PBA League’s Viewership on ESPN Up 14 Percent

by Bob Johnson 0

Bill Vint
Professional Bowlers Association


ESPN’s four-week series of PBA League telecasts from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, resulted in a 14 percent increase in audience growth over the 2015 series.

The fourth annual PBA League competition was highlighted by the first Baker team 300 game – by PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers team in the semifinal round – and a great Elias Cup championship round battle won by Duke’s Strikers over long-time rival Pete Weber and his GEICO New York City WTT KingPins team.

If you missed one or more of the shows, the entire four-telecast, eight-hour series, featuring eight teams composed of 40 PBA stars, is now available on PBA’s YouTube channel.

The PBA and Bayside Bowl have already announced the PBA League will return to Portland, Maine in 2017, where the competition will be conducted in a newly-expanded Bayside Bowl featuring eight additional lanes and specially-designed spectator access.

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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