Professional Bowlers Association to make live competition return

The Professional Bowlers Association has announced it will make a live competition return this summer in a series of events that will be broadcast on the Fox family of networks.

PBA will make its comeback amid the Covid-19 pandemic with the PBA Strike Derby at the Bowlero Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida, on June 6. The eight-athlete event will be broadcast in prime time on the main Fox network.

It will mark the PBA’s first telecast since the 2020 PBA World Championship on March 15 before the season was postponed as a result of the health crisis.

That event will be followed by the PBA Summer Clash on June 13, which will also be aired on the main Fox network. In July, there will be the four-night PBA King of the Lanes series on cable network FS1, with dates to be announced.

All events will take place at Bowlero Jupiter without fans in attendance and “an abundance of caution towards the safety of the players, officials and TV production crew.”

“We are so excited to be one of the first properties bringing live sports back to broadcast television,” PBA chief executive Colie Edison said in a statement. “This dynamic series of events will showcase the immense talent of our elite bowlers to a wide audience and we look forward to welcoming new fans to the Professional Bowlers Association.”

Regularly-scheduled PBA Tour events are due to be staged later in the year.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced that the state is open to all professional sports teams in the United States who want to resume action amid the coronavirus crisis.