2020 PBA Tour Season
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2020 PBA Tour Season

2020 PBA Tour season
LeagueProfessional Bowlers Association
SportTen-pin bowling
DurationJanuary 14 - TBD
PBA Tour
PBA Tour seasons
2021 ->

The 2020 PBA Tour season, the 61st season of play for the U.S. Professional Bowlers Association's ten-pin bowling tour, began on January 14, 2020 with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas.

2020 is the first full PBA season under the new ownership of Bowlero Corporation, the world's largest operator of bowling centers. Bowlero's acquisition of the PBA was announced in September 2019.[1]

All PBA Tour events were suspended in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A limited return to competition is scheduled to begin on June 6.

Media rights

All announced 2020 events (through July 23) are broadcast on Fox Sports channels, with a commitment for 24 first-run broadcasts on FS1 and five broadcasts on Fox network affiliates. Events after July 23 are TBA.[2] Prize funds for the events on the Fox Sports calendar have increased $400,000 over 2019, with two major championships (PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship) offering a $100,000 top prize in the new season.[3] The PBA World Championship winner's share was later increased to $150,000.[4]

CBS Sports Network will continue to cover the PBA Tour Finals, as it has since the tournament's inception in 2017, but 2020 event dates have not yet been announced.[5]

Tournament schedule

In 2020, all five majors were scheduled to be contested within the first three months of the Fox schedule. While the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA Players Championship majors continued to be held in February, they were now followed in late February by the U.S. Open, which moved to the winter schedule for the first time since 2012. These three majors plus the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open on Feb. 29 and PBA World Championship on March 15 all offered a $1 million bonus for any player who rolls a 300 game in the championship match.[6]

The PBA's World Series of Bowling XI (which includes three standard PBA title events and the PBA World Championship -- the season's fourth major) was scheduled to take place March 6-18 in Las Vegas, while the season's fifth and final major, the USBC Masters, was scheduled to take place March 23-29 in Reno, Nevada. The PBA World Championship concluded March 15, but the match play and final rounds of the animal pattern tournaments were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the USBC Masters, PBA Tour Playoffs, and PBA League were also postponed indefinitely.[7]

On May 20, the PBA announced that it would resume competition beginning in June with several non-title special events, including the PBA Strike Derby, PBA Summer Clash, and PBA King of the Lanes. These events will be held at Bowlero Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida with no fans in attendance. Regularly scheduled PBA Tour events such as the remainder of the World Series of Bowling, USBC Masters, PBA Tour Playoffs, and PBA League are tentatively being rescheduled for the fall and winter.[8]

Tournament summary

The 2020 PBA tournament schedule is shown below. Major tournaments are in bold. Career PBA title numbers for winners are shown in parenthesis (#).[9][2] Winner's share prize money is shown in US dollars.[3]

Tour points are awarded for most events. Besides the season-ending Harry Smith PBA Points Winner award, points are one consideration for Player of the Year voting, and also affect eligibility for the PBA Playoffs, PBA Tour Finals (combined with 2019 points), and the 2021 DHC PBA Japan Invitational. Points for tournaments are awarded differently based on a "tier" system. The tier of each qualifying tournament is shown in the Notes column on the tournament schedule, and is explained below.

