RSCVA Forced to Implement Cost-Cutting Measures

by Bob Johnson 0

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority — which owns the National Bowling Stadium, Reno Events Center, Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center — has been forced to furlough employees, implement pay cuts and encourage early retirements as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-five of 55 positions were furloughed, according to RSCVA Senior Communication Manager Ben McDonald.

This could have had a significant impact on National Bowling Stadium operations, except for the fact that the RSCVA is contracted with ASM Global to operate the stadium, downtown events center, convention center and livestock center.

ASM Global manages more than 300 stadiums, arenas, convention centers, entertainment districts, theaters, amphitheaters, equestrian centers and recreational centers worldwide. The RSCVA entered into a management agreement with SMG in April 2018, and ASM Global was formed late last year through a merger of SMG and AEG Facilities.

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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