Promotions Enhance TV Finals Experience for Fans Attending GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Jerry Schneider September 26, 2014 02:41


Fans attending the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling ESPN TV Finals tapings Nov. 1-2 at the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will be able to take advantage of several promotions to enhance their spectator experience.

The PBA Bowling Challenge will award a lucky fan before each ESPN telecast the opportunity to take on a PBA Pro on the championship pair in a one-ball shootout which will be aired as part of the show on ESPN. If the fan outscores the pro, the fan wins the pro’s ball plus a custom-made High 5 jersey.

Here’s how it works:

1. Bowling fans should visit the High 5 Gear Selfie Station in the South Point’s Bowling Center all week during the WSOB preliminary rounds Oct. 24-31. The selfies can be taken during the preliminary rounds at the South Point Bowling Center anytime.

2. Snap a selfie.

3. Tag it #High5GearWSOB.

4. Tweet it.

5. Tell your Twitter followers to retweet it.

6. The person with the most retweets from their account will win the chance to bowl with a pro on TV, one shot before each show.

7. A PBA representative will contact winners either in-person or through Twitter and to notify them what shows they will be bowling on.

8. The winner should bring their own ball and shoes to the taping.

9. If the fan beats the pro, they win a bowling ball from the pro and a custom made High 5 jersey.

Picture With the Winner promotion will enable fans who show their creativity by making a cool sign, to have their picture taken holding the championship trophy with the winner during the awards presentation after each ESPN show.  The most creative sign as determined by a PBA staffer will be the winner.

Craziest Fan Costume Contest - Fans can celebrate the Halloween weekend by wearing their wildest costume to the ESPN telecasts. Those who wear a costume will be seated in a special section during the telecasts. The winning costume each day gets a $25 PBA merchandise certificate.

PBA Hat - The first 80 fans through the doors for the Sunday Nov. 2 tapings receive an official PBA baseball cap.

Free Admission - 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 by clicking on or on site at the South Point Bowling Center.

GEICO PBA World of Series ESPN TV Taping Schedule

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas

Saturday, Nov. 1

Noon: PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game

2 p.m.: PBA Viper Championship

4:45 p.m.: PBA Chameleon Championship

6:30 p.m.: PBA Scorpion Championship

Sunday, Nov. 2

11 a.m.: PBA Challenge Presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

2:45 p.m.: WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA

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PBA Spare Shots: Pete Weber Makes Surprise Appearance on ESPN’s SportsNation

by Bill Vint September 24, 2014 08:50

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 on which “meltdown” was the best: Weber’s classic “Who do you think you are? I am…” outburst after winning the 2012 U.S. Open, or Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon’s recent tirade after making an obscene gesture toward Phillies’ fans after blowing a save. Weber’s enthusiastic reaction after winning the U.S. Open was an easy winner. To watch the entire SportsNation appearance, use this link:


The PBA Network has announced that Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive streaming video service, will cover the 2015 Teen Masters and 2015 Collegiate Masters in their entirety from the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas. Coverage of the Collegiate Masters is set for Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, and Teen Masters coverage will air Monday, June 29 through Friday, July 3. Both events will be conducted by the PBA and will feature competition which limits each participant to the use of the PBA Skill 2.0 and 3.0 bowling balls.

To celebrate the partnership, a special package is available to competitors in both tournaments which includes:

● The PBA Skill 2.0 and 3.0 bowling balls;

● A one-year subscription to Xtra Frame;

● A one-year subscription to Bowlers Journal International;

● A $100 discount on a full-day private lesson at the Kegel Training Center in Sebring, Fla.

The package, valued at more than $300, is available now through December for only $199 at and


E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 248-236, to win the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio, Sunday for a $2,500 first prize, his second PBA Central Region title of the 2014 season and his fourth career PBA Regional title.

The 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 242-169, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Tackett eliminated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 201-181.

● PBA50 partner Ed Silva of Manteca, Calif., and Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz. posted a 7-1 match play record and a 16-game total of 7,649 pins Sunday to win the PBA/PBA50 Ken Fowler Auto Center West/Northwest Doubles hosted at Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif.

