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The sports world will take another step toward normalcy on Saturday night when the Professional Bowlers Association returns to live action following a lengthy pause in play during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Eight of the world’s top pro bowlers will face off in the inaugural PBA Strike Derby at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida. The exhibition event challenges players to bowl as many strikes as they can during a two-minute window. The Strike Derby is the first of three special events the association has planned over the next two months.
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Like other pro sports attempting a comeback from the pandemic, the PBA will play without fans in attendance and rigorous safety guidelines in place to protect players from the virus. The speedy return provides bowling with a rare opportunity to attract sports-starved fans at a time when most other leagues are still sidelined, according to PBA CEO Colie Edison.
“We think we can draw in a really big audience to our show on Saturday night and it will expose a lot more people to the PBA,” Edison told FOX Business. “Everyone has these antiquated perceptions on what bowling is. They envision an older man with a beer belly out on the lanes and it’s just nothing like that. What you’re going to see this Saturday night is top athletic form.”