Beginning with the World Series of Bowling on November 2, the PBA will be underway with a 14-month season to transition into a new, calendar-year format beginning in 2014. As is always the case when the PBA announces anything, there are those out there who think this is a horrible idea for any number of reasons (namely, it's not the same Tour as in the '70s and '80s). To that, I say it shouldn't be. Society's changed since then, and the PBA has to change as well. Maybe this new format will be the start of a revitalized PBA Tour.
Not everyone is pessimistic, though. More than any other recent announcement, I see fans excited at the change. No, it's not the old traveling-the-country Tour so many people want to see return regardless of cost or feasibility, but with new World Series-like events as well as the addition of international titles and even another major, the PBA is going to be all over the world for the entire year.
I will have plenty more thoughts on this new format and what it means for the PBA in the near future. For now, take a look at the announcement on pba.com and decide for yourself: is this good or bad for the PBA?