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Tournament Promoter Ervin Hoinke Dies

February 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Tournament Promoter Ervin Hoinke Dies

At the height of bowling’s popularity as a sport, one of the most anticipated and lucrative tournaments conducted each year was the Hoinke Classic, staged at Western Bowl in Cincinnati. Today, Bowlers Journal International learned of the passing of Ervin Hoinke, the patriarch of the family that ran Western Bowl and the Hoinke Classic for […]


Giant FEC Opens in Vietnam With 14 Duckpin Lanes

February 13th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Giant FEC Opens in Vietnam With 14 Duckpin Lanes

Helio Center, considered Vietnam’s largest and most modern family entertainment center, opened to the public on Wednesday. The 157,000-square-foot indoor and 2.5-acre outdoor FEC is located Da Nang, midway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Ming City (formerly Saigon). It has a metropolitan area of 1 million and is a popular tourist location for Vietnamese and […]


Live Oak Bank Joins BPAA Smart Buy Program

February 12th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Live Oak Bank has announced a partnership with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America. As part of the BPAA’s Smart Buy program, member centers have access to financing options specifically addressing the needs of the bowling and entertainment industry. “Live Oak Bank is thrilled to be selected by the BPAA as a trusted partner,” said […]


2015 USBC Masters Reaches More Than 3.5 Million Viewers

February 12th, 2015 by GIANMARC MANZIONE | Comments Off

The Professional Bowlers Association Tour telecast of the United States Bowling Congress Masters on ESPN was the most-watched cable sports program on Sunday, reaching more than 3.5 million viewers. The telecast, which featured two-handed Australian bowler Jason Belmonte winning an historic third-straight Masters title, averaged 1.17 million viewers in the last quarter-hour of the telecast. […]


Is the Business Cycle Turning Back Toward Bowling?

February 11th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Business trends are famously cyclical. As Med Jones, the president of the International Institute of Management (http://www.iim-edu.org) who predicted the economic crisis, has observed, “Sustaining high business performance is a product of continuous strategic alignment.” Just when you think you have things figured out… things change. There was a time when “big box” stores such […]


Distributor Trade Show Schedule Unveiled for 2015

February 11th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The Billiard & Bowling Institute of America has assembled a list of distributor shows for 2015: * Classic Products, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 23 * Gran Prix Bowling Supply, St. Louis, July 23-24 * Bobs’ Business, Chicago, July 27 * DiLaura Brothers, Detroit, July 28 * Ace Mitchell, Akron, Ohio, July 29-30 * Premier Bowling […]


Main Event Selects Site for New Dallas Metroplex Location

February 11th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Main Event Entertainment, currently with 19 centers in five states, has announced its newest location in North Fort Worth, Texas. The location, adjacent to I-35W between North Tarrant Parkway and Heritage Trace Parkway, will be the site of the Plano-based company’s sixth center in the Dallas Metroplex. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, […]


PBA Celebrity Invitational Generates Solid Ratings

February 4th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The ESPN broadcast of Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, presented by Bowlmor AMF, averaged 1.1 million viewers on Super Bowl Sunday, the largest audience for any PBA telecast since 2012, the PBA reported. The two-hour show, a fund-raiser benefiting the CP3 Foundation and featuring 10 PBA stars, also had a strong rating amongst the […]


Baraldi Named Chief Technology Officer for QubicaAMF

February 3rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Baraldi Named Chief Technology Officer for QubicaAMF

QubicaAMF Worldwide announced today that Massimo (Max) Baraldi has been appointed Chief Technology Officer and will lead the company’s Technology Team, including all R&D, engineering and I.T. functions. Baraldi joined QubicaAMF in 1999, with the goal of growing and strengthening the software team and to deliver a new generation of software products and I.T. tools. […]


Special Kegel Machines Debut This Week at Masters, Benefit Folds of Honor

February 3rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Each time the United States Bowling Congress and Kegel team up to dress the lanes at USBC’s championship events in 2015, bowlers and bowling fans are likely to take notice of the custom lane machines being used to get the job done. As the official lane maintenance provider for all USBC tournaments, Kegel has created […]



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