Cyber Report #1099

E-dition No. 1,099 • Friday, March 6, 2020

Editor: Bob Johnson (


ZOT Bowling Parts Unveils New Website

ZOT Bowling Parts, a provider of parts for pinsetters and pinspotters, has launched a new website:

The site showcases ZOT’s expanded line of 82-30, 82-70, 82-90, A, A2 and Jetback parts. It also is linked to ZOT’s print media advertising, featuring a redeemable coupon for a free sample product.

The new website comprises links to PDF files of brochures for seven ZOT product lines, including pinsetter and pinspotter parts and assemblies, pinspotter control systems, electronic products, and easy-to-follow installation instructions to assist technicians when installing specific parts and assemblies.

The new website, and its expanded line of product offerings, is designed to serve as a valuable resource to bowling business owners and center technicians alike,” said PJ Rosendahl, President of ZOT Bowling Parts.

To help drive traffic to the new site, ZOT is currently running a promotional program giving technicians the opportunity to sample either a distributor belt for pinspotters or a deck chute for pinsetters at no charge.

ZOT Bowling Parts print advertising in March features a full-page ad that includes a coupon and promotion code. To redeem the free sample, technicians simply log on to the new website and enter their contact information and the promotion code. ZOT then will send them the free product.

The promotion, which is valid for United States customers only, will be offered while supplies last.


Amusement Expo Will Go on in New Orleans

Concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus have placed convention organizers in a difficult position as they scramble to decide whether scheduled events should go on as planned or be canceled.

At least for the time being, the Trump administration is not weighing in on that aspect of the outbreak.

We do not have any advisory we are giving about conventions or other business travel restrictions,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “Companies will make their own decisions based on their assessment and common sense.”

In a statement released this week, the organizers of Amusement Expo International, scheduled for March 9-11 in New Orleans, said that their show will be going on. Here is the text of that statement:

The health, safety and welfare of all the AEI attendees are our most paramount concerns.

On behalf of the show sponsors, AAMA and AMOA, as well as show management, we would like to provide some valuable information regarding our event during the current health outbreak that is taking place worldwide.

As of [March 4], the Louisiana Department of Health reports there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana. We have been monitoring updates/advisories provided by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization.

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Hilton New Orleans Riverside, where our 2020 event will be hosted, are actively monitoring the flu season and 2019-nCov. Both facilities are already practicing flu season protocol in addition to monitoring any changes with 2019-nCov.”

The organizers also noted that Expo Education Day registration was tracking identical to last year, buyer registration had not slowed down, and the 2020 AEI was shaping up as the largest ever in terms of booths sold.

Concluded the statement: “This year’s expo is bigger and bolder than ever with new exhibitors, new products and new experiences. We want to ensure all our attendees have the best experience possible, and feel at ease at what promises to be a great event in New Orleans.”

$5,000 Pezzano Scholarship Deadline Nears

Do you know of a young person who loves bowling and loves writing?

The International Bowling Media Association is working to help create the next generation of bowling journalists through the Chuck Pezzano Media Scholarship, which is valued at $5,000.

To learn more about the scholarship, or to direct a young person you know to the application form, click here:

The final application deadline is April 30, but interested students should begin the pre-application process immediately.

Even more imminent is the deadline for the 2019 IBMA Writing Competition. Entries must be received by March 15. Information is available here:


Business Briefs…

* FOX Sports has confirmed that the live U.S. Open telecast was watched by an average of 1,146,000 viewers over the two hours of coverage, representing a 17 percent increase over the February 2019 audience average for FOX Sports/PBA telecasts. In addition, viewership spiked to 1.97 million during the final match, when Jason Belmonte made PBA history by defeating Anthony Simonsen for his record 12th major championship, as well as completing the PBA Triple Crown, Grand Slam and Super Slam.

* Trifecta Management Group, an entertainment/restaurant concept development and management firm, has announced a new Director of Marketing: Sarah Vigil. In her new role, Vigil will design and support marketing and advertising efforts for the firm’s clients across several diverse industries. She also will serve as Director of Marketing for TMG’s marketing division, Trifecta Marketing Services, overseeing branding, marketing and client relations.


Other News You Can Use…

* Five bowlers from the St. Louis area set a new single-game scoring record last Friday night in the Tri-Challenge league at Concord Bowl. The 1457 score by the Shelter Insurance team came in the opening game of their three-game league, and featured 55 strikes in 58 opportunities, including a string of 27 strikes to start the night. The run ended when Tom Grimm, bowling third in the lineup, left a 10-pin in the 6th frame. Details:

* Top seed Jesper Svensson beat No. 2 seed Shawn Maldonado, 245-226, in the title match Saturday night to win the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open at Royal Pin Woodland for his first win of the season and ninth of his career. It was Svensson’s first win since the 2019 PBA/WBT Thailand Open, and his first victory on television since the 2017 PBA Cheetah Championship.  The Indianapolis Open was televised live on FS1. Report:

* Frequent BJI and BCM contributor Johnny Campos, President of the International Bowling Media Association, is the guest this week on Phantom Radio. Check it out here:

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