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22 different players qualify for World Series of Bowling ESPN telecasts

Six of the seven international players qualify for multiple TV shows

201112PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg201112PBA01IldemaroRuiz_small.jpgWith the TV finals fields still to be determined for the PBA Elite Players Championship and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 22 different players have qualified for a TV show. Six of the seven international players in that field have qualified for multiple TV shows including Jason Belmonte (left; 4 times); Ildemaro Ruiz (right; 3); Andres Gomez, Stuart Williams, Dom Barrett and Osku Palermaa (2 each)

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Tensions between Belmonte, Rash lead to heart-to-heart talk

201112PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg201112PBASeanRash_small.jpgWorld Series of Bowling spectators noticed that the Jason Belmonte (pictured left) and Sean Rash (right) weren't warming up to each other in the wake of last summer's "bottlegate" confrontation…and because both were bowling at an extremely high level, they wound up assigned to the same pairs of lanes for much of the competition through the first five days. The two rivals did their best to avoid each other.

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Construction begins on PBA World Series of Bowling television set

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpg2011WSOBTVSetConstruction_small.jpgAfter a day off to rest up and re-focus, competition resumed in the PBA World Series of Bowling Friday at South Park Bowling Center. Also Friday, in Exhibit Hall A in another part of the South Point Casino/Hotel complex (r.), construction was getting underway on the special television set that will host 14 ESPN telecasts and eight PBA Tour title events over a span of four days next week.

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PBA to return to non-exempt Tour for 2012-13 season

Competition points will play key role in qualifying for new PBA Elite Players Championship, PBA Playoffs

201112PBALogo_small.jpgThe constantly changing climate in the world of professional sports has prompted the PBA to return to a competitive environment that will re-open the doors to its national tour to all aspiring professional bowlers. Changes in competition rules, announced to the PBA membership at the start of the PBA World Series of Bowling, will mean the end of the "exempt tour" concept the PBA has employed since the 2004-05 season and a return to a "non-exempt" Tour program for the 2012-13 season.

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Tommy Jones survives to win BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown

Defeats Sean Rash to win $45,000

2011PBAAllInTommyJones_small.jpgThirteen-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Tommy Jones (pictured) of Simpsonville, S.C., survived three tension-filled matches to win the $45,000 jackpot in the winner-take-all BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown Friday at South Point Bowling Center. Jones defeated four-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 446-426, in the two-game final match. The All-In Showdown was a prelude to the PBA World Series of Bowling, which begins Saturday with the Bayer Viper Championship.

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Experienced players expecting plenty of "friction" during PBA World Series of Bowling

Large field of players, lots of games mean bowling balls will hook at South Point Bowling Center

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgExperienced players who return to a specific baseball field, golf course or bowling center are always prepared to deal with the unique playing surfaces or scoring environment of the host facility. That conclusion applies to the field of Professional Bowlers Association and international players who are about to descend on South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas for the 2011 renewal of the PBA World Series of Bowling, which gets underway Friday.

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Fred Schreyer retires as PBA CEO, Commissioner

Geoff Reiss becomes new PBA CEO, Tom Clark takes over as Commissioner as of Nov. 1

211PBACEOFredSchreyer_small.jpgFred Schreyer (pictured), Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of the Professional Bowlers Association, today announced his retirement after 11 years of service to the organization. The PBA Board of Directors has named Geoff Reiss Chief Executive Officer and has promoted Tom Clark to the position of Commissioner, effective November 1. Schreyer will continue to serve the PBA as a senior advisor. The PBA also has announced that Kirk Von Krueger has been promoted to Deputy Commissioner.

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Chris Barnes ready to defend PBA World Championship title

Season’s first major championship will be centerpiece of 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpg201011PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpgAs the centerpiece of the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and the first major championship of the season, the PBA World Championship will again live up to its name when a field of PBA and international stars from more than 15 different countries convene at South Point Bowling Center on Nov. 4. Chris Barnes (r.) of Double Oak, Texas, will be on hand to defend his 2010 victory in the World Championship.

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PBA players "shape up" for challenging World Series of Bowling schedule

Two weeks of intense competition put physical, mental abilities to supreme test

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgProfessional Bowlers Association players have learned an important lesson after the first two years of PBA World Series of Bowling competition: you'd better get in shape. Beginning Friday, Nov. 4, and spanning a 16-day period ending on Sunday, Nov. 20, the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas will put 240 PBA and international players through a demanding schedule that will test everyone's physical and mental abilities.

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Rash, Jones are "all-in;" PBA World Series of Bowling "Showdown" is full

201011PBASeanRash_small.jpg201011PBATommyJones_small.jpgOvernight entries by Sean Rash (l.) of Montgomery, Ill., and Tommy Jones (r.) of Simpsonville, S.C., have filled the field for PBA's BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown, a winner-take-all special event that will be held at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 4, to kick off the two-week PBA World Series of Bowling. With the field filled at eight players, the All-In Showdown will pay the winner a jackpot of $45,000.

