Yeah, pretty cheap to lay down. I don't know any machines that are that pricey, I've seen pice lists from $20k to as much as $60k. But they sure do last a long time.
I have heard from proprietors that the real cost is maintaining and cleaning the pinsetters and everything, and the more oil, the harder it is to maintain them.
Most centers won't spread the oil and prefer a wall shot because that's what bowlers want, scoring. I've witnessed it enough firsthand to know to never bring up the subject again.
I've become a fan of splitting up the duties. Have USBC become the NGB of the sport, and put league bowling under the BPAA or whatever. It's recreational bowling. Very similar setup to the USGA. Maybe with a small base of members, and a real job to do, the smaller USBC can be less political and corrupt.
High League game: 290
High League Series: 768
High Tournament Series 723
Arsenal so far: [all 15#]
Roto Grip Hustle Ink
Hy Road X
Roto Grip All Out Show Off
Storm Hy Road Pearl