CBS Sports Network expands bowling television package in 2016


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    New 23-event national TV package is highlighted by U.S. Open and full-season PWBA Tour coverage and includes Junior Gold Championships and Intercollegiate Championships



    The United States Bowling Congress has reached an agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise 23 major championship bowling events in 2016 and 2017, highlighted by the U.S. Open, as well as 13 telecasts of the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour.

    The agreement features live telecasts of all four majors on the PWBA Tour and the U.S. Open, a major championship on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

    The growing Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master will be televised for the second consecutive year, while the Intercollegiate Championships return to CBS Sports Network as well.

    New to the television package in 2016 will be coverage of the USA Bowling Championships. USA Bowling is a youth-team program with regional tournaments culminating in a national championship event.

    2014USBCChadMurphy.jpg"With this package, bowling will be on national television every week from May to September," United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy (pictured left) said. "We are thrilled to showcase the excitement of competitive bowling from youth, to college to the professionals and continue building a strong future for the sport."

    Nearly all events in the package including the PWBA Tour, U.S. Open and youth events are collaboratively funded with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).

    STEFrankDeSocio2.jpg"With a consistent schedule and a national television audience, bowling will be top of mind in the United States throughout the year," BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio (right) said. "We are excited to highlight our industry and great partners in a 23-week series that will provide tremendous benefit for all of bowling."

    The package features event coverage Tuesdays in primetime for 18 weeks starting May 10 with the Intercollegiate Championships.

    The PWBA Tour kicks off Thursday, May 26, with a live telecast of the USBC Queens. Finals of the regular season PWBA events will taped on location at the major event sites to be televised on Tuesdays in primetime at later dates.


    CBS Sports Network television schedule

    All times Eastern; subject to change

    Collegiate and youth events:
    • Tuesday May 10 - Intercollegiate Championships, Wichita, Kan. (TBD)
    • Tuesday May 17 - Intercollegiate Championships, Wichita, Kan. (TBD)
    • Tuesday May 24 - Intercollegiate Championships, Wichita, Kan. (TBD)
    • Tuesday May 31 - Intercollegiate Championships, Wichita, Kan. (TBD)
    • Tuesday July 26 - Junior Gold and USA Bowling, Indianapolis (TBD)
    • Tuesday Aug. 2 - Junior Gold and USA Bowling, Indianapolis (TBD)
    • Tuesday Aug. 9 - Junior Gold and USA Bowling, Indianapolis (TBD)
    • Tuesday Aug. 16 - Junior Gold and USA Bowling, Indianapolis (TBD)
    • Tuesday Aug. 23 - Junior Gold and USA Bowling, Indianapolis (TBD)

    PWBA Tour:
    • Thursday May 26 - USBC Queens, Las Vegas 8 p.m. (live)
    • Tuesday June 7 - PWBA Las Vegas Open (TBD)
    • Tuesday June 14 - PWBA Sonoma County Open (TBD)
    • Tuesday June 21 - PWBA Storm Sacramento Open (TBD)
    • Sunday June 26 - PWBA Players Championship, Green Bay, Wis., (noon, live)
    • Tuesday July 5 - PWBA Wichita Open (TBD)
    • Tuesday July 12 - PWBA Lincoln Open (TBD)
    • Tuesday July 19 - PWBA Greater Detroit Open (TBD)
    • Sunday August 7 - U.S. Women's Open (site TBD) (noon, live)
    • Tuesday August 16 - PWBA Lexington Open (TBD)
    • Tuesday August 23 - PWBA Rochester Open (TBD)
    • Tuesday August 30 - PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open (TBD)
    • Date TBD - Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship (site TBD) (TBD, live)

    Men's pro event:
    • Date TBD - U.S. Open (location TBD) (TBD) (live)