New Major Stockholder for AMF Bowling Centers?

by Bob Johnson 0

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 York; Miami; Bethesda, Md.; Cupertino, Calif., and Tustin, Calif.

According to sources, Shannon is working very hard to make a deal happen and, if it does, his plan is to leverage his present holdings to gain the necessary financial wherewithal to make him the largest bowling center operator in the world.

If he succeeds with his plan, he would be buying out the current secured creditors of AMF Bowling Centers, who have been pushing hard on their end to make this happen.

Shannon first expressed interest in an acquisition of AMF soon after he heard about its latest bankruptcy. will have additional information as it becomes available.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.