The Professional Bowlers Association is using the 2012-2013 PBA Tour season as a transitional period into a calendar-year schedule, beginning in 2014. That's not to say the sole purpose of the season is transition, as this season is packed with more events and television coverage than any season in recent memory.
If last season's Player of the Year race, which was won by Sean Rash by a narrow margin, is any indication, this is the perfect time to expand the PBA Tour season. The bowling will be competitive, exciting and, fans would hope, another tight race for not just the Player of the Year Award, but also each tournament along the way.
The 33rd consecutive season on ESPN begins December 9 with the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA, which will be contested during the World Series of Bowling in November. Five more events from the World Series will air over the following few weeks, culminating with the season's first major, the PBA World Championship, on January 13, 2013.
February 24 will feature a live broadcast of the USBC Masters finals, and the PBA Tournament of Champions will take place on March 31. Two more majors will be contested in 2013, but have yet to be scheduled. The U.S. Open will be held in July, and another PBA World Championship, a mainstay of the World Series of Bowling, will be announced along with the rest of November 2013's WSOB.
New PBA play-by-play announcer Lon McEachern, who made his PBA debut over the summer in the GEICO Summer Shootout, will call the action alongside PBA Hall of Famer and long-time color commentator Randy Pedersen.
New to the PBA Tour this season include two World Series of Bowling events (November of 2012 and November of 2013) and the PBA Winter Swing, which will be held near Detroit in January. Many of this season's televised events will last two hours, an increase over last year's standard time of 90 minutes.
All times shown are Eastern Time. Bold denotes a major championship. The events listed here are those that have already been announced through April 7. Many more events will be televised throughout the year, and will be added to this schedule as the information is released.
2012-2013 PBA TV Schedule
|December 9, 2012||World Bowling Tour Finals (WSOB)||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|December 16, 2012||Cheetah Championship (WSOB)||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|December 23, 2012||Viper Championship (WSOB)||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|December 30, 2012||Chameleon Championship (WSOB)||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|January 6, 2013||Scorpion Championship (WSOB)||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|January 13, 2013||PBA World Championship (WSOB)||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|January 20, 2013||Round 1 Japan Cup||3:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|January 27, 2013||PBA League Elias Cup, Round 1||12:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|February 3, 2013||Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars||4:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|February 10, 2013||PBA League Elias Cup, Round 2, Carmen Salvino Classic Finals||3:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|February 17, 2013||PBA League Elias Cup, Round 3, Mark Roth Classic Finals||3:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|February 24, 2013||USBC Masters||3:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|March 3, 2013||PBA League Elias Cup, Round 4, Don Carter Classic Finals||3:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|March 24, 2013||PBA League Elias Cup, Round 5, Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship Finals||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|
|March 31, 2013||PBA Tournament of Champions||2:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|April 7, 2013||PBA League Elias Cup Finals||1:00 p.m.||ESPN|