Business

Putting Sandy behind

December 25th, 2012 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Putting Sandy behind

The LaSpina family has been getting a lot of grief from long-time customers over their plans to close venerable Maple Lanes in Brooklyn to make way for a condo complex and synagogue. But they demonstrated their commitment to the community on Dec. 14 at another family-owned center, Rockville Centre Lanes, by hosting a massive bowling […]


Chapter 11 for AMF Bowling

November 13th, 2012 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Chapter 11 for AMF Bowling

AMF Bowling Worldwide Inc. has filed a Chapter 11 petition in Richmond, Va., Bloomberg News reported this morning. According to the report, AMF already had negotiated a reorganization plan with a majority of first-lien lenders and the landlord for a majority of its bowling centers. The bankruptcy is the second in 11 years for the company. AMF Bowling […]


BJI to Sponsor PBA Event

October 24th, 2012 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

BJI to Sponsor PBA Event

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Bowlers Journal International — America’s longest-running monthly sports magazine — has been named titled sponsor of the Bowlers Journal PBA Scorpion Championship, which will be held during PBA World Series of Bowling IV. “We are thrilled to launch our 100th anniversary promotion campaign by sponsoring a PBA event,” said […]


Center Comings & Goings

August 29th, 2012 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Center Comings & Goings

From coast to coast, from closings to openings, there’s a lot going on in the world of America’s bowling centers.


Taking It to the Streets

August 16th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Taking It to the Streets

There was more to the story of Kelly Kulick’s amazing triumph in the U.S. Women’s Open than just the massive amount of dust and dirt that blew onto the lanes. Simply installing those lanes on a city street was a minor miracle of planning and engineering, expertly executed by Brunswick Bowling. Here’s a “time lapse” […]


Centers Shuttered

July 25th, 2012 by admin | Comments Off

Centers Shuttered

From Springfield, Mass., to Woodland, Calif., AMF has been busy this summer — closing bowling centers. One report put the number of shuttered centers at 15, leaving the chain with about 285 still operating nationwide. One AMF-operated center is scheduled to remain open, but with a different owner. The center in Springfield was Airway Lanes, […]


Henley to rock Bowl Expo

April 4th, 2012 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Henley to rock Bowl Expo

It will be “One of These Nights” when bowling fans rock to the music of Eagles vocalist and instrumentalist Don Henley at a live concert Thursday, June 28 at the Reno Events Center.


A full field & more

August 16th, 2011 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

A full field & more

The 2011 edition of the New Mexico Open, set for this weekend (Aug. 19-21) at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M., has attracted a capacity field of 192 bowlers. Thirteen states — including Massachusetts and Florida — will be represented, and players will be shooting for more than $41,000 in prize money. What is […]


Stadium renovation?

June 23rd, 2011 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Stadium renovation?

Reno city officials are serious about keeping the USBC Open Championships and USBC Women’s Championships coming to town after the current tournament-hosting contract expires in 2018.


Exit strategy

April 28th, 2011 by bobjohnson | Comments Off

Exit strategy

Times are changing in the bowling business, and time may be running out on one venerable center in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to the New York Times, that center has been taking steps to make its property more valuable when the time finally comes for an exit strategy to kick in. You can read the Times […]



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