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