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07/11/11

Bowl Expo 2011 provides the chance to show off Texas as sport's new home By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 26, 2011)

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In many ways, International Bowl Expo 2011 was similar to those held in the past. What made this year's event different was the location. Instead of the glamour of Las Vegas or glitz of Orlando, this had more of a feel of home. That's certainly the way the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, United States Bowling Congress and International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame wanted it because the Dallas-Fort Worth area is their home.

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06/27/11

Bowling world descends on Dallas-Fort Worth for International Bowl Expo By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 26, 2011)

2011IBELogo_small.jpg While the Dallas-Fort Worth area hosts the world's greatest women bowlers this week (U.S. Women's Open), the business side of the sport also will converge on the Metroplex when International Bowl Expo takes place Monday through Thursday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine. About 5,000 bowling center owners and their staffs, bowling industry leaders and local bowling association officials will take part in a variety of meetings, educational sessions, networking events and the largest trade show in the industry.

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06/24/11

Bowling-sponsored Indy Racing driver Lloyd finishes 22nd in Milwaukee By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 24, 2011)

20110617DaleCoyneGoBowling_small.jpgFlying around the famed Milwaukee Mile with GoBowling.com branding on his vehicle, race car driver Alex Lloyd finished 22nd in the Milwaukee 225 IZOD Indy Car Series last Sunday. The partnership between the bowling industry and Lloyd's Dale Coyne Racing Racing team was announced earlier in the week by Strike Ten Entertainment. It marked a return to the bowling-Indy Car tie-in first developed in the mid-1990s between the American Bowling Congress and the late Stan Fox.

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06/21/11

Cowboys Stadium set to host finals of record-breaking 2011 U.S. Women's Open By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 20, 2011)

2011USWOMidfield1_small.jpgNearly 300 of the world's best women bowlers will be seeking to compete in one of the world's largest venues when the 2011 U.S. Women's Open comes to North Texas. While the pro-am and early rounds will be held June 24-29 at AMF Euless Lanes, the televised finals will take place June 30 on specially-constructed lanes at the 50-yard line of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The stepladder matches will be taped for showing July 2 at 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.

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06/03/11

Could following the lead of other youth sports be the key to growing bowling? By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 2, 2011)

20110602CoachBillLish_small.jpg As part of a family that had owned Rose City Bowl in New Castle, Ind., for more than 40 years, he had seen the number of bowlers in his area and nationwide dip for a long time. After so many ideas failed to change that, he was scratching his head. "I wanted to know what I could do to reverse the trend," Rutherford said. "Turned out I was in the right place at the right time." That place was the East Coast Bowling Centers Convention last October in Atlantic City, N.J.

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05/25/11

Bowling industry veteran Bill Supper joins BowlSole team By Mark Miller

Courtesy of Examiner.com (May 24, 2011)

BillSupperIBMHoF_small.jpgBill Supper, who has spent more than 30 years in a wide variety of bowling leadership positions, has been named Vice President of Worldwide Distribution by BowlSole Inc. Supper, a North Richland Hills, Texas, resident, adds his new consultant position to his current roles as managing director of the International Bowling Pro Shops and Instructors Association and executive director of the Bowling and Billiards Institute of America. BowlSole is the world’s first disposable pad that will directly adhere to virtually all types of street shoes.

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04/11/11

Fast-growing collegiate bowling still has plenty of room to expand By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (April 10, 2011)

2010ITCWebberInternationalWomen2_small.jpgThese are exciting times for collegiate bowling. Nearly a decade of constant growth has increased the number of schools with bowling programs to almost 240, well above the more than 160 schools fielding teams 10 years ago. During the same period, the total number of competitors has nearly doubled to more than 3,400. There now are more than 80 annual tournaments and almost 100 schools offering some form of scholarships. Yet USBC College Bowling Manager Gary Brown isn’t satisfied.


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03/22/11

New York man invents disposable shoe pad so casual bowlers can wear own shoes By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (March 21, 2011)

20110321DisposableShoePad_small.jpgCasual bowlers and anyone else who will not try the game because of the thought of wearing rental shoes soon will be able bowl in their own shoes thanks to the world's first disposable bowling shoe pad. Invented by entrepreneur Thomas Marandos of Selden, N.Y., and called BowlSole, the pads will directly adhere to most types of street shoes and slide the same as regular bowling shoes. They will be available only at bowling centers for about the same price as rental shoes.

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02/07/11

Packer, Steeler fans find bowling to be a common bond during Super Bowl Week By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Feb. 6, 2011)

20110206PackerSteelerfans_small.jpgSoon after their teams qualified for Super Bowl XLV, some fans of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers quickly began booking packages to attend Sunday's game in Arlington, Texas. They also wanted to take in some other events. With many festivities costing in the thousands of dollars, the $300 per person and $500 per couple cost of the sixth annual NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic was a relative bargain and went to a good cause.

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02/02/11

Super Bowl participants Greg Jennings, Lawrence Timmons also are avid bowlers By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Feb. 1, 2011)

2011SuperBowlGregJennings_small.jpg Greg Jennings (pictured left) and Lawrence Timmons are among the best players on the teams competing Sunday in Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas. Turns out they also are among the top performers on the bowling lanes. Jennings, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, didn't start bowling until his sophomore year at Western Michigan University. Timmons, a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, started as a youth in hometown Florence, S.C.

