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The 11th Frame: Total transparency of visible oil only way for bowling to be widely seen as sport

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2017 9:00 am

Making the playing field visible enhances understanding and fairness, and removes any possible questions about shenanigans with lane patterns and unfair advantages. Photo by Pro Bowlers Association.
Bowlers can argue forever what the best form of the sport is, from hard rubber balls on shellac-covered wood lanes to resin balls on synthetic lanes, and everything in between. This story is not about that never-ending debate. What can’t be argued is that for bowling to be seen as a sport by non-bowlers, the challenge must be readily understandable. Unfortunately, that has never been the case because what creates the challenge in bowling — oil on a lane — has been invisible,...

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