‘Clash’ is canceled

by Bob Johnson 0

Could bad news for some be good news for others?

That’s often how life works, but whether it’s true in the case of the USBC’c Clash of Champions and the PBA Women’s Series remains to be seen.

Madison Times reporter Jeff Richgels has confirmed that the Clash of Champions has been canceled for 2010. You can read his report by following this url:

http://host.madison.com/sports/recreation/bowling/article_f07c354a-1a40-11df-a1b4-001cc4c03286.html

Now the question becomes: Will that cancellation free up dollars in a very tight budget to bankroll the continuation of the Women’s Series, the name of which includes the tagline, “Presented by Bowl.com”?

USBC is tightening its belt in a number of areas, from tournaments to publications to staffing, and also is seeking out new revenue sources — including allowing alcoholic beverages to be served and consumed during the USBC Open Championships. (For more on that, see “Breaking News.”)

PBA officials tell BJI that they’d welcome the continuation of the Women’s Series, but it still would need to be underwritten — by USBC, or some other integer.

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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