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I managed to watch bits and pieces of today's show via my slingbox at work. I'm happy I got to see PDW's victory over Angelo and Scroggin's. I missed the brooklyn shot by Angelo, but caught the hoopla after it happened. I'm glad PDW won today, I think he proved he is still a force to be reckoned with. The longer formats definitely suit him better than a series of best of 7 game rounds vs others. Looking back at the 2009-10 season, it was two parts. The taped part, and the live part. I basically ignored all the shows that were taped. Starting with the World Open, the first live show, is when I thought the "viewing" season basically started. There were lots of great storylines to this season. Smallwood, Kulick, Ziesig, WRW winning his 7th POY, and PDW surpassing the great Mark Roth in titles with this 35th today. All this said, it seems like the PBA season quietly ended today. I can recall watching the Firestone in Akron, which had an aura all to it's own. You knew it was the final event of the season, and the event itself had a lot of pomp and circumstance. There was nothing like it. I wish they would save the best tournament for the final event of the year. Oh well, that's progress, I guess. We don't know what tomorrow and the future brings with the PBA. There are several things to look forward to. Finally, telecasts shown in high definition. The tournament of champions with a $1,000,000 purse, and $250,000 to the winner, and a wide open field to all former champions. But at what cost? From my understanding, most of the other tournaments are going to have $10,000 first prizes. How exciting is it to watch that? I hope we are not seeing the demise of the PBA before our very eyes. We shall see. Stay tuned. Still, it has been a pleasure following the PBA this season with all of you. It's been a lot of fun.
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It's been fun, but the PBA needs to find some way to get me back into their shows. It seems like I keep forgetting that it's on every sunday after I found out that the first part of the season was taped. Plus knowing that I didn't want to get into any youtube trouble with the PBA, I don't record it as much either.

However, I will  say that I am glad that one of the few tournaments I did watch live was Kelly's AMAZING win in the TOC. That is by far the highlight of the year in my opinion, nothing else even comes close.


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WOW...$10,000 first prizes...they may as well show the telecasts in black and white!

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WOW...$10,000 first prizes...they may as well show the telecasts in black and white!

Yah, Don Johnson almost got that for his 300 game back in 1970!  Ask hailmaizeandblue, and he'll tell you "$25,000 in his pocket....$10,000 on this ball"!  LOL!

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Wait, they're going down to $10,000 for a first prize? WTF...

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That's like equivalent to what they give out on the women's tour and I thought the amount was terrible even for their tour... And this is the PBA?
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Keith, where did you find this out? I'm disgusted with the fact that $10,000 is going to be a top prize,  I mean is there even a point to competing for that kind of money??

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Mike, these were the highlights of the upcoming season....they basically took all the prize money and funneled it into the Tournament of Champions.  I forget where I saw $10,000 for the other tournaments, but that's my understanding.

The Professional Bowlers Association has made some big announcements about next season.  The 2010 – 2011 season will have some big changes.  As most already know, the PBA has had a pretty difficult year financially.  They knew that they had to make some changes in order to save the future of our sport.

The biggest announcement is about the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions.  This event will feature a $1 Million prize fund, with first place being $250,000.  This event will be open to any bowler who has won any PBA event (National, Regional, Senior, Women’s).  The Tournament of Champions will air on ESPN on January 23, 2011.

The 2010 – 2011 ESPN schedule will include 23 original PBA programs, running from late November through April.  ESPN will air PBA telecasts in HDTV.  Several events will feature three consecutive days of coverage.  The PBA World Championship and the U.S. Open will feature Friday, Saturday, Sunday presentations.

Lumber Liquidators has confirmed that it will remain the title sponsor through September 2011.

The PBA World Series of Bowling will return for the 2010 – 2011 season.  This event will feature nine separate TV shows and will finish with the PBA World Championship.

The USBC Masters will take place in the Reno National Bowling Stadium and the TV finals will be aired live on ESPN.

A new PBA Playoffs series will conclude the season, taking up the final six weeks of TV shows.  This series will have a separate prize fund and will be heavily weighted in the PBA Player of the Year standings.

A new “Xtra Frame Tour” will be created, having shows that only air on PBA Xtra Frame.  These shows will not air on TV and will only be available to Xtra Frame subscribers.

Many people have mixed feelings about these announcements.  The added prize money for the TOC is great, but the other side of the deal is that other tournaments will have a lowered prize fund.  It will be interesting to see if bowlers are able to hang around with the lowered prize fund in other tournaments.  Is this a step in the right direction for the PBA or is it the beginning of the end?

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WOW...$10,000 first prizes...they may as well show the telecasts in black and white!

Yah, Don Johnson almost got that for his 300 game back in 1970!  Ask hailmaizeandblue, and he'll tell you "$25,000 in his pocket....$10,000 on this ball"!  LOL!

The Don Johnson 299 was one of the first PBA tournaments I can ever remember watching - I was 10 years old.

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<<<<<< A new “Xtra Frame Tour” will be created, having shows that only air on PBA Xtra Frame.  These shows will not air on TV and will only be available to Xtra Frame subscribers. >>>>>>

And 1000 more times Mike J Laneside will say "And you saw it, ONLY on Xtra Frame!" LOL...
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If the TOC is going to be the *really* important tournament now, then it should be the last tournament of the season. The way they have it now, pro bowling is having it's "Super Bowl" in the middle of the season.

I understand that they're under financial pressure, but it's well within their capabilities to make the tour more interesting, thus increasing viewership and income. Outside of the plastic ball tournament, have they really done *anything* to generate buzz? Sure, Kulick and Ziesig's victories were memorable, but those were not planned things.

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Yea its pretty unreal what is going on with the pba..with them cutting tour stops another world series of bowling, etc but i do like the toc, its just not the same. but i guess we are lucky to have a season next year no matter how lowsy it may be but who knows
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The end is not near, it happened about ten years ago.  What we are watching now is the patient slowly pass away after being diagnosed with only so many years left to live.  Now it's a question of quality of life, and it's not very good..............

The best thing that could happen to the PBA is for ESPN to buy it.  Then they would have a vested interest in the tour being successful and all the right things might happen.  Good time slots, highlights on sports center, better sponsors, more money, higher ratings........it would all happen.

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Rumor has it USBC Might take the wheel, I'm not sure if that would be a good thing either. Especially after reading the article in the BJ about the Smart money program for juniors being possibly broke. Things dont look good in my opinion.
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If anyone buys it, it will be the BPAA.
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