The 2013 Winter Swing, held at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan, will feature the first ever PBA League competition. The eight teams were chosen through a serpentine draft during the World Series of Bowling.
Team captains (or franchise players) were named based on their competition points from last season. The top eight bowlers were named captains and a random lottery determined the draft order. Due to the serpentine fashion, the first bowler to pick (Norm Duke) wouldn't pick again until number 16, where as the eighth bowler to pick (Osku Palermaa), would also pick ninth, as the draft would then go in reverse order until the end. Take a look at the complete, pick-by-pick draft recap.
Each team consists of five bowlers as well as a supplemental pick, which represents a bowler who will only compete if one of the bowlers on the main roster is unable due to injury or unforeseen circumstances. The bowlers will all be compensated with a salary, based on the round in which they were drafted, as well as any prize money they take home during league play.
- Franchise players (technically the first-round picks) receive $10,000 each
- Second-round picks receive $7,000 each
- Third-round picks receive $5,000 each
- Fourth-round picks receive $3,000 each
- Fifth-round picks receive $2,000 each
- Supplemental picks will be paid in the event they are needed in competition
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber pieced together his team in the draft, relying on his own experiences as well as the advice of his first pick, Tommy Jones. The WTT KingPins are owned by Billie Jean King.
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Franchise player Chris Barnes put together a team, owned by Nerdist Chris Hardwick, many consider to be one of the favorites in the 2013 PBA League season, mixing his fellow Wichita State alumni with two of England's best bowlers.
- Chris Barnes (franchise player)
- Dom Barrett
- Josh Blanchard
- Stuart Williams
- Nathan Bohr
- Jon VanHees (supplemental pick)
2012 PBA World Champion Osku Palermaa received the eighth pick in the draft and managed to put together an impressive roster consisting of bowlers from five different countries. The Jack Rabbits are owned by LaMarr Woodley.
- Osku Palermaa (franchise player)
- Martin Larsen
- Dan MacLelland
- Patrick Allen
- Thomas Larsen
- Anthony LaCaze (supplemental pick)