Game notes: Sacramento

The Sacramento Invitational begins Friday at 11 p.m. ET. Photo by Andy Watson /


  • Guilherme Marchi is the defending Sacramento Invitational event champion.
  • Five World Champions have won in Sacramento.
  • The Sacramento Invitational gets underway Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

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10 STRAIGHT – The Built Ford Tough Series will stop in Sacramento for the 10th consecutive time and 11th visit overall, Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1. Bull riding begins at 8 p.m. PT on Friday and 6:50 p.m. PT on Saturday.

UP NEXT – The BFTS will stay on the West Coast next week with a stop in Anaheim, Calif., for the 17th year in a row, on Friday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:50 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2:50 p.m. 

PAST SACRAMENTO EVENT WINNERS – Six PBR World Champions have won in Sacramento, including reigning World Champion J.B. Mauney, Renato Nunes (2010), Guilherme Marchi (2008), two-time champion Justin McBride (2005 & 2007), Mike Lee (2004) and Owen Washburn (1996). Four of those champions are competing this year in Sacramento. Marchi won just last year at the Sleep Train Arena, covering all three of his bulls. Here is a complete list of winners in Sacramento:

2013    Guilherme Marchi
2012    Marco Eguchi
2011    Renato Nunes
2010    J.B. Mauney
2009    Zack Brown
2008    Nick Landreneau
2007    Justin McBride
2006    Mike Lee
2005    Owen Washburn
1996    K.J. Pletcher

FORMAT – This weekend, the Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Friday night and Round 2 on Saturday night, facing one bull each day. The riders with the Top 15 scores after two rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Saturday for an additional ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

POSSIBLE POINTS - There are 900 possible points available in Sacramento as the winner of the event will receive 300 points and each of the three 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 Sacramento Invitational at 8 p.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 31, and at 6:50 pm PT on Saturday, Feb. 1.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the championship round live on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play; color commentary will be provided by two-time World Champion Justin McBride and Leah Garcia will handle dirt-level interviews.

Saturday will be a PURE PBR broadcast that will also include commentary from Dickies® Bullfighter Shorty Gorham. The PURE PBR broadcasts provide a new approach, including everything from candid moments between rides to various opportunities for the broadcasters to not only explain, but also visually illustrate whatever point they're trying to make. Expect Hummer, McBride and Gorham to take viewers inside the world of the PBR, spending one-on-one time with riders before their respective rides and giving viewers a chance to listen in on the one-of-a-kind conversation.

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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