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whereby's information and copyright must be included. Becomes Title Sponsor For PBA Maine Shootout via

3/11/2016, entering its 20th year as the world’s largest online bowling retailer, will be the title sponsor of the PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame April 4-6 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark and founder Keith Spear announced Thursday.

Bowlingballcom-logo-wide-outlined (2)The PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame will be the first of 10 exclusive Xtra Frame PBA Tour event events in 2016, each awarding a minimum $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title along with a winner-take-all $10,000 cash bonus to the player who compiles the most competition points for the entire series.

The PBA Maine Shootout, which follows a weekend of PBA League Elias Cup competition at Bayside Bowl, will be a 64-player single-elimination, three-game match play event. A “draw party” will be held on Monday, April 4, to determine pairings. Competition – all covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, begins with eight Round of 64 matches at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Additional Round of 64 matches will be held at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Winners will then bowl Round of 32 matches at 6 and 8 p.m.

Competition continues Wednesday, April 6, with Round of 16 matches at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Round of 8 at 2 p.m., semifinal round at 6 p.m. and the championship match at 7:30 p.m. All times are Eastern. Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., is defending champion.

Xtra Frame is PBA’s official online video-streaming service, currently serving more than 8,000 subscribers around the world. Three-day, 30-day and full year subscriptions are available for $3.99, $7.99 and $64.99, respectively. Visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.

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PBA League Welcomes as PBA Maine Event Sponsor

Leading online retailer to sponsor PBA League’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters, PBA Maine Shootout

PORTLAND, ME (March 16, 2016) – On the heels of PBA Maine Event being heralded as both a fan and bowler favorite, the Professional Bowlers Association welcomes as a sponsor of the PBA League’s two-time defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters and, in a sponsorship package secured by Shamrock Sports Group, title sponsor of the PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame.

“We are excited to partner with the PBA to showcase’s continued commitment to growing the sport we love. As bowlers ourselves, the team is dedicated to bringing bowling to people of all ages and skill levels,” said Keith Spear, CEO & Founder.  

The PBA Maine Event begins with two days of PBA League competition, featuring the PBA’s top bowlers on eight teams competing for the Elias Cup. Team matches will take place April 2 and 3 at Portland’s Bayside Bowl, resulting in four two-hour television shows to be aired on ESPN on Sundays, April 17, 24, May 1 and 8, all from 1-3 pm ET.

“The 2015 PBA League event provided fans, bowlers and sponsors alike with contagious energy and excitement. Returning to Maine in 2016, we are confident with the support of valued sponsors such as, that the PBA League and related events will be bigger and better than ever,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark.  

The PBA Maine Shootout will complete the Maine Event. The PBA Maine Shootout will be a 32-player match play elimination competition taking place April 4, 5 and 6. It will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service. The winner will earn a PBA Tour title along with a $10,000 first prize.

For information on Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.

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About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,200 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 57th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort,, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Rolltech, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to

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