Subscribe to Xtra frame- the more of us who do, the better chance the tour has of surviving. They've explored every network there is- it's not like Fox executives are just sitting by the phone waiting to offer the PBA some nine figure deal to show the tour.
I would if I didn't have to pay an exorbitant sum every month just to watch the guys (and gals) on Tour, not when I can simply wait until it gets uploaded onto YouTube instead. Hey, the PBA CAN do more in order to generate fan interest, their partnership with High 5 Gear and them offering those awesome Replica PBA player jerseys and PBA League team jerseys so we can show our pride in being bowlers/bowling fans by wearing either Pete Weber
, Belmo or Mike Fagan's name (I picked 3 Storm Staffers on purpose and I am a Storm kinda guy
) or maybe represent the NYC WTT Kingpins, Dallas Strikers, or even the Silver Lake Atom Splitters (I am a Chris Hardwick fan and have watched his All-Star Celebrity Bowling
events on his official YouTube site ("Nerdist") ) on our backs and bringing awareness of our favorite players on Tour as well as that of the Tour as well is a big part of it.
Another idea would be to explore some halfway decent sponsors like they now have with Barbasol and now with HotelPlanner.com, and not be content with those annoying "As Seen On TV
" ads I have seen the PBA resort itself to for the past couple of years. After all I don't want to tune onto the PBA Tag Away Classic, the PBA WaxVac Open or the USBC Masters presented by Ye Olde Brooklyn Lantern. We want real
, non-bowling-related sponsors thank you, like they had just 5-6 short years ago, Ace Hardware, Discover Card, Denny's, Golden Corral, Uniroyal, Pepsi, Budweiser and Motel 6 just to name a few of them, but because of the incompetence of both ESPN (by sticking us against the NFL every Sunday) and the PBA itself, it's totally their own faults. I hardly even watch the Tour anymore because we already know who won, plus, nobody's watching anyways, mostly due to the fact that none of the events are LIVE anymore, they're taped weeks in advance and with plenty of spoilers on bowling-related sites other then this one.
There is a whole lotta work they have to do, to regain the viewers they lost (including myself) over the past 10 years.
Hey kids, remember when the PBA guaranteed at minimum of $40,000 to the winner of a standard event, and at least $100,000 to the champion in each of the 4 majors? Now they don't even mention anything about the prize money, let alone the amount the winner's check is, it's almost too embarrassing to mention, but the PBA has nobody to blame but themselves, remember when they even expected us
to market the TOC on its return to ABC for them just a few years back rather then buy commercial airtime on primetime ABC shows to do it instead? Guess what that did, absolutely nothing, plain and simple, nothing. The telecast bombed with embarrassing Nielsen ratings results and I am not referring to the 299-100 drubbing that Major Mika put on (now PBA Champion) Tom Daugherty in the semi-final match of that show.