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Kegel donates two portable Lane Mapper to European Tenpin Bowling Federation

KegelLogo_small.jpg2009ETBFLogo_small.jpg John Davis, founder of Florida-based Kegel company, the industry leader in lane machines, met with ETBF president Addie Ophelders and members of the ETBF Technical Committee at Dream-Bowl Palace, Unterföhring, Germany Jan. 22-24, 2010. Davis donated two portable Kegel Lane Mapper to the ETBF for charting the lanes in European bowling centers who want to participate in the ETBF Center Certification Program.

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International Bowling Industry to host Un-Conference at Sea

Sun, Fun, the Caribbean and You!

2010IBIUnConferenceatSea_small.jpgScott Frager, Publisher of International Bowling Industry Magazine, has announced that the leading magazine in the business of bowling will host the IBI Un-Conference at Sea from Nov. 13-20, 2010 sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Turks & Caicos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. The un-conference is an un-traditional conference format. YOU decide the agenda. YOU bring your interests, your issues, your ideas. YOU interact with experts and your peers during special events dedicated to bowling.

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Brunswick Bowling and Strikeforce bowling sales teams to consolidate

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpgKRStrikeforceLogo2_mini.jpgBrunswick Bowling & Billiards and Strikeforce Bowling, LLC, have announced that they will combine their sales teams in order to serve bowling pro shops and distributors more efficiently and more effectively. Steve Caffrey, vice president sales for Brunswick Aftermarket & Consumer Products, and Brad Handelman, president of Strikeforce Bowling LLC, said the consolidation will allow both Brunswick and KR Strikeforce to provide superior customer service and improved efficiencies.

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New Year brings management changes at Texas-based Super Bowl Entertainment

Brooks steps down; Isenberg will be new managing partner

2008USBCOCJamieBrooks_small.jpgSuperBowlEntertainmentLLCRandyIsenberg_small.jpgSuper Bowl Entertainment, LLC, the Texas-based bowling center chain owned by Jamie Brooks, (l.) Randy Isenberg (r.) and partners, is announcing that Brooks has sold most of his share of the seven center operation to Isenberg and partners, effective immediately. The chain includes seven Texas centers. Brooks, a former President of the BPAA, and been in the bowling business since 1955, owning and operating more than 40 centers in that time.

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Brunswick Bowling Products announces promotions


Brunswick Bowling Products recently announced two promotions within the organization. Corey Dykstra (l.) has been promoted to vice president of finance. Additionally, Brad Gandy (r.) is promoted to vice president of operations. Finally, with the recent promotion of Jim Fox to president of the Brunswick Retail Group, Dave Sella, vice president research and development, has assumed product management responsibilities for Capital Equipment,



The Year 2009 in Review

Watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifThe Tenpin Bowling Year 2009 was filled with action, record-breaking performances, great comebacks as well as stunningly surprising or long-overdue breakthroughs. The PBA pros went globe-trotting and Asians, Americans and Europeans tested their skills in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. Spearheaded by Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno, the international USBC silver coaches have certified numerous bronze coaches all over the world. To watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year 2009 click here

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Brunswick Bowling & Billiards promotes James Fox to President – Bowling Retail


Brunswick Bowling & Billiards has announced the promotion of James B. Fox (l.) to President - Bowling Retail. Fox will assume his new duties effective January 2010, and will report to Warren N. Hardie (r.), President – Brunswick Bowling & Billiards. Fox will assume responsibility for daily operations and strategic direction for Brunswick's retail bowling centers. Fox most recently was the Vice President - Capital Equipment for Brunswick Bowling Products.

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Brunswick Bowling welcomes John Petraglia Jr. to its sales team

20091216JohnPetragliaJr_small.jpgBrunswick Bowling welcomes a new member to its sales team. John Petraglia, Jr., has joined the capital equipment sales team and will support proprietors in the East Coast area including, New York, northern New Jersey and all of the New England states. "Petraglia has grown up in a family that has been a large part of the history and heritage of Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, and we are excited to have him represent Brunswick," said Dan Borgie, director of Eastern Regional Sales, to whom Petraglia reports.

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Guinness World Records confirms Inazawa Grand Bowl world's largest Bowling Center

Guinness World Records confirms that the largest bowling center in the world is InazawaGrandBowl1_small.jpgInazawa Grand Bowl in Japan, featuring 116 consecutive Brunswick Bowling wooden lanes on a single floor, which are being replaced and upgraded with Brunswick Pro Lane™ synthetic lanes in early 2010. The claim to establish the largest bowling center as a Guinness World Record category was submitted by Vice President Capital Equipment for Brunswick Bowling Products, Jim Fox.

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Proprietors' Association of Germany announces new TV deal with Eurosport

BundesverbandBowlingLogo_small.jpg20091130EurosportMeeting_small.jpgBundesverband Bowling, the Proprietors' Association of Germany, has announced that Eurosport will continue to show the PBA Tour in 2010 on Eurosport 1 and 2 and broadcasts from the European Bowling Tour. Highlights could be two live broadcasts, one from the Men's World Championships in Munich, Germany. The costs of the TV deal are shared by Bundesverband Bowling and the bowling industry.

