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      October 15, 2002:

-Stanbrough Qualifies First Team Competition Begins Wednesday

10/15/2002 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - Tiffany Stanbrough left the Country Club Lanes today with bragging rights. The lefthander from Oklahoma City, Okla. completed the 18-game qualifying period of the Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament with a 234.22 average and a 4,216 pinfall. Stanbrough and 31 others will be paired with a member of the PBA Senior Tour and American Wheelchair Bowling Association tonight so that the thee-member teams can begin head to head competition on Wednesday at the Brunswick Mesa Lanes.

      "I wanted to be consistent today and go into the matches tomorrow with a little momentum," said Stanbrough. "Hopefully tonight I'll get paired up with some high scoring partners and we can start off strong tomorrow. This is a fun event for us. It breaks up the PWBA schedule a little and gives us a week to enjoy ourselves and get to know some fantastic athletes."

      Getting off to a strong start seems to be part of Stanbrough's repertoire this week. The former PWBA Rookie of the Year kicked off Tuesday's round with a 716 series (248-258-210). Monday she started competition with a 786 (234-262-290).

      Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. notched the second highest tally with 231.94 and 4,175. Barrette, who earlier this year became the fourth-ever PWBA'er to surpass a million dollars in earnings, was steady all day averaging 223.33 for the nine-game block.

      PWBA "Iron Woman" Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. recorded the third best total with 230.83 and 4,155. Competing in her 233rd consecutive event, Johnson is fresh of her victory last week at the Greater Pasadena Open. The 22-year tour veteran posted a pair of 268s en route to a 222.11 second round average.

      Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev. stayed among the top 5 again as the lefty closed out qualifying with 229.66 and 4,134. Australian Cara Honeychurch, who is returning to tournament action after a 4-week hiatus, was fifth with 227.61 and 4,097.

      Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard tossed the top game with a 289. Brenda Norman, Indianapolis, Ind. was the last cut at 195.94 and 3,527. Area competitors including Linda Wallace (Tucson, 19th- 212.38, 3,823) and amateur Vickie Rae (Phoenix, 31st - 198.88, 3,580) also advanced.

      The three-member teams will compete in team match play starting at 9 a.m. on tomorrow and will continue at the same time on Thursday and Friday. Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. two surviving teams will face off in the championships. ESPN2 will tape the final round for an October 21 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 26 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)

QUALIFIER STANDINGS AFTER 18 GAMES 
SQ  POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                          PINS   AVG   +OR- 
 
A     1 Tiffany Stanbrough - Oklahoma City, OK     4216 234.22  +616 
A     2 Leanne Barrette - Pleasanton, CA           4175 231.94  +575 
A     3 Tish Johnson - Northridge, CA              4155 230.83  +555 
A     4 Dede Davidson - Las Vegas, NV              4134 229.66  +534 
A     5 Cara Honeychurch - Australia,              4097 227.61  +497 
A     6 Wendy Macpherson - Henderson, NV           4091 227.27  +491 
A     7 Liz Johnson - Cheektowaga, NY              4029 223.83  +429 
A     8 Carol Gianotti-Block - Australia,          3969 220.50  +369 
A     9 Kelly Kulick - Union, NJ                   3953 219.61  +353 
A    10 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard - N. Richland Hills, 3920 217.77  +320 
A    11 Tammy Turner - Ogden, UT                   3917 217.61  +317 
A    12 Tennelle Grijalva - Yorba Linda, CA        3906 217.00  +306 
A    13 Kim Terrell - Antioch, CA                  3905 216.94  +305 
A    14 Kim Adler - Cocoa, FL                      3889 216.05  +289 
A    15 Amy Dillon - Miami, FL                     3869 214.94  +269 
A    16 Michelle Feldman - Skaneateles, NY         3851 213.94  +251 
A    17 Marcia Kamrowski - Boca Raton, FL          3840 213.33  +240 
A    18 Kendra Gaines - Sebring, FL                3828 212.66  +228 
A    19 Linda Wallace(am) - Tucson, AZ             3823 212.38  +223 
A    20 Rachel Perez - San Marcos, TX              3804 211.33  +204 
A    21 Shana Ray - Corpus Christi, TX             3777 209.83  +177 
A    22 Anne Marie Duggan - Edmond, OK             3769 209.38  +169 
A    23 Marianne DiRupo - Succasunna, NJ           3761 208.94  +161 
A    24 Maxine Nable - Australia,                  3713 206.27  +113 
A    25 Char Hammel - Brea, CA                     3670 203.88   +70 
A    26 Michelle Silver - West Los Angeles, CA     3659 203.27   +59 
A    27 Laura Lee Daniel - Corona, CA              3656 203.11   +56 
A    28 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi - Linden, NJ             3640 202.22   +40 
A    29 Karen Stroud - Victoria, TX                3630 201.66   +30 
A    30 Nicole Herrmann - Chatsworth, CA           3597 199.83    -3 
A    31 Vickie Rae Sexton(am) - Phoenix, AZ        3580 198.88   -20 
A    32 Brenda Norman - Indianapolis, IN           3527 195.94   -73 
A    33 Melody Rane - Tucson, AZ                   3521 195.61   -79 
A    34 Sabrina Duncan - New Orleans, LA           3499 194.38  -101 
A    35 JoAnna Judy - Wheatfield, IN               3379 187.72  -221 


