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The 11th Frame: PBA Tour TV ratings for World Series on ESPN a mixed bag again proving how little being live matters

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:00 am

The signature moment from GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII — E.J. Tackett tearfully embracing his dad after winning the PBA World Championship — also was the least-viewed, illustrating the often perplexing nature of PBA Tour TV ratings. Photo by Susie Fever.
The best thing about GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII for diehard bowling fans was that they could watch the four animal pattern TV finals live on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app. I first reported that news in this story in November after PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark posted it on Facebook, PBA later formally announced the news in a release and there were numerous social media mentions, yet many people were clueless that the shows were airing live and how to watch them as they started...

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