CBS Sports Network to Air 23 Bowling Events

by Bob Johnson 0

Professional, collegiate and youth bowling tournaments once again will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network as part of its agreement with the United States Bowling Congress.

The 23-event national television package features live coverage of the U.S. Open, a major event on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, and live or same-day coverage of the four major tournaments on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour — the USBC Queens, Go Bowling PWBA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and PWBA Tour Championships.

“We are thrilled to showcase the sport of bowling on CBS Sports Network through this extensive national television package,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “From May to September, bowling will be appointment watching nearly every Tuesday in prime time for a national audience.”

The schedule kicks off May 2 with the Intercollegiate Singles Championships, and CBS Sports Network will televise at least one bowling show each week through the PWBA Tour Championships on Sept. 6.

In between, there will be 13 shows from the PWBA Tour, the finals of the Intercollegiate Team Championships, and the title matches of the Junior Gold Championships Presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, and the USA Bowling National Championships Presented by Sixlets.

The schedule will conclude with the live stepladder finals of the U.S. Open on Nov. 1.

The PWBA Tour, U.S. Open and youth events are collaboratively funded with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

“We will have 23 weeks of shows for bowling, which is an opportunity to promote the sport and our partners to a national television audience,” said BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio. “The chance to keep bowling top of mind every week with a consistent schedule delivers a great benefit for the entire bowling industry.”

Most events will be televised on Tuesdays in prime time, as 20 of the 23 shows will start between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern and 15 of the shows will start at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The PWBA Tour portion of the schedule kicks off with the live stepladder finals of the USBC Queens from the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 p.m. Eastern. Finals of the regular-season PWBA events will be taped on location at the major event sites.

The complete CBS Sports Network television schedule (all times Eastern and subject to change):

  • Tuesday, May 2 — Intercollegiate Championships Women’s Singles, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 9 — Intercollegiate Championships Men’s Singles, 8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15 — Intercollegiate Championships Women’s Team, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 — USBC Queens, Baton Rouge, La., 10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 30 — Intercollegiate Championships Men’s Team, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 6 — PWBA Sonoma County Open, Rohnert Park, Calif., 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 13 — PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Citrus Heights, Calif., 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20 — PWBA Fountain Valley Open, Fountain Valley, Calif., 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 25 — Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, Green Bay, Wis., 12 noon (live)
  • Tuesday, July 4 — PWBA Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan., 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 11 — Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open, Lincoln, Neb., 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 18 — PWBA Greater Detroit Open, Canton, Mich., 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 25 — Junior Gold Championships U12, Cleveland, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 — Junior Gold Championships U15, Cleveland, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6 — U.S. Women’s Open, Plano, Texas, 12 noon (live)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8 — Junior Gold Championships U20, Cleveland, 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15 — USA Bowling National Championships U12, Cleveland, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15 — PWBA Orlando Open, Orlando, Fla., 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22 — USA Bowling National Championships U15, Cleveland, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22 — PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, Seminole, Fla., 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 — Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open, Rochester, N.Y., 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6 — PWBA Tour Championship, site to be determined, 8 p.m. (live)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 — U.S. Open, Liverpool, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. (live)

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.