PBA's 2014-15 ESPN ratings up 23%, include key demographic gains

    10/16/15

    2015 PBA Spare Shots #41

    PBA1958Logo.jpgPBA television ratings on ESPN for 2014-15 not only showed a 23 percent increase in viewership, but made important gains in valuable demographics, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said.

    Newly-released ratings data comparing the overall 2014-15 PBA telecasts on ESPN to the 2013-14 season showed ratings gains in desirable areas such as males age 18-49, which was up 55 percent. The combined male-female audience in both the 18-34 and 18-49 age groups were up 50 percent year-over-year.

    "It's an exciting time for the PBA," Clark said. "These numbers are rarely achieved in sports TV and are very encouraging. They are both valuable and attractive to sponsors and partners. The PBA's mix of exciting players including Hall of Famers, international stars and former collegiate players making their mark in increasingly diverse and prestigious events, plus the continued support of ESPN have the PBA positioned for further growth."

    The new PBA on ESPN schedule begins Dec. 17, with a special Thursday, 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) live telecast of the PBA World Championship from the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

     


    2016 PBA League declaration deadlines looming


    Two key deadlines for PBA League competition in 2016 are looming – the Oct. 26 deadline for team managers to declare up to three players they wish to protect from their 2015 rosters, and the Nov. 13 deadline for PBA members to declare themselves eligible for the 2016 draft.

    Team managers must advise PBA Commissioner Tom Clark of the maximum of three players from their 2015 rosters that they want to return to their respective teams in 2016. Players not protected must then declare their intent to participate in the 2016 draft by contacting PBA Director of Events Janay Haggerty ([email protected]) by no later than Nov. 13.

    The 2016 PBA League draft will be held on Dec. 17during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas. The draft will be covered live on Xtra Frame at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).

     


    Next up on Xtra Frame: Sands Regency Casino West/Northwest Classic


    The Sands Regency Casino West/Northwest Classic, presented by Radical, will reward its winner with a $10,000 first prize at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and the entire tournament will be covered live on Xtra Frame Saturday and Sunday.

    The Sands Regency regional event will be a reduced-entry fee tournament ($175 for PBA members, $225 for non-members) leading into the multi-event PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic which gets underway on Monday, Oct. 19, in Las Vegas.

    Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA Fall Classic begins Oct. 19 at South Point. During the Fall Classic, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play rounds Oct. 19-20, start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open – a PBA Tour title event – Oct. 21-22; the South Point West Challenge (for non-title winners) on Oct. 23; the new five-player PBA Team Challenge, Oct. 24-25, and the PBA50 Western Open on Oct. 26.

     


    PBA Regional Update: Tom Smallwood wins Greater Muskegon title


    2015PBAGreaterMuskegonTomSmallwood.jpgTom Smallwood (pictured left) of Saginaw, Mich., defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 228-193, to win the $2,000 top prize in the PBA Greater Muskegon USBC Bowling Association/Northway Lanes Central Open at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich., on Sunday.

    En route to his fourth PBA Regional title, Smallwood downed Eric Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 268-194, while Ciminelli topped Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 246-224, in the semifinal round.

    Troy Kendrick of Coto de Caza, Calif., and Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., took advantage of their superior match play record to win the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Center West/Northwest Doubles hosted by Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif., Sunday.

    Kendrick and Frankos won five of their six matches to finish the tournament with a 14-game total of 6,150 pins, including 150 match play bonus pins, to top Joe Goldstein Sr. of Hayward, Calif., and Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., by 29 pins for the title, giving Kendrick his fifth PBA Regional title and Frankos his 19th. They shared the $3,000 first prize. Goldstein and Warren had a 2-4 match play record and a total of 6,121 pins, including 60 bonus pins.

    The Oct. 16-18 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open from AMF Woodlawn Bowl in Baltimore, and the PBA50 Park Centre Lanes Senior/Super Senior Doubles Central Open presented by Columbia 300 from North Canton, Ohio, as well as the Sands Regency West/Northwest events at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Oct. 19 marks the beginning of the South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic in Las Vegas.

    The Oct. 23-25 weekend includes the PBA50 Tomball Southwest Open from Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas, and the one-day PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

    Two Teen Masters qualifying events also are scheduled over the Oct. 24-25 weekend: the Erie Open Teen Masters event, presented by the Erie Sports Commission, at Rolling Meadows Lanes, and the Frisco Open presented by the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau at Strikz in Frisco, Texas.

    October's regional activity closes with the PBA50 WGB Accounting Craig Pezzano Memorial presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan's Bowling Center in Laurel, Del.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., over the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 weekend.

    For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here and open the "schedules" tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

     


    Quick Notes


    Conner Kolessides (scratch) and Tommy Sanfilippo (handicap) earned $1,700 and $2,000 scholarship awards, respectively, in the fourth annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore on Saturday. The sold-out event rewarded participants with more than $22,000 in scholarships.

     


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