BACK AT IT AGAIN – Following its annual summer hiatus, the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series will visit Biloxi, Mississippi, this weekend for the third consecutive year. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum will host the Battle at the Beau, brought to you locally by Sonic on Friday, Aug. 7 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.
UP NEXT – The Express Employment Professionals Classic, brought to you locally by Sonic will take place Aug. 14-15, at the BOK Center, as the PBR makes a stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 11th year in a row. Bull riding will begin at 8 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 14, and at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 15.
PAST BILOXI EVENT WINNERS – Last year, current No. 6 rider in the PBR world standings Valdiron de Oliveira won the second Built Ford Tough Series event in Biloxi. 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee won the event in its Biloxi debut in 2013.
FORMAT – The Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Friday, and Round 2 on Saturday, facing one bull in each round. The riders with the Top 15 total 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 700 possible points available at the Battle at the Beau, as the winner of the event average will receive 400 points and each of the three round wins are worth 100 points apiece.
PROVIDING PROTECTION – The Dickies® Bullfighters this weekend are Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta; Shorty Gorham of Cotulla, Texas; and Frank Newsom of Paoli, Oklahoma.
TELEVISION BROADCAST – PBR LIVE via CarbonTV.com will broadcast the Battle at the Beau in real time at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8. PBR LIVE is now available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit www.PBR.com/live to view.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. ET p.m. ET. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play, color commentary will be provided by J.W. Hart, 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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