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PRO-TURNED-PROPRIETOR ROBINSON PASSES AWAY

Jay Robinson passed away on March 5 following a two-decade struggle with myasthenia gravis and lupus. He was 79. While Robinson enjoyed success on the PBA Tour, making it to the winner’s circle on three occasions, he also left a lot of 10-pins before Walter Ray Williams Jr. made the practice fashionable. Adding to his […]

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DOTY, INDY CENTER OPERATOR AND PBA HALL OF FAMER, DIES

Jim Doty, the long-time general manager of Royal Pin Leisure Centers (now Royal Pin Entertainment) in Indianapolis, passed away on March 4 while on an annual “snowbird” trip to Florida. He was 73. Inducted into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame in 2019, Doty was a serious businessman but could be wickedly funny, and […]

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NEW BPAA PROGRAM ADDRESSES HIRING AND RETENTION

A “BPAA Online Training Bonus” program has been unveiled by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America to address the post-pandemic challenge of retaining both new hires and long-time staff members. During the “Great Reflection,” employees left the workplace in droves as COVID-19 caused them to re-evaluate whether the businesses for which they worked and their […]

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GO BOWLING PREPS FOR NEW NASCAR PROMO IN PHOENIX

The relationship between NASCAR, which averaged 3.7 million television viewers for its races in 2022 (source: Statista), and Go Bowling, the consumer-facing brand of Strike Ten Entertainment, will continue and expand in 2023. In addition to the Go Bowling at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International in New York in August, Go Bowling will […]

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DAC’S HISTORIC BOWLING ABBEY GETS AMAZING REHAB

The Detroit Athletic Club — located just steps from Ford Field in the Motor City’s theater, sports and entertainment district — has fully redeveloped and renovated its historic Bowling Abbey. The nearly $9 million project in the club’s 107-year-old clubhouse was completed during a seven-month timeline so the annual bowling season could begin on time. […]

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BPAA COMMITTEE PUTS FORTH NOMINATIONS

The BPAA Nominating Committee, chaired by past President Nancy Schenk, has put forth three names to serve as at-large directors: Dan Bedinghaus of Eastgate Lanes in Lovedale, Ohio; Jason Hoff of Evergreen Lanes in Everett, Wash., and Ron Schmittou of Strike and Spare in Hendersonville, Tenn. The committee also put forth this officer slate: Tyler […]

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2022 PROPRIETOR OF THE YEAR MacBRAYNE RETIRES

Don MacBrayne, who was named BPAA Proprietor of the Year in 2022, has decided to retire, ending a 50-year career in the bowling business. From a parttime job at a Brunswick-owned center in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada while in high school to Vice President of Operations, MacBrayne spent 40 years with Brunswick and was deeply […]

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JOHN FALZONE, ‘FACE OF THE LPBT,’ PASSES AWAY

When women’s pro bowling needed a kick-start in the early 1980s following the demise of the Women’s Professional Bowlers Association, John Sommer was largely responsible for the creation of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour. While Sommer remained in the background for the most part, John Falzone served as “the face” of the organization to the […]

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BOWLING CENTER TV HAS LAUNCHED

Equipment installation for Bowling Center TV is expected to begin in quarters 2-4 now that formal financing and revenue agreements have been signed. Strike Ten Entertainment President John Harbuck said that well over 800 centers across the country were “in process” for the new service, which enables proprietors to deliver a better customer experience by […]

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