-ABC, WIBC, YABA, USA Bowling Boards To Vote On SMO/USBA Proposal Nov. 1-2

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The next step in the proposed merger of bowling's membership organizations will take place Nov. 1-2 when the boards of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling vote on the single membership organization/United States Bowling Association proposal in Milwaukee.

      The boards received the 200-page final proposal from the United States Bowling Association Structure and Transition Ad Hoc Committees in late September. They will hear a presentation by the committees at their joint meeting Nov. 1, then go into separate sessions to discuss the proposal. Their decisions are expected either late Nov. 1 or early Nov. 2.

      If the ABC Board approves the proposal, it will go to the delegates at the 2003 ABC Convention in Knoxville, Tenn., for final consideration March 14. If the WIBC Board approves the proposal, the board will present a motion at the 2003 WIBC Annual Meeting in Reno, Nev., to rescind the 2002 delegate action to delay the vote one year. If the motion passes, the WIBC delegation will vote on the proposal April 29.

      Two-thirds of the delegates must approve the proposal for their respective organizations to accept it. ABC or WIBC must be one of the approving organizations for the merger to occur. This is true even if the YABA and USA Bowling boards approve the proposal in November.


-WIBC Selects 2003 Hall Of Fame Inductees

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Women's International Bowling Congress immediate past president and life member Joyce Deitch, Las Vegas, joins former WIBC director and Member Emerita Bernice Bennie, Forest Heights, Md., and former Team USA member and professional bowler Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, as 2003 inductees into the WIBC Hall of Fame.

      All three will be inducted at the WIBC Annual Meeting this coming April in Reno, Nev. Deitch and Bennie are being inducted for Meritorious Service and Kelly for Superior Performance. Joyce Deitch
      Deitch has been intimately involved in nearly every aspect of bowling for more than 50 years. According to Deitch's WIBC Hall of Fame nomination form, her "influence will remain with organized bowling for as long as organized bowling exists."

      Deitch began her career in bowling in Walla Walla, Wash., in 1949. As a student at Walla Walla University, Deitch and her friends would avoid the cafeteria's liver nights by journeying to the local bowling center's snack bar. At first, Deitch would only watch others bowl, but eventually she tried the sport and was hooked.

      A self-proclaimed worker bee, Deitch became passionately involved in the organization and promotion of sanctioned bowling. She served the Las Vegas and Nevada women's bowling associations in many top leadership roles including Nevada WBA president.

      In 1973, Deitch was elected to the WIBC Board of Directors, on which she served until her retirement in 2002. During her 29 years of service to WIBC at the national level, Deitch held the prestigious positions of seventh, sixth, fourth, second and first vice president and WIBC president for nine years.

      In addition, Deitch has held other bowling leadership positions at the national and international level including: president of the United States Tenpin Bowling Federation; president of the Young American Bowling Alliance; chairman of Bowling Inc.; first vice president, sergeant-at-arms and director of the National 600 Club; president, first vice president, secretary and director of the Nevada WBA; vice president of the Nevada YABA; director and secretary/treasurer of the Nevada Junior Bowling Association; president and director of the Nevada Junior Bowling Association; secretary and director of the Las Vegas WBA; vice president of the World Tenpin Bowling Association; and director of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

