Update: Brunswick Sells Bowling Centers, Seeks Buyer for Bowling Products Division

by Bob Johnson 0

It was the hottest rumor making the rounds at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, and now it has been confirmed: Brunswick is getting out of the bowling business.

Expo rumors centered around Brunswick selling its bowling centers to Bowlmor AMF, a company formed when Bowlmor acquired the AMF-branded center chain.

Now, the company has announced that it also is seeking to sell its  bowling products business.

The announcement was made by Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy, who recently announced that he would be retiring from the company sometime in 2015.

More details momentarily.

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.