If more propieters have the guts to take a stand like Steve M. the BPAA will be forced to see how unfairley the Womens event has been treated and that there members care.
I think the prize fund difference is unforunate but the women never fill there end and the men have a waiting list to get in. The amount of money recieved back in the way of entries to the BPAA is significantly different. Although that is not how the prize funds were based on in the past. My understanding is the PBA added the money to the men's prize fund to bring it up to their new standards for a major and it still is a major for the men.
The real crime is the TV
coverage. The women were sold down the river as not worthy of TV
. The PBA has some real power behind it now and the BPAA didn't have the guts to stand up for them. What does this say about the new PBA that they wanted the women cut out of the TV
show in the first place. Why did the BPAA let the PBA determine the format for the MEN'S BPAA US Open.
Shame on all of them.
As for the boycott all PWBA members touring or not that desire to keep membership in good standing will be unable to bowl because they intend to put a code of ethics violation in place for bowling in any tournament where men and women are not treated equally where prize funds are concerned. So not only can last years US Open Women's Winner not defend her title the field won't be of a major tournament strength.
How sad that our bowling organizations can't find the means to work fairly together. This could just take bowling down a couple of more notches and drive away mores fans, supporters, sponsors, ETC. This can't be good for the industry.
What about the proprietor who signed on for the men and women's US Open what is he getting. Proprietors who are willing to take on these types of events are few and far between.