      Deitch's bowling accolades include: WIBC Life Member; and Nevada and Las Vegas WBA Hall of Famer and Life Member. She also has received: the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America V.A. Wapensky and Lifetime Achievement awards; National Women Bowling Writers Helen Duval-AMF and Jo Ettien Lieber awards; and the Metropolitan Bowling Writers Bill Landgraf Award. Bernice Bennie
      In the 1940s, Bennie's involvement in bowling helped found the Washington D.C. Area WBA. She is credited with helping to bring tenpin bowling to our nation's capital. In those days duckpin bowling prevailed in the area. In 1947, Bennie and her husband, former American Bowling Congress president Matthew Bennie, purchased the area's first certified tenpin bowling center in Alexandria, Va. Over the next few years, many of the area's duckpin bowling center owners began to see the popularity of tenpin bowling and the area boomed with new bowling centers and sanctioned bowlers.

      Bennie served bowling at every level. In 1953 she accepted a position as secretary of the Washington D.C. Area WBA. During Bennie's time as secretary, membership in her association skyrocketed from 278 members in 1953 to more than 15,000 members in 1963. In 1957, she helped form the Virginia WBA. Bennie's dedication resulted in thousands of Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia women becoming WIBC members.

      In 1963 she accepted a position on the WIBC Board of Directors, which she fulfilled for more than 15 years. In 1979 Bennie was named a WIBC Member Emerita. At the national level she also served as director of the American Junior Bowling Congress (now the YABA).

      Regionally, Bennie helped form what is now called the Vir-Mar District YABA for Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Her local and state accomplishments include positions as founder, director and secretary/treasurer of the Washington D.C. Area WBA, as well as founder and vice president of the Virginia WBA. Linda Kelly
      Kelly, who was first selected for Team USA in 1988 and joined the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour in 1990 (now the Professional Women's Bowling Association), spent a large portion of her early bowling career in pursuit of her dream to win an Olympic gold medal. While bowling has not yet achieved Olympic status, Kelly's bowling career is nothing short of world-class.

      Kelly's first Olympic dream was in gymnastics, but an injury in college left the would-be Olympian looking for another sport to conquer. Kelly unintentionally found bowling while looking to stay active between sports. When she graduated from Kent State University in 1973, bowling became Kelly's next dream.

      At the national level, Kelly has amassed several amateur titles including three WIBC Championship Tournament Classic Division team titles in 1982, 1987 and 1992. Kelly also earned a WIBC Tournament Classic Division doubles title with Mandy Wilson in 1996 with a record 1,410 score. She and Donna Adamek finished second in the 1987 WIBC Tournament Classic Division doubles event. Kelly rolled a 300 game in that event, making her the third woman in history to bowl a perfect game in the WIBC Championship Tournament. In 1998, Kelly's team won the women's division of the ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championships in Reno, Nev.

      Internationally, Kelly won the 1988 AMF World Cup title in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was runner up in the 1988 Tournament of the Americas doubles in Miami. In the 1990 Olympic Festival, Kelly earned a gold medal in individual all events, a silver medal in doubles, and bronze medals in the trio and team events.

      As a professional bowler for the past 12 years, Kelly has earned two national professional titles, the 1999 Regional Player's Championship and 1993 Robby's Open. She was honored with the 1993 Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Robby's Award for professionalism. Kelly also has 10 regional titles to her credit including the 2001 Anderson Women's Bowling Association PWBA Midwest regional. In 1992 and 1993 she was named the LPBT Northeast Region Player of the Year.

      For the past 20 years, Kelly has held averages of 200 or higher, including a high season league average of 223, and has bowled 13 300 games, two 800 series and 220 700 series. She has been honored with induction to the Dayton and Ohio Women's Bowling Association Halls of Fame for Superior Performance. In 2000, she became the first woman to earn the distinguished title of Senior Player of the Year from the Bowling Writers' Association of America.


-WIBC Championship Tournament Commands More Than 10,000 Team Entries Within 10 Days

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Women's International Bowling Congress has announced that more than 10,000 teams (50,000 WIBC members) have registered for the 2003 WIBC Championship Tournament in Reno, Nev., March 20-July 8 (unless extended).

      "Reaching the milestone of more than 10,000 teams registered in 10 days is an outstanding sign of the popularity of the WIBC Championship Tournament," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "We're looking forward to having these ladies participate in Reno and are pleased they are taking advantage of one of the many benefits of being a WIBC member by registering and participating in our tournament."

