Terrell Owens, Mookie Betts, and JJ Watt Join PBA Stars for Show’s Broadcast Television Debut
LOS ANGELES and CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and FOX Sports today announce NBA star Chris Paul welcomes an all-star cast of athletes, entertainers and professional bowlers to his 10th anniversary CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, presented by Go Bowling!, when it makes its broadcast television debut on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2:00 PM ET.
The Super Bowl Sunday special, benefitting the Chris Paul Family Foundation, features well-known athletes including returning competitors Terrell Owens, recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and reigning American League MVP and World Series champion Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, along with a guest appearance by Houston Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt. Also participating are Paul’s Houston Rockets teammate PJ Tucker, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver William Jackson III, and NASCAR champion Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford. Entertainers include Big Brother Season 20 star Tyler Crispen, model and Big Brother contestant Angela Rummans, and Houston-based, Grammy-nominated rapper/artist Bun B.
“This is totally different than any bowling I do during the summer or with my friends and teammates,” said Paul. “The pressure is different, there are a lot of people here, the lights are bright, but I’ll make sure I do enough to win. It’s amazing that it’s been 10 years. I’m so grateful to the PBA and the bowlers, I can’t say thank you enough.”
The field of PBA stars include Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Pete Weber and Chris Barnes; past PBA Players of the Year Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones, EJ Tackett, Sean Rash and Andrew Anderson, and PBA Tour champions Tommy Jones and Kyle Troup.
The CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational is hosted by FOX Sports’ Rob Stone, with longtime PBA analyst Randy Pedersen and reporter Kimberly Pressler.
In the five-frame, Baker format, single-elimination match game battle for the prestigious Chris Paul trophies, Duke is paired with Paul as defending champions, trying to help Paul claim the title for a record fifth time. Weber again bowls with Owens, Barnes is paired with Jackson, Jones with Betts, Tackett with Tucker, Belmonte with Almirola and Troup with Crispen. Rash and Anderson bowl a two-minute “strike-fast” contest to determine who gets to bowl with Rummans.
The featured doubles competition involves modified five-frame matches in which the PBA partner bowls the sixth, eighth and 10th frames while the celebrity bowls the seventh and ninth frames. It’s a fast, fun format, but one that competitors take seriously, especially one as intense as Major League Baseball’s premier player in 2019, Mookie Betts.
“It means a lot,” Betts said. “It’s tough to create friendships with athletes in different sports, but Chris Paul has been a great friend and great guy.”
Despite his growing friendship with Paul, Betts has his eyes on the prize after losing to Paul and his PBA partners in the championship match the last two years.
“I can’t lose again,” Betts said. “I lost the last two years. I can’t lose again.”
Also, as part of the telecast, 2018 Teen Masters age-group winners Brandon and Justin Bohn (sons of PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III), Tom Hankey Jr. and Jenna Williams; former University of Nebraska All-American Gazmine Mason, and PBA Tour champion DJ Archer, who compete in a one-shot, low-count out “mini clash.” The winner advances to a similar “super clash” with the celebrity stars.
CP3 PBA CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL WINNERS (host city)
2009: Jason Couch/LeBron James (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
2010: Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul (New Orleans)
2011: Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul (New Orleans)
2012: Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin (Los Angeles)
2013: Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick (Los Angeles)
2015: Ronnie Russell/French Montana (Los Angeles)
2016: Pete Weber/Terrell Owens (Los Angeles)
2017: Chris Barnes/Chris Paul (Los Angeles)
2018: Norm Duke/Chris Paul (Houston)
CP3 “CELEBRITY CLASH” WINNERS
2012: Jesse Williams
2013: Quinton Aaron
2015: Chris Paul
2016: John Burkett
2017: Mookie Betts
2018: Terrell Owens
During the 2019 season, viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FOX and FS1 streams. The shows will be available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs will be available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app. Select highlights will also be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
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Now in its 61st year, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. In 2019, the PBA enters its 60th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, FOX Sports, FS1 and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Brunswick, Ebonite International, FloBowling.com, GoBowling.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. Learn more at www.pba.com.