50th Anniversary TOC Highlights 2014-15 PBA Schedule on ESPN; First Show Airs December 14

by Bill Vint August 29, 2014 07:42

SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association’s 34th consecutive season of coverage on ESPN begins on Sunday, Dec. 14, and includes 16 weeks of national television coverage for the world’s best bowlers, including live coverage of three major championships: the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship and United States Bowling Congress Masters.

The new season on ESPN begins on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship. The ESPN schedule will feature 27.5 hours of coverage, including six GEICO World Series of Bowling VI shows originating from the South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas (the first events ever held in the new start-of-the-art facility), four PBA League telecasts and the 2014 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational. Over the course of the season, PBA competition will be seen by more than 50 million bowling fans across North America and in selected markets around the world.

The broadcast team of Mike Jakubowski, color analyst Randy Pedersen and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler will return to handle ESPN coverage. Pedersen, a 2010 PBA Hall of Fame inductee, returns to the broadcast booth for the 14th consecutive season. Pressler, Miss USA 1999, made her debut as PBA’s sideline reporter during WSOB II in 2010. Jakubowski, the voice of PBA’s Xtra Frame, is back for his second season as ESPN play-by-play announcer.

The highlights of the 2014-15 schedule will be the historic 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions, sponsored by Barbasol and hosted by Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, along with live coverage of the PBA World Championship from South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 11. The five players who qualify for the World Championship stepladder finals during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in late October will return to Las Vegas for the live telecast.

The USBC Masters finals from Green Bay, Wis., on the Sunday preceding the PBA Tournament of Champions telecast also has potential to write a new page in bowling history as two-time defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia will enter the tournament trying to become the first player ever to win that event three years in a row. PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby is the only player to win the Masters three times, but he didn’t win in consecutive years.

All of the 2014-15 ESPN telecasts will be two hours except for the four PBA animal pattern championships which will be four-player, one-hour shows, and the Chris Paul PBA Invitational, which will be a 90-minute telecast in its traditional timeslot on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. Eleven of the 16 telecasts will begin at 1 p.m. ET, and the Jan. 25 telecast of the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA will air on ESPN2.

In addition to the ESPN schedule, the PBA will provide extensive live on-site coverage of preliminary rounds of all PBA Tour events on is subscription-based online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Xtra Frame subscriptions are available for $7.99 for one month or $64.99 for a full year. For subscription information and complete video streaming schedule details, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

ESPN-PBA TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times are Eastern)

Sunday, Dec. 14 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Cheetah Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Viper Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 28 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Chameleon Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 4 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Scorpion Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 11 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA World Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Challenge (PBA50 Tour Finals, PBA Women’s Regional Finals, PBA Regional Finals, Teen Masters Grand Championship), 3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 25 (ESPN2) –GEICO WSOB VI World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 1 – Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 8 – United States Bowling Congress Masters, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 15 – 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Championships, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22 – PBA Players Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 1 –Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 – PBA League Quarterfinals, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 5 – PBA League Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 12 – PBA League Semifinals, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 19 – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, 1 p.m.

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GEICO Returns as Entitlement Partner for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Bill Vint August 29, 2014 02:55

SEATTLE – GEICO, one of America’s largest automobile insurers with more than 17 million policyholders, will celebrate its 12th anniversary as a primary partner of the Professional Bowlers Association by serving as the Entitlement Partner of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

The multi-event international bowling competition will be held Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The GEICO WSOB VI will feature seven ESPN-televised events, beginning Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. ET, and continuing every Sunday through Jan. 25.

The World Series will generate a significant television audience for GEICO. WSOB V reached a television audience of more than 4.5 million viewers resulting in 13 million impressions. In addition, 175,000 unique fans visited pba.com during the World Series, generating 2.5 million page views to monitor results while the event was underway.

GEICO made its debut as a PBA Tour sponsor in the 2003 GEICO Open in West Babylon, New York, and has been a PBA entitlement sponsor every year since, in addition to being one of the PBA Tour’s leading advertisers in support of PBA’s telecasts.

“The PBA’s partnership with GEICO has been mutually beneficial on all levels, and it’s especially significant when the package involves the World Series of Bowling,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.

