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Promotions enhance TV finals experience for fans attending GEICO PBA WSOB VI

Best promotion of all is free admission for all ESPN tapings; tickets are available on a first-come basis

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpgFans attending the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling ESPN TV Finals tapings Nov. 1-2 at the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas will be able to take advantage of several promotions to enhance their spectator experience. Probably the best promotion of all is free admission for all ESPN tapings. Bowling fans can witness more than 8 hours of competition featuring the best bowlers in the world. Tickets are available on a first-come basis.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #35


Pete Weber makes surprise appearance on ESPN'S SportsNation

Xtra Frame to cover 2015 Teen Masters, Collegiate Masters; E.J. Tackett wins fourth regional title in Ohio


PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, visiting Los Angeles to "star" in an upcoming ESPN "This is Sports Center" commercial, was also invited to make a surprise appearance on ESPN's SportsNation where he participated with hosts Michelle Beadle, Marcellus Wiley and Max Kellerman in a fan-interactive game called "That's how I roll…" The almost nine-minute segment closed with fans voting Weber's enthusiastic reaction at the U.S. Open "Who do you think you are?" as best "meltdown".

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PBA Network launch provides PBA access to bowling fans around the world

Diversity of events, programs, media outlets combined under one umbrella

2014PBANetworkLogo_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the launch of the PBA Network, a multi-platform media umbrella built for fans and highlighted by televised and digital event coverage of the best players in the world competing for the most coveted titles in the sport. Through the PBA Network, fans will have unprecedented access to the PBA including wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events, player interaction, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates anytime.

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Fellow players elect Chris Keane as 2014 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner

2014PBA50ChrisKeane_small.jpg Veteran PBA50 Tour player Chris Keane (pictured) of Cape Coral, Florida has been selected as the Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner for the 2014 PBA50 Tour season in voting by his fellow competitors. Keane, 56, has been competing on the PBA50 Tour for four seasons. He has a career-high finish of 12th which came in the 2012 PBA50 Northern California Classic and had three top-20 finishes in 2014, including a best of 14th which also came in the Northern California Classic.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #34


Mother's passing inspires DJ Archer's near-perfect 878 series

Shawn Maldonado, Steven Taylor, Jeff Zaffino and Ryogo Tsurumi win PBA Regional events

2014PBADJArcher_small.jpgPBA Tour player DJ Archer (pictured) of Mineral Wells, Texas, turned an occasion of sorrow into a moment of inspiration on the day of his mother's death, bowling the highest three-game series of his life. After learning that his mother Sharon, 59, passed away Monday morning in Baton Rouge, La., after a lengthy battle with cardiac issues, Archer found the strength to go ahead and bowl in his regularly-scheduled league that evening because, he said, that's what his mother would have wanted him to do.

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29 PBA Tour titles will be at stake during 2015 season

Three majors, new Xtra Frame events, doubles tournaments, expanded international series on tap

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgAn expanded schedule of tournament activity is on tap for the Professional Bowlers Association for calendar year 2015, including three major championships, six Xtra Frame tournaments, three doubles events and nine PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournaments among 29 PBA Tour title events. The comprehensive schedule of PBA events will include 22 PBA television programs on ESPN and the CBS Sports Network, plus live online coverage of more than 40 events by PBA's Xtra Frame online broadcast crew, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

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Tickets now available for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI TV finals

"Next Level Bowling" helps raise more than $50,000 for Folds of Honor; PBA women stars seek U.S. berth in Pan American Games; Wes Malott wins inaugural Southwest Invitational

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpgTickets for ESPN telecasts of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Nov. 1-2 and the live telecast of the PBA World Championship Finals Jan. 11 are now available. The premier showcase of international professional bowling competition will include the four-player stepladder finals of four traditional PBA "animal lane condition pattern"; a new PBA Challenge telecast and the WBT Men's and Women's Finals presented by the PBA, and the live PBA World Championship finals.

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2014 Professional Bowlers Association Tour hits the home stretch

201112PBALogo_small.jpg The 2014 Professional Bowlers Association Tour consists of 12 events of the 2014 World Bowling Tour, which count as PBA international titles if won by a PBA member, as well as 11 PBA National Tour events in the United States. Following the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas is the 28th Round 1 Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan. The 2014 PBA Tour concludes with the first three events of the 2015 World Bowling Tour in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

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New DHC PBA Japan Invitational adds to PBA World Series' international impact

Top PBA World Championship qualifiers in Las Vegas to earn berths in January tournament

2014PBAJapanLogo_small.jpgThe PBA World Series of Bowling VI, along with its new relationships with the bowling community in Japan, have combined to create a new PBA DHC Japan Invitational tournament in January that will be an important event in the international bowling community that also will kick off the PBA's 2015 Tour schedule. The DHC Invitational will take place Jan. 15-18 at Tokyo Port Bowl in Japan, and will feature a series of pro-am and exhibition matches in addition to the main event.

