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Brunswick to Become Exclusive Equipment Provider for USBC Open, Women’s Championships

October 23rd, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Brunswick to Become Exclusive Equipment Provider for USBC Open, Women's Championships

Brunswick has announced that it has entered an agreement with the United States Bowling Congress to become the exclusive lane equipment provider for USBC’s Open and Women’s Championships beginning in 2015. The agreement, described in Brunswick’s release as “the longest contract in USBC Championships history,” extends through 2024. The equipment Brunswick Bowling Products will provide […]


Rolltech to Provide Bonus Scoring During WSOB Qualifying for Xtra Frame Subscribers

October 22nd, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Rolltech to Provide Bonus Scoring During WSOB Qualifying for Xtra Frame Subscribers

Rolltech, the official Live Scoring Partner of the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, will give PBA’s Xtra Frame subscribers a chance to watch the WSOB VI in exceptional detail when the multi-event series gets underway Friday at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced Wednesday. […]


Chicago Scores Massive New Entertainment Center

October 21st, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

Ever found yourself wondering whether it might be possible to assemble a bowling center, an around-the-clock gastrodiner, two cocktail bars, ping pong, private karaoke rooms, lounges, and party rooms under a single roof? Yep, so have we! And we now appear to have our answer in the form of a massive, new entertainment complex coming […]


Former Chain Operator Dick Richards Dies

October 4th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Dick Richards, owner of the former Red Carpet chain of bowling centers that dominated the Milwaukee bowling marketplace during the 1970s and into the ’80s, has died. Richards was a strong promoter in the pre-social media era, as Red Carpet billboards could be viewed throughout Beer City, particularly at league sign-up team. Under Richards’ leadership, […]


Done Deal: Bowlmor AMF Completes Brunswick Center Acquisition

September 24th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It’s a done deal. On July 17, Bowlmor AMF announced its intent to acquire the 85 Brunswick-owned bowling centers in North America. Last week, that deal was completed. Here is the text of the announcement released on PR Newswire: – – – – – – – – – - NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ […]


BowlmorAMF CEO Tom Shannon: The Complete BJI Interview

August 27th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

BowlmorAMF CEO Tom Shannon: The Complete BJI Interview

Bowlers Journal caught up with Tom Shannon, CEO of Bowlmor AMF, shortly after the July 17 announcement that his company had purchased the Brunswick Corporation’s retail bowling business for $270 million. The interview, conducted July 29 at Shannon’s New York City office, covers a broad range of topics and features lots of straight-talk about how […]


Iconic Wisconsin Bowling Center Owner Dies at 94

August 20th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

One of Wisconsin’s iconic bowling center owners, Arthur “Stir” Wagner, passed away on Aug. 14 after battling leukemia. He was 94. With his brothers, Wagner founded Wagner’s Lanes in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1949. After a fire in 1977, the family rebuilt the center and expanded it to 66-and-a-half lanes. Wagner, who was still an […]


Patriot Place Now Home to Newest Splitsville

August 20th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

It will be almost impossible to miss Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a new addition to Patriot Place in Foxborough, Mass., adjacent to Gillette Stadium. Towering over the 20,000-sq.-ft., 12-lane bowling lounge is a 38-ft.-tall bowling pin that will change colors depending on what’s going on — green on St. Patrick’s Day, pink during Breast Cancer Awareness […]


DeSocios Among Investors in New Kansas Center

August 20th, 2014 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

There has been no bowling in the Kansas community of Hutchinson since Countryside Lanes closed its doors at the end of 2011. But according to The Hutchinson News, that will change in about nine months now that ground has been broken on a new tenpin facility to be called The Alley of Hutchinson. Plans call […]


Bowlmor AMF CEO Tom Shannon Addresses League Bowling

August 11th, 2014 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

News of the Brunswick Corporation’s sale of its retail bowling business to Bowlmor AMF, a $270 million deal announced July 17 and reported here, prompted concerns that the transaction might pound another nail in league bowling’s coffin. Bowlmor AMF is known for its focus on recreational bowling and the trendy entertainment center concept. But Tom […]



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