USBC announced USBC Women's Challenge


    Bowl Expo

    Women's Bowling back on TV

    During the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) annual session at the Las Vegas Convention Center this morning, Mike Carroll, President of the United States Bowling Congress, announced the return of women's bowling on television.

    Gary Beck (right) of Killer B Promotions has signed a contract with ESPN 2 to broadcast six one and a half hour shows on six consecutive Mondays in September and October at prime time. The USBC Women's Challenge will be the first women's bowling tournament series on TV since the demise of the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour - the last tournament was held in July 2003. The first five shows will feature 16 handpicked women both professionals and amateurs. USBC as the umbrella sponsor has named their spokespersons Carolyn Dorin Ballard (left), Kim Terrell (right) and Diandra Asbaty. According to Beck, the 13 other players will be determined until the mid of July. The shows will be staged in the great hall of the Fashion Show Mall at the Las Vegas strip, August 28-31, 2006. Instead of the catwalk used for fashion shows Killer B Promotions will install two bowling lanes in the middle of the huge shopping center opposite to Las Vegas latest hotel attraction - The Wynn. "The projected audience in the mall during the four days will be approximately 250.00 people", said Beck during the press conference after the BPAA annual session. "About 600.000 vehicles and 375.000 pedestrians are Fashion Show Plaza every day." Huge numbers, not only for women bowling. Here is the TV schedule: Program One - September 11, 9:30pm Athletes 1 thru 4, two semis and a final. Program Two - September 18, 9:30pm Athletes 1 thru 4, two semis and a final. Program Three - September 25, 9:30pm Athletes 5 thru 8, two semis and a final. Program Four - October 2, 9:30pm Athletes 9 thru 12, two semis and a final. Program Five - October 9, 9:30pm Finals - Four Winners, two semis and a final. The sixth show on October 16 will feature the boys' and girls' Teen Masters champions (to be taped August 6).