      To date, this year's total of more than 10,000 teams has already surpassed the total number of entries from last year's tournament in Milwaukee. Last year the total number of teams registered was 8,178 (40,890 WIBC members). The last time the WIBC Championship Tournament was held in Reno was 2000 with 14,274 teams participating in the event.

      More than 65,000 female bowlers are expected to take part in the tournament, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women.

      The WIBC Tournament features the following divisions: Classic for bowlers with 190 and above averages; Division I for 170-189 averages; Division II for 150-169 averages; Division III for 149-131 averages; and a new test Division IV for 130 averages and below. The goal of the test division is to give lower average bowlers an opportunity to compete with others of similar ability.

      The WIBC Championship Tournament attracts bowlers from every U.S. state and Canada, as well as international participants from Bermuda, Japan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

      Reservations may be made one of three ways: the tournament telephone line at (414) 423-9006; the fax line at (414) 421-9789 (download the reservation form online at WIBCtournament.com); or through regular mail sent to: WIBC Championship Tournament, Box 78870, Milwaukee, WI, 53278-0870. Phone reservations take precedence over fax or mail reservations. The deadline for entries is Jan. 24, 2003. Visit WIBCtournament.com for available dates.

      Editor's Note: As of Oct. 14 there were 11,138 teams registered for the tournament.


-Storm Products Renews Sponsorship Of 2003 WIBC Senior Queens Tournament

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Women's International Bowling Congress has announced that Storm Products Inc. has renewed its sponsorship of the 2003 WIBC Senior Queens tournament for the fourth straight year. The tournament will be held April 7-11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      The WIBC Senior Queens Tournament is open to all WIBC members age 55 and older. A printable entry form will be posted on WIBCtournament.com by Oct. 21 and all entry forms will be mailed the week of Oct. 14. Entries for the Senior Queens must be received by 8 p.m. (CDT) on April 6. Visit WIBCtournament.com or call (414) 423-9006 for more information.

      As part of the agreement, Storm will receive extensive exposure through various advertising vehicles promoting the event including print, broadcast, signage and online promotion.

      "WIBC is pleased with the strong relationship we've developed with Storm Products," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "The support Storm has given WIBC and women's bowling is appreciated. In addition, our Senior Queens Tournament is an excellent opportunity for Storm to receive additional exposure with our members and their fans."


-YABA Scholarship Fund Campaign To Benefit Young Bowlers

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Young American Bowling Alliance recently announced the creation of an annual educational scholarship fund campaign that will help young bowlers around the world.

      Currently, nearly 400,000 members belong to YABA, and they range from beginning Pee Wee bowlers to Collegiate and Senior Division athletes. The purpose of the annual fund drive is to help college-bound YABA members attain their educational goals by providing them with scholarships to offset the cost of college tuition.

      YABA Executive Director Jim Zebehazy said the scholarship fund will provide educational opportunities for YABA bowlers for years to come. "Our goal for this campaign is to add $100,000 to the fund which will provide the means to create several more scholarships that will help bowlers fulfill their dreams on and off the lanes," Zebehazy said.

      Donations can be made in any amount and are tax deductible. For donations of $100 or more, donors' names are engraved on a leaf on YABA's "Giving Tree" in the lobby of Bowling Headquarters in Greendale, Wis.

      YABA annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships to its youth members for furthering their educational pursuits in recognition of their service and achievements.

      If you have any questions, or would like to request a donor packet, please contact Zebehazy at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3240 or by e-mail at [email protected].


