New PBA King of the Lanes series will be live on FS1 in July
by kwarner2 | Thursday, June 18, 9:32 AM
Former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott to defend crown as first King
JUPITER, Fla. (June 18, 2020) - Professional bowling royalty will take to the lanes for a new six-episode PBA King of the Lanes series live from Bowlero Jupiter in prime time on FS1, this July 20-22.
On each telecast, top players from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PWBA Tour will vie for the chance at capturing the crown as King of the Lanes, and hold on to it as long as they can.
Wes Malott, who had an unforgettable 5-day run as the undefeated "PBA King of Bowling" in 2009 that included two televised 300 games, and subsequently defended his crown in three different iterations of the King series, will return as the first King of the Lanes on Monday, July 20. Malott will face the winner of the first contenders match, between PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr.
The winner of the first King match between Malott and the Duke/Williams survivor will return for the second show wearing the crown. The same competition format, of two new contenders facing off in a traditional 10-frame bowling match for the right to face the reigning King (or Queen) in a 10-frame game, will continue throughout the run of shows.
PBA stars having earned a spot in the PBA Tour Finals as top PBA points earners over the past two seasons, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Bill O'Neill, Sean Rash, Jakob Butturff, Kris Prather and Kyle Troup are slated to compete. Australia's Jason Belmonte, the top points earner, will not be able to attend due to travel restrictions.
Joining the Go Bowling! PBA Tour stars as contenders along with Duke and Williams Jr., are Hall of Famer Pete Weber and PWBA players Clara Guerrero and Gazmine Mason.
International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.
Viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
PBA King of the Lanes
FS1 broadcast schedule and players:
Monday, July 20, 8-9 pm ET
King of the Lanes 1
Contenders match: Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr.
King match 1: King Wes Malott vs. contenders match winner
Monday, July 20, 9-10 pm ET
King of the Lanes 2
Contenders match: Anthony Simonsen vs. EJ Tackett
King match 2: Winner from King 1 match vs. contenders match winner
Tuesday, July 21, 7-8 pm ET
King of the Lanes 3
Contenders match: Bill O'Neill vs. Sean Rash
King match 3: Winner from King 2 match vs. contenders match winner
Tuesday, July 21, 8-9 pm ET
King of the Lanes 4
Contenders match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
King match 4: Winner from King 3 match vs. contenders match winner
Wednesday, July 22, 8-9 pm ET
King of the Lanes 5
Contenders match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
King match 5: Winner from King 4 match vs. contenders match winner
Wednesday, July 22, 9-10 pm ET
King of the Lanes 6
Contenders match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
King match 6: Winner from King 5 match vs. contenders match winner