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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Dec. 8, 2010)
Bill Vint | PBA Media Relations
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NEW gARSENALh FEATURE ON ESPN TELECASTS EXPLAINS PLAYERSf BALL STRATEGIES
The Professional Bowlers Associationfs ESPN telecasts from the World Series of Bowling have unveiled a new gArsenalh feature to help viewers understand playersf bowling ball selection strategies.
During the practice session of each PBA Tour telecast, the name of each bowling ball model a given player is using is documented and assigned a ghook rating numberh between 1 and 10, with 10 being the ball that will hook the most. During the actual competition, a graphic will appear for each player, with the ball he is currently using and its ghook rating numberh highlighted.
gReporting on every playerfs bowling ball arsenal and attaching a hook rating to each of the balls is one of the most significant enhancements to this yearfs PBA telecasts,h said PBA Deputy Commissioner Tom Clark. gBy outlining and describing the playersf equipment alternatives, the feature not only lets the fans at home inside the playersf bowling bags, but helps them better understand the reasons behind the critical decisions made on every show.h
The gArsenalh feature also provides color analyst Randy Pedersen with a reference point when a player changes from an aggressive ball to one that hooks less, or vice versa, and makes that transition easier for a viewer to understand.
XTRA FRAME "FREE TRIAL" CONTINUES THROUGHOUT DECEMBER
The Professional Bowlers Association is offering a free trial subscription to its dramatically improved Xtra Frame video streaming service through the month of December.
PBA fans who have not yet experienced Xtra Frame can enjoy a monthfs worth of exclusive programming during December, including PBAfs special behind-the-scenes gRoad to the Showh features which provide unique insights into the upcoming Chameleon, Scorpion and GEICO Shark Championship telecasts which will air on ESPN during the month. The gRoad to the Showh features debut on Mondays prior to the ESPN finals.
Xtra Frame also will provide exclusive live coverage of the PBA Tri-Regional Sands Regency Open on Sunday, Dec. 12, as well as the PBA Regional Players Invitational, presented by the Sands Regency Hotel and Casino, Tuesday, Dec. 14, through Thursday, Dec. 16, from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.
To experience the gnewh Xtra Frame at no cost during December, go to the xtraframe.tv website and choose the gFriends and Familyh option. In the promotion code area, enter PBAFAF. When the complimentary subscription period ends on Dec. 31, fans will automatically convert to subscribers at the $7.99 monthly subscription rate unless they gopt out.h
EARLY ENTRIES FOR PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS DUE BY DEC. 15
Wednesday, Dec. 15, is the early $750 entry deadline for gEliteh and gChampionsh field players for the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions Jan. 15-22 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. The entry fee for any entries received after the early deadline, assuming spots are available, will be $1,000.
PBA members who are eligible as gElite playersh include:
All current Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players who have won titles,
Any player selected among the g50 Greatest PBA Players of All Timeh during the PBAfs 50th anniversary celebration in 2009,
PBA Hall of Famers,
Any player who has won five or more PBA Tour titles,
Any player who has won a PBA Tour gmajorh title,
The reigning PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters champions,
The reigning PBA Regional Players Championship and Regional Players Invitational champions.
All other players who are eligible for the gChampsh field include any player who has won a PBA Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Senior Tour and PBA Womenfs Series title. The Champions field is open to the first 180 entries received. The Champions field will bowl 14 qualifying games, after which half of the Champions field will advance to join the Elite players for the balance of the event.
PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS TV SHOW, HALL OF FAME DINNER TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets are now available on the pba website for the record-breaking PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals which will air live on ABC Sports on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific), and for the PBA Hall of Fame Dinner which will be held Saturday evening at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.
Tickets for the first live PBA telecast on ABC in 14 years start at $30 and go up to $60 each. Tickets for the Tournament of Championsf victory party and Hall of Fame induction dinner are $125 each. Randy Pedersen, Dale Eagle and Len Nicholson will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame as part of the evening ceremonies.
NORM DUKE RELEASES gLEARN TO BOWL COMPETITIVELYh INSTRUCTIONAL DVD
PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke has just released a new gLearn to Bowl Competitively: Lessons from a Legendh DVD which features 20 insightful bowling lessons from one of the sportfs most successful players.
Dukefs DVD features illustrated action filmed using a full production crew and the latest high-tech equipment, and uses professional graphics as well as Dukefs commentary to give serious bowlers nearly 90 minutes of bowling principles, tips and exercises based upon his nearly 30 years of experience.
For more information about the new DVD, visit the nextlevelbowling website.
WILLIAMS, JANAWICZ WIN SOUTH REGION MEMBER/NON-MEMBER DOUBLES
PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. and John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., defeated Andres Gomez of Colombia and John Bembaron of Coconut Creek, Fla., 411-405 and 432-356, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at The Strike Zone in Brunswick, Ga., on Dec. 5.
The event, pairing a PBA member with an amateur, marked the 30th career regional title for Williams. Janawicz, a former Team USA member, did not earn a PBA title because he was a non-member. Each earned $2,000.
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