The entitlement partnership provides GEICO with more than $500,000 in measured media exposure through signage, commercial units and more over a span of two months, Clark noted. Part of the enhanced exposure includes incorporation of the GEICO logo into the official World Series logo, prime on-camera visibility on masking units above the lanes and on ball returns, as well as extensive audio recognition.

Over the years, the PBA has been able to dramatically expand the exposure it provides to GEICO, he continued. In addition to exposure on ESPN telecasts, GEICO is prominently featured in more than 50 hours of live, online video streaming coverage through Xtra Frame, the PBA’s Internet bowling channel that didn’t exist when the PBA and GEICO began their relationship.

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling will award more than $650,000 in prize money, making it the richest event in professional bowling. A sold-out field of 240 bowlers representing a record-tying 21 different countries is already confirmed. Since its inception, the WSOB has welcomed bowlers from 36 different countries.

The PBA’s growing legion of international bowling fans will also follow the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling on pba.com’s live scoring feature as well as on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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2015 PBA League Draft Set for Live Xtra Frame Coverage on October 31

by Bill Vint August 28, 2014 08:58

SEATTLE – Who will be the first player selected when the Professional Bowlers Association conducts its 2015 PBA League Draft on Friday, Oct. 31, during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI? Reigning Player of the Year Jason Belmonte? Hall of Famer Pete Weber? A left-hander, right-hander, budding future star?

A live international audience watching the third annual PBA League draft on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will be the first to know as eight team managers select all-new team rosters in preparation for the PBA Tour’s first-ever visit to the state of Maine.

The eight-team PBA League will compete in two days of team competition for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The PBA League in 2015 will feature the same eight teams it fielded during its first two seasons, but the only thing about the teams that will remain the same is their names and team managers. After a random draw to determine the draft order, managers will fill their rosters with five players who will compete in Maine in two days of intense competition featuring Baker-format elimination rounds leading to the Elias Cup Finals. The Elias Cup will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.

Highlights of the 2015 program include:

● The 2015 draft will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, during PBA WSOB VI at South Point in Las Vegas and carried live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Team managers will be: Mark Baker (defending Elias Cup champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (GEICO New York City WTT KingPins), Johnny Petraglia (Brooklyn STyLES), Norm Duke (Dallas Strikers), Tim Mack (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits), Jason Couch (Philadelphia Hitmen), Andrew Cain (L.A. X) and Del Ballard Jr. (Barbasol Motown Muscle).

● Players eligible for the 2015 PBA League Draft will be the top 50 in PBA Tour competition points between the 2013 World Series of Bowling V and the 2014 Oklahoma Grand Casino and Resort Summer Swing, plus any player who was on a PBA League roster for 2014, but didn’t qualify based on points (see the complete draft-eligible player list below).

● For the draft, eligible players will be ranked based upon their position on the points list. The first player elected by each team must be taken from the group of players ranking 1-10 on the points list. The second player drafted will come from the group ranked 11-20 in points, plus any undrafted players from group one. The third player drafted will come from those ranked 21-30 in points. The fourth player will come from those ranked 31-40 in points, and the fifth player will come from the players ranked 41-50 and previous team members not among the points leaders. Players undrafted in each round will be eligible in the following round, expanding the pool of players as each round continues. The draft exception will be Dallas player-manager Norm Duke, who finished 39th on the points list, will draft himself in the fourth round.

● The only draft-eligible woman on the list is Colombia native Clara Guerrero, who last year became the third woman in history to bowl in a nationally-televised final when she qualified for the PBA Cheetah Championship stepladder in WSOB V, eventually finishing fourth.

● Draft-eligible players must declare their desire to participate in the PBA League. Players may begin declaring for the draft on October 1. The deadline to declare is October 15.

● A random draw will determine the team draft order. The draft will then be conducted in “serpentine” format whereby Team No. 1 will pick first in the first round and last in the second round, and Team No. 8 will pick last in the first round and first in the second round, etc.

In the 2015 PBA League playoffs, players will compete for a projected $250,000 in prize money.

The three-day visit to Portland will include a day of practice and pro-am activity where Maine adult, youth and senior league bowlers will have a chance to bowl with the stars of the PBA, followed by two days of Baker-format team competition for delayed telecast on ESPN. The quarterfinal round will include four best-of-two-game Baker team matches, with all five players bowling two frames per game. The four winning teams will advance to the two-game, Baker format semifinal round which will produce two winners to bowl for the Elias Cup.

