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In my opinion, the PBA is missing the boat marketing this on TV.  I would think there's a better potential audience for TV with the older generation than the younger generation.  The PBA was in it's heyday in the 70s and 80s.  They had a large viewing audience back then, who are familiar with the names and faces of the players who are now competing on the senior tour.  The younger generation doesn't care about bowling (in masses) as the older generation does.  The older generation probably finds the current PBA stars as being boring, or not being able to identify with them.  People are nostalgic, especially the older we get.  How many names do you recognize from the top 50 in the current event going on?  And wouldn't you tune in for the finals to see the bowlers bowl?  Those who grew up watching the Pro Bowlers Tour, or any fan of bowling currently over 40 would certainly tune in.  I would have to believe this could be marketed better than the current PBA.  This is a gem, and they don't even know it.  Just my opinion.


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Second Round Standings (after 16 games; top 24 advance to match play; 25th-51st places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)


1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,898. 
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,843. 
3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,836. 
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,833. 
5, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,819. 
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,806. 
7, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,788. 
8, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,775. 
9, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,753. 
10, a-Ken Wyatt, Sterling Hts., Mich., 3,745. 
11, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,719. 
12, a-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,709. 
13, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,695. 
14, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,687. 
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,686. 
16, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,685. 
17, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,684. 
18, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,683. 
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,659. 
20, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 3,652. 
21, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,651. 
22, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,648. 
23, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,639. 
24, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,636. 
25, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,621. 
26, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,617. 
27, (tie)Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,609. 
29, a-Mike Long, Charlotte, N.C., 3,587. 
30, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,585. 
31, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,584. 
32, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,578. 
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,574. 
34, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,573. 
35, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 3,570. 
36, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,564. 
38, a-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,562. 
39, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,561. 
40, a-Louis Manzella Jr., Mt. Olive, Ala., 3,553. 
41, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,550. 
42, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,548. 
43, (tie) Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., and ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,541. 
45, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 3,539. 
46, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,522. 
47, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,502. 
48, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,493. 
49, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,492. 
50, Danny Weikel, Bessemer City, NC, 3,491. 


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Let me say it again. Tom Clark is a JOURNALIST. He is NOT a BUSINESSMAN. He wrote positive articles about bowling for USA Today so some knucklehead decided that he should actually work in the bowling industry.

Tom Clark is killing the PBA with a slow death. The PBA had to included WTBA events in their schedule to make it look like PBA members have a full slate of events for which to bowl in. I don't think more than a handful make any money flying to Europe, Asia and the Mideast to bowl. Unless they have their expenses covered by a bowling ball contract.

The PBA is so tired of my honesty on Facebook, that it banned me from commenting on PBA posts. Tom Clark, a journalist, restricting free speech. Kind of ironic, isn't it?

So yes, the PBA should be televising the PBA50 Tour. It's just too stupid to do so.

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I agree completely.  I enjoy the PBA currently (Yes it could be better).  I would, however, enjoy watching the old guys bowl more.

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20 are familiar.  10 maybe. 20 never heard of.  Why go up against the NFL?  Wait for Feb or April.
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Originally Posted by Fordman
20 are familiar.  10 maybe. 20 never heard of.  Why go up against the NFL?  Wait for Feb or April.

The 20 familiar ones are the ones who will always dominate.  Last week, Johnny Petraglia made the TV show...that in itself has to have some viewing value!

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I agree completely with everything you said, Keith.
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Are there any plans for them to come to Detroit?  What is the entry cost?
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