BACK IN THE BIG APPLE – This is the eighth season in a row that New York and Madison Square Garden have hosted the PBR Built Ford Tough Series. It is the 11th time that the BFTS has visited The Empire State, having been at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., in 2000 and 2005, and the state capital of Albany, N.Y., in 2008.
UP NEXT – The Built Ford Tough Series will return to Chicago for the fifth time, visiting the Allstate Arena on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14. Bull riding begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
PAST EVENT WINNERS – 2013 PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney (2007 and 2009) and Valdiron de Oliveira (2008 and 2011) have each won two times in New York. Mauney won the inaugural event in 2007 and became the first two-time winner in 2009. Robson Palermo is the defending champion and plans to make a comeback this season after undergoing surgery on both of his shoulders. Here is a complete list of winners in New York:
2013: Robson Palermo
2012: Cody Nance
2011: Valdiron de Oliveira
2010: Shane Proctor
2009: J.B. Mauney
2008: Valdiron de Oliveira
2007: J.B. Mauney
FORMAT – This weekend, the Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Friday night, Round 2 on Saturday night and Round 3 on Sunday afternoon, facing one bull each day. The riders with the Top 15 scores after three rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for an additional ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title Sunday night.
POSSIBLE POINTS - There are 1,200 possible points available in New York as the winner of the event will receive 400 points and each of the four round wins is worth 100 points plus the ride score.
PROVIDING PROTECTION - The Dickies® Bullfighters are Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta; Shorty Gorham of Cotulla, Texas; and Frank Newsom of Paoli, Okla.
TELEVISION BROADCAST – PBR LIVE will broadcast the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 4, and at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 on Saturday at 10 p.m. as well as Round 3 and the championship round on Sunday at 8 p.m. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play, color commentary will be provided by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray, while Leah Garcia will handle dirt-level interviews.
BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR by David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer and creative lead.
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