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Bowlero Corp. Acquiring The Professional Bowlers Association

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September 11, 2019

PBA Bowlero Acquisition
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By acquiring the Professional Bowlers Association, the sanctioning body for the sport, Bowlero Corp. is hoping that bringing the recreational and professional sides of bowling more closely together will raise the overall sport in the process.

Bowlero Corp, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, announced today its purchase of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the pinnacle of professional bowling since 1958. The purchase brings unprecedented innovation to the sport as it combines Bowlero’s industry expertise with the PBA’s global talent pool and fan base, which together will elevate the sport of bowling to new heights.

Bowlero operates hundreds of bowling centers across the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and the company has a history of acquisitions as it has evolved into its current diversified form. Some of those acquisitions include AMF Bowling Worldwide (in 2013), Brunswick Corporation (2014), and now the PBA. In addition to those acquisitions, the company rebranded itself from “Bowlmor AMF” to Bowlero Corporation in January of 2018.

“Bowlero Corp has proven itself to be a champion for bowling in the entertainment world, enhancing the experience for the over 28 million guests who visit their bowling centers each year,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said in a statement. “They’ve transformed the game for a new generation of competitors and enthusiasts, and with this acquisition we will build on our current momentum and create more opportunities for our players and fans.”

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