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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Portland Lumberjacks Dominate L.A. X to Win First PBA League Elias Cup; Wes Malott Named Mark Roth MVP

by Bill Vint July 18, 2019 20:50

PORTLAND, Maine (July 18, 2019) ­– The Portland Lumberjacks overwhelmed L.A. X in four consecutive games Wednesday night at Bayside Bowl to win its first PBA League Elias Cup in the event’s seven-year history.

Mark Roth MVPLed by anchor bowler and Mark Roth PBA League Most Valuable Player Wes Malott (at left with Kimberly Pressler and Mark Roth), the hometown favorites trailed only once – in the first two frames of the second game – in dominating the PBA’s team competition. Malott’s supporting cast included PBA League newcomer Kris Prather, who won the inaugural PBA Playoffs at Bayside Bowl in early June; two-hander Kyle Troup, left-hander Ryan Ciminelli and Canadian Mitch Hupé.

“That was awesome,” Malott, a 42-year-old 10-time PBA Tour titlist and former PBA Player of the Year, said. He threw 20 strikes in 22 meaningful attempts to pace all 40 bowlers in the PBA League competition.

“Wow; 20 strikes? I knew I threw a few,” he said.

“For whatever reason in the past, I felt so much pressure because I wanted to give Portland a championship,” Malott continued. “I haven’t been able to practice a lot lately, but I felt good this week and my ball just did what it needed to do. And I had five guys behind me, so it gave me all the confidence in the world.”

The PBA League’s championship was decided by two “race to 2 points” Baker team matches. The Baker format requires each of the teams’ players to bowl two frames to complete each game. Ties in games or matches were broken by a one-ball sudden death roll-off.

“That was fun. That’s what it’s all about,” said Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack, who earlier this year was inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. “I felt comfortable with the guys. We had a really good practice session beforehand, but do you ever think you’re going to sweep a team with the kind of firepower L.A. X had? No way. We made some key ball changes, made some key moves and, man, did my guys bowl good.”

Regarding Malott’s performance, Mack said, “It might have been the greatest performance by an anchor bowler I’ve ever seen. I call him ‘The Franchise’ for a reason.”

Portland, behind a string of four strikes in the middle of any otherwise error-free game, won the first point with a 228-206 decision over L.A. The Lumberjacks quickly surrendered their advantage with two splits and open frames to start game two, but rebounded behind five consecutive strikes and L.A. X’s inability to throw back-to-back strikes to win the game, 214-188, and sweep the first “race to 2 points” match.

The Lumberjacks carried their momentum into the second match, putting together two strings of four strikes – including three in the 10th frame by Malott – to win their third point, 221-197, and completed the four-point rout of L.A. X with a 247-208 win in game four, starting the decisive final game with five strikes while L.A. couldn’t overcome a barrage of single-pin spares.

The PBA Tour’s next event is the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas. The tour’s eight points leaders over the past two seasons will compete in a series of qualifying and stepladder matches Saturday and Sunday at Red Rock Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The entire competition will be televised live by CBS Sports beginning at 3 p.m. ET both days.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 18

(Two Matches, Race to 2 Points Baker Team Format)

Final Standings:Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Kris Prather, Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott)  ($60,000) def. L.A. X (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jakob Butturff, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte, Dick Allen) ($50,000), 2-0, 2-0.

Match One, Game One: Portland def. L.A., 228-206.

Match One, Game Two: Portland def. L.A., 214-188.

Match Two, Game One: Portland def. L.A., 221-197.

Match Two, Game Two: Portland def. L.A., 247-208.

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L.A. X, Hometown Favorite Portland Lumberjacks Advance to PBA League Elias Cup Title Match

by Bill Vint July 17, 2019 20:37

PORTLAND, Maine ­– The PBA League will have a new Elias Cup champion Thursday night when L.A. X and the hometown-favorite Portland Lumberjacks will face off in the seventh annual team championship round at Bayside Bowl.

No. 4 seeded L.A. X, led by Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, eliminated the No. 8 New York City KingPins in a two-game sweep in Wednesday’s semifinal round while the No. 7 Lumberjacks, anchored by former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, needed three extra frames to oust the 2016 and ’17 Elias Cup champion and No. 3 seeded Dallas Strikers in the second match.

The semifinal round got off to fingernail-biting start when L.A. X seemingly had game one of the “race to 2 points” Baker team match locked up. Working on a string of four strikes heading into the 10th frame, L.A. X anchor bowler Dick Allen left a 10 pin and missed the spare, giving New York City KingPins’ anchor Kyle Sherman a chance to roll three strikes for a tie and force a one-ball roll-off. After getting the first strike, however, Sherman left the 3-6 on his next attempt, giving L.A. X a 225-213 win and the first point in the match.

Jason Belmonte and friends then sewed up L.A. X’s first trip to the Elias Cup championship game with a 224-221 win over the inaugural Elias Cup champions to complete the two-game sweep. England’s Stuart Williams, bowling third in the L.A. X lineup, struck on all four of his chances across the two games and in each case, his strike resulted in at least a double to keep L.A. X’s momentum going.

stu williamsWilliams, a 38-year-old two-time PBA Tour title winner, also was four-for-four in his strike opportunities in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round win over the defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters.

