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milorafferty

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Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:40:45 PM »
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2014, 08:37:24 PM »
According to the article they have hired a firm to buy their bowling products business as a whole. (products,personnel, ect)
you can't  add a physics term to a bowling term and expect it to mean something.

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2014, 08:49:49 PM »
I think Brunswick owned about 85 centers in the US

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2014, 08:52:46 PM »
so does this mean brunswick is done period? no more balls being made or products?

Thats how I understood it, they are getting out of bowling completely.
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2014, 08:57:54 PM »
the 30 second version. . .

What the CEO of Bowlmor thinks of league bowlers: http://youtu.be/DTuMd6O3rMc

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2014, 09:02:01 PM »
the 30 second version. . .

What the CEO of Bowlmor thinks of league bowlers: http://youtu.be/DTuMd6O3rMc

Everytime I see that I can't help to think I cannot allow myself to spend money at an establishment this man owns and/or plays a part in.
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2014, 10:10:02 PM »
Brunswick getting out of the bowling business is like Coca-Cola getting out of the soft drink business. This is a sad day for bowling.
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2014, 10:43:02 PM »
I suffered through the entire 21 minute interview: cruel and unusual punishment at its worst. Bloomberg should have selected a person with at least some bowling knowledge to conduct the interview. Instead, they chose a complete Airhead who has a voice that sounded like the scraping of fingernails across a blackboard. What a moron! She said that bowling is experiencing " a major turnaround" and has "universal appeal." So much for her credibility.

Shannon could care less about the people who post on this forum: the league bowler. He is in the business of "manufacturing happiness." Shannon is going to spend a lot of $$$ turning bowling establishments into "entertainment centers." At 14:15, Shannon asked the critical question: "How much more is the customer willing to pay for that design?" The answer will be: a lot less than he thinks.
 
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2014, 11:12:47 PM »
The 11th Frame has a nice analysis of the purchase:
 
http://www.11thframe.com/news/article/6758

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2014, 11:51:39 PM »
The 11th Frame has a nice analysis of the purchase:
 
http://www.11thframe.com/news/article/6758

Steven, thanks for the link. It is hard to be optimistic that Shannon cares anything for the "serious" bowler. Did you see him attempt to bowl at the end of that interview? LOL
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2014, 11:59:10 PM »
Well I guess that's it then.
First thing I need to do tomorrow morning is to call the Pro shop and cancel my order for a new IQ. I wish I would have believed the rumors that were swirling around my center ( Brunswick ) the last couple of weeks that this was in the works. I just bought my wife a new Hyroad for her birthday and she won't have anywhere to throw it.
I bowl in my Brunswick center 4 days a week. Three morning leagues and one day of practice. I bowl mornings because I work evenings. So, if our house follows the same hours of operation that the rest of the AMF houses in our area, my days of bowling are over.
I drive 7 miles to bowl in my center even though there is an AMF center less then 2 miles from my house.
Brunswicks staff consists mostly of friendly, Knowledgable bowling people and I've come to be very close to many of them. It is a sad day for them, a sad day for bowling and the end of my participation in a sport I love.

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2014, 12:04:43 AM »
St. Croix, you are a better man than me -- I couldn't stomach getting through the entire 21 minutes of that interview. Knowing he tried to bowl at the end is all the more reason for me pass on finishing it.  ;)
 
I've witnessed Bowlmor slowly destroy our local AMF center with their 'entertainment' concept. Most of the established leagues are fed up and looking to move elsewhere. It's sad given the proud history of the house.
 
I hope the Brunswick centers you referenced fair better. But I'm not hopeful.

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #27 on: July 18, 2014, 01:27:09 AM »
so does this mean brunswick is done period? no more balls being made or products?

Thats how I understood it, they are getting out of bowling completely.
well that totally sucks....guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and pick up a few Brunswick balls I was looking at before it's to late

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #28 on: July 18, 2014, 01:44:04 AM »
so brunswick will not make any more balls? and will this effect dv8 ? if so im going to have to go to a different ball company

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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #29 on: July 18, 2014, 07:53:54 AM »
Hopefully it is a firm to bring pouring back to U.S. Bowling is slowly fading away and this does not help. We could use these jobs back.
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Re: Brunswick is getting out of the Bowling business
« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2014, 08:52:45 AM »
I'm sure the plant will stay in Mexico, I'm no expert though.  Brunswick had to be making a bigger profit per ball because of the cheaper labor.  I believe they only recently, 10 years?, moved there too.  I could see where Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, or Warrior might be interested in broadening their offerings considering this is a global sport.  It should be relatively cheap to buy-in compared to other sports. 

I'm not sure what they would do with the lane equipment stuff though, maybe it will be sold to a different group like Murrey or Heddon.