Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Televised Bowling Show May Expand/produced Locally

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Televised Bowling Show May Expand/produced Locally

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The chance for average bowlers to bowl with touring professionals on television and to win cash and prizes has made the "KWTV-9 $60,000 Pro-Am Challenge" a successful bowling show for the three Oklahoma men who are behind it.

Currently the show, which is in its initial 13-week run at 11:40 p.m. on Friday nights, may be more popular than it is profitable, but that should change with upcoming 13-week series and possible expansion to other markets, said Mark Mattison, principal partner in Syndicated Sports, which is putting on the show in cooperation with KWTV-9.

Mattison owns the Oklahoma City advertising firm Mattison Avenue Ltd. and is also involved in the production of "Hello, Mrs. Phipps" on KMGC-TV, Channel 34.

The other two partners in Syndicated Sports are Richard Altman, owner of Boulevard Bowl in Edmond and Boulevard Bowl West in Yukon and the sponsor of three pros on the professional tour, and George Fast, one of the owners in a bowling center in Weatherford.

The format of the show basically is that any league bowler who wishes to participate can have the chance of playing with a touring professional on television.

The competition for the show takes into account a league bowler's handicap, and the top 20 percent of the bowlers at the 35 participating bowling centers each week have a "bowl-off," with the top 10 percent moving on to compete with bowlers from other centers for the chance to appear on television.

The nine top bowlers win the right to play on television. Three shows are taped at a time, with three bowlers bowling with three professionals on each show.

For each 13-week series, twelve shows are taped and every 13th show, which is the championship, is live.

During the taped shows, first prize is $750, second prize is $500 and third prize is $250. During the live show, first prize is a new car, second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000.

The first 12 shows are taped at various participating bowling centers to give the centers, as well as the bowlers, a chance to be seen on television.

Mattison said the professional bowlers aren't just run-of-the-mill professionals. …

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