Fox Sports Increases PBA League Coverage to Six Two-Hour LIVE Telecasts
The 2020 pursuit for the Elias Cup begins on September 26th with four days of LIVE competition on FS1
New York, NY – The 2020 PBA League officially returns to the lanes in September with 60 of the world’s best male, female, and international athletes competing for the prestigious Elias Cup.
This year, the PBA League is making history with 12 teams, including four expansion franchises and two all-women’s teams. This year’s telecast will also feature four additional hours of live coverage on FS1.
The twelve teams now split into two divisions, Carter and Anthony, will take to the lanes on Friday September 26th with the Portland Lumberjacks looking to defend their title.
The PBA League will also have a new home in 2020 – Bowlero Centreville in Centreville, VA, just outside of Washington, DC.
After months of consideration, the Professional Bowlers Association, in conjunction with the original host center, Bayside Bowl in Portland Maine, made the decision to move the event due to current statewide COVID 19 related restrictions.
The new host location in Centreville, VA will allow the PBA League players to compete in a safe environment - limited to athletes, managers, and essential staff only, with no fans on site.
“This was an extremely tough decision given the inextricable link between the PBA League and Bayside Bowl, and the strong desire for things to feel normal,” said Charlie Mitchell, proprietor of Bayside Bowl. “We tried to come up with a safe way to host the event, but given safety concerns, social distancing guidelines and occupancy limits, there is no way to recreate the BoPo atmosphere with fans this year.”
A silver lining for fans – the PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl in 2021.
General admission ticket holders will receive an email from Bayside Bowl with information to receive a full refund or have their tickets roll over to 2021.
The race to capture the prestigious Elias Cup will begin with a seeding round on September 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., streamed exclusively on FloBowling, followed by twelve hours of live competition on FS1. The TV schedule is as follows:
PBA Elias Cup: Anthony Division Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 12 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Carter Division Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Anthony Division Semifinals – Monday, September 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Carter Division Semifinals – Monday, September 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Division Finals – Tuesday, September 29, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Championship Finals – Wednesday September 30, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
Viewers can live stream the PBA League Elias Cup on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.
With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit pba.com.