By Ed Townsend
SULLIVAN COUNTY April 11, 2003 Despite the historic vote conducted by ABC delegates on Friday, March 14 to reject the proposal to join with WIBC, YABA and USA Bowling in forming a single membership organization which would be named the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) announced that it remains committed to a single membership organization should three of the four member bodies support the initiative.
With the positive votes of YABA and USA Bowling, should the members of the WIBC vote in favor of the proposal at their convention later this month, a single member organization will move forward. And BPAA will recognize the USBC as bowlings official sanctioning and governing body.
During the discussion on the motion at the ABC delegate meeting, there were concerns over the specifics and timing. However, there appeared to be a consensus that the current situation posed a number of growing concerns in todays changing environment. BPAA understands those concerns and is committed to solutions that will advance the sport of bowling.
We are certainly disappointed in the outcome of the vote of ABCs delegates, especially after years of research, analysis, discussion and preparation for this initiative, BPAA President Jack Moran said. Now proprietors, who operate bowlings playing fields, look towards the WIBC convention and wait to see if their vote will make the single membership organization a reality.
Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, the 71-year-old BPAA represents the business interests of bowling center owners worldwide.
PBA Names New
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has announced that its Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Fred Schreyer, has been named Commissioner effective immediately.
Schreyer has been with the PBA full-time since October 2002, but has been with the league since September 2000 as its legal counsel. He has over 23 years in the sports industry, including director of sports marketing at Nike from 1987-1992 and as the founder of Nikes sports management division in 1992.
The original design was to have a commissioner similar to other major sports leagues, said Steve Miller, PBA President and CEO. I have been assuming a lot of those responsibilities during the last year, and as we continued with our rapid growth and expansion it became apparent that Freds expertise was needed in a larger role.
Schreyer will continue to oversee the marketing, corporate communications, legal and television departments. He will report to Miller and the PBA Board of Directors.
Im thrilled to be able to increase and diversify my role within the PBA, Schreyer said. The tremendous growth in the last two years has just begun to scratch the surface of what we can accomplish.
Miller remains as President and CEO, focusing on growth strategies and financial investments. He will oversee sales and sponsorships, operations and finance.
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, including Logo Athletic, Met-Rx and Adidas. He also represented well-known athletes, including Troy Aikman, Jason Williams and Gary Payton, in a variety of activities.
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