PBA Will Award Three Six-Figure Prizes In 2020

In major news out Friday, the PBA has announced increased first-place prizes in nearly every upcoming PBA Tour event, improved cashing ratios and added more dual pattern events.

Among the most high-profile changes were to the PBA’s most prestigious majors – the PBA Tournament of Champions and the PBA World Championship. Both of those events will now feature a $100,000 first-place prize.

In 2019, the TOC paid $50,000 for first, while the World Championship paid $60,000. The changes are part of overall $400,000 increase in prize money year-over-year for the FOX portion of the PBA schedule, which begins in January. It's the first major announcement since Bowlero purchased the PBA earlier this year.

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In addition to the two majors, the PBA Playoffs will also once again award a $100,000 first-place prize, giving the PBA at least three six-figure payouts in 2020. The PBA Players Championship, the third of the PBA’s owned majors, will pay $70,000 for first.

First-place prizes for the USBC Masters and U.S. Open, both controlled by the USBC, have not been announced. In 2019, those events paid $30,000 for first place.

All of the standard singles events will pay $30,000 for first with the exception of the animal pattern events at the World Series of Bowling, which will pay $25,000. Cashing ratios will improve from 1:4 to 1:3 for all events other than the WSOB animal patterns.

The PBA will also roll out more dual pattern events. In 2019, two patterns were used for the PBA Indianapolis Open and PBA Jonesboro Open, both won by Norm Duke.

In 2020, the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, PBA Oklahoma Open and the PBA Doubles Championship will join the Indianapolis and Jonesboro events as dual pattern tournaments.

As for event formats, the PBA Doubles Championship will change slightly in 2020. Instead of qualifying through the attached singles event, qualifying will happen separately as teams to determine advancers into match play.

The four standard singles events will have similar formats with one minor exception. The Hall of Fame Classic and Oklahoma Open will have two squads for qualifying. Those events will feature 12 qualifying games and 16 games of round robin match play to determine stepladder finalists.

The Jonesboro and Indianapolis events will have one squad for qualifying with 14 total qualifying games and 16 games of round robin match play to determine the stepladder advancers.

Just like in 2019, all rounds of qualifying and match play leading up to the stepladder finals for the FOX events will be broadcast live on FloBowling. The stepladder finals will also be simulcast on FloBowling for international audiences.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of each of the 2020 FOX events:

PBA Hall of Fame Classic

Where: Arlington, Texas (International Training and Research Center)

When: Jan. 13-19

TV: Finals Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 56 (48 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 2 squads. 12 qualifying games (6 per day, per squad). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.  

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Weber 45, Right lane: Aulby 38)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Bill O'Neill

Prize fund, ratio: $110,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA Oklahoma Open

Where: Shawnee, Oklahoma (FireLake Bowling Center)

When: Jan. 20-26

TV: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 88 (80 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 2 squads. 12 qualifying games (6 per day, per squad). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.  

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Dragon 45, Right lane: Wolf 32)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2 event

Defending champion: Jakob Butturff

Prize fund, ratio: $130,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA Jonesboro Open

Where: Jonesboro, Arkansas (Hijinx Lanes)

When: Jan. 27-Feb. 1

TV: Saturday, Feb. 1, 4:30 ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 60 (52 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 14 qualifying games (two 7 game blocks in one day). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Shark 48, Right lane: Viper 36)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2 event

Defending champion: Norm Duke

Prize fund, ratio: $120,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA Tournament of Champions

Where: Fairlawn, Ohio (AMF Riviera Lanes)

When: Feb. 3-9

TV: Sunday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m. ET, FOX (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 76 (70 national champions + 6 regional champion PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 18 qualifying games (3 game blocks). Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Johnson 40

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $283,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $12,000, 5. $10,000

PBA Players Championship

Where: Columbus, Ohio (Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl)

When: Feb. 9-15

TV: Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30 ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 92 (82 + 10 PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 18 qualifying games (3 game blocks). Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Webb 38

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Anthony Simonsen

Prize fund, ratio: $246,000. 1 in 3 cash

Top prizes: 1. $70,000, 2. $35,000, 3. $17,000, 4. $11,000, 5. $10,000

U.S. Open

Where: Lincoln, Nebraska (Sun Valley Lanes)

When: Feb. 16-23

TV: Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. ET, FOX (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: TBA

Format: TBA

Conditions: TBA

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Francois Lavoie

Prize fund, ratio: TBA

Top prizes: TBA

PBA Indianapolis Open

Where: Indianapolis (Woodland Bowl)

