Welcome to another edition of Striking Spotlight with Brian Hirsch. In this edition, we will be looking back on the television side of the PBA World Series of Bowling. What made this year’s television coverage of this year’s WSOB so special to make me write about it? Well If I had said it once, I have said it a thousand times that the sport of bowling is unlike other sports. If I was watching a MLB game or a NFL game and I didn’t like what was going on, I cannot just log into facebook and go to Rob Manfred the commissioner for the MLB or Roger Goodell the Commissioner NFL and make a comment that would be good, bad, or indifferent. No matter the company, sports team or entity, there will always be people that are for or against a decision that was made. I bring this up because in the sport of bowling we have the access to reach Chad Murphy the ED of USBC and Tom Clark the Commissioner for the PBA. Over the past seven years once the WSOB was completed and the shows were all taped, we now must wait week to a month to watch the shows already knowing who had won because of the facebook posts from fans and other in the industry that were there. This year the PBA tried something different and in my opinion worked out great! The day that the WSOB shows were to be tapped by ESPN we could watch the shows “live” as they were taping them on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app for free. It’s not going to get back to where it was every Saturday afternoon on ABC, but this is a fix that was needed for the fans to have live bowling on TV.
In a press release put out by the PBA on http://www.pba.com, Commissioner Tom Clark had this to say about the shows being live on ESPN3.
“The prestige of the WSOB and PBA title events provides ESPN with a quality addition to its ESPN3 programming,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “These events are important to the bowling community and having live access to the finals is a great bonus for our fans. And it’s especially rewarding for our Xtra Frame subscribers, who watch these tournaments unfold during our live coverage of the preliminary rounds. Fans can now stream the event live if they choose.”
“If you can’t hear a pin drop, then something is definitely wrong with your bowling”