A Bowling Monopoly Possible in the U.K.?

by Bob Johnson 0

Britain’s Competition & Markets Authority is looking into The Original Bowling Company’s plans to acquire the Bowlplex chain.

“Bowling is a popular and growing leisure activity in the U.K. enjoyed by many families and individuals. This merger brings together two of the largest national chains in the sector,” said Sheldon Mills, CMA Senior Director of Mergers.

“In six local areas, where the companies’ bowling centers are competing closely, we are concerned that after the merger there will be insufficient competition from other bowling operators in the area to prevent higher prices or lower service levels. We therefore propose to refer the merger for an in-depth investigation unless TOBC offers a clear-cut remedy to address our competition concerns.”

Read more here: http://www.scotsman.com/business/media-tech-leisure/ten-pin-bowling-company-takeover-at-risk-1-3861124

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.

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