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The 11th Frame: PBA League, NCAA Championship viewership confirms drawing power of bowling, apparent irrelevance of live vs. taped

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Monday, April 25, 2016 8:00 am

The Portland Lumberjacks during the 2016 PBA League opening show. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
TV viewership for the PBA League and NCAA Women’s Championship shows the weekend of April 16-17 confirmed the continued drawing power of bowling and apparent irrelevance of whether a show is live or taped. Yes, the PBA Tour is not near the ratings power it was in its heyday, but it and bowling still show surprising strength against more high profile sports. The opening show of the PBA League on ESPN on Sunday, April 17 from noon to 2 p.m. Central time averaged 490,000 viewers (193,000...

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