Once upon a time, weekend afternoons on ABC meant coverage of an indoor sport that millions of Americans still play but is rarely seen on television anymore. Now that sport is returning to ABC, according to SportsNewser.
The Professional Bowlers Association will have its events televised in weekend broadcasts on ABC for the first time since 1997. The new deal is good until 2013 and will encompass at least 20 telecasts per year on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.
The schedule launches Nov. 28 with the first event of the PBA World Series of Bowling on ESPN.
In a statement, Fred Schreyer, PBA Tour Commissioner and CEO, said: “This is a milestone accomplishment for the PBA and for America’s millions of bowling fans. It’s the result of a great deal of hard work and support by the PBA ownership, sponsors, players and broadcast partner ESPN. This is exciting news for the entire sport.”