Less than a year after the National Finals Rodeo nearly left Las Vegas for new pastures, the Super Bowl of rodeos and Las Vegas have patched things up and look to celebrate the NFR’s 30th year in Southern Nevada next month.
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The National Finals Rodeo will stay at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center for another decade rather than move to the MGM Resorts International/AEG arena being built on the Strip, Las Vegas Events President Pat Christenson said Monday.
The $47 million renovation job at the Thomas &Mack Center means the National Finals Rodeo will lose about 200 seats and ticket revenue from those lost seats starting in 2015.
Las Vegas tourism officials on Thursday formally signed off on a new 10-year contract that will keep the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas through 2024.
Between the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo flirting with leaving Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team looking for a new arena for next season, there’s one word that has received a lot of attention — Wrangler.
He is from Wisconsin, and if truth be known, his sports uniform of choice probably would be a wrestling singlet, given he once was an All-America grappler at the university in Madison. But come the first week of every December, Las Vegas Events president Pat Christenson dons a cowboy hat to celebrate the National Finals Rodeo coming to town. He has been donning that cowboy hat for so long that he almost looks good in it.
The National Finals Rodeo will remain in Las Vegas through 2024 after Las Vegas Events and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association reached agreement on a new 10-year contract Friday.
The Las Vegas Events board on Thursday began evaluating a counteroffer made by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to keep the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas but did not make a decision on the PRCA proposal.
The PRCA, the sanctioning body that oversees the NFR, presented the counter offer to the event organizers nearly a month after its board voted 6-3 to reject the LVE offer. The PRCA also voted to make the counteroffer.
Not only is the PRCA mulling whether to keep the NFR in Las Vegas or move it to Central Florida, now it’s coping with an insurrection from big-name cowboy contestants who say they are defecting because the board rejected their request for more of a say on PRCA matters.
Professional rodeo’s most prominent cowboys — led by 11-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile — say they are defecting from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to form their own organization, but they are coy about their views on the future of rodeo in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Events has extended the deadline to Jan. 14 for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to make its counteroffer on keeping the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas after 2014.
The owner of a TV network that covers Western and cowboy lifestyles is baffled by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s decision to pick CBS Sports Network over his network to broadcast the Las Vegas-based National Finals Rodeo.
Even if the National Finals Rodeo leaves Las Vegas for Central Florida after 2014, there still will be plenty of cowboys and fans who will continue to come to Sin City in December.
Veteran rodeo man Bob Thain read Osceola County, Fla.’s list of incentives to lure the National Finals Rodeo from Las Vegas and concluded the NFR’s governing organization — the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association — likely created the list.
National Finals Rodeo cowboys are straight shooters — they’re happy to tell you their motivation for wanting to move the Super Bowl of rodeos out of Las Vegas is money.
Look at a map of the United States. On it, you will find few places Michael Gaughan hasn’t visited to witness a rodeo. The man knows more about small towns than Rand McNally.
The chairman of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association board, which governs the popular 10-day rodeo held in Las Vegas for nearly three decades, said Monday that his board wants to make a counter offer that would keep the NFR in Las Vegas after 2014.
Las Vegas lost the prized National Finals Rodeo when the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association board voted 6-3 Sunday to reject Sin City’s offer to keep the NFR past 2014 and to pursue a more lucrative offer to move the Super Bowl of rodeo to Central Florida near Disney World and Orlando.
His left hand crushed by his rope coils during the first round of the National Finals Rodeo, Fallon’s Jade Corkill feared the worst.
If Cody Ohl decides to play some roulette while he’s in Las Vegas, he better not bet on nine. The number has been Ohl’s nemesis in the National Finals Rodeo, where he has a record 48 round wins in tie-down roping but none in the ninth go-round.
There’s never a dull moment during the 10-day run of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center. Trevor Brazile already has won his 11th all-around title and a record-breaking 19th world championship gold buckle.
To fully understand the mentality of a bull rider, one only has to listen to Trey Benton III talk for a few minutes about how things went at his last rodeo of the regular season, in Puyallup, Wash.
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