall of Famers. Slade and Glaser were elected for meritorious service by the PBA Hall of Fame Board.

Induction ceremonies of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Arlington Hilton, in Arlington, Texas, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend.

Jones, one of five PBA players to win both PBA Rookie (2001-02) and Player of the Year (2005-06) honors, has earned more than $1.7 million in his 20-year PBA career. The 41-year-old power player owns 17 standard PBA Tour titles plus two majors: the 2006 U.S. Open and 2007 PBA Tournament of Champions. He has finished in the top 10 in annual PBA Tour earnings nine times and has finished in the top five in 47 of the 326 PBA Tour tournaments he entered, cashing in a remarkable 80.3 percent of those events.

An 11-time member of Team USA, Jones also has been on winning teams in PBA League Elias Cup competition three times and was the recipient of the PBA League Mark Roth Most Valuable Player Award in 2017.

“It’s one of those things I probably wouldn’t have known was coming if I hadn’t seen an article about being on the ballot,” Jones said of his election to the Hall. “It’s a huge honor to be among all of those players who are in the Hall. It’s something you dream about all of your life. It’ll probably hit me when I’m standing up in front of the crowd to accept.”

Defining moments in Jones’ career? “For me, it’s a combination of things. The U.S. Open title was big and being selected No. 30 among the top 50 players in PBA history (in 2009) as the youngest one (age 30) also was pretty cool for me,” Jones said. “The U.S. Open was defining because I bowled so bad the previous year. The Tournament of Champions at Mohegan Sun also was a great win because that’s the one title every PBA member wants to win. It’s really special to be on that list of winners.”

Jones admits his career isn’t over; his ultimate goal is to reach 25 PBA Tour titles and that goal is still alive.

“It’s not unrealistic,” Jones said. “My body is finally healthy again. My back was bad for a while, but now it seems to be good.

“We have a lot more events now, in a lot of different centers, which makes a difference,” he continued. “At this point in my career, there isn’t a whole lot I haven’t seen. One of the reasons this game is so great is that you can never master it. But I figure, with my experience, I may be better prepared than some of the younger guys.”

Slade and Glaser will join their original PBA ownership partner, Chris Peters, in the PBA Hall of Fame. All three were former Microsoft executives who combined resources to purchase the PBA in 2000, pulling the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy, and providing the organization with leadership from their board of directors positions and the financial support to remain viable until its recent sale to Bowlero Corp.

Slade's creativity and contacts at ESPN and with leaders in sports media were key assets in advancing the PBA brand and opening doors with new partners including FOX Sports.

Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. In 1993 he was hired as CEO of Starwave, Paul Allen's trailblazing venture into the Internet and multimedia where he launched ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, NASCAR.com, ABCNews.com and the Go.com network. He retired as Chairman and CEO of Starwave following its sale to the Walt Disney Corp. in 1998.

Slade then served as strategic advisor for Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, and as a strategic consultant for ESPN, NBA.com, NFL.com, Starbucks, Real Networks, Disney, and various Paul Allen companies. In 2000, he co-founded the venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners and he became a co-owner and board member of the PBA.

“It’s a real honor to be elected,” Slade said. “I kind of got involved with the PBA by accident and I wound up being the owner.

“When we left Microsoft, Chris Peters got into bowling instead of golf, and he was really excited about it,” Slade reflected. “Then he found out the PBA was about to go out of business, so he approached Rob and me about buying the Tour. I had a sports background; I was once a sportswriter and the company I was affiliated with at the time was involved with a number of sports.

“I had a lot of experience at the intersection of sports and tech(nology), so I was excited to get involved. When we did the deal with ESPN way back when, that was me getting involved.

“We hired good people and we ran the PBA like a real professional sport,” Slade added. “We always felt (the PBA) was going to advance in the sports world, but ultimately it needed a bigger plan, so that’s why the deal with Bowlero made sense.”

Glaser, a New York City native, was the PBA's principle investor financially, largely funding the early 2000's efforts to boost prize funds, regulate TV exposure and further explore arena settings. After a 10-year career in a variety of positions with Microsoft, Glaser founded RealNetworks in 1994, a company that produces RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer, and Helix, among other products and services. A Yale graduate with degrees in Computer Science and Economics, Glaser has been a major donor supporting a wide range of humanitarian causes throughout his career.

“In 1999, my good friend Chris Peters approached me with the opportunity to get involved in what he called “saving the PBA,’” Glaser said. “I was a lifelong bowler and PBA bowling fan, so I happily said yes.

“It’s a true honor (to be elected),” he added. “I have so much respect for the incredible athletes who make up the core of the PBA Hall of Fame. Other than Mike Slade, I am certainly the worst bowler ever elected to the PBA. But the last time I bowled I rolled a 217, so that’s something.”

In addition to the inductions in Arlington on Jan. 18, the PBA also will present the 2019 Chris Schenkel Player of the Year; Harry Golden Rookie of the Year; Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award winner. The winners of those annual awards will be announced later this year.

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