The Elias Cup will be decided based upon total pinfall for a singles match (with 10 bonus pins to the winner), alternate-shot doubles match (15 bonus pins), trios match (20 bonus pins) and five-player Baker team match (50 bonus pins).

● ESPN will televise the PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup Finals on four consecutive Sundays, March 29, April 5, 12 and 19.

2015 PBA LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Friday, October 31
PBA League Draft, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (live coverage on Xtra Frame)

Competition Schedule, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine
Friday, March 27
9 a.m. – Practice Session
Tba – Pro-Am squads

Saturday, March 28 (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off breaks ties)
Noon – Quarterfinal Match One: Team 1 vs. Team 8
    Quarterfinal Match Two: Team 5 vs. Team 4
4:30 P.M. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team 2 vs. Team 7
    Quarterfinal Match Four: Team 6 vs. Team 3

Sunday, March 29
Noon – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off breaks ties)
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off breaks ties)
4:30 p.m. – Elias Cup Finals: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two, total pinfall (singles, 10 bonus pins; alternate-shot doubles, 15 bonus pins; trios, 20 bonus pins; Baker team, 50 bonus pins)

2015 PBA LEAGUE DRAFT-ELIGIBLE LIST
(based upon PBA Tour competition points earned between 2013 WSOB IV and 2014 PBA Summer Swing)

PBAL Group One
1, Jason Belmonte, 138,842
2, Dom Barrett, 101,973
3, E.J. Tackett, 71,757
4, Sean Rash, 69,465
5, Wes Malott, 67,665
6, Tom Smallwood, 64,909
7, Pete Weber, 62,824
8, Bill O'Neill, 61,324
9, Chris Barnes, 60,008
10, Ryan Ciminelli, 55,551

PBAL Group Two
11, Tommy Jones, 49,557
12, Mike Fagan, 47,609
13, Ronnie Russell, 40,795
14, Dick Allen, 38,557
15, Mika Koivuniemi, 38,312
16, Chris Loschetter, 37,853
17, Dan MacLelland, 33,955
18, Stuart Williams, 33,396
19, Tom Daugherty, 29,836
20, Josh Blanchard, 28,529

PBAL Group Three
21, Dave Wodka, 27,129
22, Martin Larsen, 26,777
23, Michael Haugen, 26,634
24, Thomas Larsen, 25,653
25, Parker Bohn, 25,579
26, D.J. Archer 25,070
27, Brian Valenta, 24,034
28, Brian Kretzer, 22,806
29, Shawn Maldonado, 22,190
30, Nathan Bohr, 22,054

PBAL Group Four
31, Jake Peters, 21,780
32, Jason Sterner, 21,759
33, Tom Baker, 21,546
34, Ryan Shafer, 21,386
35, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 21,186
36, Lee Vanderhoef, 21,054
37, Scott Norton, 20,717
38. Patrick Allen. 20.600
39, Norm Duke, 20,543
40, John Szczerbinski, 19,444

PBAL Group Five
41, Eugene McCune, 19,387
42, Craig Nidiffer, 18,826
43, Bryon Smith, 18,218
44, Osku Palermaa, 17,076
45, Rhino Page, 16,860
46, Dino Castillo, 16,684
47, Clara Guerrero, 16,262
48, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, 15,726
49, Jesse Buss, 15,168
50, Andres Gomez, 15,067

Draft Eligible (2014 PBAL team member)
53, Michael Machuga, 14,279
57, Mike DeVaney, 13,035
63, Amleto Monacelli, 11,337
77, Mike Scroggins, 9,262
79, Brad Angelo, 8,969

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PBA Spare Shots: Osku Palermaa Wins WBT Thailand; World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Fields Set for World Series

by Bill Vint August 28, 2014 03:27

Finland’s Osku Palermaa defeated top seed Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York, 227-213, 243-224, on Monday at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok to win the WBT Thailand, the final PBA International-World Bowling tournament prior to the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2.

Palermaa, who won $32,350 and his fourth PBA Tour title, had to defeat Ciminelli twice to claim the title. After entering the stepladder finals as the No. 3 qualifier, Palermaa defeated South Korea’s Suh Sang Cheon, 224-206, and Naif Oqab of UAE, 234-191, to advance to the final match.

