CHICAGO and LOS ANGELES – A new era in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is set to begin as FOX Sports and the PBA announced its 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour television schedule today, featuring 30 telecasts and including a new PBA Playoffs series.
with the Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas, includes 60 hours of coverage, nearly double last year’s schedule and the most in decades. Nineteen of the telecasts are live, the most in 11 years. Four 2019 events airing on FOX marks the most PBA action on network broadcast TV since 1999.
The announcement was made today by PBA CEO and Commissioner, Tom Clark and FOX Sports’ EVP of Programming, Live Operations and Research, Bill Wanger.
Kicking off the new PBA on FOX partnership will be a bonus event, PBA Clash, on Sunday, Dec. 23 on FOX. The 90-minute telecast will feature top PBA stars in a unique competition, plus a look at the new year and upcoming events on FOX and FS1.
The new PBA Playoffs is a 10-telecast event that will seed the top 24 players after the first 13 PBA on FOX events of the 2019 season into an elimination bracket. All PBA Playoffs matches will be televised from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, from the live first Round of 24 matches on Monday night, April 8 on FS1, through to the live semifinals and finals on FOX, Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. The PBA Playoffs champion will win a $100,000 first prize.
Other highlights of the 2019 PBA on FOX Sports schedule include:
- Live coverage of four PBA major championships: the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 10, from suburban Akron, Ohio; the PBA Players Championship on Sunday, Feb. 17, from Columbus, Ohio; the PBA World Championship on Thursday, March 21, from Allen Park, Mich., and the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Monday, April 1, from Las Vegas.
- Revolutionary coverage of professional bowling’s biggest event, PBA World Series of Bowling X. Five consecutive nights of prime-time WSOB coverage, including live finals of four PBA title events, will air from Allen Park, Mich., March 18-22.
- The PBA League team competition returns, for the first time all live on TV. Back in Portland, Maine, the PBA League will conclude the 2019 PBA-FOX Sports schedule with four live prime time telecasts on FS1 for three consecutive nights, July 16-18.
- The CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational returns and moves for the first time to network TV as FOX airs the event on Super Bowl Sunday at 2:00 PM ET.
In addition to the 60 hours of broadcast television, FOX Sports digital also will play a key role in expanding the PBA’s visibility.
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.
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’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, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College SportsAlso included in the Group 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.
In 2018 the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. The PBA is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The 2018 season also marks the 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, GoBowling.com, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.
Now in its 60th year, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. In 2018, the PBA celebrated its 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, FOX Sports and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, GoBowling.com, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, visit www.pba.com.
PBA Media Relations, Professional Bowlers Association