PBA Playoffs Competition Begins on Saturday with Six Two-Hour Telecasts on FOX
Centreville, Va. – Big money bowling returns to FOX on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. with the PBA Tour’s grand finale event of the season – the PBA Playoffs. A $100,000 first place prize and the last title of the year are on the line as the Tour’s top 24 players compete head-to-head in the bracket style, single elimination tournament.
First Round action kicks off Saturday with Hall of Fame veterans battling it out against the Tour’s rising stars in a win or lose go home format. In this sudden death tournament, anything can happen!
The top 24 players earned points all year towards a spot in the playoffs, with the top eight receiving a first-round bye to advance to the Round of 16.
Those top eight players represent the Tour’s best talent including breakout star, Kris Prather, who won the inaugural PBA Playoffs last year to solidly himself as an elite PBA performer. The 2019 champion upset the world’s best bowler, Jason Belmonte, to win a spot in the final four and subsequently took down established stars Anthony Simonsen and Bill O’Neill to win the title.
Prather, Belmonte, Simonsen, and O’Neill are joined by PBA stars EJ Tackett, Jesper Svensson, Kyle Troup, and Sean Rash to round out the top eight.
The PBA Playoffs will take place at Bowlero Centreville, just outside of Washington, D.C. No fans will be in attendance and access to the venue is limited to ensure the health and safety of players, crew and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fans can catch all the action of the PBA Playoffs on FOX and Fox Sports’ FS1, and live stream the PBA 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.
The complete TV schedule for the playoffs is as follows:
PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 24 – Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET on FOX
No. 16 Tommy Jones vs. No. 17 Jakob Butturff
No. 9 Francois Lavoie vs. No. 24 Norm Duke
No. 13 Dom Barrett vs. No. 20 Dick Allen
No. 12 Marshall Kent vs. No. 21 Chris Via
PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 16 – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. ET on FOX
Jones/Butturff vs. No. 1 Jason Belmonte
Lavoie/Duke vs. No. 8 Sean Rash
Barrett/Allen vs. No. 4 Anthony Simonsen
Kent/Via vs. No. 5 Kris Prather
PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 24 – Sunday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. ET on FS1
No. 15 Kyle Sherman vs. No. 18 AJ Johnson
No. 10 Darren Tang vs. No. 23 Nicholas Pate
No. 14 Tom Smallwood vs. No. 19 Chris Barnes
No. 11 Brad Miller vs. No. 22 Tom Daugherty
PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 16 – Sunday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1
Sherman/Johnson vs. No. 2 Bill O'Neill
Tang/Pate vs. No. 7 Kyle Troup
Smallwood/Barnes vs. No. 3 EJ Tackett
Miller/Daugherty vs. No. 6 Jesper Svensson
PBA Playoffs: QUARTERFINALS – Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. ET on FS1
*Matches TBD after Round of 16
PBA Playoffs: SEMIFINALS & FINALS – Sunday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m. ET on FS1
*Matches TBD after Quarterfinals
The 2020 PBA Playoffs point standings are as follows:
- Jason Belmonte - 30,295.0
- Bill O'Neill - 20,387.5
- EJ Tackett - 19,965.0
- Anthony Simonsen - 19,795.0
- Kristopher Prather - 19,470.0
- Jesper Svensson - 15,995.0
- Kyle Troup - 15,155.0
- Sean Rash - 13,705.0
- Francois Lavoie - 12,497.5
- Darren Tang - 11,992.5
- Brad Miller - 11,460.0
- Marshall Kent - 10,395.0
- Dom Barrett - 9,855.0
- Tom Smallwood - 9,740.0
- Kyle Sherman - 9,685.0
- Tommy Jones - 9,410.0
- Jakob Butturff - 8,855.0
- AJ Johnson - 8,332.5
- Chris Barnes - 8,185.0
- Dick Allen - 8,177.5
- Chris Via - 8,020.0
- Tom Daugherty - 7,980.0
- Nicholas Pate - 7,930.0
- Norm Duke - 7,792.5
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.