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All-In Showdown to reach its capacity with one more entry

Field is now at seven as Himmler, Russell, O'Neill, Rash enter

2007PITBrianHimmler_small.jpg201011PBABillONeill_small.jpgThe field for the PBA's BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown, a special high-stakes event that will kick off the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling on Friday, Nov. 4, is now at seven with the addition of Cincinnati's Brian Himmler (l.), Ronnie Russell of Indianapolis, Bill O'Neill (r.) of Southampton, Pa., and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. The All-In Showdown will reach its capacity with one more entry.

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High Stakes "All-In Showdown" to kick off PBA World Series of Bowling

Barnes, Warren are first entries as BowlersDeals.com sweetens pot for live Xtra Frame contest

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgAs if two weeks of high-tension competition for eight PBA titles and nearly $1 million in prize money isn't enough, the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling has announced it will get underway with an additional high-stakes winner-take-all test of nerves. The BowlersDeals.com All-In Showdown invites a maximum of eight players to slap down $5,000 each and bowl for a maximum prize of $45,000.

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For Kelly Kulick, ESPN the Magazine "exposure" is good for Bowling

PBA Tournament of Champions winner first bowler to appear in "Bodies in Motion" issue

201011PBAKellyKulick_small.jpgKelly Kulick's professional bowling career has been a collection of "firsts," but none have been more revealing than her appearance – discreetly nude – in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine's annual "Bodies We Want" photo-feature. The 34-year-old Union, N.J., resident is the first bowler to appear in ESPN the Magazine's annual "Body Issue," a special edition that celebrates athletic physiques involving male and female athletes from a variety of sports.
Click here to see Kelly's photo in ESPN the Magazine.

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ESPN's 2011-12 PBA Tour coverage begins on December 4

New season to conclude with live PBA Tournament of Champions coverage on April 15

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgFor the 32nd consecutive year, ESPN will provide millions of American bowling fans with nationally-televised coverage of the Professional Bowlers Association during the 2011-12 season. The PBA Tour's new television season, which includes 18 Sunday telecasts, will begin with a "doubleheader" on Sunday, Dec. 4 with the men's and women's World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA airing in back-to-back one-hour segments. The PBA-ESPN season will conclude with the live finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions from Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15.

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PBA's Xtra Frame to air free six-hour PBA World Series of Bowling preview Oct. 4

WSOB warm-up show will debut Xtra Frame's new HD Streaming

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgBowling fans will be able to catch a comprehensive six-hour preview of the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling free on PBA's Xtra Frame official online video streaming service Tuesday, Oct. 4 beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific). Xtra Frame will air "The PBA World Series of Bowling Warm-up" as part of a special edition of its PBA:39X60 news magazine live from the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas that will be available at no charge via PBA.com, UStream and PBA Facebook.

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49 exempt players set for 2011-12 Professional Bowlers Association Tour season

New Exempt Players Championship to provide "major" drama during World Series of Bowling

2011PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgFour first-time Professional Bowlers Association title winners, players representing six foreign countries, a returning PBA Hall of Famer and the oldest player ever to earn an exemption are among the 49 "exempt" players who will headline the 2011-12 PBA Tour when it gets underway during the PBA World Series of Bowling Nov. 4-20 at South Point Lanes in Las Vegas. A focal point of the season for the elite group will be an exclusive new PBA Exempt Players Championship with a $35,000 first prize and a $191,000 prize fund during the World Series.

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Danny Wiseman caught speeding in downtown Baltimore

Takes a few laps with IndyCar veteran


Twelve-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) champion Danny Wiseman was caught speeding on Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Sept. 3. But it was all in good fun. Baltimore native Wiseman was riding in a two-seat IndyCar (pictured) driven by IndyCar veteran Davey Hamilton as part of the festivities surrounding the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, the first IZOD IndyCar Series race in that city.

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PBA South Region Tournament Director Harry O'Neale to retire

PBA's longest-standing regional manager says "it's time to enjoy the retired life"

PBASouthTDHarryONeale_small.jpgAfter a half-century of involvement with the Professional Bowlers Association, PBA South Region Tournament Director Harry O'Neale has announced "it's time to enjoy the retired life. Whatever that is." O'Neale, who has managed a highly successful regional program that began with 160 members and grew significantly during his 31 and a half years of supervision, will officially leave his post on Sept. 9. He will be 69 in November. The PBA is in the process of naming O'Neale's successor.

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Fans select Jason Belmonte as "Best Bowler" ESPY Award winner


Jason Belmonte's popularity among bowling fans became apparent Wednesday when the Australian two-handed player was selected as the fans' choice for the 2011 "Best Bowler" ESPY Award at the annual ESPY Awards ceremony at Nokia Theater. With seven top 10 finishes during the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season and a win with New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul as his doubles partner in the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, Belmonte won the fan voting contest on ESPN.com over fellow PBA Tour competitors Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes and Bill O'Neill.

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Race is on for Regional, Senior players to qualify for 2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

Unique elimination championships return to Indianapolis as part of pba.com's Xtra Frame Tour

PBA1958Logo_mini.jpgThe PBA's unique showdown between the best players in its seven regional programs, the 2011 PBA Senior Tour's points leaders and the top players on the PBA's 2011-12 national tour will return to Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis March 30-April 1 for the 2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoffs, the concluding event on the PBA's new Xtra Frame Tour. Introduced in the spring of 2011, the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs involves six groups of regional and national competition points leaders in a series of elimination rounds leading to the championship.

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