PBA fans watching ESPN telecasts will get to see the familiar faces of Mike Jakubowski, broadcast partner Randy Pedersen and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler.
Dave LaMont - Play-by-play Announcer
The Professional Bowlers Association and ESPN have announced that veteran play-by-play announcer Dave LaMont will join PBA's broadcast team at the start of the new ESPN-PBA telecast season that begins with the live finals of the PBA World Championship during the GEICO World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, Nev., on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET.
LaMont joins PBA Hall of Famer and 13-time Tour winner Randy Pedersen, who returns for his 16th season as color analyst, and former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler, who returns in her role as sideline reporter, as ESPN’s PBA broadcast team.
The South Florida resident has extensive experience in bowling with stints as United States Bowling Congress Queens, Women’s U.S. Open and Intercollegiate Championships play-by-play announcer since 2010.
LaMont joined ESPN and ABC in 2004 as play-by-play announcer for college football and basketball including bowl games and basketball conference championship games. He also has called basketball games for the SEC Network and was substitute play-by-play announcer for the Miami Heat and Baltimore Orioles for several seasons.
For the last three seasons, LaMont has called Major League Lacrosse and among his other assignments in 2016, he called the Texas Relays track and field meet and the 2016 Invictus Games for ESPN.
The former radio voice for Miami Hurricanes’ football, basketball and baseball teams has spent more than 30 years in the South Florida market as a radio talk show host and reporter and is currently a member of the highly-rated Paul and Young Ron Radio Show broadcast team.
Randy Pedersen - Color Analyst
The flamboyant, good-natured Pedersen brings a wealth of insight to PBA Tour telecasts as an analyst who ranked among the Tour's top players during a 25-year career on the lanes. Now in his 16th season as color analyst, the 13-time PBA Tour champion knows the game, knows the players, knows the emotions and mixes his own combination of serious commentary with humor to keep PBA Tour fans educated, informed and entertained.
Inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2011, Pedersen revived his professional career in 2013 after seven years by competing on the PBA50 Tour where he won his first title in his PBA50 Tour debut.
Kimberly Pressler – Sideline Reporter
Kimberly Pressler, who first gained fame as Miss USA 1999 and since has gained international recognition as one of television’s most sought-after television sideline reporters, returned to the ESPN television crew as a reporter on the PBA World Series of Bowling telecasts from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
Pressler, who once worked for the U.S. Department of Energy at a nuclear power plant, has hosted television programs for ABC, MTV, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC and the Speed Network. She has covered events ranging from the ACIS Fitness National Championships to the Traxxas TORC truck racing series, from the Red Bull X-Fighters series to the X-Games.
"The thing that intrigues me most about covering the PBA is the genuine passion and love of bowling from fans not just in the U.S. but from around the world,” Pressler said. “They truly are the heart of this sport and I'm honored to be part of the ESPN broadcast crew to showcase this beloved pastime."