The WBT Thailand also was the final qualifying event for the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by PBA, that will be contested during WSOB VI at South Point Bowling Stadium for telecast on ESPN. Finnish-American star Mika Koivuniemi retained his No. 1 position on the two-year, rolling WBT points list, finishing with 567 points. He will bowl against the winner of a match between Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., the No. 2 qualifier and defending WBT Men’s Finals winner vs. No. 3 Jason Belmonte of Australia in Las Vegas. The WBT Women’s Finals will include top qualifier and defending champ Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, meeting the winner of a match between No. 2 Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York vs. No. 3 Sandra Andersson of Sweden.

WBT Thailand drew a field of 102 players from around the world, including a number of PBA members. England’s Dom Barrett finished sixth, earning $2,903, and Jason Sterner of Covington, Georgia, was seventh for $2,742. Marshall Kent of Tacoma, Washington; Stuart Williams of England; Rash; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; Martin Larsen of Sweden, and Koivuniemi all finished in the group that earned $2,258 each. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Kulick were among the players who cashed for $1,613.

The next tournament in the cooperative PBA International-World Bowling series will be the WBT Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, Jan. 6-11.

PBA WORLD SERIES VI FIELD IS SOLD OUT; STANDBY NAMES BEING ACCEPTED

As expected the 240-player field for PBA World Series of Bowling VI, set for Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, has been filled and names for the standby list are now being accepted. Vacancies will be filled on a first-come basis.

The 2014 WSOB field includes players from a record-tying 21 different countries including first-time representatives from Belgium, the British Virgin Islands, China and Latvia. The preliminary list of countries represented includes Argentina (1), Australia (5), Bahrain (1), Belgium (1), Bermuda (2), British Virgin Islands (2), Canada (3), China (6), Colombia (9), Denmark (2), Ecuador (3), England (5), Finland (2), Germany (3), Ireland (1), Japan (5), Latvia (1), Mexico (2), Sweden (8), Venezuela (10) and the United States (168).

The field also includes eight PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Jason Couch, Norm Duke, Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Danny Wiseman.

WENDELL, HARDEE LOCK UP PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL BERTHS IN WORLD SERIES

Kristina Wendell of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Christina Hardee of Mount Dora, Florida, have locked up the first two of seven PBA Women’s Regional berths for the World Series of Bowling’s PBA Women’s Regional Finals. They will be joined by PBA Japan Region women’s points leader Yuka Tsuchiya in the eight-player match play competition on Friday, Oct. 24, to determine the two PBA Women’s Regional representatives who will bowl on the PBA Challenge special event on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 2, at South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas.

Wendell, 30, clinched her spot Sunday in the Mil-Ray Foods Eastern Open at Brunswick Zone Deptford, N.J. She finished 54th in the male-dominated field in Deptford, but advanced to the finals in the other two PBA East Region events she entered.

Hardee, also 30, locked up her WSOB entry and PBA Women’s Regional Finals berth in the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday.

“I was lucky enough to win the ladies points in the South and will be getting to go the WSOB,” Hardee said. “This will also be my first time seeing Vegas and even getting on an airplane. I know I have been living in a cave.”

Qualifying events for women are still underway in the PBA’s Southwest, Central, Midwest, West and Northwest Regions. For detailed information on qualifying events, visit pba.com and click on the PBA Women’s Regional Tour link under the Schedules tab.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: CARUSO PULLS OFF “SUPER” VICTORY IN PBA EAST REGION

“Super Senior” Bob Caruso of Dayton, New Jersey, outscored Danny Wiseman of Baltimore by 43 pins over 17 games to win the PBA Mil-Ray Foods Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone Deptford, New Jersey, on Sunday.

Caruso, who joined the PBA in 1985, turned 60 years of age earlier this year, making him eligible to earn Super Senior prizes in PBA50 events. Last fall, Caruso announced he would be limiting his participation to the PBA50 events plus a few close-to-home standard regionals.

He had never finished higher than third place in more than 100 standard regionals prior to turning 50 10 years ago. Caruso won a PBA50 regional title in 2010 but figured he would never be in contention for a standard title again. After qualifying second in Deptford on Saturday, and holding his position after the 12-game cut on Sunday, he moved into the lead after the 15-game cut and held on over the final two games to defeat Wiseman, a PBA Hall of Famer.