-YABA Announces Scholarship/award Nomination Deadlines For 2002-03 Season

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Young American Bowling Alliance recently announced the application and nomination deadlines for several bowling related scholarships and awards. Below is an outline of each award and its deadline:
  • American Bowling Congress Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow - This award annually recognizes star qualities in a male high school or college student who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include: distinguished sanctioned bowling performance on the local, regional, state, provincial and national levels; academic achievement; and extracurricular and civic involvement. Award winners receive a $1,250 scholarship, which is renewable for up to three years. Application deadline: Nov. 15.
  • YABA Volunteer of the Year - This honor recognizes an individual who has displayed outstanding efforts in fostering, operating and promoting youth bowling programs at the local, state or provincial level. The award recipient receives an expense-paid trip to the 2003 awards ceremony, which will be held in St. Louis in July. In addition, YABA will donate $1,000 in training funds in the recipient's name to both the local and state/provincial YABA associations. Nomination deadline: Jan. 15, 2003.
  • YABA David Dahms Coach of the Year - This award recognizes one YABA coach who has been actively involved in a YABA program for at least seven years and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of YABA rules. The award recipient receives an expense-paid trip to the 2003 awards ceremony, which will be held in St. Louis in July. In addition, YABA will donate $1,000 in training funds in the recipient's name to both the local and state/provincial YABA associations. New in 2002, award recipients automatically will be approved as a coach in the "People to People" sports ambassador program and will have the opportunity to travel internationally as part of a "People to People" bowling excursion. Nomination deadline: Jan. 15, 2003.
  • YABA Male and Female Youth Leaders of the Year - This honor is presented to one male and one female Youth Leader who has demonstrated outstanding skills in organizing, administering and promoting youth bowling at the local, state or provincial level. Each individual will receive a $2,000 scholarship and serve on YABA's Board of Directors for a two-year term. Award recipients also receive an expense-paid trip to the 2003 awards ceremony, which will be held in St. Louis in July. Nominees must be at least 18 years of age as of Aug. 1, 2003, and be able to travel independently. Winners also must continue to be a YABA sanctioned bowler for at least one year of their two-year board term. Nomination deadline: Jan. 15, 2003.
  • YABA Gift for Life Scholarships - YABA awards up to 12 scholarships to YABA members who are high school students and demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be current YABA members enrolled in high school, grades 9-12, and have a current grade point average of 2.0 or better based on a 4.0 scale. Two of the six awards are reserved for children of fire department, emergency rescue or police personnel. Selected finalists may be asked to provide evidence of their financial need. Award winners receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Candidates may apply each year of high school and may win one scholarship per year prior to graduation. Application deadline: April 1, 2003.
  • Women's International Bowling Congress Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow - This annual award recognizes star qualities in a female high school senior or college student who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include: distinguished sanctioned bowling performance on the local, regional, state, provincial and national levels; academic achievement; and extracurricular involvement. Award winners receive a $1,500 scholarship, which is renewable for up to three years. Application deadline: Oct. 15, 2003.

      For more information or application forms, contact Bowling Headquarters at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3471 or visit bowl.com.


-USOC Hosts Performance-based Assessment With USA Bowling To Align Effort And Strategies

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The United States Olympic Committee recently concluded its performance-based assessment with USA Bowling staff and executive leaders. USA Bowling is one of 16 National Governing Bodies to complete the assessment being conducted by the USOC.

      The assessment is coordinated by the USOC's Sports Partnerships division under the direction of Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Ward. Since 2001, Sports Partnerships has developed a comprehensive plan with all 45 NGBs for the coordinated delivery of USOC resources, financial and otherwise, and assist and enable each NGB in executing its strategic plan to optimize the performance of America's athletes.

      The process, which began May 29, allows USOC leadership to meet individually with an NGB and formulate a multi-year, multi-quad performance-based strategic and resource planning process.

      Nine initiatives were developed following the assessment. These were areas that USA Bowling and the USOC agreed will be of greatest assistance to the sport moving forward. They include:
  • Provide meaningful financial and coaching support for adult and junior Team USA members.
  • Develop creative programs for reaching the hearts and minds of 50 million American bowlers in partnership with the USOC and by presenting the Olympic Rings with USA Bowling Programs (i.e., coaching, product, sponsor benefits).
  • Obtain USOC support for bowling as an Olympic sport.
  • Design a global coaching clinic co-hosted by the USOC and USA Bowling at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, to help developing countries, particularly in the Americas.
  • Develop a signature bowling tournament (i.e., Team USA vs. the World).
  • Increase meaningful international competition for Team USA.
  • Develop a national high school bowling tournament endorsed by the USOC.
  • Support national programs to increase the recognition of bowling as a high school and collegiate sport.
  • Create a performance enhancement team with USOC staff.

      "Our first performance-based assessment was a fantastic success," said USA Bowling Chief Executive Officer Jerry Koenig. "It was a tremendous benefit to have so many USOC staff members participate in our assessment and really learn who and what we are."


-Current Team USA Tops Alumni From Storm In Stormin' In The Rockies Challenge Match

10/15/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Members of Team USA 2002 proved too much for their alumni working for Storm Products Inc. during the inaugural Stormin' in the Rockies Challenge Match Sept. 29 in Brunswick Heather Ridge Lanes in Aurora, Colo.

