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BPAA / PBA News

02/08/13

Presenting Sponsors announced for historic 2013 Bowling's U.S. Open

The Brands of Ebonite & Columbia 300, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, Jani-King and Storm Bowling Products unite to sponsor combined U.S. Open events

2013USOpenLogo2_small.jpg The historic 2013 Bowling's U.S. Open just got even bigger as the BPAA announced today the presenting sponsors for the tournament, which will will combine the Men's, Women's and Senior Women's tournaments. To support this ground-breaking event, the following major global brands have signed on as presenting sponsors: The Brands of Ebonite & Columbia 300, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards, Jani-King and Storm Bowling Products .

BPAA News

07/31/12

Students score scholarship cash at International Family Tournament

Kentucky and Maryland bowlers take home top prizes after weekend competition

2012IFTJerryWhobrey_small.jpgAfter two days of intense, but friendly competition, two student/parent teams emerged atop the leaderboard to take home $5,000 scholarship money at the 2012 International Family Tournament (IFT) presented by QubicaAMF and hosted by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America at Jupiter Lanes, Jupiter, Florida, July 26-29. Some 67 teams representing 25 states took part in the two-day competition. Jerry "Alex" Whobrey (left), 14, from Louisville, Kentucky, bowled a 300 game in qualifying.

BPAA News

04/14/12

Britney Spears crowned champion of the 2012 Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame competition

"The Big Lebowski" Bowling icon Jeff Bridges, a.k.a. "The Dude" defeated Bill Murray, "Kingpin's" "Ernie McCracken," in the "Legacy" portion of the Tournament

2010BPAALogo_small.jpg201IBMHOFLogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), announced today that Britney Spears has been named the 2012 Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame tournament champion and will be inducted into the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Jeff Bridges (a.k.a. "The Dude") will also be honored as an inductee for winning the "Legacy" portion of the bracket.

BPAA News

02/08/12

Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame voting to be "Madness"

New Format To Use Basketball-style Tournament Brackets To Crown Next Inductee

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgFor the fourth consecutive year it's the people who will have the power to choose the next inductee into the Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame with the launch of an American Idol-style competition that will be sheer "Madness." The excitement and anticipation will heighten with a new basketball tournament-inspired bracket that will pit some of the most popular celebrities against each other in head-to-head voting competition from March 12 - April 10, 2012

BPAA News

01/28/12

International Bowling Campus Youth Development going back to school

Corey Robinson hired to manage In-School Bowler's Ed Program

2012BPAACoreyRobinson_small.jpgThe International Bowling Campus Youth Development Department announced Corey Robinson (pictured) has been hired as the new Bowler's Ed brand manager. Robinson will be helping centers get involved with their local schools to bring an In-School bowling program to the classroom or gym. The Bowler's Ed program is designed to introduce children to bowling in the classroom. Teachers have access to a free step-by-step curriculum, a video explaining the fundamentals of bowling, and special discounts for equipment.

BPAA Awards

01/25/12

Jeff Bojé to be honored with BPAA Victor Lerner Memorial Medal

Others to be recognized are John Losito, Bev Van Blair, John Davis and Norm Duke

2012BPAAAwardJeffBoje_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced the recipients of the 2012 Bowling Industry Service Awards, the most prestigious awards presented by the bowling industry, at its Town Hall Membership Meeting at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California, Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Jeff Bojé (pictured), Brandon Crossroads Bowl, Inc., Tampa, Fla., has been selected as the 2012 BPAA Hall of Fame Inductee and recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal.

BPAA News

01/19/12

NFL legends prepare to strike in NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic

Super Bowl XII Champion Ed "Too Tall" Jones returns as event host; proceeds to benefit NFL Charities

2012SuperBowXLVILogo_small.jpg As Super Bowl XLVI returns to a cold weather city in Indianapolis, the seventh annual NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic, one of the premier annual fan/player fundraisers, will be hotter and "taller" than ever in 2012. Former Super Bowl XII Champion and legend Ed "Too Tall" Jones will serve as host of the event which will take place at Woodland Bowling Center in Indianapolis, Ind. at 12 p.m. local time on Saturday, February 4. All proceeds will benefit NFL Charities.

IBMHOF News

12/09/11

Mort Luby Jr. donates Joe Thum painting as auction item for Salute to Bowling

20111209JoeThumPaiting_small.jpgA large (30" x 40") oil painting of bowling pioneer Joe Thum will be the star attraction at the Salute to Bowling at the 2012 Bowling Summit next month in Napa Valley, Calif. Created by Bowlers Journal International publisher emeritus Mort Luby Jr., the artwork will be featured in the collection of sports memorabilia to be auctioned at the fundraiser for the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Why Joe Thum? "I've always felt that Thum is one of bowling's unsung heroes," says Luby. "He really planted the seeds for bowling's worldwide growth."

United States

12/08/11

BPAA announces Brunswick as Official Lane Provider for 2012 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open

Industry leader to construct outdoor bowling lanes for historic women's tournament

2012USWOLogo_small.jpg The BPAA has announced the completion of an agreement with Brunswick Bowling & Billiards that will make Brunswick the official sponsor of the 2012 lane build for the 2012 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open in Reno, NV. For the second consecutive year, bowling is breaking new ground at the Bowling's U.S. Women's Open, the industry's pre-eminent professional women's tournament. This year will mark the first time the tournament will be played outdoors.