With the win, Silva claimed his fourth overall PBA Regional title and Blanchard won his sixth. The winning doubles team shared a $3,000 first prize. Silva and Blanchard defeated Dale Eagle of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., by 105 pins for the title.

Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, dominated the finals field to win his 14th PBA Regional title – and first of the 2014 season – in the fourth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open Sunday at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Jensen, who won $2,500, opened Sunday’s finals with a small lead over runner-up Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and C.J. Thomas from Shreveport, La. Bohr started the match play finals with a 290 game to momentarily grab the lead. Johnson then overtook Bohr with a 269 game, but Jensen regained the lead two games later and never relinquished. Winning six of his eight matches and tying another, Jensen finished with a 21-game total of 5,094 pins to top Bohr by 81 pins for the title.

● Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

October also will be a busy month for PBA players heading into the World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The Oct. 3-5 weekend’s regional calendar includes the PBA Maple City Dodge Eastern Open at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.; the PBA Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo.; a PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open doubleheader in Junction City, Kan., and the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA Central Open – one-day reduced entry fee event – at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich. The Belton, Mo., and Muskegon, Mich., tournaments are the final PBA Women’s Regional qualifying events for the Midwest and Central Regions, respectively.

The Oct. 10-12 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Centre Lanes Senior/Super Senior Doubles in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA50 Shreveport Southwest Open at All Star Lanes in Shreveport, La.; the PBA50 Dover Eastern Open at Brunswick Doverama in Dover, N.J.; the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif., and the PBA and PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Opens in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which also will include the PBA/PBA50 Thunderbowl Baker Team Classic. The Tuolumne, Calif., tournament will be the PBA West and Northwest Regions’ final PBA Women’s Regional qualifier.

The weekend prior to the start of the WSOB VI (Oct. 17-19) will include the PBA Young & Pratt Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas; the PBA Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank – a one-day, reduced entry fee event on Sunday, Oct. 19, with live coverage on Xtra Frame – at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind.; the Franklin South Open at Franklin Bowling Center in Franklin, Va.; and the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge and Sands Regency West/Northwest Re-Entry Open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

October’s schedule concludes with the traditional South Point All Regions Open and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

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


● Xtra Frame’s next live event will be the PBA Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank on Sunday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m. ET and continuing until conclusion. The one-day, reduced entry fee event will be hosted by Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind.

● Three-time PBA Tour titlist Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., will join his father, PBA Hall of Famer Don McCune, in the Greater Calumet (Ind.) Bowling Hall of Fame during ceremonies in Hammond, Ind., on Sunday, Dec. 7. McCune began his career in northwest Indiana, demonstrating his potential by averaging 219 at age 14.

● PBA members dominated the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships in Cali, Colombia, in mid-September, winning five of six gold medals. Colombian native Clara Guerrero won singles over fellow PBA members Kelly Kulick (silver) and Liz Johnson (bronze). Missy Parkin and Kulick won doubles while Parkin, Shannon O’Keefe and Danielle McEwan won trios for Team USA. Shannon Pluhowsky joined O’Keefe, McEwan, Johnson, Kulick and Parkin in winning the team gold medal to qualify Team USA for the Pan American Games. Parkin, Kulick and Johnson led the gold-silver-bronze sweep of all-events, and McEwan, a non-PBA member, defeated Parkin for the Masters gold medal. Johnson and Guerrero won bronze medals.

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PBA Network Launch Provides PBA Access to Bowling Fans Around the World

by Bill Vint September 19, 2014 04:39

CHICAGO – 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, on varying communications devices anywhere in the world., the official website of the PBA, will be the home base for the PBA Network (, linking to all of its media touch points at Xtra Frame, the PBA’s streaming video service, is the lynchpin of the PBA Network with a yearly subscription fee of $64.99 ($5.41 a month) or monthly subscription rate of $7.99, available at

“The PBA has provided the most memorable moments and defined icons in bowling since its inception in 1958. Along the way it has been part of the fabric of the sports world as a staple on national television for more than 50 consecutive years, including every year of broadcast partner ESPN’s history since 1979,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “The PBA has also been a trailblazer and leader in digital online coverage of sporting events since 2001, first on our Strike Pass, now Xtra Frame platform.

