The heart and soul of professional sports (with the exception of golf) are the teams! Of course, everyone has their favorite athletes, but unbreakable sports bonds are created over the love and passion for a team—the ones fans live and die for every game throughout every season.
In the bowling world, the most popular form of competition (except for the pros) is team leagues—so it makes perfect sense that something should be done to capitalize on this major opportunity.
Say hello to the brand new PBA League!
PBA CEO Geoff Reiss and Commissioner Tom Clark have joined the likes of the MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA and started a PBA team concept, bringing back a legendary format first developed in the 1950s—PBA Teams.
This not just a bunch of teams thrown together; it’s about a brave new world and creating new excitement and interest.
Each team has its own geographic identity; is linked to major city or area. There are celebrity owners, uniquely designed team logos and t-shirts—all done with hopes of gaining exposure to new audiences, increasing attendance, viewership and of course sponsorships.
The league will be competed in what is called the Baker format. This means each five-person team will bowl two frames per game. The lead-off position bowls frames one and six; the second up bowls frames two and seven, and so on. The highest pin fall wins.
Read on, to see what COO Tom Clark and the captains have to say....