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    -Chris Barnes Announces Fan Club

    1/27/2000 - Chris Barnes
          With a distinguished amateur career, Chris Barnes entered the PBA in 1998 and earned Rookie of the Year honors that season. Proving no sophomore jinx, he went on to win two titles in 1999, and became one of the leading money earners last year. Always a formidable opponent, Chris Barnes captured the crowd's heart during the Orleans Casino Open. Despite a broken toe and surgery to repair it, Barnes kept rising in the standings to make the telecast, finishing fourth.

          Now introducing the Chris Barnes Fan Club.

          Members receive a 5 x 7 color photo, certificate of membership, an exclusive Chris Barnes Fan Club pin, a Vise Grips wall poster, Wichita State University ball bag tag, collectors pins from Team USA, a Brunswick bowling towel, a PBA 2000 Tour Schedule, and highlights of Chris's career accomplishments. The most unique offering of the fan club is the four issues of the quarterly newsletter, Barnestormers, with tips, news, and insights as to equipment, and questions answered by Chris.

          Membership is only $20 plus $5 shipping/handling. For more information, bowlers should visit the fan club web site directly at Launches

    1/21/2000 -
          Bowlers Journal International Magazine and bring you the latest on-line Ball Guide. The Ball Guide has been featured in Bowlers Journal Magazine every year since 1984. And now, utilizing new technology, they bring you the Ball Guide from the past two years. Search by company, price range or even oil conditions at

    -PBA Membership Gives Board Authority to Negotiate Possible Sale of PBA Tour

    1/20/2000 - PBA Tour
          The 2,800 members of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour have given the PBA Tour Board of Directors the authority to negotiate a purchase and sale agreement of the PBA Tour through a membership vote.

          The PBA has been a membership association since its inception in 1958. Because it is a membership association, PBA Tour guidelines require a majority vote of the membership for approval in matters such as this. The deadline for PBA members to cast votes was January 14. Votes were counted on January 19, 2000 and the measure to empower the PBA Tour Board of Directors with the authority to negotiate a purchase agreement passed by an overwhelming majority.

          PBA Tour Commissioner Mark Gerberich and the Tour's board members have been receiving inquiries from interested parties since late last year. The PBA Tour and its board expect to complete a transaction within four to six weeks.

          "The approval of the membership was a necessary first step as we work toward completing these negotiations," said Gerberich. "We want to stress that a deal is not yet finalized and that many details remain to be worked through."

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          USA Today: Dot-coms click into world of pro sports Pro Am League debuts.

    1/12/2000 - By Angel Zobel-Rodriguez

 announces the debut of the world's first online Pro Am League. The Internet Invitational V will match up 40 bowlers with 10 Touring Pros (actually 9 touring pros, and our very own Rick Benoit!).

          Bowling for bragging rights only, the league was formed nearly three years ago. The bowlers send e-mail "updates" to each other to keep in touch and share their bowling highlights and lowlights. This season the twist comes with the addition of touring Pros. The league starts the week of January 17, and league standing sheets and weekly updates by the pros will be available on our League Standings page.

    -WIBC To Sponsor PWBA Telecasts

    1/6/2000 - PWBA
         The Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) has entered into a historic sponsorship agreement with the Professional Women's Bowling Association through July 2000. This new agreement provides the WIBC with opening and closing billboards during each ESPN2 telecast, along with a 30-second commercial and special on-air acknowledgements.

         "This is a very good fit," said Joyce Deitch, WIBC president. "We are very pleased that we can work together to promote the PWBA, women bowlers in general and WIBC."

    -Bohn, Fleming voted Player, Rookie of the Year

    1/1/2000 - PBA Tour
         Voted with an overwhelming 91% of the vote, Parker Bohn got the respect of his peers on tour being named Player of the year with his five title wins this year.

         Being named Rookie of the Year was Paul Fleming with 89% of the vote. The former Team USA member competed in 21 events, cashing in ten.

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