PBA, Rolltech Team Up to Provide Unique Stats

by Bob Johnson 0

Rolltech Inc. and the Professional Bowlers Association have joined forces to change the way fans interact with the sport and their favorite bowlers.

Over the past two years, Rolltech has been working with the PBA to provide enhanced live scoring and statistical data for PBA Tour events. The company is now the PBA’s exclusive provider of mobile and web applications related to tracking individual, league and event bowling scores and statistics, as well as connecting bowlers for real-life borderless competition.

In addition to providing its statistical and real-time scoring services to the PBA for use on the multi-media PBA Network platforms, Rolltech offers similar services to the grassroots bowling public.

“At Rolltech, bowling is our life,” said founder and CEO Rich Belsky. “Rolltech is a work of passion and a work in progress. We set out to find an easier way for bowlers to connect with the sport and improve by using detailed statistics based on how they perform. Our journey has been long and arduous, but we're proud of the tool we've created, and we’re extremely excited to work with the PBA in showcasing how Rolltech can work for casual and league bowlers as well as the world’s most skilled professionals.”

By tapping into the automatic scoring systems at PBA Tour events, Rolltech is able to provide precise frame-by-frame live scoring and statistical analysis, which is being used on pba.com, the PBA’s official website; Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online video streaming service; ESPN telecasts, and through the other media outlets that compose the PBA Network. Additionally, players Jason Belmonte, Mike Fagan and Bill O’Neill have recorded their games using Rolltech and shared them, in real-time, with fans, including a recent 300 game by Belmonte.

“Rolltech is an amazing platform that allows me to engage with my performance and fans like never before. This is the future of the sport,” said Belmonte.

“The PBA has worked closely with Rolltech to develop an entirely new level of insight into the sport by tracking statistics that we’ve never seen before,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “With Rolltech’s assistance, we’re helping our fans better understand the intricate aspects of our sport.”

Rolltech offers both automatic and manual score tracking, making its product available to bowlers around the world. It currently is in use in more than 2,500 bowling centers in 36 countries. Rolltech offers a “pro” plan that includes additional services to bowlers using a mobile application, which is available on iTunes or Google Play.

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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