“The PBA Network celebrates the diversity of media outlets, competition and programming we have developed to make it better than ever for bowling fans to play games and get the best bowling action, news and information they want, whenever they want it, using whatever communications tools available to them.”

The PBA Network is also a cohesive vehicle for the PBA’s sponsors and partners to reach its great fan base across the PBA’s expanding media universe, including:

● Network television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, CBS Sports Network). In 2015, PBA’s network telecasts will include more than 47 hours of original programming and will reach a total audience of more than 50 million viewers.

● Live streaming video (Xtra Frame). PBA produces hundreds of hours of live coverage of PBA Tour, PBA50 and PBA Regional events, plus original programming and archived ESPN shows, qualifying rounds and match play from hundreds of events serving a dedicated audience of more than 5,500 paid subscribers on a daily basis. Captivated subscribers spend an average of 60 minutes per viewing.

● Web site ( Featuring live scoring of major events, statistical updates, calendar information, video, player bios, scoring records, historical data and links to player web sites and social media. In the past 12 months, more than 2.5 million unique users from over 100 countries visited, recording just over 19 million page views.

● Online video (PBA YouTube Channel). PBA’s video content on its dedicated YouTube Channel has recorded more than nine million views.

● PBA In-box (PBA e-Newsletter, email notices). More than 200,000 PBA fans have signed up to receive the PBA’s electronic fan newsletter to get news and sponsor updates via email.

● Mobile gaming (PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software is on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store, Nook). Nearly 11 million mobile device users have been exposed to PBA competition through downloads and more than 115,000 play the PBA game on a daily basis.

● Social media (Professional Bowlers Association [PBA] Facebook page and associated PBA Regional, PBA50, PBA League and PBA personality Facebook pages; and @PBATour on Twitter). PBA’s most prominent social media outlets include 150,000-plus likes and 27,000-plus followers. PBA Player and PBA League owner communications via social media bring those numbers into millions of followers.

“Access and availability have been critical in developing the PBA Network along with digital partners such as our Xtra Frame host NeuLion and mobile game developer Concrete Software,” Clark said. "Whether your favorite communications device is your smart phone, lap top, tablet or TV, the PBA has created a media outlet that allows you to access news and watch bowling action easily anytime and anywhere.”

The recently-released 2015 PBA calendar of events ( includes a global tournament schedule that will reward 37 PBA national titles from now until the end of 2015. In 2015, the PBA will conduct more than 180 tournaments in the USA and more in cooperation with a growing number of international partners and World Bowling. The PBA Network includes on-site fan interaction and pro-ams in over 150 cities worldwide for PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regionals for men, seniors and women; World Bowling-PBA International Tour and PBA Japan Regional program events.

PBA Network promotional posters featuring reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Rookie of the Year E. J. Tackett, Summer Swing King of the Swing Bill O’Neill and World Bowling Tour Finals champion Sean Rash have been distributed to most bowling centers in the USA and the PBA Network launch video is on the PBA’s free YouTube channel

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Fellow Players Elect Chris Keane as 2014 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winner

by Jerry Schneider September 18, 2014 02:33

Veteran PBA50 Tour player Chris Keane 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.

“I’m very honored and proud that my fellow bowlers would think of me that way,” said Keane. “You can’t help but enjoy yourself and have fun (on the PBA50 Tour), so I guess that attitude was reflected to the other bowlers.”

Keane seized the opportunity to bowl full-time on the PBA50 Tour after selling his car wash and auto repair business several years ago.

“I was a serious league and tournament bowler and it became something of a goal and challenge to see if I could bowl against some of the greats of the game,” he said. “I consider myself very fortunate to be able to spend so much time doing something that is this much fun. I just enjoy the whole experience.”

Also nominated for the award were Bill McCorkle, Patrick King, Sammy Ventura, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli.

Other 2014 PBA50 Tour award winners were Norm Duke, who earned PBA50 Tour Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors and Johnny Petraglia who earned PBA60 Player of the Year. Player of the Year awards were based on competition points. Recipients will receive their awards during a presentation at the 2015 PBA Senior U.S. Open next June in Las Vegas.

The Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is named in honor of the PBA legend who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles during his Hall of Fame career, and was considered one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors.

