CBS Sports Network to Televise PWBA Tour, Many Other Bowling Events in 2016

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Jason Overstreet
USBC Communications

PWBA Tour, Junior Gold Championships, new USA Bowling finals and
Intercollegiate Championships included in new 23-event national TV package

CBSSportsNetwork465x262ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress has reached an agreement with CBS Sports Network to televise 23 major championship bowling events in 2016 and 2017, highlighted by the U.S. Open, as well as 13 telecasts of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour.

The agreement features live telecasts of all four majors on the PWBA Tour and the U.S. Open, a major championship on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. The growing Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master will be televised for the second consecutive year, while the Intercollegiate Championships return to CBS Sports Network as well.

New to the television package in 2016 will be coverage of the USA Bowling Championships. USA Bowling is a youth-team program with regional tournaments culminating in a national championship event.

“With this package, bowling will be on national television every week from May to September,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “We are thrilled to showcase the excitement of competitive bowling from youth, to college to the professionals and continue building a strong future for the sport.”

Nearly all events in the package including the PWBA Tour, U.S. Open and youth events are collaboratively funded with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA).

“With a consistent schedule and a national television audience, bowling will be top of mind in the United States throughout the year,” BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “We are excited to highlight our industry and great partners in a 23-week series that will provide tremendous benefit for all of bowling.”

The package features event coverage Tuesdays in primetime for 18 weeks starting May 10 with the Intercollegiate Championships.

The PWBA Tour kicks off Thursday, May 26, with a live telecast of the USBC Queens. Finals of the regular season PWBA events will taped on location at the major event sites to be televised on Tuesdays in primetime at later dates.

CBS Sports Network television schedule (all times Eastern; subject to change):

Collegiate and youth events

Day  Date  Event  Site  Time
Tuesday  May 10  Intercollegiate Championships  Wichita, Kan. TBD
Tuesday  May 17  Intercollegiate Championships  Wichita, Kan. TBD
Tuesday  May 24  Intercollegiate Championships  Wichita, Kan. TBD
Tuesday  May 31  Intercollegiate Championships  Wichita, Kan. TBD
Tuesday  July 26  Junior Gold and USA Bowling  Indianapolis TBD
Tuesday  Aug. 2  Junior Gold and USA Bowling  Indianapolis TBD
Tuesday  Aug. 9  Junior Gold and USA Bowling  Indianapolis TBD
Tuesday  Aug. 16  Junior Gold and USA Bowling  Indianapolis TBD
Tuesday  Aug. 23  Junior Gold and USA Bowling  Indianapolis TBD

PWBA Tour

Day  Date  Event  Time
Thursday  May 26  USBC Queens Las Vegas 8 p.m. (live)
Tuesday  June 7  PWBA Las Vegas Open TBD
Tuesday  June 14  PWBA Sonoma County Open TBD
Tuesday  June 21  PWBA Storm Sacramento Open TBD
Sunday  June 26  PWBA Players Championship, Green Bay, Wis. noon (live)
Tuesday  July 5  PWBA Wichita Open TBD
Tuesday  July 12  PWBA Lincoln Open TBD
Tuesday  July 19  PWBA Greater Detroit Open TBD
Sunday  August 7  U.S. Women’s Open (location TBD) noon (live)
Tuesday  August 16  PWBA Lexington Open TBD
Tuesday  August 23  PWBA Rochester Open TBD
Tuesday  August 30  PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open TBD
TBD  TBD  Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship (site TBD) TBD (live)

Men’s pro event

Day  Date  Event  Time
TBD  TBD  U.S. Open (location TBD) TBD (live)

Go to BOWL.com to learn more about the Intercollegiate Championships, the Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, USA Bowling and the U.S. Open.

Go to PWBA.com for more information about the PWBA Tour.

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