Reno City Council Okays USBC Fee Increase

by Bob Johnson 0

The Reno City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to raise the per bowler fee to be paid to the United States Bowling Congress for the 2016 USBC Open Championships from $20 to $30.

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority approved the plan late last year, and it next needed the approval of the Council, since the city of Reno owns the downtown National Bowling Stadium, where USBC events are conducted.

The amendment to the long-term contract between the RSCVA and USBC will next be sent to the USBC for approval. The USBC Board is scheduled to meet during BPAA’s Bowling Summit, scheduled Jan. 11-15 in San Antonio, Texas.

“We don't anticipate any problems with the USBC Board,” Chris Baum, CEO of the RSCVA, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “We feel good about it. We have no reason to believe this can’t go forward.”

What happens if the USBC, which ultimately is seeking an increase in the fee paid by Reno to $40 per bowler, rejects the contract amendment?

“Then we’ll continue to negotiate,” said Joe Kelley, RSCVA Vice President of Facilities, who is traveling to San Antonio to answer any questions the USBC Board may have. “We’re relatively confident we’ll get a positive vote from them.”

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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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