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ARLINGTON, Texas – When the PBA announced its 2020 schedule in October, there was a PBA/PWBA Mixed Doubles event listed but no details were revealed. The specifics were announced Tuesday.
The special made-for-TV event will feature PBA and PWBA stars teamed up as doubles partners representing four ball companies. The event will take place on two specially installed Brunswick lanes at Bowl Expo, bowling’s largest trade show, in Denver on July 5.
Brunswick will be represented by Dasha Kovalova and Dom Barrett, Hammer by Shannon O’Keefe and Bill O’Neill, MOTIV by Maria Jose Rodriguez and EJ Tackett and Storm by Danielle McEwan and Jason Belmonte.
The event, which will take place at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, will be televised live on FS1 for domestic viewers and on FloBowling for viewers around the world at 8 p.m. Eastern.
The news comes on the heels of the opening of the 2020 PBA Tour season, which gets underway Wednesday live on FloBowling with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic.
“This will be a fantastic event for Bowl Expo attendees, the national TV audience and for our sport,” PBA CEO Colie Edison said in a release. “The PBA Tour has seen tremendous viewership growth through our partnership with FOX Sports and this special event is a tremendous addition to the schedule. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with BPAA and the PWBA Tour on this.”
According to the release, the PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles will have two semifinal matches, with matchups determined by blind draw. The semifinals will be one-game matches using the Baker format, in which the bowlers will alternate each frame. The first competitor on the team bowls frames 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and the second team member bowls frames 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, with the winning teams to bowl for the title.
College bowling and the scholarships offered in the sport also will be featured at Bowl Expo during the television show, the release said. A special roll-off featuring the 2020 Intercollegiate Singles Championships (ISC) winners will be held between the semifinals and title match of the PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles. The ISC boys champion and ISC girls champion each will get one roll on the TV lanes. If the player rolls strike on their one attempt, they will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship.
“Bowl Expo is the biggest annual event for the bowling industry and what a great way to showcase the highest levels of competition in our sport,” BPAA President Randy Thompson said in the release. “To have the best bowlers in the world on a nationally televised TV show, on a Sunday, allows the bowling community to celebrate the passion and commitment we all have for the sport.”
Bowl Expo will take place July 2-6 and the release said all attendees will be able to attend the event as part of their Bowl Expo registration. The special show will follow the first day of the event’s trade show. No details regarding prize money for the competitors was announced.
The event is the second time during the season when the PBA and PWBA stars will team up. The other is the Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, which will be broadcast live on FloBowling from July 30-Aug. 2.