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COVID-19 CAUSES CANCELLATION OF BOWL EXPO

In an announcement distributed just moments ago, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America has officially cancelled International Bowl Expo for 2020. The Expo was to have taken place July 2-6 in Aurora, Colo. Here’s is the text of BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio’s message: <<<<< To Our Bowling Community: The COVID-19 pandemic has created a […]

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THE BJI PODCAST: USBC’S E.D. ON NAVIGATING THE CORONAVIRUS

If you’re the Executive Director of the United States Bowling Congress these days, well, let’s just say it has been an interesting few weeks. Chad Murphy has had to steer that ship in Arlington, Texas, as a global pandemic swept the United States just when a number of USBC’s marquee events were poised to kick […]

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DEADLINE FOR DAROLL AND DEE FREWING SCHOLARSHIP IS EXTENDED

The deadline to submit applications for the inaugural Daroll and Dee Frewing Scholarship has been extended to May 15. The extension was implemented because students across the country are not attending classes as one part of the government’s response to fighting the coronavirus. The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame continues to accept applications […]

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BOWLING LEADERS REACT TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS

With the spread of coronavirus being top of mind for most Americans, its potential impact on the sport and business of bowling can’t be understated. Operators of bowling centers are concerned that the public may “cocoon” rather than go out and socialize, while association leaders must deal with the unfortunate timing of ongoing and upcoming […]

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BRUNSWICK INKS 3-YEAR, BIG-MONEY DEAL WITH PBA

Brunswick Bowling Products has signed a three-year, multi-million-dollar sponsorship and product registration agreement with the Professional Bowlers Association. The agreement ensures products for all Brunswick brands will be represented on the PBA Tour, including the Brunswick, Columbia 300, DV8, Ebonite, Hammer, Radical, and Track ball brands, as well as Brunswick and Hammer bowling shoes and […]

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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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