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COREY DYKSTRA ON BRUNSWICK’S ACQUISITION OF EBONITE INTERNATIONAL

When the opportunity arose for Brunswick to purchase the assets of Ebonite International, Brunswick CEO Corey Dykstra pondered two prevailing thoughts: his enthusiasm for Ebonite International’s brands, and a lingering numbers problem that reflected the challenges of the consumer products side of the bowling industry. “The four brands that we acquired are amazing consumer products […]

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BRUNSWICK ACQUIRES EBONITE INTERNATIONAL

Brunswick Bowling Products announced today that it has acquired the assets of Ebonite International, including all of Ebonite’s brands, trademarks and technologies. According to a report in Kentucky New Era, Ebonite’s bowling ball manufacturing plant closed its doors today, and approximately 170 people will lose their jobs. “Regretfully, the [Western Kentucky] Workforce Board is aware […]

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It’s a Done Deal: Bowlero Corp. Acquires PBA

Bowlero Corp. today announced its acquisition of the Professional Bowlers Association for an undisclosed sum. The deal drops the curtain on former Microsoft executive Mike Slade’s run as owner, which began with his 2000 purchase with fellow Microsoft alums Chris Peters and Rob Glaser. Peters and Glaser withdrew from their interests in the PBA in […]

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MIKE LOGAN IS 2019 PROPRIETOR OF THE YEAR

Mike Logan, the owner of Grand Station Entertainment in College Station, Texas, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Proprietor of the Year award by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. Logan will receive his award during International Bowl Expo week, June 23-27 at the Paris Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas. A special […]

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KATHY LEITGEB TO RETIRE AS NEW YORK STATE BPA E.D.

Kathy Leitgeb is retiring as Executive Director of the New York State Bowling Proprietors Association. Her final day will be in a few weeks, and a dinner in her honor was held Thursday night. “It amazes me how time flies by,” said John LaSpina, a past president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and […]

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PBA UNVEILS 9-EVENT SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE

Much will be at stake when the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour begins at the end of June. Entry into an historic PBA event in China, a new FloBowling PBA ATX Invite special event, and the inaugural United States Bowling Congress Cup all rest in the balance when the seven-city, nine-event PBA Summer Tour begins […]

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CORPORATE RAIDER IRWIN JACOBS DEAD

Irwin Jacobs, who acquired AMF Inc. in 1985 in a “hostile takeover,” has died along with his wife, Alexandra, in what is being described a murder-suicide. Both were 77. The couple was found at its home in Minnetonka, Minn. In recent years, Alexandra reportedly had been suffering from dementia, and often was seen in a […]

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CBS Sports Network Adds 19 Events to Schedule

In addition to its schedule of PBA Tour telecasts, CBS Sports Network will televise 19 bowling shows in 2019, with the finals of eight events televised live, including the stepladder finals of five major tournaments. The finals of every major on the PWBA Tour will be televised live, starting with the USBC Queens stepladder finals […]

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HOST OF ‘CELEBRITY BOWLING’ PASSES AWAY

There was a time when bowling was on television a lot. In addition to the “Pro Bowlers Tour” telecasts on ABC-TV, dozens of market areas carried “Bowling for Dollars,” typically hosted by a local sportscaster, and some carried versions of that program for kids. Some major markets had their own match-play television programs, featuring the […]

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