PBA Playoffs Competition Begins on Saturday with Six Two-Hour Telecasts on FOX

The PBA Tour’s Top 24 bowlers compete for first place prize of $100,000 in season-culminating event

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 24 – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. ET on FOX

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, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. ET on FS1

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 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, 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1

*Matches TBD after Round of 16

PBA Playoffs: SEMIFINALS & FINALS – Sunday, Nov. 8, 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1

*Matches TBD after Quarterfinals

The 2020 PBA Playoffs point standings are as follows:

  1. Jason Belmonte – 30,295.0
  2. Bill O’Neill – 20,387.5
  3. EJ Tackett – 19,965.0
  4. Anthony Simonsen – 19,795.0
  5. Kristopher Prather – 19,470.0
  6. Jesper Svensson – 15,995.0
  7. Kyle Troup – 15,155.0
  8. Sean Rash – 13,705.0
  9. Francois Lavoie – 12,497.5
  10. Darren Tang – 11,992.5
  11. Brad Miller – 11,460.0
  12. Marshall Kent – 10,395.0
  13. Dom Barrett – 9,855.0
  14. Tom Smallwood – 9,740.0
  15. Kyle Sherman – 9,685.0
  16. Tommy Jones – 9,410.0
  17. Jakob Butturff – 8,855.0
  18. AJ Johnson – 8,332.5
  19. Chris Barnes – 8,185.0
  20. Dick Allen – 8,177.5
  21. Chris Via – 8,020.0
  22. Tom Daugherty – 7,980.0
  23. Nicholas Pate – 7,930.0
  24. 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


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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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