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Lausanne Complex Welcomes World Bowling

March 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Lausanne Complex Welcomes World Bowling

World Bowling, the global governing body of our sport, has taken up residence at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland. In a media release, World Bowling said the move “marks a huge milestone in bowling’s history and signifies the beginning of an era of vast development for the sport.” On its website, the […]


Site of SoCal Bowling Awards Banquets to Be Razed

March 25th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Among the most popular Bowlers Journal features in recent years have been the “travel” pieces that have transported readers to historic and/or interesting bowling venues in Detroit, Milwaukee, Las Vegas and along historic Route 66. The next travel feature is scheduled for the May issue. Unfortunately, putting together such a piece on Southern California is […]


PBA, PWBA to Cooperate in Providing More Opportunities for Women Bowlers

March 24th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

PBA, PWBA to Cooperate in Providing More Opportunities for Women Bowlers

The Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) have formed a new strategic partnership to provide new events, exposure and services for women’s bowling. Highlights of the new partnership include: • Seven new PWBA regional events to complement the PWBA Tour. • Player services transportation and mobile pro shop for the PWBA Tour. […]


Fire at One Center Saves Another

March 19th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

As will be reported in the April issue of Bowlers Journal magazine, Plamor Lanes in Huntsville, Ala., planned to close on April 30. Its owners had received an offer from the adjacent Jerry Damson Automotive, which wanted to use the land to connect its two buildings and provide more parking. But those plans changed on […]


OSHA Sanctions for Pinsetter Accident; Center Will Appeal

March 18th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a ruling that could have widespread implications for the bowling industry. Last November, David Geiger was killed in an accident involving a pinsetting machine at Northwest Lanes in Fairfield, Ohio. Now, OSHA has ruled that the pinsetter mechanisms at the center lacked adequate guards to […]


XBowling, USBC Extend Live Scoring Partnership

March 16th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Sports Challenge Network’s XBowling and the United States Bowling Congress have announced that for the third consecutive year, XBowling is the official live scoring partner of the USBC Open Championships. Approximately 40,000 bowlers will participate in the world’s largest bowling tournament from through July 12, and they’ll have access to a real-time display of their […]


On a Roll: PBA Numbers Up Across Multiple Platforms

March 6th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

On a Roll: PBA Numbers Up Across Multiple Platforms

In the five months since the inception of the Professional Bowlers Association Network prior to last October’s GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, the PBA has seen sharp year-over-year increases in television ratings and viewership numbers on ESPN, live-streaming subscription numbers on Xtra Frame, game play on the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game, digital […]


White Plains Renovation Expected to Be Completed This Month

March 4th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The renovation of AMF White Plains Lanes into a new Bowlmor-branded facility is expected to be completed this month, according to Westfair Online (http://westfaironline.com/69382/white-plains-bowling-alley-undergoes-redesign/). The 56-lane center in Westchester County, N.Y., just north of New York City, will feature a redesigned interior including three bars serving signature cocktails, and a full kitchen with a menu […]


QubicaAMF to Equip New Metro Belfast Center

March 4th, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

QubicaAMF, John Emmett and Aoife Loughran have sealed a deal to bring a new 18-lane bowling center this summer to Lisburn in Northern Ireland. According to a news release from QubicaAMF’s Anne-Marie Board, the company had been working closely with Joe Tumelty, the owner of the new center, and Loughran, its operations manager, over the […]


Wheaties Signs as Sponsor of PBA League

March 3rd, 2015 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Wheaties Signs as Sponsor of PBA League

Bowling and arguably the world’s most famous cereal are back together. The Professional Bowlers Association and Wheaties have reached an agreement to have the General Mills brand come on as a sponsor for both the 2015 PBA League playoffs and as presenting sponsor of team L.A. X later this month at Bayside Bowl in Portland, […]



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