PBA Legend Marshall Holman Joins Xtra Frame Broadcast Booth for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Jerry Schneider October 16, 2014 05:51

PBA legend Marshall Holman will return to the broadcast booth when he joins the Xtra Frame coverage team for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as color commentator, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced today.

The PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time PBA Tour titlist will join Xtra Frame and ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski in the Xtra Frame broadcast booth for live coverage of the Round of 24 blocks of the four animal pattern championships (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion) that will be conducted Oct. 25-28 at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas and the final two rounds of PBA World Championship match play October 29-30.

Holman, a four-time major title winner and 1987 PBA Player of the Year, has extensive experience as a color commentator having previously worked on PBA telecasts for ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS. 

“The concept of the World Series has always intrigued me,” said Holman. “What I hope to accomplish is provide a historical perspective to the sport that has been so good to me while at the same time provide some entertaining commentary for PBA’s growing audience of Xtra Frame subscribers.”

A new Xtra Frame Season Ticket package will provide new subscribers with full coverage of both the 2014 and 2015 World Series of Bowling, and up to 15 months of Xtra Frame access for the price of 12 months’ service. The XF Season Ticket will include more than 60 hours of live coverage of each World Series, and a 24/7 package of more than 300 hours of live “online television” at a subscription price of $64.99. Everyone who enrolls in the XF Season Ticket program by no later November 30 will receive access to Xtra Frame through December 31, 2015, plus a copy of the 2015 PBA Yearbook (an additional $10 bonus value).

In 2015 Xtra Frame subscribers will have access to live coverage of 29 events which includes start-to-finish coverage of seven Xtra Frame-only PBA national tournaments and 10 PBA50 Tour events.

“The PBA and Xtra Frame production team is excited to have one of PBA’s all-time greats joining us for our live coverage of the World Series of Bowling,” Schroeder said. “Marshall will bring his expert analysis, unique perspective and bold personality to our Xtra Frame coverage, enhancing what is already the sport’s premier international professional showcase and providing bowling fans with yet another reason to subscribe to Xtra Frame.”

In addition to the live coverage, World Series rounds will be archived on Xtra Frame for on-demand viewing immediately after each round.

For subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Xtra Frame Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday, Oct. 24

5:15 p.m. – All-In Showdown

5:30 p.m. – PBA Challenge match play

Saturday, Oct. 25

10:40 a.m. – Cheetah A squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Cheetah B squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. – Cheetah Round of 24 qualifying

Sunday, Oct. 26

10:40 a.m. – Viper B squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Viper A squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. –Viper Round of 24 qualifying

Monday, Oct. 27

10:40 a.m. – Chameleon A squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Chameleon B squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. – Chameleon Round of 24 qualifying

Tuesday, Oct. 28

10:40 a.m. – Scorpion B squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Scorpion A squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. – Scorpion Round of 24 qualifying

Wednesday, Oct. 29

1:45 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round 1 match play

8:45 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round 2 match play

Thursday, Oct. 30

4:45 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round 3 match play

Friday, Oct. 31

3:15 p.m. – 2015 PBA League draft

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GEICO PBA World of Series of Bowling VI Kicks Off with PBA Challenge Qualifiers at South Point Oct. 24 on Xtra Frame

by Jerry Schneider October 14, 2014 03:29

 

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI gets underway Friday, Oct. 24 with live Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame qualifying rounds that will provide fans with a snapshot of PBA’s diversity and star power competing to make an ESPN show.

The PBA will conduct eight-player, eight-game round-robin match play qualifiers for the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional Tours to determine two finalists in each group who will advance to the PBA Challenge Finals on Nov. 2 in the new South Point Bowling Plaza. The special telecast, which also will include a Teen Masters Grand Championship match and a unique “Knock-Out Round” finale, will be taped for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET.

All three PBA Challenge match play qualifiers will be covered live on pba.com’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on Oct. 24, starting at 5:15 p.m. ET (2:15 PT) from the South Point Bowling Center.

PBA50 Tour qualifier: The field for the PBA50 Tour Finals qualifier will feature the top eight players from the 2014 PBA50 Tour competition points list: two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker, 2014 PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year Norm Duke, 2014 PBA50 Tour winners Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli, three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr.

Regional Tour qualifier: The field for the Regional Tour qualifier will feature the top points leaders from eight PBA Regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan) as of the Oct. 12 deadline: Ryan Shafer (East), Connor Pickford (South), 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett (Central), Tom Hess (Midwest), Shawn Maldonado (Southwest), David Haynes (West), Josh Blanchard (Northwest) and Pat Nolan (Japan).

Women’s Regional Tour qualifier: The eight PBA Women’s Regional Tour qualifiers will be: Kristina Wendell (East), Christina Hardee (South), Liz Johnson (Central), Amanda Green (Midwest), Clara Guerrero (Southwest), Missy Parkin (West), Lindsay Boomershine (Northwest) and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).

The PBA Challenge qualifying events will be part of a new Xtra Frame Season Ticket package which will provide new Xtra Frame subscribers with full coverage of both the 2014 and 2015 World Series of Bowling, and up to 15 months of Xtra Frame access for the price of 12 months’ service. The XF Season Ticket will provide fans with more than 60 hours of live coverage of each World Series, and a 24/7 package of more than 300 hours of live “online television” at a subscription price of $64.99. Everyone who enrolls in the XF Season Ticket program by no later November 30 will receive access to Xtra Frame through December 31, 2015, plus a copy of the 2015 PBA Yearbook (an additional $10 bonus value).

