By Steve Samek
In this post, http://bit.ly/2pbcKoH I covered an expansion movie I though the UBA should make. While nothing has come to light yet the league is still expanding. The roster of teams is now at 226.
Two of these teams are coming from the next big section, sense the addition of the Alaska district. That is the brand-new Las Vegas District. The Las Vegas Hot Shots and Strong n 1 are the first two entrants in the district. A promo video is in place to make this announcement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m99OZOxKsU.
I like this expansion plan. Vegas isn’t known for professional sports franchises and could use more. Even though this isn’t a true major league like the PBA, it is a step up from amateurs. Heck if Vegas can expand to the NHL, why not bowling.
Expansion can also lead to Reno. Reno is a popular destination for bowlers. The PBA holds events there such as the USBC Masters and the World Series of Bowling. https://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Season/95
The Women’s U.S open takes place there. https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323370
For amateurs, the USBC open championships occur there at the national bowling stadium. Making Vegas and Reno bowling towns that would fit well in the UBA.
The personalities would also match well in Vegas. The trash talk, nicknames, team names that are all about swagger would go well in a party place like Los Vegas. Vegas being a town now for being over the top with all the lights and attractions. The money aspect of the UBA also fits in well with the gambling and money moving of Vegas.
The only thing is Vegas is a bit far away from the main line of teams in New York and New Jersey. It isn’t really close to the North Carolina based South division teams either. So, it makes it extremely difficult to get a full season tour in with only two teams.
Maybe some teams visit from Alaska, but that’s still a significant chunk of miles to go to roll. I would love to see Vegas keep expanding and get its own tour season. Who knows maybe Battle Bowl, the primer event of the season gets moved to Vegas. That would be huge for the UBA and work well to accommodate the growing number of teams and individuals. It could also be the start of a western division of the UBA moving towards California and the like. Great move by the UBA.