When: Feb. 24-29

TV: Saturday, Feb. 29, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 120 (no PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. Two blocks of 7 games qualifying (14 total). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Roth 42, Right lane: Holman 37)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2

Defending champion: Norm Duke

Prize fund, ratio: $152,000. 1 in 3 cash

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,000, 5. $7,000

PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship

Where: Indianapolis (Woodland Bowl)

When: Feb. 27-29

TV: Taped Saturday, Feb. 29, 4:30 ET. Airs Sunday, March 8, Noon ET, FS1 (taped)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live)

Field: 60 doubles teams

Format: 1 squad. Two blocks of 7 games (14 total, 28 games per team). Top 16 teams advance to 16 games of round robin match play using Baker system).

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Roth 42, Right lane: Holman 37)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3

Defending champions: Sean Rash and Matt Ogle

Prize fund, ratio: $147,000. 1 in 3 teams cash.

Top prizes (per team): 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $13,000, 4. $12,000, 5. $11,000

PBA World Series of Bowling

Where: Las Vegas (South Point Bowling Plaza)

When: March 6-18

TV: Five consecutive days (first four live), FS1 (Sunday, March 15 - Thursday, March 19). Times below.

Field: 120 (110 + 10 PTQ)

Total prize fund: $685,000

Events: PBA Cheetah, PBA Chameleon, PBA Scorpion, PBA World Championship, USA vs. World. Notes on all below.

WSOB PBA Cheetah Championship

TV: Sunday, March 15, 1:30 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Cheetah 33.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Dick Allen

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA Chameleon Championship

TV: Monday, March 16, 8 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Chameleon 39.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA Scorpion Championship

TV: Tuesday, March 17, 8 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Scorpion 42

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Kris Prather

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA World Championship

TV: Wednesday, March 18, 8 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: 30 games qualifying (10 games each on Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion patterns). Top 40 advance to cashers round, X games on Anthony. Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: After cut to top 40, Anthony 43

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $385,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $20,000, 5. $15,000

WSOB USA vs. The World

TV: Taped Wednesday, March 18, 1 pm PT. Airs next day Thursday, March 19, 8 p.m. ET, FS1 (taped)

Format: Team event. The Top 5 USA players and Top 5 international players after the first 30 games of WSOB qualifying form the teams.

Prize fund: $60,000 (Winning team: $40,000, losing team: $20,000)

USBC Masters

Where: Reno, Nevada (Grand Sierra Bowling Center)

When: March 23-29

TV: Sunday, March 29, 2:30 p.m. ET, FOX (Live)

Field: TBA

Format: TBA

Conditions: TBA

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending Champion: Jakob Butturff

Prize fund, ratio: TBA

Top prizes: TBA

PBA Playoffs

Where: Round of 24 in Norco, California. Round of 16 in Lone Tree, Colorado. Round of 8, Euless, Texas, Final Four, North Brunswick, N.J..

When: Round of 24, April 6. Round of 16, April 20-21. Round of 8, May 10-11. Final Four, May 16-17.

TV: Monday, April 6, 7 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 13, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Taped April 6)

Monday, April 20, 7 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 20, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 27, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Taped April 21)

Monday, May 4, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Taped April 21)

Sunday, May 10, 2 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Monday, May 11, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Taped May 10)

Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. ET, FOX (Live)

Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m. ET, FOX (Live)

Field: Top 24 in points from 2020 PBA on FOX season. All cash.

Format: Single elimination bracket. Top 8 seeds get byes into second round. First round one game matches, subsequent matches best of 2.

Conditions: Carter 39

Defending champion: Kris Prather

Prize fund: $320,000

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $25,000

PBA/PWBA Bowl Expo Cup

Where: Denver (Bowl Expo special lane construct)

When: July 5

TV: Sunday, July 5, 7 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Conditions: TBA

Prize fund: TBA

PBA Summer League

Where: Portland, Maine (Bayside Bowl)

When: July 19-23

TV (4 telecasts): Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Tuesday, July 21, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Wednesday, July 22, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Thursday, July 23, 9 p.m. ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: TBA. 10 teams. All players cash.

Conditions: Roth 42

Defending champions: Portland Lumberjacks

Prize fund: $360,000 (1, $60,000. 2, $50,000. 3, $35,000. 4, $35,000. 5, $25,000. 6, $25,000. 7, $25,000. 8, $25,000. 9, $20,000. 10, $20,000.)

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