Guaranteed Rate Becomes Title Sponsor of the 2021 PBA Tour on FOX
January 21, 2021 – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced today that Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the country, has signed on as the Title Sponsor of the 2021 PBA Tour season when it returns to FOX Sports on Sunday, Jan. 24.
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Guaranteed Rate and welcome them as the Title Sponsor of the 2021 PBA Tour,” said Colie Edison, Chief Executive Officer of the PBA. “Guaranteed Rate has proven to be a great partner of the Tour and our players, and we look forward to continuing the momentum into the new season.”
The expanded agreement provides Guaranteed Rate with an array of exclusive marketing rights and opportunities to connect the brand even further with the PBA Tour, its fans, and its events. The 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour on FOX begins this Sunday, Jan. 24 with the PBA Players Championship on FS1, featuring 5 Regional Finals telecasts and culminating with the Championship Finals on FOX (full schedule below), where the winner from each Regional will battle it out for a $250,000 grand prize.
But that’s not the only prize money on the line. The PBA and FOX have partnered to once again present the $1 Million Bonus incentive for any player who bowls a perfect 300 in the Title match in one of four key PBA events on FOX Broadcast Channel.
“We’re excited to build upon our partnership with the PBA,” said Guaranteed Rate Chief Marketing Officer Steve Moffat. “The players on the PBA Tour are the best athletes in the sport and believe anything is possible. We’re proud to be part of the excitement as they compete not only for the win, but for the perfect game.”
Only three televised 300 games have ever been accomplished in a title match in the history of the PBA Tour, most recently this time last year, when Tommy Jones bowled a perfect game at the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic on FS1, the day after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The $1 Million Bonus will be up for grabs for a 300 game in the title match of each of the following events:
PBA Players Championship Finals – Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. on FOX
PBA Tournament of Champions – Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX
PBA World Series of Bowling XII World Championship – Saturday, March 13 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX
PBA Super Slam – Sunday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX
The complete 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour schedule through April is available now at PBA.com, with additional details on PBA Tour events, including the PBA League and PBA King of the Lane Series to be announced at a later date.
Fans can catch all the action of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour on FOX and FOX Sports’ FS1, and live stream the PBA on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
The PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling, will live stream the PBA Tour’s qualifying rounds competition and provide in-depth interviews with the Tour’s players. International fans of the sport can watch the TV telecasts live on FloBowling.com.
PBA Players Championship TV Schedule:
West Region Finals – Sunday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. ET on FS1
Southwest Region Finals – Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1
Central Region Finals – Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. ET on FS1
East Region Finals – Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET on FS1
South Region Finals – Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1
Championship Finals – Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX
During this uncertain time, the PBA’s main priority continues to be the health and safety of its players and staff. The PBA is taking all necessary precautions and following local and federal COVID-19 guidelines to reduce risks and modify procedures as needed. For a complete list of the PBA’s COVID-19 related standards and procedures, please visit PBA.com.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.
About Guaranteed Rate Companies
The Guaranteed Rate Companies, which includes Guaranteed Rate, Inc., Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, and Proper Rate, LLC, has more than 9,000 employees in over 750 offices across the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, Guaranteed Rate Companies is one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the United States, funding over $73 billion in 2020. Founded in 2000 and located in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Guaranteed Rate Companies has helped homeowners nationwide with home purchase loans and refinances. The company has established itself as an industry leader by introducing innovative technology, offering low rates and delivering unparalleled customer service. 2017 marked the launch of Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage. In 2020, the company launched Proper Rate, LLC, a mortgage origination joint venture between Guaranteed Rate, Inc. and @properties, one of the nation's largest residential brokerage firms. Collectively, the Guaranteed Rate Companies have earned honors and awards including: Top Lender for Online Service for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report; Best Mortgage Lender for Online Loans and Best Mortgage Lender for Refinancing by NerdWallet for 2021; HousingWire’s 2020 Tech100 award for the company’s industry-leading FlashClose SM technology; No. 3 ranking in Scotsman Guide's Top Retail Mortgage Lenders 2019; Chicago Agent Magazine’s Lender of the Year for five consecutive years; Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces list for seven consecutive years. Visit rate.com for more information.