The replies here have pretty much proven my point.
There are 2 sets of egos.
EGO 1: The elite bowler. He wants to be recognized as the elite of his sport.
EGO 2: The house bowler. He for the most part doesn't give a crap about anyone else as long as HE can bowl like an elite bowler in his weekly league. Cares nothing about the sport. (There are exceptions to this of course)
EGO 1 & EGO 2 are mutally exclusive in my opinion. And since the highest percentage of revenue for owners is EGO 2, EGO 2 will always be taken care of.
But until EGO 1 receives the recognition that they feel the have earned, they will fight for the SPORT of bowling because it is on those conditions where they can show they are the best. But in doing so, EGO 2 will just leave the GAME because they just care about themselves for the most part. And if they can no longer bowl like pros, they will find other ways to occupy their time in my opinion.
Last year, Sport memberships were 19,000+. Regular memberships were 1.8 million+.
Somehow someway, these 19000+ bowlers want some respect from the 1.8 million.
Good luck. I don't think forcing sport conditions is the answer. The owners of the lanes would rather you 19,000 quit and the 1.8 million continue bowling I think. You are going to have to find your respect some other way.
Edited by txbowler on 3/21/2012 at 11:14 PM