Of the many new ideas the PBA has been implementing recently, this is one of my favorites. During the World Series of Bowling television stepladder finals, only the higher seed will be able to practice on the TV pair of lanes. The lower seed will be able to practice, but will use a separate lane that will not be used for competition.
In the past, it was hard to determine who had the advantage in the stepladder finals. Was it the top seed, who only had to win one game to win the championship? Or was it the fourth seed, who worked his way up through the third and second seeds, all the while getting a great feel for how the oil on the lanes were changing?
In an effort to give the top seeds a better advantage for earning those spots, they will now be allowed to practice on the television pair, but the winning lower seeds will not. For example, say the fourth seed defeats the third seed. The winner of that match can go practice on the stub lane while the second seed can throw some shots on the television pair. The winner of that match must also do any practice for the finals on the stub lane, and the top seed can practice on the television pair.
What do you think? Will this make a difference and give more of an advantage to the top seeds? Whether it does or not, I'm intrigued to see how it plays out.