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The PBR will kick off the 2015 Built Ford Tough Series season with the Baltimore Invitational, a two-day event at Royal Farms Arena on Jan. 2-3. All the action can be seen FREE via the all new PBR LIVE.

The top bull riders in the world will converge on Baltimore Harbor for the eighth time in PBR history to compete for a total event purse of $140,000, as well as valuable world points needed to become the 2015 PBR World Champion.

The action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 2, and 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 3.

The format is simple. During Round 1 on Friday and Round 2 on Saturday, each bull rider will attempt to cover the bull they’re matched with. After two rounds of competition, the Top 15 riders, based on total ride scores in the first two rounds, will attempt to ride an additional bull each in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Saturday night after Round 2. At the end of the night, the rider who has earned the most PBR world points during the three rounds will be named the winner.

In 2012, J.B. Mauney rode away with the Baltimore event title and will be returning to the city this season to defend his prize. Mauney, the 2013 PBR World Champion, will be competing alongside five other World Champions in Baltimore: three-time, reigning World Champion Silvano Alves (2014, 2012, 2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).

Baltimore, Maryland, is the first of 27 cities on the 2015 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The series also will travel to Chicago, New York, Anaheim, California, and Dallas on its 18-state tour, culminating with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most PBR world points during the 2015 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted $10,000 World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

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