I think Global's dropping from the tour should come as no surprise. During tough economic times, companies have to make tough decisions. The middle class americans are struggling and that is the base of bowling. Leagues are feeling it and so are the companies that supply the sport.
It used to be that everyone was on a fairly even playing field. Pick up ball, point it, and throw. Every ball out there was pretty much the same as the next. It was a simplistic game back then. Todays game is everything but simplistic. You have multiple style covers with weight blocks, multi-layers oil patterns, and reactions that some can attain while others can't. Techniques have evolved also, it has become very complicated. The cost has skyrocketed while the gap between the average bowler and todays technology has widened. No longer can the average person walk onto a league and compete (without the handicap).
The trash talking has also not been good for the sport. It's a form of bullyism on the emotional level. League bowlers aren't kids, and they don't have a problem with finding another sport to occupy their time.
Before the sport implodes it might be a good idea to reel it back in some and let the base catch up with technology. It serves no good to invest in the R&D if nobody can understand it.
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