GEICO® PBA All-Star Shootout to Debut Sunday on ESPN

by PBA Editor June 20, 2007 19:00

This Sunday, professional bowling takes on a whole new look as the GEICO® PBA All-Star Shootout Hosted by Six Flags begins airing on ESPN.

The stars of the PBA have never competed in such an environment. Bowling outdoors with monster roller coasters as the backdrop and fans cheering during their approach, 16 PBA standouts donned shorts and sunglasses while battling 100-degree temperatures in a made-for-TV doubles competition with $50,000 at stake.

Sunday marks the first of five consecutive weekends the event will be aired throughout June and July. The first two shows debut June 24 from 1-2 p.m. ET on ESPN featuring two matches -- Sean Rash and Pete Weber versus Jason Couch and Billy Oatman and Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr. against Patrick Allen and Parker Bohn III. The full broadcast schedule is as follows:

Date   Network   Time (Shows)
Sunday, June 24   ESPN   1-2 p.m. ET (2)
Sunday, July 1   ESPN   1-2 p.m. ET (2)
Sunday, July 8   ESPN   3-5 p.m. ET (4)
Sunday, July 15   ESPN   3-5 p.m. ET (4 including one re-air)
Saturday, July 21   ESPN   12-2:30 p.m. ET (5 including one re-air)
Sunday, July 22   ESPN2   3-5 p.m. ET (re-air of four shows)

The 16 All-Stars selected to compete in the event were: Allen, Chris Barnes, Bohn, Couch, Duke, Tommy Jones, Doug Kent, Mika Koivuniemi, Wes Malott, Oatman, Rash, Tony Reyes, Robert Smith, Weber, Williams and Danny Wiseman.

In addition to shaking up the format and the feel of the event, the PBA’s broadcasting team also had a new look for the All-Star Shootout. Jeff Medders handled play-by-play duties alongside veteran PBA color man Randy Pedersen, while billiards superstar Jeanette Lee worked the sidelines.

The event, which took place June 14-15 at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, Mo., was sponsored by Aaron’s, Denny’s, GEICO, Motel 6, Six Flags and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

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