Cyber Report #1,016

E-dition No. 1,016 • Friday, August 17, 2018

Editor: Bob Johnson (


Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Welcomes Go Bowling


Go Bowling will join the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a unique collection of “balloonicles” and specially created vehicles depicting the fun and whimsy of bowling.


On Thursday, Nov. 22, as Americans gather around their television sets prior to the big Turkey Day feast, the Go Bowling elements will recreate one of America’s favorite family sports. More than 3.5 million spectators are expected to line the streets of Manhattan, and more than 50 million will watch the parade on TV.


“Bowling brings people together for fun and celebration, just like the Macy’s Parade,” said Jordan Dabby, Vice President-Partnership Marketing for the parade. “Our new and exciting partnership with Go Bowling highlights an activity that more than 67 million people love every year. We are thrilled to welcome Go Bowling to the Macy’s Parade family and hope the entire country enjoys the most unique Turkey Day bowling tournament they’ve ever seen.”


Noted BPAA President Randy Thompson: “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is considered the start of the holiday season and an event that families across the country gather to watch and create memories. There’s also nothing better than families and friends getting together over the holidays and having fun on the lanes. Our participation in the parade provides families a great reminder of this.”


On Thanksgiving Day, the holiday bowling scene will come to life through nine specially created elements showcasing the fun of the game. Two 14-foot-long red and blue-striped bowling shoe vehicles will kick off the revelry, followed by six 16-foot-tall bowling pin “balloonicles” (a Macy’s Parade hybrid inflatable and vehicle).


To complete the exhibition, a 14-foot-wide bowling ball “balloonicle” will try to record strikes all morning as the Thanksgiving game progresses down the streets of New York City.


Go Bowling’s debut will mark the largest presentation of balloon elements showcasing one partner in the Parade’s history.


The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide on NBC-TV on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones.



World Bowling Mulls Ball Specification Issues


The 2018 World Bowling Youth Championships, held July 25-Aug. 3 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., included a July 28 meeting among various industry integers and federations, and a technical committee World Bowling assembled to consider whether the organization should adopt its own set of ball specifications independent of the United States Bowling Congress.


“We’ve been having this conversation on and off for the past two or three years,” World Bowling CEO Kevin Dornberger told BJI Editor Gianmarc Manzione. “USBC’s ball specs really are intended to meet the needs of its league bowlers. Do they meet the needs of the global bowling population?


“I am not saying that they do or they don’t, but when the USBC ball specs process played out [earlier this year] and we started getting more than a few emails from federations asking if we should adopt all those new rules or if we should look into this ourselves, some appeared to be leaning in the direction of us taking on this responsibility ourselves.”


Dornberger added that such an endeavor would be logistically complicated and entail a departure from World Bowling’s longtime stance of following USBC specs, as the organization has done since 1952.


“In fairness to USBC, they have been our partners since 1952 when we adopted their specs, and if they have new specs and some of our international members don’t like it, that is not USBC’s fault.”


The technical committee includes Kegel Director of Research Neil Stremmel, Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat, Marios Nicolaides of Cyprus, and Kegel VP of Sales and Marketing Gus Falgein.


Among the concerns the committee heard on July 28 were those of ball companies anxious about potentially having to pay ball approval fees to two separate organizations — USBC and World Bowling — and potentially having to manufacture two separate lines of balls, one complying with USBC specs and the other complying with World Bowling specs.


Among concerns expressed by federations is confusion as to which organization’s specs would prevail in major tournaments held in the U.S. should World Bowling adopts its own specs.


“If people came [to the U.S.] from Sweden to bowl, whose rules are they operating under?” Dornberger posed. “These are the issues. I don’t know what the solution is going to be.”


Dornberger advised that the committee soon would produce a report outlining next steps based on feedback from federations, ball companies and other interested parties.


“We are not going to sit on this,” Dornberger said, “but at the same time, we are not going to rush into anything.”



Gran Prix Panorama Attendance Tops 100


More than 100 people representing 70 pro shops and/or bowling centers from seven states attended the 2018 Gran Prix Bowling Supply Panorama in St. Louis.


There were a number of first-time attendees from the Anchorman Sales customer list, and this year Gran Prix provided $2,331 in “gas money” discounts to dealers traveling more than 90 miles to attend.


According to Gran Prix’s David Caldwell, 900 Global, BSI, Brunswick, EBI, KR Strikeforce, Motiv, Storm, Turbo Grips, and VISE Grips for provided door and tournament prizes. Gran Prix also added 50 prize packages.



Sports Betting Part of Buffalo Wild Wings Strategy


Sports betting will soon be spreading across the country, and the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain wants in on the profit-enhancing potential.


The Minnesota-based company, which describes itself as “the largest sports bar in America,” said in a media release that it is “uniquely positioned to leverage sports gaming to enhance the restaurant experience for our guests.”


The main challenge the company faces is that sports betting licenses will be issued state by state, and are expected to be expensive. With that in mind, the company said it is “actively exploring opportunities, including potential partners, as we evaluate the next steps for our brand.”


Buffalo Wild Wings is considered a competitor for bowling centers and bowling entertainment centers that have sports bars or otherwise air sports events.