Belmonte, Allen, Williams and teammates Anthony Lavery-Spahr and Jakob Butturff will try to give L.A. X its first Elias Cup Thursday night against the Lumberjacks’ Malott, Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Kris Prather and Ryan Ciminelli. The Elias Cup will be decided in two “race to 2 point matches” with one-ball sudden death roll-offs deciding any ties.

Portland also took the upper hand with a 226-213 win in game one of their semifinal match against the two-time Elias Cup champion Dallas Strikers. A string of three strikes in the middle of the game kept the Lumberjacks close and two strikes in the 10th frame by Malott, following Ciminelli’s strike in the ninth frame, clinched the first point.

The experience-heavy Strikers answered the challenge, winning the second game, 249-201, to force a one-ball roll-off to decide the second point. Bill O’Neill struck for Dallas and Malott answered. On the second roll-off attempt, Strikers player-manager Norm Duke struck, and Portland’s Ciminelli forced a third roll-off attempt. Dallas’ Tommy Jones sent his shot wide, leaving a 2-10 split and Troup then left a 10 pin for the win.

The PBA League’s live coverage of the Elias Cup finals airs Wednesday on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP SEMIFINAL ROUND RESULTS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 17
(Race to 2 Points Baker Team Format; losing teams each earned $35,000)
 

Semifinal Match One: No. 4 L.A. X (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jakob Butturff, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte, Dick Allen) def. No. 8 NYC KingPins (Darren Tang, Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman), 2-0 (225-213, 224-221.

Semifinal Match Two: No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Ryan Ciminelli, Kris Prather, Wes Malott) def. No. 3 Dallas Strikers (Andrew Anderson, Norm Duke, Brad Miller, Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones) 2-1 (226-213, 201-249, 10-10, 10-10, 9-8).

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L.A. X Needs Overtime Frame to End Silver Lake Atom Splitters’ Bid for Fourth PBA League Elias Cup Title

by Bill Vint July 16, 2019 20:06

PORTLAND, Maine ­– L.A. X, one of five teams that has never won a PBA League Elias Cup title, needed an overtime frame to eliminate the three-time Elias Cup winning Silver Lake Atom Splitters to headline Tuesday’s quarterfinal elimination round of the seventh annual PBA League Elias Cup competition at Bayside Bowl.

The defending champion Atom Splitters rolled past L.A. X in the first game of Tuesday’s second quarterfinal round match, 228-186, helped by four strikes by anchor bowler Chris Barnes, including all three in the 10th frame, and helped by a pair of open frames by L.A. X. But L.A. X, the No. 4 seeded team based on Monday’s eight-game seeding round, exploded for a 287-187 rout in game two to force the first one-ball sudden death roll-off of the 2019 championships.

L.A. X’s two-handed star, Australian Jason Belmonte, crumpled his rack of pins for a strike. Barnes then left a 2-10 split, ending the Atom Splitters’ hopes for a fourth Elias Cup.

In Tuesday’s first quarterfinal round match, the No. 8 seeded New York City KingPins knocked out the No. 1 qualifying team, Motown Muscle, 245-235 and 238-205 in the “race to 2 points” format. KingPins anchor Kyle Sherman struck out in the 10th frame to give New York City the 245-235 victory over the Motown Muscle in the first game, four strikes in four attempts across the two games by BJ Moore and Marshall Kent were key shots in completing the sweep.

Sherman, a non-PBA Tour title winner, was KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard’s surprise choice to anchor her team over 56-year-old PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time champion Pete Weber.

“(Kyle) had the best look (on the lane oiling pattern), he’s younger and it doesn’t take him long to get loose,” Dorin-Ballard said.

The KingPins, who won the inaugural Elias Cup in 2013, will meet L.A. X in Wednesday’s first semifinal round match.

In the third quarterfinal match, between two teams that have yet to win the Elias Cup, the No. 7 seeded Portland Lumberjacks jumped into the lead with a 233-219 win over the No. 2 Brooklyn Styles on the strength of a mid-game string of four strikes. The hometown favorites then cruised to a 257-195 victory in game two to clinch their berth in the semifinals.

The more experienced Dallas Strikers polished off the Philadelphia Hitmen in two games to claim the fourth berth in the semifinals. The No. 3 seeded Strikers, winners of two Elias Cups, started game one with three strikes and ended with five in a row in rolling to an easy 258-224 win over the No. 6 Hitmen. The Strikers then started game two with seven consecutive strikes in cruising to a 246-161 win and complete the sweep.

In the first six years of PBA League competition, the Atom Splitters (three titles), Dallas Strikers (two titles) and NYC KingPins are the only teams to hoist the Elias Cup. L.A. X and the hometown-favorite Portland Lumberjacks are the only teams remaining alive who have a chance to win the Elias Cup for the first time.

