Get up, get up and get out of here... GONE!

Bowling, Naughty businesses, Taxes

The United States Bowling Congress made official today what I had predicted weeks ago... they are moving to the Dallas-area by the end of 2008.

  • 230 jobs?  Gone.
  • The income taxes and potential spending of those 230 jobs?  Gone.
  • Prestige as the Bowling Capital?  Gone.
  • The Milwaukee 7's credibility?  Gone

In the press release, the USBC has said that one of the attractions of Dallas was that this "bowling campus" was to be in close proximity to the Dallas Cowboys new stadium, the Texas Rangers stadium, and a Six Flags amusement park.  Supposedly, this would make it a "destination" that Milwaukee couldn't offer.

I don't see why anybody would think this.  The USBC is basically an office with employees working on computers and the phone.  The USBC could be in Paducah, Nome, or Mumbai and nobody would notice a difference.  A training facility (to be on this bowling campus) would be an attraction for the most elite players, but those players would most likely visit the training facility if it were anywhere in the USA.

Nah, Milwaukee blew it.  USBC (and before that the ABC/WIBC) had been putting out feelers for years (one of which was a bowling campus to be bulit in Orlando that fell through when some tax-based financing didn't come through).  But when did the proposals come around?  Right.  AFTER the anouncement that they were planning on moving.

The biggest failure was in the Milwaukee-area business leaders and politicians for being so far behind the curve, despite plenty of warnings over the past 10 years.  They waited until AFTER the USBC board made their preliminary decision before putting any serious proposals together.

By then it was too late.

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