Business Briefs…


* David Zainea and Dale Elliott have purchased Bowlero Lanes, a 16-lane center in Royal Oak, Mich. The sellers were Brigitte and Jerry Imhoff. Zainea’s family has owned Garden Bowl in downtown Detroit for 73 years; Garden Bowl has been in business for 105 years, making it the longest continually operating center in the United States. Sandy Hansell of The Hansell Group served as the broker in the transaction.


* Sunset Lanes in Beaverton, Ore., recently closed down and rebranded to KingPins in a location just a short walk away. Creative Works was utilized to introduce new attractions, including laser tag and virtual reality. The laser tag arena features more than 3800 square feet of bright trees, shrubs and captivating murals that produce an Avatar-like feel and can hold up to 28 players wielding laser tag equipment manufactured by Zone. KingPins also has an arcade that appeals to both young and older audiences. The arcade offers a mix of classic games and virtual reality with its Hologate attraction. Hologate is a high-end, turnkey system that immerses players in a virtual world in which they can play a variety of games in different game modes.


* Beau and Kirsten Peterson are betting that a passion for the game will help them breathe new life into Starlite Lanes in McPherson, Kan. The couple purchased the center at the end of July, and have been preparing for the new bowling season ever since. One of their first moves was to retain Beau’s aunt, Nettie Wann, who has been running the center’s youth program for 44 years. The Petersons said rebuilding that program is among the priorities they’ve identified for ensuring the center’s long-term success.


* Tavern + Bowl continues to operate in the California communities of San Diego and Costa Mesa, but its location in Glendale, Ariz., across the street from the University of Phoenix Stadium, has closed. It will be replaced by a new concept from State 48 Brewery called State 48 Brewery Funk House. It will specialize in “sour beers, barrel aged beers and all other sorts of funky fermented creations,” according to its Facebook page. It also will include a restaurant and the bowling lanes it “inherited” from the previous tenants. Read more here:


* A major rainstorm caused extensive roof and water damage to Reidsville Bowling Center in Reidsville, N.C., just weeks after the center had been upgraded with new scoring monitors and carpeting. The center has remained closed as repairs have been undertaken. The proprietors — who own the bowling business but lease the building — are hoping to reopen with most of the lanes in operation by Monday. Read more here:


* Cincinnati and Louisville will be the next stops for the USBC Senior Championships as part of a two-year agreement with S&S Family Entertainment. The 2019 tournament will take place at Western Bowl in Cincinnati from Aug. 6-9. The 68-lane center also will host the 2024 USBC Women’s Championships. In 2020, Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville will host the Senior Championships from July 28-31. Executive Strike and Spare also is the site for the PWBA Louisville Open in 2019.


* Two men broke who into Astro Super Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, are now being sought by police, and the image of one of the suspects has been released. You can view it here: According to police, the suspects got away with the night manager’s wallet and phone, and are being sought for aggravated robbery.



Other News You Can Use…


* Chris Hardwick tearfully resumed his hosting duties for AMC’s post-show TV series “Talking Dead” on Sunday after seeing his career flash before his eyes in June when ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra alleged that he had subjected her to sexual assault and other abuses. Hardwick is the son of 18-time PBA Tour champion Billy, and has bowled on two CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational shows. In 2013, he was designated the “team owner” of the PBA League’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The former BJI Person of the Year’s vindication left some wondering whether his case had created a moment of pause and reflection within the #MeToo movement. BJI Editor Gianmarc Manzione has that story here:


* Although the road to the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship may have had more bumps than planned in 2018 for Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo, she returned to form Saturday on the way to winning the PWBA Twin Cities Open. Restrepo defeated top seed Liz Kuhlkin in the championship match at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minn., 224-193, to claim her fourth career PWBA Tour title and $10,000 top prize. Report:


* Brian Kretzer defeated PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, 259-225, in the title match of the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 Sunday at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich., to win his first title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over. Report:


* As the PBA senior players wrapped up their regular season this week with the 3rd annual PBA60 Dick Weber Championship Presented by 900 Global, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling unveiled a new multi-stream system to provide subscribers with a “sneak peek” at enhanced viewing options to watch a variety of players. FloBowling began using six streams covering five different pairs of lanes, along with a sixth “FloZone” stream that is similar to DirectTV’s “Red Zone” channel. A banner at the bottom of the screen includes links to the available pairs of lanes being streamed. The “FloZone” channel provides live commentary by the Xtra Frame announcing team, while the remaining channels provide scoring and provide viewers the opportunity to watch the players in action. For the upcoming the Go Bowling! PBA Tour events on PBA Xtra Frame in Middletown, Del., multi-stream options will be expanded to 10 simultaneous streams. That means if there are four players on any given pair of lanes, viewers will have the ability to watch 40 different players during any given game. In Coldwater, Ohio the following week, all eight pairs in 16-lane Pla-Mor Lanes will be live-streamed throughout the event.


* The guest this week on Phantom Radio is bowler and writer Gary Zwiezinski. To listen to the conversation, go to:


* CONTACT: Please send business news, event information, etc. to Bob Johnson at For breaking business news, visit or, and “Like” Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International on Facebook. BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at


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