AMF Bowling Center Destroyed in Oklahoma Tornado

May 21st, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

The 2-mile-wide tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, took dead aim on the city’s bowling center: AMF Moore Lanes. According to reports from CNN and the BBC, the center was completely destroyed Monday when tornado winds approaching 200-mph leveled much of the city and killed, at last report, 24. For one reporter, […]

New Company on Horizon: Bowlmor AMF

May 20th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. and certain of its affiliates filed a new chapter 11 plan of reorganization and disclosure statement Saturday, sponsored by Strike Holdings LLC (known as Bowlmor) and certain of AMF’s second lien lenders, including Cerberus Series Four Holdings, LLC and Credit Suisse. As first reported on, the plan provides that AMF […]

New Major Stockholder for AMF Bowling Centers?

May 8th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Unconfirmed reports from a reliable source indicate that the primary interest in the purchase of AMF Bowling Centers, which is emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is from Tom Shannon, one of bowling’s major proprietors. As reported in BJI’s Cyber Report, Shannon is the CEO of Strike Holdings, which operates Bowlmor and Strike locations in New […]

Historic manufacturing plant coming down

April 10th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Residents of Muskegon, Mich., have lots of fond memories of the Brunswick Bowling Products manufacturing plant, which was built in 1906. For decades, that plant employed as many as 2,700 people, providing a second “family” for many of the workers. Company bowling leagues promoted teamwork and camaraderie. Even those who didn’t work for the company […]

Sturm resigns Reno post

March 13th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Jimmy Sturm, one of only two individuals to serve as both Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America President and United States Bowling Congress President, has resigned from his bowling promotion position with Reno’s Tri-Properties hotel/casino group, Bowlers Journal International has confirmed. Since the beginning of the month, Sturm had been embroiled in a scandal over alleged […]

Bowl Expo to award ‘$100,000 makeover’

March 6th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Bowl Expo to award '$100,000 makeover'

Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America members who attend International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas this June will have an opportunity to win a “$100,000 makeover” for their center. “One of the biggest areas of opportunities we see for our centers is changing with the times and reinventing themselves — something that is difficult without significant […]

Kegel Founder John Davis Passes Away

January 25th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Kegel Founder John Davis Passes Away

John Davis had three priorities in life, according to a man who knew him well, Len Nicholson. “No. 1 was his family,” said the host of the “Phantom Radio” internet talk show, and former laneman for the Professional Bowlers Assn. “No. 2 were his employees. And No. 3 were his friends.” That life was cut […]

‘8 For 8’ League Program to Target Adults

January 23rd, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Strike Ten Entertainment, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress have just unveiled a new league program designed exclusively for first-time adult bowlers. The “Adult 8 For 8” league program is similar to the “Youth 8 For 8” initiative that recently ended and has been successfully used in a number […]

Hammer events for pro shops under way

January 17th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Hammer’s series of “Merchandising and Accounting for Your Pro Shop” events begins today in suburban Denver, Colo., and continues through Feb. 7. Most of the events will be hosted by Hammer Brand Manager Jeff Ussery, a former pro shop manager. Others will feature Hammer district sales managers. The starting time at each site is 10:30 […]

New centers on the way

January 16th, 2013 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

New bowling-based businesses — one primarily a bar/restaurant, the other with a more family-friendly atmosphere, are coming to communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as BJI’s eBowler reported today… • The cyclical nature of the bowling business continues to trend toward smaller centers, often as part of high-end restaurant and bar operations. The latest community […]

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