The PBA will return to a traditional calendar year schedule in 2014, beginning with a new season of PBA League competition in Allen Park, Mich., and concluding with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas and then the Japan Cup presented by Round 1.
The new season - the PBA's 55th consecutive year - will include an expanded PBA League season involving the 40 players on the eight teams in the League, three major championships, a renewal of the PBA Summer Swing and 46 hours of nationally–televised PBA Tour competition, not including a preliminary schedule of nine PBA International Tour events conducted in cooperation with the World Tenpin Bowling Association's World Bowling Tour.
The PBA Tour's current 2012-13 season is concluding with the PBA World Series of Bowling V, hosted by South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center, Oct. 25-Nov. 3, where five ESPN shows will emanate and air this December. The current season will then conclude with four international events.
In 2014, ESPN is slated to carry the finals of three PBA majors (PBA World Championship in Las Vegas, USBC Masters in New Jersey and PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis), plus all WSOB VI events and the entire PBA League schedule. ESPN will air 36 hours of PBA action – up from 25.5 hours in 2013 – as part of the new five-year agreement announced earlier this summer. The CBS Sports Network will once again carry the PBA Summer Swing at a site to be announced and its five shows and 10 hours of action.
Each of the currently scheduled nine WBT/PBA international events in Europe, Asia and the Middle East will award a PBA International Tour title if a PBA member wins, and each will award points toward the annual World Bowling Tour Finals, which has been held as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling since the WBT’s inception.
The PBA World Series of Bowling VI will return to South Point Bowling Center next Oct.-Nov. in Las Vegas for the fifth straight year of worldwide professional bowling's greatest festival.
The season will conclude with the 2014 Japan Cup presented by Round 1, featuring the best bowlers from Japan, along with the top 16 PBA players in points determined from the time period starting with the 2013 WSOB V and concluding following the 2014 PBA Summer Swing.
Additional details regarding pba.com’s 2014 Xtra Frame live online streaming coverage, full national TV schedule, entry information, formats including revamped PBA League structure, tickets and pro-am entry information will be available soon and on pba.com.
2014 PBA TOUR SCHEDULE
(Subject to change; PBA International Tour titles will be awarded to PBA members who win World Bowling Tour events)
Dec. 31, 2013 - Jan. 7, 2014 – PBA League rounds 1–7, Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.
Jan. TBA – Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars (TBA)
Jan. 3-12 – WBT/PBA Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Tali Bowl, Helsinki, Finland
Feb. 17-23 – USBC Masters, Brunswick Zone Carolier, N. Brunswick, N.J. (major)
Feb. 22-23 – PBA League Playoffs, Brunswick Zone Carolier, N. Brunswick, N.J.
Feb. 22-27 – WBT/PBA Emir Cup, Doha, Qatar
March 1-7 – WBT/PBA Bahrain Open, Oman, Bahrain
March 10-14 – WBT/PBA Kuwait Open, Kuwait City, Kuwait
March 15-23 – WBT/PBA Brunswick Euro Challenge, Munich, Germany
April 1-6 – PBA Tournament of Champions, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (major)
April 6 – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis
May/June - PBA Summer Swing (site and exact dates TBA)
Summer Swing includes:
- PBA Bear Open
- PBA Wolf Open
- PBA Badger Open
- PBA (Summer Swing) Open
- King of The Swing (special event)
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5 – WBT/PBA Vienna Open, Vienna, Austria
Oct. 6 – 11 – WBT/PBA Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand
Oct. 20 – 26 – WBT/PBA Indonesian Open, Jakarta, Indonesia
Oct./Nov. - PBA World Series of Bowling VI, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, exact dates TBA
WSOB VI includes:
- PBA Cheetah Championship
- PBA Viper Championship
- PBA Chameleon Championship
- PBA Scorpion Championship
- WBT Finals (Men's and women's)
- PBA World Championship (major)
Nov. 18 – 29 – WTBA World Men’s Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Nov./Dec. (TBA) – PBA/JPBA Japan Cup presented by Round 1 (TBA)