ESPN will televise 16 Professional Bowlers Association tournaments during the 2012-13 season, the network announced Thursday.
ESPN will begin its 33rd consecutive season of PBA coverage on Dec. 9, said network officials. As part of its coverage, ESPN will expand 11 of its PBA telecasts from 90 minutes to two hours as well as provide live coverage of two major championships plus the first round of all-new team competition.
The winter-spring ESPN lineup will include six telecasts originating from the PBA World Series of Bowling IV in Las Vegas, followed by the finals of the Round 1 Japan Cup from Tokyo, the Chris Paul PBA League All Stars event, as well as five new PBA League telecasts, said representatives from both parties.
We continue to work with our partners at the PBA to develop new ways of enhancing the bowling product,” said ESPN Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions Jason Bernstein in a statement.
“The addition of 30 minutes of action to most of our Sunday shows this season is a great way to serve loyal fans of the sport."