MIKE J. LANESIDE: Thanksgiving Thanks

by MIke Jakubowski November 25, 2013 08:00

I am thankful that professional bowling has a presence on national television.


PBA World Series of Bowling V coverage on ESPN begins Sunday Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET and continues Sundays through Jan. 19, 2014. Join yours truly in the play-by-play chair at South Point in Las Vegas with PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen and Miss USA Kimberly Pressler. WSOBV coverage includes the four pattern championships leading up to the PBA World Championship, World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals, PBA50 Tour finals, PBA Regional Players Invitational finals and a $64,000 college scholarship to be earned at the Grand Championship of the Teen Masters.

I am thankful that a nationally-televised package of bowling on television showcases “The Greatest Bowlers in the World” on the PBA Tour, the greatest senior competition on the PBA50 Tour, the greatest regional players on the PBA Regional Tour, world competition on the World Bowling Tour and youth competition with PBA 2.0 and 3.0 Skill Balls for a life-changing college scholarship.

I am thankful to be involved with Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel with my colleagues Jason Thomas, “The Bowling Guy”, “Internet Bowling Personality” Jef Goodger and “The Source” Matt Freiberg providing live coverage of PBA Tour events in addition to archived ESPN and CBS Sports Net shows. Please watch Xtra Frame’s new program, “The Bowling Center” available on the PBA YouTube channel on Mondays prior to Sunday’s television coverage.

Watch the premiere episode of “The Bowling Center” here.

I am thankful for the over 5,000 subscribers of Xtra Frame, online Bowling Channel – the most in the history of the service – who support the PBA on a monthly or yearly subscription.

I am thankful for the vision of Chris Peters, who personally saved the Professional Bowlers Association from the brink of extinction. I sincerely hope his extraordinary efforts are finally recognized with his overdue election to the PBA Hall of Fame this year.

I am thankful for the continuing commitment of PBA Board Members Rob Glaser and Mike Slade whose ongoing contributions keep the PBA Tour tradition and professional bowling in a national spotlight.

I am thankful for the support of the PBA’s product-registered companies, national and local sponsors and fans that have supported the Professional Bowlers Association through thick and thin. As thin as some folks want to paint it -- the PBA still has the best bowlers, the most opportunity, the most money, the most prestige and the only national television coverage of any bowling group in the history of the sport. No group has ever come remotely close to the contributions made by the Professional Bowlers Association, ever. No other group is doing so now or has plans to do so.

I am thankful for the immense passion, creativity and energy of PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark who stands in the constant firing line of criticism – fair and mean-spirited, expectations – realistic and fantastic, misinformation, rumor and myth surrounding the business of bowling.

I am thankful for the members of the Professional Bowlers Association, men and women who choose to compete on credible lane conditions whose national support of Regional and National competition provides the backbone for a true, professional, credible sport.

I am thankful for the dedicated staff of the Professional Bowlers Association.  Seattle office, road crew, player services, tournament staff, Xtra Frame crew, television production team, it is my privilege to serve with these talented people.

If you are inclined to tear apart this list – and many will be frothing to do so -- step back and for just one moment, be thankful for what we do have.  If it disappears, there will be nothing to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving.


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