  • Tier 3: PBA short format or limited field tournaments (2500 points for first, and descending thereafter)
  • Tier 2: PBA standard tournaments with a fully open field (double the points of Tier 3 events)
  • Tier 1: PBA major tournaments (triple the points of Tier 3 events)
Event Airdate City Preliminary rounds Final round Oil pattern Winner Notes
PBA Hall of Fame Classic
(304,000 viewers) [10]
Jan 19 FS1 Arlington, TX Jan 14-18 Live Left lane: Dick Weber 45
Right lane: Mike Aulby 38
Tommy Jones, USA (20) Open event (Tier 3-limited field). $30,000 top prize.+
PBA Oklahoma Open Jan 26 FS1 Shawnee, OK Jan 21-25 Live Left lane: Dragon 45
Right lane: Wolf 32
Sean Rash, USA (15) Open event (Tier 2). $30,000 top prize.
PBA Greater Jonesboro Open
(296,000 viewers) [11]
Feb 1 FS1 Jonesboro, AR Jan 27-31 Live Left lane: Shark 48
Right lane: Viper 36
Kyle Troup, USA (4) Open event (Tier 3-limited field). $30,000 top prize.
PBA Tournament of Champions
(1,464,000 viewers) [12]
Feb 9 Fox Fairlawn, OH Feb 4-8 Live Don Johnson 40 Kris Prather, USA (3) Invitational event (Tier 1). PBA major. $100,000 top prize.
PBA Players Championship
(541,000 viewers) [13]
Feb 15 FS1 Columbus, OH Feb 11-14 Live Wayne Webb 38 Bill O'Neill, USA (12) Open members-only event (Tier 1). PBA major. $75,000 top prize.
76th U.S. Open
(1,146,000 viewers) [14]
Feb 23 Fox Lincoln, NE Feb 16-22 Live U.S. Open (4 custom patterns) Jason Belmonte, Australia (23) Open event (Tier 1). PBA major. $30,000 top prize.
Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Feb 29 FS1 Indianapolis, IN Feb 25-26 Live Left lane: Mark Roth 42
Right lane: Marshall Holman 37
Jesper Svensson, Sweden (9) Open event (Tier 2). $30,000 top prize.
Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship
(273,000 viewers)[15]
Mar 8 FS1 Indianapolis, IN Feb 27-28 Feb 29 Left lane: Mark Roth 42
Right lane: Marshall Holman 37
Jesper Svensson, Sweden (10) & Kyle Troup, USA (5) Open event (Tier 3-limited field). $30,000 top prize (team).
PBA WSOB XI Go Bowling! Cheetah Championship TBD FS1 Las Vegas, NV Mar 8, 14 Live Cheetah 33 Open event (Tier 3-short format). $25,000 top prize. Event is currently suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
PBA WSOB XI Chameleon Championship TBD FS1 Las Vegas, NV Mar 9, TBD Live Chameleon 39 Open event (Tier 3-short format). $25,000 top prize. Event is currently suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
PBA WSOB XI Scorpion Championship TBD FS1 Las Vegas, NV Mar 10, TBD Live Scorpion 42 Open event (Tier 3-short format). $25,000 top prize. Event is currently suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
PBA World Championship
(397,000 viewers) [16]
Mar 15 FS1 Las Vegas, NV Mar 8-12 Live Qualifying: Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion
Cashers round thru finals: Earl Anthony 43
Jason Belmonte, Australia (24) Open event for WSOB XI entrants (Tier 1). PBA major. $150,000 top prize.
USA vs. The World TBD FS1 Las Vegas, NV Mar 8-10 TBD Non-title team event held at WSOB XI. Participants (5 each team) based on 30 qualifying games from Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion events. $40,000 prize to winning team. Event is currently suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
USBC Masters TBD FS1 Reno, NV TBD Live USBC Masters (39-foot custom pattern) Open event (Tier 1). PBA major. $30,000 top prize. Event is currently suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
2020 PBA Tour Playoffs Rd. of 24: Norco, CA
Rd. of 16: Lone Tree, CO
Quarterfinals: Euless, TX
Final Four & Finals: North Brunswick, NJ
TBD Live Don Carter 39 Top 24 in points through YTD 2020 events, with the top 8 earning byes into the Round of 16. $100,000 top prize. Event is currently suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak.
PBA-PWBA Mixed Doubles Jul 5 FS1 Denver, CO TBD TBD Open PBA and PWBA event (Tier 3-limited field).
PBA League Portland, ME TBD Live Mark Roth 42 Non-title PBA team event.

+ Tommy Jones won an additional $10,000 for rolling a 300 game in the title match.[17]

References

  1. ^ "Bowlero Corp Announces Purchase of the Professional Bowlers Association". bowlerocorp.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Fox Sports, PBA Announce Expanded Television Schedule for 2020". PBA.com. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b Vint, Bill (November 8, 2019). "PBA Adds Nearly Half a Million Dollars to Prize Fund for 2020 Season on FOX; Three Events to Pay $100,000". PBA.com. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Schneider, Jerry (March 15, 2020). "Belmonte Beats Simonsen to Win Third Consecutive PBA World Championship Title". pba.com. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Tournament Details - Barbasol PBA Tour Finals". PBA.com. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Vint, Bill (February 26, 2020). "Sweden's Jesper Svensson Qualifies No. 1 for Go Bowling Indianapolis Open Stepladder Finals". PBA.com. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ Vint, Bill (March 17, 2020). "PBA Puts All Tournament Activity on Hiatus Due to Coronavirus Pandemic". PBA.com. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Lucas (May 20, 2020). "PBA Set To Return With Special Summer Events In June, July". flobowling.com.
  9. ^ "PBA 2020 Season Schedule". PBA.com. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "PBA Hall of Fame Classic ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "PBA Greater Jonesboro Open ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "PBA Tournament of Champions ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "PBA Players Championship ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "PBA U.S. Open ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "ShowBuzz Daily Top 150 Original Cable Telecasts, 3.8.2020". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "PBA World Championship ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ Schneider, Jerry (January 19, 2020). "Tommy Jones Caps Fairytale Week with Historic Championship Match Win in PBA Hall of Fame Classic". PBA.com. Retrieved 2020.

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