The PBA League’s live coverage on FS1 continues Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET when Tuesday’s winners advance to the semifinal round. The two finalists will bowl for the Elias Cup Thursday at 9 p.m.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP QUARTERFINAL ROUND RESULTS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16 (all times are Eastern)
(Race to 2 Points Baker Team Format; losing teams each earned $25,000)

 
Quarterfinal Match One: No. 8 NYC KingPins (Darren Tang, Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman) def. No. 1 Motown Muscle Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett), 2-0 (245-235, 238-205).

Quarterfinal Match Two: No. 4 L.A. X (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jakob Butturff, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte, Dick Allen) def. No. 5 Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, AJ Johnson, DJ Archer, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes), 2-1 (186-228, 287-187, 10-8 in one-ball roll-off).
 
Quarterfinal Match Three: No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Ryan Ciminelli, Kris Prather, Wes Malott) def. No. 2 Brooklyn Styles (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo, Sean Rash, Rhino Page), 2-0 (233-219, 257-195).

Quarterfinal Match Four: No. 3 Dallas Strikers (Andrew Anderson, Norm Duke, Brad Miller, Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones) def. No. 6 Philadelphia Hitmen (Patrick Girard, Jake Peters, Matt Sanders, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood), 2-0 (258-224, 246-161).

Semifinal Round Schedule (Wednesday, July 17, live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: New York City KingPins vs. L.A. X.
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Portland Lumberjacks vs. Dallas Strikers.

Elias Cup Championship Schedule (Thursday, July 18, live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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Motown Muscle Earns No. 1 Seed as PBA League Quarterfinal Elimination Round Set for Tuesday on FS1

by Bill Vint July 15, 2019 09:58

PORTLAND, Maine ­– The Motown Muscle averaged 241.63 during Monday’s eight-game Baker format seeding tournament at Bayside Bowl to earn the No. 1 seed for the quarterfinal elimination round of the seventh annual PBA League Elias Cup competition that begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET live on FS1.

The Motown team, managed by PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., outscored the No. 2 Brooklyn Styles by 85 pins to open its  bid for its first PBA League title. Monday’s seeding round also gave Ballard an opportunity to move players around in his lineup for the Baker format competition, which requires each of the five players to bowl two frames in each game, and he decided his lineup for the opening match against No. 8 New York City KingPins will include PBA Tour veteran Josh Blanchard bowling leadoff followed by AJ Chapman, rookie Mykel Holliman, two-hander Anthony Simonsen and former PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett.

The three-time Elias Cup winning Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters will open their bid to defend their title from the No. 5 seeding position against the No. 4 L.A. X when the annual five-player team tournament gets underway Tuesday.

The Atom Splitters, led by two-time Mark Roth MVP Chris Barnes, will try to become the first four-time Elias Cup champions. Barnes’ teammates will include Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, AJ Johnson and DJ Archer.

In the first six years of PBA League competition, the Atom Splitters (three titles), Dallas Strikers (two titles) and New York City KingPins are the only teams to hoist the Elias Cup. That means the hometown favorite Portland Lumberjacks along with L.A. X, the Philadelphia Hitmen, Brooklyn Styles and Motown Muscle all will be trying to win the event for the first time.

In an unfortunate first for the PBA League, the Philadelphia Hitmen’s Shawn Maldonado was forced to withdraw due to injury. The team bowled the seeding round with four players, taking “nine-spare” in Maldonado’s slot in the lineup, while PBA Tour titlist Jake Peters of Henderson, Nevada, was flying to Portland to replace Maldonado for the start of competition Tuesday.

The PBA League, for the first time, will air live for three consecutive nights in prime time on FS1 as part of the PBA’s inaugural season of FOX Sports coverage. PBAL coverage begins on Tuesday with coverage of all four quarterfinal round matches, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Tuesday’s winners will advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday at 9 p.m., with the two finalists bowling for the Elias Cup Thursday at 9 p.m.

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 15-18 (all times EDT)

Seeding Tournament Final Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Motown Muscle, 4-4, 2,053.
2, BROOKLYN STyLES, 5-3, 1,968.
3, Dallas Strikers, 5-3, 1,945.
4, L.A. X, 4-4, 1,923.
5, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 5-3, 1,907.
6, Philadelphia Hitmen, 2-6, 1,877.
7, Portland Lumberjacks, 2-5-1, 1,826.
8, NYC KingPins, 4-3-1, 1,821.

Tuesday, July 16 (Quarterfinal Round pairings, live on FS1)
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: No. 1 Motown Muscle vs. No. 8 NYC KingPins.
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: No. 5 Silver Lake Atom Splitters vs. Team 4 L.A. X.
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: No. 2 Brooklyn Styles vs. No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks.
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: No. 6 Philadelphia Hitmen vs. No. 3 Dallas Strikers.
Wednesday, July 17 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four
Thursday, July 18 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupe’.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman.
● Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, x-Shawn Maldonado, Patrick Girard, x-Jake Peters.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, DJ Archer, AJ Johnson.

x-Peters replaced Maldonado who withdrew due to injury.

HISTORY OF PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP CHAMPIONS
2013    NYC KingPins (Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski, Scott Norton, Pete Weber, Kelly Kulick).
2014    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Tommy Jones).
2015    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen)
2016    Go Bowling! Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill, Shawn Maldonado, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2017    Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, Rhino Page, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2018    Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes)

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