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Milwaukee to host PBA Players Championship, Roth/Holman Doubles events

World's top bowlers to compete in preliminary rounds prior to USBC Masters, 50th PBA Tournament of Champions

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe world's best bowlers will return to Milwaukee in late January to compete in the preliminary rounds of two Professional Bowlers Association championship tournaments – the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship – leading into a mega-television weekend in Indianapolis as part of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #32


30 PBA players heading to Tokyo in November for 28th Round1 Japan Cup

PBA Regional Summary: Pappas, Morgan, Jones win in the South; Special room rate offered for PBA World Series of Bowling VI

201213PBA23YuyaKatoh3_small.jpgA field of 30 PBA players, including 16 points qualifiers, four sponsor selections and 10 players who plan to bowl in the "pre-tournament qualifier" on Wednesday, November 12, are heading to Tokyo to participate in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup at Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center November 10-15. Japan's Yuya Katoh (pictured) is the defending champion. He is the third Japanese player ever to win the Japan Cup and the first to do so since 1988.

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PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game to sponsor PBA Cheetah Championship

Concrete Software's popular mobile device game continues to attract millions of users

2013PBABowlingChallengeBanner_small.jpgPBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game has been named presenting sponsor of the 2014 PBA Cheetah Championship, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. The PBA Cheetah Championship will be the first of four animal pattern championships conducted during PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The four-player stepladder finals will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 1, for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET.

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PBA, DraftKings enter into online Fantasy Game Affiliate Agreement

2014DraftKingsLogo_small.jpg The Professional Bowlers Association has entered into an affiliate agreement with DraftKings.com that has special appeal to PBA fans who enjoy playing online fantasy sports games. The agreement invites PBA fans to sign up with DraftKings through a link on pba.com and through PBA's Facebook and Twitter pages to compete for cash prizes offered by DraftKings and special prizes offered by the PBA in a wide variety of fantasy sports games.

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PBA's 50th anniversary Tournament of Champions highlights ESPN Schedule

Live coverage of three major championships on tap as 34th season on ESPN begins on December 14

2014PBAESPNRandyPedersenKimberlyPresslerMikeJakubowski_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association's 34th consecutive season of coverage on ESPN begins on Sunday, Dec. 14, and includes 16 weeks of national television coverage for the world's best bowlers, including live coverage of three major championships: the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship and USBC Masters. The new season on ESPN begins on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship.

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GEICO returns as Entitlement Partner of PBA World Series of Bowling VI

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpg GEICO will celebrate its 12th anniversary as a primary partner of the Professional Bowlers Association by serving as the Entitlement Partner of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The multi-event international bowling competition will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The GEICO WSOB VI will feature seven ESPN-televised events, beginning Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET, and continuing every Sunday through Jan. 25.

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PBA World Series VI field is sold out; standby names being accepted

Kristina Wendell, Christina Hardee lock up PBA Women's Regional berths in WSOB VI; Bob Caruso pulls off "super" victory in PBA East Region

2014PBAGEICOWSOBVILogo_small.jpgAs expected the 240-player field for the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VI, set for Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, has been filled and names for the standby list are now being accepted. Vacancies will be filled on a first-come basis. The 2014 WSOB field includes players from a record-tying 21 different countries including first-time representatives from Belgium, the British Virgin Islands, China and Latvia and also eight PBA Hall of Famers.

PBA League News


2015 PBA League Draft set for live Xtra Frame coverage on October 31

Team managers to draft new rosters during PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas

2012PBALeagueLogo_small.jpgWho will be the first player selected when the Professional Bowlers Association conducts its 2015 PBA League Draft on Friday, Oct. 31, during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI? Reigning Player of the Year Jason Belmonte? Hall of Famer Pete Weber? A left-hander, right-hander, budding future star? A live international audience watching the draft on PBA's Xtra Frame will be the first to know as eight team managers select all-new team rosters in preparation for the PBA Tour's first-ever visit to the state of Maine.

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Barb Wilt retires after 44-year career of service to PBA and its members

2014PBAStaffBarbWilt_small.jpg In the 56-year history of the PBA, there is no one who has personally experienced as much of the history and evolution of the sport's professional organization than Barb Wilt, who will bring her 44-year career with PBA to an end when she retires on Aug. 31. Wilt began her career with PBA in a clerical position in July 1970 when PBA's offices were located in Akron, Ohio, and there were just five people working in the office. Over the next 44 years, she created a legacy of service to the organization and its members.

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Professional Bowlers Association moves administrative headquarters to Chicago

PBA will retain its IT staff and services in Seattle

PBA1958Logo_small_0.jpgEffective September 2, the Professional Bowlers Association will enter into a shared services agreement with Luby Publishing, publisher of Bowlers Journal International and other periodicals, and move its operational headquarters to Luby's home in Chicago, Commissioner Tom Clark announced today. The move, Clark said, is designed to improve the organization's operational efficiencies, taking advantage of Luby Publishing's expertise in membership services.

2014 PBA Spare Shots #30


Youth movement making a statement in PBA's Southwest Region

PBA Regional Summary: EJ Tackett tops Rhino Page in Coldwater

PBARegionalBreakdown_small.jpgThe PBA Southwest Region has experienced a youth movement during the 2014 season, according to Southwest Region manager Pete McCordic. So far this year, the region has seen four players win their first PBA titles – and all of them are under the age of 28. The most recent additions to the list are 23-year-old twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery of Pasadena, Texas, who won their first titles in back-to-back weeks. And three non-members also have won PBA Southwest events for the first time.

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