PBA News: PBA League Begins on Sunday with Four Days of Back-to-Back Live Competition on FS1

September 24, 2020

CONTACT: Jill Laufer
PBA Public Relations

jlaufer@pba.com | 631.365.1654

On the Web: PBA.com

PBA League Begins on Sunday with Four Days of Back-to-Back Live Competition on FS1

2019 PBA League Champion Portland Lumberjacks Looking to Defend Elias Cup

Centreville, Va. – After much anticipation, the 2020 PBA League begins this weekend with defending champion Portland Lumberjacks looking to hold onto the prestigious Elias Cup. The competition will air on Fox Sports’ FS1 in six two-hour live telecasts on Sunday, Sept. 27 – Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Portland Lumberjacks will be led by last year’s Mark Roth MVP Wes Malott and returning players Kyle Troup and Kris Prather. PBA Tour veteran Martin Larsen and Packy Hanrahan, making his first appearance at the PBA League, join the Lumberjacks managed by Tim Mack.

The Lumberjacks will have plenty of competition from 11 other teams, complete with the best male, female, and international athletes which are split into two new divisions, Carter and Anthony. *Complete team rosters noted below. Of the 12 teams, four are expansion teams, including two all-women’s teams, the Miami Waves and the Phoenix Fury, which feature 10 of the top PWBA bowlers.

The PBA League will be contested for the first time at Bowlero Centerville in Centerville, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C. The change was made in conjunction with original host center, Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, due to the statewide COVID-19 related restrictions.

While the atmosphere will be different with no fans in attendance, the competition will only be more thrilling for viewers who get to see international players return to the lanes for the first time since March.

Australia’s Jason Belmonte will also be returning to PBA competition for the first time since he was last seen winning his 13th major title at the PBA World Championship. Belmonte is in his 8th year as a member of the L. A. X, which has never won the Elias Cup. Will this be their year?

The PBA League kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 26 with the 12 teams competing in their divisions to determine seeds for each divisional elimination bracket, followed by 12 hours of live competition on FS1. The TV schedule is as follows:

PBA League Elias Cup: Anthony Division Quarterfinals – Sunday, Sept. 27, 12 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA League Elias Cup: Carter Division Quarterfinals – Sunday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA League Elias Cup: Anthony Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA League Elias Cup: Carter Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA League Elias Cup: Division Finals – Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA League Elias Cup: Championship Finals – Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

After the Elias Cup is awarded, the PBA continues its competition with the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI Animal Pattern events, previously scheduled for March. The World Series of Bowling Go Bowling! Cheetah Championship, Chameleon Championship and Scorpion Championship will air on FS1. The TV schedule is as follows:

PBA Go Bowling! Cheetah Championship – Sunday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA Chameleon Championship – Sunday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1

PBA Scorpion Championship – Monday, Oct. 5, 9 p.m. ET on FS1

Viewers can 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.

During this uncertain time, the PBA’s main priority is the health and safety of its players and staff, and has significantly modified event procedures for the PBA League. The PBA is taking all necessary precautions and following local and federal COVID-19 guidelines to reduce risks. For a complete list of the PBA’s COVID-19 related standards and procedures, please visit PBA.com.

*2020 PBA League Division Line-Ups and Rosters

Carter Division:

Dallas Strikers

Manager: Norm Duke

Norm Duke

Tommy Jones

Bill O’Neill

Brad Miller

Nick Pate

Philadelphia Hitmen

Manager: Jason Couch

Dom Barrett

Tom Smallwood

Shawn Maldonado

Jason Sterner

Matt Ogle

Brooklyn Styles

Manager: Johnny Petraglia

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Brad Angelo

Rhino Page

BJ Moore

Thomas Larsen

Silver Lake Atom Splitters

Manager: Mark Baker

Chris Barnes

Jesper Svensson

Tom Daugherty

Chris Via

AJ Chapman

Las Vegas High Rollers

Manager: Amleto Monacelli

Francois Lavoie

Andrew Anderson

AJ Johnson

Richie Teece

Ildemaro Ruiz

Phoenix Fury

Manager: Kim Terrell-Kearney

Shannon O’Keefe

Liz Johnson

Jordan Richard

Stefanie Johnson

Maria José Rodriguez

Anthony Division:

NYC KingPins

Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

Pete Weber

Marshall Kent

Kyle Sherman

Darren Tang

Osku Palermaa

Motown Muscle

Manager: Del Ballard

EJ Tackett

Anthony Simonsen

Josh Blanchard

Mitch Hupe

Matt McNiel

Portland Lumberjacks

Manager: Tim Mack

Wes Malott

Kyle Troup

Kris Prather

Martin Larsen

Packy Hanrahan

L.A. X

Manager: Andrew Cain

Jason Belmonte

Jakob Butturff

Stu Williams

Patrick Girard

Anthony Lavery-Spahr

Brew City Ballers

Manager: Marshall Holman

Sean Rash

Ryan Ciminelli

Dick Allen

Christopher Sloan

Zeke Bayt

Miami Waves

Manager: Bob Learn Jr.

Danielle McEwan

Dasha Kovalova

Clara Guerrero

Liz Kuhlkin

Missy Parkin

History of PBA League Elias Cup Champions

2013: NYC KingPins

2014: Silver Lake Atom Splitters

2015: Silver Lake Atom Splitters

2016: Dallas Strikers

2017: Dallas Strikers

2018: Silver Lake Atom Splitters

2019: Portland Lumberjacks

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



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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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