The 2019 PBA Tour season is shaping up to be the most consequential in years as the tour is undergoing a resurgence not seen in many years.
Just five years ago in 2014 the PBA Tour visited only five cities, while this year fans will be able to see players in 24 cities. With prize money on the rise and new broadcast deals in place, things are shaping up for an epic 2019 PBA Tour season.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the 2019 PBA Tour season:
When the season starts and ends
The 2019 campaign officially begins Jan. 2 in Arlington, Texas, with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the home of Team USA, the International Training and Research Center.
It’s a shorter-duration event but it will help usher fans into the new season while also inducting four new members into the PBA Hall of Fame.
The final PBA Tour title of the season is currently scheduled to be awarded at the recently announced PBA China Tiger Cup, which marks the PBA’s first event in China.
To see the full 2019 PBA Tour schedule, click here.
How to watch online or on TV
Bowling fans will be able to watch virtually every minute of PBA competition like never before in 2019 through a combination of broadcast partners.
For qualifying, match play and some stepladder finals, fans can tune into FloBowling for live coverage. FloBowling’s broadcasts cover countless hours of competition with commentary, the ability to pick which pair of lanes you want to watch and the option to watch up to four streams at one time.
In the first half of the year, most event finals will be broadcast either live or taped by FOX Sports on a combination of the national FOX network and FS1 for U.S. audiences. International audiences can watch these finals live on FloBowling. Archives of all of the FOX produced shows will be available on FloBowling seven days after it airs.
Finally, the PBA announced a smaller TV deal with CBS Sports Network to broadcast 10 hours of the PBA Tour Finals on July 20-21.
The broadcast schedule for all events through early July are listed on the FloBowling events page.
How to watch the pros in person
The PBA Tour will visit the following U.S. cities in 2019: Arlington, Texas; Shawnee, Oklahoma; Conroe, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Fairlawn, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Jonesboro, Arkansas; Allen Park, Michigan; Las Vegas; Portland, Maine; Houston; Chesapeake, Virginia; Wilmington, North Carolina; Middletown, Delaware; Coldwater, Ohio and Aurora, Illinois.
With such a robust schedule, more fans will have a chance to watch the world’s top bowlers in person. Prices to watch the events vary depending on whether you want to attend for qualifying, match play or finals.
The PBA makes it easy to find tickets to its events with a dedicated page on its website.
Who are the top players
There are dozens of big-name players who will travel week to week to compete on the 2019 PBA Tour, but who are the names that really stand out heading into 2019?
The top players heading into 2019 are expected to be 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson, four-time POY Jason Belmonte, 2016 POY EJ Tackett, Dom Barrett and Kris Prather.
Other players to keep an eye on include Anthony Simonsen, Marshall Kent, Stu Williams, Jakob Butturff, Tom Smallwood, Bill O’Neill, Kyle Troup and Sean Rash.
To read more, click here to learn more about who could win the 2019 PBA Player of the Year award.
You can also follow along with FloBowling’s weekly PBA Power Rankings here.