Academic Bowl Online

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Academic Bowl Online
President or CEO Unknown
Location: Ft. Worth, TX

Academic Bowl Online is a question-writing company based out of Fort Worth, Texas. Its writers claim to be "business professionals currently working for Fortune 500 companies, educational faculty across multiple states, and current Ivy-League collegiate students." It was founded in 2003.

Prior to 2007-2008 it provided questions for elementary, junior high, and high school practices. It is unclear whether these questions were ever used, or intended for use, at tournaments. In 2007-2008 it provided questions at the for junior high and high school levels. The business announced that it would be suspending operations after August 31st, 2009 and ending operations effective December 31st, 2009.

However, Academic Bowl Online is still a Google "Sponsored Link."

Question Quality

Academic Bowl Online's mission is to "provide high quality, affordable academic bowl solutions for America's educational institutions." On the first count, at least, the company is failing its mission. Question quality is largely poor: tossups and bonus parts are less than one line long and rarely teach anything meaningful about the answer; lightning rounds are single subject and can be even shorter. Despite this, the only appearance of non-academic questions appears to be a heavy dose of math calculation.

Sample high school tossups include, "What is the name of Beethoven's only opera?" and "What is log base two of 2048?".