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Brunswick Pro Bowling now available Apple iPhone and iTouch

BrunswickProBowlingGame_small.jpgCrave Entertainment, the full-service publishing and distribution division of FillpointSVG, one of the videogame industry’s leading providers of online distribution, fulfillment, and e-commerce services for national retailers, has announced Brunswick Pro Bowling is now available for download exclusively to Apple iPhone and iTouch users. Brunswick Pro Bowling features real pin and ball physics including changing oil patterns and lane conditions, as well as customization options ranging from character to ball to music selections all for --$4.99.

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Bowling Foundation provides 15 grants to schools, organizations for mobile bowling equipment

BowlingFoundationLogo_small.jpgIn its continuing effort to help enhance peoples' lives through bowling, The Bowling Foundation has awarded 15 grants to schools and organizations worldwide. The grants are part of The Bowling Foundation's annual "Mobile Bowling Equipment" program for schools, parks and recreation departments, disabled and disadvantaged service groups and other organizations and youth groups.

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Brunswick announces "Try it before you sell it" fall product premieres

BrunswickLogo_mini.jpg2009BrunswickProStaffCarmenSalvino_small.jpgBrunswick Bowling announces its fall series of over 20 seminars designed to "Try it Before You Sell It". All Product Premiere events will include demonstrations of the newest Brunswick balls with the opportunity to buy or pre-purchase. Bowling legend, Carmen Salvino (right) will be on-hand during some of the seminars.

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Leading Edge Promotions and score with the Detroit Red Wings

RedWingsFan_small.jpgThe South Eastern Michigan Bowling Center Association (SEMBA) has taken local, grass roots bowling leagues to the next level by negotiating an exclusive bowling league partnership with the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings. After months of working with the team's various departments, they put together a 12 week bowling league for 60 centers throughout Michigan.

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XSCAPE introduces Canada to Virtual Bowling by Brunswick

XSCAPEEntertainmentCenter_small.jpgFor the first time in Canada, 'tweens', teens and adults can go Space Bowling, toss bowling balls through the Tomato Factory and take aim at Target Challenge™. That's because Virtual Bowling by Brunswick is the feature attraction at Canadian theater giant Cineplex Entertainment's new XSCAPE entertainment center at SilverCity Newmarket Cinemas. Virtual Bowling is designed to help build traffic and revenues by attracting today's video game generation and anyone who enjoys the great fun of bowling.

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Brunswick provides lane conditioning support for sixth year at 2009 Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas

2009ToA300Games_small.jpgSix-time sponsor Brunswick supplied the lane maintenance support and products, which along with high-scoring Brunswick Pro Lane™, allowed four perfect games, for 121 bowlers at the 2009 Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas. Three perfect games were bowled with a Brunswick ball by (r-l) Andrew Koff, John Szczerbinski, both United States, and Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, as well as an 810 series (Koff) at the 80-lane Boardwalk Bowl center in Orlando.

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Paeng Nepomuceno makes commercial for Nutrilite/Amway in the Philippines

20090827PaengNepomucenoTeamNutrilite_small.jpgAs reported earlier, Paeng Nepomuceno, 4-time 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Champion and record holder of 3 Guinness Book of World Records in the sport of Tenpin Bowling, is the Philippines Nutrilite Brand Ambassador and a member of Team Nutrilite. According to Nutrilite/Amway, !Team Nutrilite boasts a group of world-class athletes committed to achieving their potential while striving towards optimal health." Paeng has made a commercial for Nutrilite/Amway, which is shown nationwide in the Philippines.

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Thousands of Bowling Centers in the U.S. celebrate National Bowling Week

Record-breaking attempt to occur on National Bowling Day, September 5

2009NationalBowlingWeek_small.jpgAs part of National Bowling Week festivities, the bowling industry will attempt to make history when thousands of bowling centers across the nation take part in an effort to set a new world record for the most bowling games rolled in a single day. In order to get the ball rolling, participating Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) member centers have invited the public to bowl their first game for free in an attempt to break the current record of 548,721 bowling games played in a single day.

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Bass Pro Shops "Hook" to produce House Balls! was "hooked" by Bass Pro Shops – ranked the #1 Outdoor Retailer in America by Sporting Goods Business Magazine - to create a collection of House Balls for its brand new outdoor themed bowling center scheduled to open in Altoona, IA in late August. has become the "preferred" bowling ball maker for the rich and famous having produced exclusive customized balls for 5 time Grammy Award winner singer/songwriter John Legend and platinum recording band Nickelback.

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Nautically themed in-store bowling lanes are a first for Bass Pro Shops and Brunswick

20090820AltoonaBowlingLanes_small.jpgNautically themed Uncle Buck's® Fish Bowl™ and Grill was an extensive joint effort between Brunswick and Bass Pro Shops to create the first-ever in-store bowling center. A star-studded cast of sports, TV, and music celebrities will celebrate the Grand Opening of Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Iowa, Aug. 26 at 6-9 p.m. The store and event is open to the public. While you're there, lace up a pair of bowling shoes and test the new lanes – but watch out for the alligator ball returns!

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