Caruso earned $2,300 for the victory while Wiseman earned $1,200 as the runner-up. William Barlow of Bel Air, Maryland, who rolled the event’s only 300 game, earned $1,000 for finishing third. 

Amateur Jack Ness of Lake Wylie, North Carolina defeated Chris McSwain of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, 244-180, 247-230, in a best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sunday.

The win was Ness’ second this year (he also won in Gastonia, North Carolina in June), but he doesn’t get an official title because he is a non-member. He earned $2,400 for the win.

Two-handed competitor Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, dominated the field to win the PBA Greenville Southwest Open, presented by allBowling.com, Sunday at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas. The victory made Maldonado the PBA Southwest Region’s first two-time winner in 2014.

Maldonado took a 201-pin advantage over Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas, into position round and won by 108 pins after Patterson toppled Maldonado, 289-182, in their position round match. Maldonado collected the $2,500 winner’s prize. 

In the PBA Women’s Regional competition held as part of the Greenville tournament, Colombia’s Clara Guerrero led the three women entered, finishing ninth and earning $640.

PJ Haggerty of Roseville, California, posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,747 pins to win his eighth PBA Regional title in the PBA West/NW Capital City Open hosted by Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes Sunday in Citrus Heights, California.

Haggerty, who earned $2,500, defeated Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, by 117 pins. Haugen had an 8-4 match play record and 4,630 pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Oregon, went 8-4 and knocked down 4,438 total pins for 20 games to top Ron Mohr of Las Vegas by 11 pins for his eighth PBA50 regional title and $1,500.

In the first of three PBA West/Northwest Region Women’s Regional Finals qualifying events, Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah, led a field of 10 women, finishing in 12th place for $500.

● The extended Labor Day weekend includes another full schedule of events, including the PBA50 Wilson & Sons Termite Pest Control Super Senior Open (for players 60 and older) followed by the PBA50 Mooresville South Open at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Challenge (for non-winners) plus the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Tournament of Champions (for PBA title winners) at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Ill.

Kicking off the September schedule will be the PBA50 Kingsport Super Senior South Open for players 60 and older at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 2-4, followed by Sept. 5-7 weekend events including the Moon City Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. (featuring live Xtra Frame coverage); the PBA50 Howell Lanes East Open in Howell, N.J.; the Rufus West Open presented by Columbia 300 at FlipSide Lanes in Gilbert, Ariz., and a pair of one-day PBA50 events presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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

QUICK NOTES

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel, will be on hand for the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino and Resort Southwest Regional Invitational from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 5-7, and the Diamond Jo’s Casino Midwest Open at Diamond Jo’s Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 13-14. The Dubuque event will be the second of three PBA Women’s Regional events in the Midwest Region.

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PBA Moves Administrative Headquarters to Chicago as of September 2

by Bill Vint August 26, 2014 04:56

SEATTLE – Effective September 2, the Professional Bowlers Association will enter into a shared services agreement with Luby Publishing, publisher of Bowlers Journal International and other periodicals, and move its operational headquarters to Luby’s home in Chicago, Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

The move, Clark said, is designed to improve the organization’s operational efficiencies, taking advantage of Luby Publishing’s expertise in membership services. The PBA will sub-lease space in the Luby Publishing offices and use Luby’s staff for many of the PBA’s day-to-day operational needs. The PBA will retain its IT staff and services in Seattle.

“The PBA has been a pioneer in the virtual office arena ever since it moved its administrative office from Akron, Ohio, to Seattle in 2000,” Clark said. “The organization has successfully functioned with key staff members living in areas across the United States ever since. We anticipate there will be no major change in the way we do business other than having a new mailing address.”

Putting the PBA and Luby Publishing together in the same office space unites two of the oldest business entities in the sport. Luby began publishing Bowlers Journal magazine in 1913; the PBA has provided competitive opportunities for the best bowlers in world and mass-media coverage for the sport since 1958.

"We are happy to assist the PBA by sharing our office, as well as in sharing some of the operational duties to the benefit of both companies," said Keith Hamilton, president of Luby Publishing. “The processing of the PBA memberships is nearly the same as the processing of circulation for LPI's magazines.”

As of September 2, the PBA’s mailing address will be: PBA, 55 East Jackson Ave., Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60604. The PBA office phone numbers will remain the same: 206-332-9688 (fax: 206-332-9722).

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