      Team USA 2002 won the match 44-14. There was competition in singles, doubles, team and feature match. Team USA 2002 members Sean Rash, Michael Mullin and Andrew Cain won their singles matches, Cain and David Haynes and Mullin/Rash captured doubles matches and Cain beat former Team USA member Robert Smith in the feature match to lead the current team to victory.

      Storm's Derwin Pitre captured the final singles match while the Storm team (which included David Garber and Steve Kloempken) earned the team title.

      The event featured two pro-ams and a welcome reception given by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Other sponsors were Master Industries, Twelve Strike Scoring System, Big Dog Sportswear and Circus Circus Hotel Casino, Reno.


-Days Inns Worldwide Announces PBA Sponsorship

10/15/2002 - PBA
      Parsippany, NJ -- Days Inns Worldwide has announced a sponsorship with the Professional Bowlers Association for its PBA Tour and PBA Senior Tour designed to increase Days Inn® brand awareness and exposure.

      The three-year sponsorship, developed with the assistance of Strike Ten Entertainment, will run through the 2004-2005 season and allow the Days Inn brand to have title sponsorship for the PBA Days Inn Open in Dallas, Feb. 5-9, 2003; promotional mentions on ESPN and ESPN2 during the week prior to the event; exclusivity for hotel and lodging accommodations; commercials on all 20 PBA Tour telecasts; event signage; presence on PBA.com; and use of PBA Tour player likenesses in promotional materials. In addition, the brand will get exposure on the PBA Senior Tour, where all players will wear Days Inn shirt patches.

      "We are excited about our new relationship with the PBA and are confident that this sponsorship will provide the Days Inn brand with an excellent opportunity to showcase our brand value proposition to a wider audience of consumers," said Joe Kane, Days Inn president & chief executive officer. "Our objective is to increase brand awareness and drive room nights to our more than 1,900 properties."

      The PBA began its U.S. portion of the 2002-2003 season on Oct. 9 in Wichita, Kan. Last season the PBA scored an 18 percent increase in ratings for its ESPN telecasts, a 20 percent increase in membership, increased unique visitors and page views on PBA.com and a 35 percent increase in tournament entries. Other recent sponsor additions include Banquet Foods, Odor-Eaters and VIA Bowling. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.

      "The PBA couldn't be happier with our new sponsorship with the Days Inn team and their commitment to the bowling community," said Steve Miller, PBA president & chief executive officer.

      Strike Ten Entertainment, based in Greendale, Wis., provides a wide range of marketing services for the bowling industry, including corporate sponsorship sales, consumer and trade promotions and public relations.

      Days Inns Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), franchises 1,946 hotels representing 163,056 rooms in the United States, Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Reservations and further information are available at www.daysinn.com or by calling (800) DAYS-INN®.


-PBA Hires Sports Veteran as COO

10/15/2002 - PBA
      October 15, 2002 Seattle, WA The PBA has announced that its General Counsel, Fred Schreyer, has been given the added responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. Schreyer has over 23 years in the sports industry including Director of Sports Marketing at Nike from 1987-1992 and the founder of Nike's Sports Management division in 1992.

      Schreyer will oversee the Marketing, Corporate Communications and Television departments at the PBA as well as continue his role as General Counsel. He will report to President and CEO Steve Miller and the PBA Board of Directors.

      "With the PBA growing as rapidly as it is, we needed to add a very experienced and focused person to lead the PBA to the next level," said Miller. "With Fred's experience in the sports marketing industry I have no doubt that we will continue down the right path."

      Schreyer was a partner in the law firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman in Beverly Hills from 1979-1987 before moving on to his seven-year career at Nike. Most recently, he was the Founding Partner and Owner of Pyramid Sports in which he served as a consultant to many of the leading companies in the sports business (Logo Athletic, Met-Rx, adidas and Arizona State University) and represented athletes in a variety of sports (Troy Aikman, Jason Williams, Gary Payton, Richard Jefferson, Natalie Williams and Tiffeny Milbrett).

      The PBA began its U.S. portion of the 2002-2003 season on October 9 in Wichita. Last season the PBA showed remarkable growth that included an 18% increase in ratings for its ESPN telecasts, a 20% increase in membership, increased unique visitors and page views on PBA.com and a 35% increase in tournament entries. Other recent sponsor additions include Banquet Foods, Odor-Eaters and VIA Bowling. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.





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