All three PBA qualifying events will be contested on the PBA World Championship lane condition.

The Teen Masters Grand Championship match will feature boys’ division winner Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Florida, bowling girls’ division winner Kelly Skalacki of Coram, New York. The winner will receive a $6,500 scholarship. Coffey and Skalacki earned their berth in the final through Teen Masters qualifiers held over the summer.

The PBA Challenge telecast will conclude with the special Knock-Out Round, where the four match winners will roll one ball per round, with the lowest score eliminated until one player remains.

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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 http://www.pba.com/tickets/ 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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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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Barb Wilt Retires After 44-Year Career of Service to PBA and its Members

by Jerry Schneider August 26, 2014 09:33

 

In the 56-year history of the PBA, there is no one who has personally experienced as much of the history and evolution of the sport’s professional organization than Barb Wilt, who will bring her 44-year career with PBA to an end when she retires on Aug. 31.

Wilt began her career with PBA in a clerical position in July 1970 when PBA’s offices were located on Merriman Road in Akron, Ohio, and there were just five people working in the office. Over the next 44 years, she created a legacy of service to the organization and its members.

“It’s impossible to thank Barb Wilt enough for her professionalism, reliability and talent over an amazing career with PBA,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Without ever having thrown a ball in competition, Barb has been the heart of the association and no one has meant more to the enduring history of the PBA.”

It was an employment agency newspaper ad and an opportunity to work in public relations that peaked Wilt’s interest in working with PBA.

“I saw this ad in the paper for a job at the PBA which included working in public relations among other things, so I went to the employment agency and applied, and they sent me for an interview,” said Wilt. “I met with Joe Antenora (who was director of operations and later commissioner) and (financial director) Chuck Clemens and they contacted me a couple of days later with an offer. I paid Snelling and Snelling $250 for helping me get the job and they were kind enough to let me take out a loan and I made monthly payments of $25 to pay off the fee.

“By the way,” Wilt added jokingly, “public relations meant running press releases on the mimeograph machine and stuffing them in envelopes and then mailing them.”

She may have been disappointed with that PR job, but there was no shortage of things to do as the organization grew. Wilt was called on to handle assignments in membership and tournament entries among other jobs which became increasingly important with the development of the senior and regional tours.

“I processed all PBA Tour entries and payments and sent all mailings to the membership and media,” she said. “Later, I became involved in keeping tournament and player stats in our database which is something I have been doing ever since I started.

“I’ve seen so many things and had the pleasure of meeting so many people. It doesn’t seem possible; I mean, who thinks when they walk into an office on the first day that they’ll still be there 44 years later?”

Wilt wasn’t a stranger to bowling when she applied to work with PBA which no doubt led to her interest in the job at the PBA. She lived near a bowling center in Akron as a kid.

“The first director of operations at the PBA was Danny Mitseff whose father owned Bories Bowland which was at the end of my street when I was in junior high,” said Wilt. “In the summer we would go down there to get out of the heat. One dollar could get your rental shoes, two games, a Coke and a Kit Kat candy bar. Pop Mitseff wanted you to bowl when you came into his establishment so I was fortunate to be taught how to bowl correctly by Danny’s father when I was 12 years old.”

Another interesting part of her experience with PBA was not actually working for PBA at all, but helping PBA founder Eddie Elias with some of his projects.

“Eddie (Elias) who was an agent and manager who represented people in entertainment and sports. He would get scripts and unpublished books from people all the time and he would pay me on the side to read them and tell him what I thought,” she said. “His administrative assistant (Rainy Stitzlien) also had a boutique attached to our building and she sold furs and other high-end clothing. Once I got asked to try on clothes and model them because actor Bernard Fox, who played Colonel Crittenton on the TV series Hogan’s Heroes and Dr. Bombay on Bewitched, wanted to buy something for his wife. I had a build similar to hers.

“Since Eddie’s company was in the same building, you didn’t just work for the PBA but for Eddie Elias Enterprises and for Rainy’s company as well. I got to meet movie and TV stars, professional golfers, and, of course, the greatest bowlers in the world.”

As a nearly lifelong bowling fan, Wilt also was excited with the opportunity to meet and work with the world’s greatest bowlers who were made famous on ABC telecasts of the PBA Tour.

“I always loved bowling,” she said, “I watched it on ABC before I started working at PBA, so I was really excited to get to meet all the bowlers. I’ve been blessed to know the Weber family and all the truly great bowlers who have come and gone over the years and to watch some of our current champions grow up and become successful. One project that was really closed to my heart was getting the opportunity to teach and be part of the PBA School.

“More recently, seeing PBA’s growth internationally, changes in technology and to see people like Jason Belmonte and Osku Palermaa revolutionizing the sport with their two-handed delivery have kept working with PBA very interesting to me.”

Now in retirement, Wilt will continue what might be her most important job of all – as a grandmother – to eight-month-old Will when she moves across country to Asheville, North Carolina to be closer to her daughters Angie and Amanda (who lives in Carrollton, Ga.) and their families. She also plans to do some volunteer work with the Asheville Humane Society.

If there was one guiding principle that guided Wilt throughout her career it was the dedication to customer service.

“I would often get the same question a hundred times, but I had to make each person or player feel like they were getting the best part of me and they were getting the best service possible,” she said. “You have to always remember that these were people who cared a lot about the sport and it was their passion, and in many cases their dream.”

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