Luby Publishing, Inc. publishes the no. 1 magazines in both the bowling and billiard industries. Having just celebrated its 100th anniversary, Bowlers Journal International is the longest running sports magazine in the nation. In addition to BJI, the company owns several other targeted magazines serving different segments on the industries, in both print and online. In addition to the print publications, LPI also owns and operates a digital magazine that is sent to 800,000 bowlers every other month. The company also owns the BJ Tournament — a subscription builder that puts the magazine in the hands of the bowlers.
History of Luby Publishing
Luby Publishing began in 1913. Bowlers Journal International remains the longest running sports magazine in America. Founder Dave Luby, a shoe salesman, love of Bowling inspired him to create and produce that magazine in his spare time. Dave Luby, his son, Mort Luby Sr., and grandson, Mort Luby Jr., are all members of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame; Mort Luby Jr. is also a PBA Hall of Famer. The Luby’s are the second trio of hall of famers enshrined in any hall of fame; the Ford family was the first. The company produces the leading publications, serving different segments, within the bowling and billiard industries. Through it all, LPI has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, 9-11 and a real estate collapse. In 1994, Mort Luby Jr. sold the company to two long-time employees, Keith Hamilton and Mike Panozzo; the acquisition included Bowlers Journal International and Billiards Digest, as well as the annual Bowlers Journal bowling tournament. Since then, the company has launched new titles, including Bowling Center Management, Billiard Retailer and Pro Shop Operator. LPI also has an on-line magazine – Bowlers Journal Interactive.