IBMHOF News

12/02/11

Salute to Bowling to be held as part of 2012 Bowling Summit in California

Annual fund-raising event returns to auction/cocktail format

2012BowlingSummitLogo_small.jpg 201IBMHOFLogo_small.jpgSalute to Bowling, traditionally one of the sport's biggest annual fund-raising events, will be held at a new location and time but with a return to its previous format in 2012. The 23rd Salute will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 during the 2012 BPAA Bowling Summit at the Meritage Resort in Napa Valley, Calif. Salute to Bowling helps fund operations at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

BPAA News

11/22/11

Hispanic marketing expert to deliver final "game changer" session at 2012 Bowling Summit

Gus Rios to educate bowling proprietors on the Hispanic consumer landscape

2012BowlingSummitLogo_small.jpg The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announced today that Gus Rios, senior customer marketing manager for PepsiCo Foodservice at BPAA, will host the final "Game Changer" session at the 2012 Bowling Summit in Napa, California on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. local time. Rios is a marketing expert with in-depth knowledge of the Hispanic culture and industry. He has vast experience working with companies that target the Hispanic demographic.

BPAA News

11/17/11

Business and sports icon Dave Brandon to speak at 2012 Bowling Summit

Director of Athletics at University of Michigan named as Keynote Speaker

2012BSDaveBrandon_small.jpgThe BPAA has announced today that David Brandon (pictured left), Director of Athletics at University of Michigan and former chairman and chief executive officer of Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza, Inc., will deliver the "Thought Leader" keynote address at the 2012 Bowling Summit in Napa, California on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. local time. BPAA's Bowling Summit is the premier annual strategic midwinter conference for bowling center proprietors, managers and industry leaders.

BPAA News

11/08/11

Bowling scores in Atlantic City

Attendance up at 2011 East Coast Bowling Centers Convention

2011ECBCCLogo_small.jpgThe East Coast Bowling Centers Convention (ECBCC) proved once again to be the premier regional trade show in the bowling industry. The annual meeting of bowling centers owners, managers and industry professionals was held on Atlantic City's famous boardwalk at Trump's Taj Mahal October 10-12, 2011, and despite a weak economy, officials say attendance was up 5 percent.

BPAA News

10/27/11

Former Apple Senior Executive Jeff Martin to speak at 2012 Bowling Summit

2012BSJeffMartin_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) has announced that former Apple senior executive and digital music guru, Jeff Martin (pictured), will serve as the "Thought Leader" keynote speaker at the 2012 Bowling Summit in Napa, California on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. local time. Martin, the former head of Apple's Global Entertainment and Multimedia division, worked directly with icon Steve Jobs.

BPAA News

10/20/11

BPAA to unveil first of its kind CRM Database at 2012 Bowling Summit

Customer Relations Management Program to be introduced during "Game Changer" session

BPAACustomerConnectLogo_small.jpg The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's leading trade association, announced today the launch of BPAA Customer Connect, a highly anticipated web-based CRM program that will reshape the industry's ability to connect and engage with bowling center consumers. BPAA Customer Connect will be unveiled at the 2012 Bowling Summit in Jan. 2012.

BPAA News

10/19/11

Bowling industry veteran Rick Heim to kick off 2012 Bowling Summit's Learning Lab

BPAA announces first of six influential guest speakers

2011RickHeim_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's leading trade association, announced today that 30-year bowling industry veteran Rick Heim will lead an educational "Learning Lab" session focused on consumers' food and beverage trends at the 2012 Bowling Summit in Napa, California. Heim (pictured) , who has consulted with more than 40 bowling entertainment centers nationwide, will present on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. local time.

Industry News

07/13/11

International Bowling Museum and Hall Of Fame rolls out 2011 line-up of nominees for the Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame

Fans worldwide are invited to cast their votes at www.GoBowling.com

201IBMHOFLogo_small.jpg2010BPAALogo.jpgBowling fans across the world will once again have an opportunity to grant bowling immortality to a chosen celebrity nominee. The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and International Bowling Hall of Fame have announced its list of candidates for consideration into its Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame wing.

BPAA News

07/11/11

Bowling Industry leaders honored at 2011 International Bowl Expo

Pat Ciniello inducted into BPAA Hall of Fame and awarded Victor Lerner Memorial Medal

2010BPAALogo_small.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the bowling industry's premier trade association and voice of the bowling industry, has honored seven individuals who have contributed to the significant growth and surging popularity of the sport. As part of the opening ceremonies of the 2011 International Bowl Expo, the BPAA issued a series of annual industry awards to celebrate individuals whose leadership helped guide the bowling industry to grow and flourish in recent years.

BPAA News

07/07/11

Florida Bowling Super Show set for The Alley at SouthShore in Riverview

Unique concept to unify bowling's major brands under one roof for two-day event

2011TheAlleySouthShore_small.jpgFor the first time ever, bowling's biggest brands are coming together with Florida distributors to present their products and services. The Florida Bowling Super Show will be held at The Alley at SouthShore, a Family Entertainment Center in Riverview, Fla. (pictured), Friday and Saturday, August 12-13 and will feature the products of Brunswick, Ebonite International, Storm, and 900 Global along with other participating manufacturers.

Column

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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