Event: PBA Detroit Winter Swing
Tournament: PBA League Carmen Salvino Clash eliminator round, top four PBA League team stepladder finals, and Carmen Salvino Classic championship match.
Where: Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.
Format: Baker team stepladder finals for PBA League round; head-to-head singles match for Carmen Salvino Classic title.
Television: ESPN (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET)
The PBA Tour and PBA League resume on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with two hours of coverage of the Carmen Salvino round of the PBA League followed by the finals of the Carmen Salvino Classic from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.
The telecast will begin with the Clash eliminator round where 11 players will compete in a one-ball, low-man-out competition. Rounds continue until one survivor remains; his team then becomes the No. 4 team in the PBA League stepladder final. Teams will be represented in the Clash round on a weighted basis, based upon their finishing position in the qualifying round. In the Salvino round, L.A. X (the No. 4 qualifier) will have four players in the Clash field, No. 5 Silver Lake Atom Splitters will have three representatives, No. 6 BROOKLYN STyLES two players, and the No. 7 and No. 8 Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and Dallas Strikers will each have player in the Clash round.
In the opening match of the PBA League Salvino round, the New York City WTT KingPins (John Szczerbinski, Jack Jurek, Tommy Jones, Pete Weber, Scott Norton) owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King will take on the winning Clash round team.
The winner of the opening match will bowl against No. 2 Motown Muscle (Ronnie Russell, Jesse Buss, Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Mike Fagan) owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis in the semifinal.
The semifinal winner will meet qualifying leader Philadelphia Hitmen (Chris Loschetter, Dick Allen, Mike DeVaney, Bill O’Neill, Mika Koivuniemi) owned by comedian Kevin Hart, for the title.
In the live debut of the PBA League’s opening Thunderbowl round seen on ESPN on Jan. 27, reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash threw two strikes in the 10th frame of the Baker format final match to clinch a 225-215 victory for his BROOKLYN STyLES team over the New York City WTT KingPins.
The win gave the STyLES 18 points in the race for the top five positions for the end-of-season PBA League Elias Cup finals. The KingPins earned 12 points as runners-up.
Following the Salvino PBA League matches, Colombia’s Andres Gomez will defend his title against D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas in the Salvino Classic final. Gomez won his first and only Tour title in last year’s Carmen Salvino Classic conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling III in Las Vegas.
Additional preliminary PBA League rounds along with championship matches of the Mark Roth Classic, Don Carter Classic and Earl Anthony Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Feb. 17, March 3 and March 24, respectively.
The top four teams based upon points earned during the five preliminary rounds will advance to the PBA League Elias Cup Finals, named after PBA founder Eddie Elias, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, March 31. The PBAL finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. ET.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame for a free preview of the Carmen Salvino Classic and Salvino PBA League round.
2) Watch the Salvino Classic finals and PBA League round on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
3) Tune into the post-event show at Sunday 3 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame’s post-tournament show interviews the winning player and provides in-depth ball rep analysis of the winner’s equipment selection and ball preparation.
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