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01/27/11

Multiple charity events put bowling in Super Bowl XLV limelight By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Jan. 26, 2011)

SuperBowlXLVLogo_small.jpgFor the sixth straight year, bowling will be take its place among the many festivities leading up to the Super Bowl. But for the first time, the National Football League Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Classic will be a two-day event. Pro football legends and hall of famers will compete with members of the public Feb. 2 in the Dallas suburb of Addison and Feb. 3 in Fort Worth to raise money for NFL Charities. There also will be a special clinic Feb. 2 for at-risk youth from Arlington at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington.

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11/03/10

Smoking in bowling centers is a throwback to an earlier era By Mark Miller

Is smoking one of the major reasons why to many, bowling's image still is negative?

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgSome stereotypes are hard to break. Take bowling for example. In the early 1900s, most bowling establishments were connected to taverns where Caucasian men smoked and drank to get away from their wives. Soon after, women found bowling every bit as good and by 1950, minorities were finally included in the sport. When league bowling was at its peak in the 1960s and 1970s, bowling alleys had bars in them and smoking still was a major part of the culture. This shouldn't have been surprising since nearly half of American adults smoked.

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10/24/10

Women's pro exhibit coming to International Bowling Museum/Hall of Fame in 2011 By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (Oct. 23, 2010)

IBMHOFWomensExhibit_small.jpgThe long and colorful history of women's professional bowling will come to life next year with the unveiling of a new exhibit at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas. Called "50 Years of Women's Professional Bowling," the exhibit is expected to open in June during International Bowl Expo and United States Bowling Congress Convention. It will feature the players of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and Professional Women's Bowling Association.

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09/15/10

AMF Euless to host U.S. Women's Open early rounds ahead of finale at Cowboys Stadium By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Dallas Bowling Examiner (Sept. 13, 2010)

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgPractice, pro-am, qualifying and match-play competition in the 2011 U.S. Women's Open will be conducted at AMF Euless Lanes prior to the live televised finals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The event begins June 24 with open practice and pro-am squads. The main event begins the next day with the first of three eight-game qualifying blocks. The top five players will compete in the 7 p.m. CDT championship round June 30 at Cowboys Stadium. Kelly Kulick is the defending champion.

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07/21/10

Earlier National Bowling Week seeks to raise awareness by setting world record By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (July 19, 2010)

2010NationalBowlingWeek_small.jpgNational Bowling Week returns in 2010 with a familiar goal but an earlier date. For the third straight year, the goal is to set a world record for most games bowled in a 24-hour period. With a high of 741,821 games recorded in 2009, NBW organizers hoping to top one million games this year on Saturday, Aug. 7. This year's version, with a theme of "Bowling: More Fun Than Ever," begins July 31.

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07/17/10

Is bowling a sport, recreation or business? Yes! By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (July 16, 2010)

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgThe age-old question of whether bowling is a sport, recreation or business may finally have been definitively answered June 27-July 1 at International Bowl Expo 2010 in Las Vegas. After years of arguing that it had to be one or the other, it was apparent to the thousands in attendance that bowling indeed is all of them together. And that seemed okay to the many experts there. So with all the talk about the sport, recreation and business of bowling all being good, where does the industry go from here?


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07/10/10

Industry's best honored at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (July 9, 2010)

2009BWAABotYLizJohnsonNormDuke_small.jpgMarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgPart of each International Bowl Expo is spent honoring the best the sport and business has to offer and the 2010 event June 28-July 1 in Las Vegas was no exception. The week started off with elections for the officers in the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. Liz Johnson (right picture on the left) and Norm Duke were honored as 2009 BWAA Bowlers of the Year.

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07/03/10

Return of U.S. Women's Open overshadows Sarah Palin's speech at Bowl Expo By Mark Miller

2011USWOLogo_small.jpg2010IBESarahPalin_small.jpgWhile Sarah Palin (r.) was the biggest name to appear at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate took a back seat to an announcement made minutes after finishing her keynote address Wednesday morning. Palin learned of the return of the U.S. Women's Open in 2011 presented by the brands of Ebonite International.

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07/01/10

Sarah Palin says bowling centers are true slice of Americana because of their community ties By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 30, 2010)

2010IBESarahPalin2_small.jpgWhether you agree with her political views or not, Sarah Palin knows how to tailor a speech to her audience. Wednesday morning at the International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee (center) came well prepared to talk to a group of bowling center owners and industry leaders. "You are an audience full of fellow sports enthusiasts, that's how I view all of you," she said. "I grew up in a family of sportsmen.

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06/17/10

Sports of bowling, golf share both similar and different traits By Mark Miller

Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 16, 2010)

MarkMillerExaminer_small.jpgProfessional golfer Jeff Sluman, an avid bowler since age 5 in his native Rochester, N.Y., who put two bowling lanes in the Hinsdale, Ill., home he's now selling, knows well the basic similarities between two of his favorite sports. "You have to have tremendous concentration for those three, four or five seconds when in bowling you are rolling it down the lane or in golf hitting a shot," he once said. "You have to be able to relax in between shots. And in the pros, both are individual sports."

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