PBA League Finals on ESPN Feature Fast-Paced Format - CLICK FOR DETAILS
by JThomas | Thursday, February 07, 2:33 PM
This Sunday at 1pm ET on ESPN, competition in the PBA League will resume with Round 2. The show marks the second installment of the historic team competition, and also features a new format that will be used over the next four rounds of PBA League competition. Here is how it works:
The upcoming PBA League telecasts will be expanded to two hours (hooray, more bowling!), and will feature three distinct segments.
SEGMENT 1 - CLASH ROUND
The first part of the PBA League telecasts will consist of an exciting new "Clash Round", featuring 11 different players. Each team will have a specific number of players representing their teams (determined by final qualifying position - the higher the team finished in the standings, the more players they get in the Clash Round). The format is a one-ball roll-off where each player will throw a shot, with the lowest scorer (or scorers in the event of a tie) eliminated. The last remaining player's team will gain a spot in the baker-format team stepladder finals, and will join the three teams who qualified through the preliminary qualifying rounds (all of those rounds are currently available to watch on demand on XTRA FRAME).
SEGMENT 2 - TEAM STEPLADDER FINALS
Three baker-format team matches will determine team points earned for that week's telecast. The points earned over the five rounds of the PBA League will determine the four finalists for the Elias Cup, which will crown the PBA's first team champion. Here are the current standings after Round 1:
1, BROOKLYN STyLES (owner Jesse Williams), 18 points.
2, New York City WTT KingPins (owner Billie Jean King), 12.
3, Motown Muscle (owner Jerome Bettis), 9.
4, Dallas Strikers (owner Terrell Owens), 8.
5, Silver Lake Atom Splitters (owner Chris Hardwick), 6.
6, L.A. X (owner Chris Paul), 5.
7, Philadelphia Hitmen (owner Kevin Hart), 3.
8, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (owner LaMarr Woodley), 2.
SEGMENT 3 - SINGLES FINAL
Each PBA League telecast will conclude with the title match between the two finalists for that week's Classic qualifying and match play rounds. Round 2 will feature the Carmen Salvino Classic finalists (D.J. Archer and Andres Gomez), Round 3 the Mark Roth Classic (Michael Haugen Jr. and Scott Norton), Round 4 the Don Carter Classic (Wes Malott and Jason Sterner) and Round 5 the Earl Anthony Players Championship (Sean Rash and Scott Norton). So not only will these shows feature exciting and historic team competition, but they will also crown a PBA champion!
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