December 7, 2018 - 9:19 pm
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Officials will attend the National Finals Rodeo to ensure that the biggest cash cow on the local sports calendar doesn’t wander too far from Las Vegas amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Two ancillary events to the National Finals Rodeo are moving to Fort Worth, Texas, for a year — the popular Cowboy Christmas gift show and the nine-event Junior World Finals.
The pandemic will move the National Finals Rodeo, one of the most successful special events on the Las Vegas calendar, to the home of baseball’s Texas Rangers this year.
The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted substantial financial damage on the Las Vegas sports scene. Fans may need patience before a full recovery takes place.
The retail gift show, held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center, won’t occur because of the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of whether the rodeo occurs.
Sponsors of the National Finals Rodeo are looking elsewhere to stage its “Super Bowl” because a lack of gate receipts means no prize money for cowboy contestants.
By Mick Akers / RJ
The PRCA, which puts on the National Finals Rodeo, said it’s still mulling its options amid the coronavirus pandemic, which include possibly hosting it outside of Las Vegas.
Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels, who was 83 when he died this past week, was so enamored of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas that he wrote a song about it.
A letter from George Taylor, CEO of the PRCA, indicates that the sport’s Super Bowl in December in Las Vegas might be in jeopardy if coronavirus spikes persist.
The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame to delay its ceremony by a year. The class includes six members.