SEATTLE - A new event, the High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge: USA vs. The World, will kick off PBA World Series of Bowling V on Friday, Oct. 25, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas as a special pay-per-view event on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.
The special Xtra Frame PBA League Challenge webcast – and additional daily events held as part of the WSOB V – will be available for a special World Series of Bowling Day Pass fee of $5. There will be no added cost for current Xtra Frame subscribers, but non-subscribers who would like to watch specific events on specific days will be able to sign up on a daily basis under the new program. Subscribers who sign up for Xtra Frame for the monthly fee of $7.99 or the full-year fee of $64.99 will be exempt from the special Day Pass fee(s).
To sign up for the High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge on Oct. 25 or for any of the “Day Pass” sessions Oct. 26-31, visit pba.com, click on the Xtra Frame link and head to the registration page by clicking on the “Sign Up” link underneath the Xtra Frame logo at the top of the page. Apps for mobile devices, allowing for easy access to Xtra Frame, are available for iPhones and Android devices.
The High 5 Gear PBA League Challenge: USA vs. The World will begin at 3 p.m. PT (6 p.m. ET) on Oct. 25. It will feature six United States Franchise Players from the 2013 PBA League season along with seven international players (including Franchise Players Jason Belmonte and Osku Palermaa) in a match that will preview PBA League match play competition during the 2014 season.
The special High 5 Gear event will showcase the singles, alternate-ball doubles, Baker trios and Baker team matches that will be part of the 2014 PBA League format. Each winner will earn one point for his team in each event except Baker team, which will award three points.
The U.S. Franchise Players will be Chris Barnes, Norm Duke, Mike Fagan, Bill O’Neill, Sean Rash (team captain) and Pete Weber. The International team will include England’s Dom Barrett and Stuart Williams, Australia’s Belmonte (team captain), Colombia’s Andres Gomez, Finland’s Palermaa and Mika Koivuniemi, and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli. The participating international players are currently on 2014 PBA League rosters and each is a PBA Tour title holder.
The 2014 PBA League season will get underway on January 22 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. Finals rosters for the eight-team league will be set on Sunday, Nov. 3, when the PBA League team managers will each select the final player during a player draft at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The draft will be covered live on Xtra Frame.