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PBA Spare Shots: Mother’s Passing Inspires DJ Archer’s Near-Perfect 878 Series

by Bill Vint September 17, 2014 07:23

PBA Tour player D.J. Archer 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.

What he didn’t expect was that he would bowl a personal-best 878 series and nearly add his name to the bowling history books when he finished just two shots away from a 900 in the Armadilla Dollars League at Armadilla Lanes II in Houston. 

“I felt like she was looking over me,” said Archer, whose mother had been in a cardiac rehabilitation center in Baton Rouge for several months. 

“I was dealing with a lot of emotions, but I know my mom would have wanted me to go ahead and bowl,” the 12-year PBA Tour veteran continued. “She and my dad (Dan, who died when DJ was 22) were very supportive of me and really got me started in the sport when I was five years old. But my mom was the one who really pushed me in bowling.”

Archer, a former collegiate star at West Texas A&M, started his series with a 300 game. He followed by a 279 which included a double before leaving a 10 pin and then striking the rest of the way. He concluded the set with a 299, leaving another 10 pin on his final shot.

“It was an incredible feeling because it felt like I could strike on every shot,” Archer said. “Being around friends and getting a lot of support from everyone in the league also was a great help and kept me in a positive state of mind. It was kind of like bowling on TV.”

Archer will return to competition in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October where he will try to improve on his PBA Tour career-high second-place finish in the 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic.

A memorial service will be held for Sharon Archer on Friday, Sept. 19 at Christian Life Fellowship, 2037 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (telephone: 225-769-6760) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Gideon’s International for placement of bibles around the world. Messages of sympathy may also be sent to DJ via email at


Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, dominated the field again to win the PBA McAlester Southwest Open Sunday at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester, Okla., topping Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., by 185 pins for his third title of the 2014 season.

Maldonado, who won $2,500, opened Sunday’s final five games of qualifying in seventh place. He started that block with a 300 game and 786 series for his first three games to overtake Bohr. Maldonado then started the eight-game match play finals with a 215 and a win in his match, earning 30 bonus pins, and he then fired a 280 game to build a lead that no one could challenge. The Houston two-handed player finished with a 21-game total of 5,088 pins.

Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., defeated Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 245-171, to win the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Cherry Lanes inside Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday. The title was Taylor’s second of the year, following his first career win in a PBA Midwest Challenge tournament in Kankakee, Ill., in May. He also earned $2,000.

In the second of three PBA Women’s Regional points competitions, Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., finished 12th, two places ahead of Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., to pull within 300 points of Greene in the race for a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals and a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas starting Oct. 24. Stram also earned $250 as the top woman finisher in the field. The final PBAW Midwest Region qualifying event will be held Oct. 3-5 in Belton, Mo.

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., outscored Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio by 51 pins over 17 games to win the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes Eastern Open in Fulton, N.Y., Sunday. Zaffino, who competes in both the PBA East and Central Regions, picked up his 24th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,500 prize.

Ryogo Tsurumi of Kanagawa slipped past Makoto Kawakami of Tochigi, 172-169, to win the PBA Japan Viper Open Monday at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, Japan, ending a streak of four consecutive victories in the new PBA Japan Region by Yuka Tsuchiya.

Tsurumi earned roughly $3,950 in U.S. dollars. The tournament, which was conducted on the PBA Viper lane conditioning pattern, drew a field of 127 men and women. Tsuchiya, who had swept the PBA Japan Cheetah and Chameleon women’s and open regional titles earlier in the summer, finished in 30th place in the Viper Open.

● On the Sept. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

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


● PBA fans who would like special insights into professional bowling are invited to sign up for the free online PBA e-Newsletter, which is distributed electronically throughout the year. The PBA e-Newsletter including information about upcoming events, special promotions, highlights of recent tournaments and more. More than 200,000 PBA fans are already on the list. To enroll, visit PBA on Facebook and click on the “email signup” link.

● PBA fans who like to follow international competition under the auspices of World Bowling (formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association) are encouraged to visit World Bowling’s new official website, In addition to explaining World Bowling’s role as the international governing body for bowling in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, the website includes information and links for all of the upcoming PBA International-World Bowling Tour events.

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