Re your last paragraph, that online league bowling is not relevant to league bowling. While that is technically true the same logic would say, side pots, brackets, King of the hill, strike tickets, cards (getting cards for a strike or a spare), and a host of others have no relevance league bowling. Technically that is again true.
But across the country on any league night there are hundreds of thousands of league bowlers playing these little games. (that use league scores just like the online thing we’re talking about) If all those side games were taken away all those bowlers would have a little less excitement, competition, or fun, and it would take away from the overall experience of real league bowling.
Over the last 20 years USBC ABC WBC membership has declined over 40% as has league bowling. As far as the topic title I can see how you might think that, as there is no way you would know where I was coming from. I’ve been a proprietor for a long time and this is a fight a lot of us have been fighting.
The motivating factor for most people in sidepots any more is money. This has contributed to the "professional" sub since they can get into brackets but not have to pay for league bowling. It has nothing to with excitement and it actually takes away from team league bowling and actually makes it a me first team second thing. Some people do have fun with them and enjoy the added competition, I get in a bracket and card game in my Saturday night league, but it wouldn't be a big deal
to me if there were none. That's not why I'm there, I'm there to bowl the league. That's true for more people than not and to me those things take away more from the experience of real league bowling again because it becomes me first.