Big 10 trumps 10-pinners

by Bob Johnson 0

A Big Ten basketball game between Illinois and Wisconsin has impacted this Sunday's Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour telecast on ESPN.

The championship round of the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator, originally scheduled to air at 2 p.m. Eastern, has been moved to an earlier 12:30 p.m. start time. The Illinois-Wisconsin basketball game now will follow bowling at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Both the Fighting Illini (18-12) and the Badgers (22-7) are considered locks for berths in the 64-team NCAA tournament, so the main impact of the game will be seeding positions in the 64-team bracket.

Reportedly, Big Ten officials made the request to ESPN to change the game time because an (early) 11 a.m. Central start would have been highly unusual on a Sunday. ESPN then contacted PBA officials, who okayed the time change for the bowling telecast.

PBA host Sequoia Pro Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, now is in the process of contacting ticket holders for Sunday's telecast to inform them of the change.

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.

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