CHILLIN’ IN CHI TOWN – The Built Ford Tough Series makes its way to Chicago for the third year in a row, and the
sixth year overall. Competition begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11.
ON DECK – The Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden is the next stop for the BFTS, as the PBR heads to Madison Square Garden in New York City, Jan. 16-18. The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16; 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18.
PAST CHICAGO EVENT WINNERS – Three current BFTS riders have won the PBR Chicago event, including defending event champion Marco Eguchi, Billy Robinson (2013) and Robson Palermo (2011).
2014 Marco Eguchi
2013 Billy Robinson
2011 Robson Palermo
2008 Adriano Moraes and Dustin Hall
2006 Austin Meier
FORMAT – This weekend, the Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Saturday night and Round 2 on Sunday night, facing one bull in each round. The riders with the Top 15 scores after two rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday for an additional ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.
POSSIBLE POINTS – There are 700 possible points available in Chicago, as the winner of the event will receive 400 points and each of the three round wins is worth 100 points apiece.
PROVIDING PROTECTION – The Dickies® Bullfighters this weekend are Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta; Cody Webster of Purcell, Oklahoma; and Frank Newsom of Paoli, Oklahoma.
TELEVISION BROADCAST – PBR LIVE via CarbonTV.com will broadcast the Chicago Invitational in real time at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 10, and at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 11. 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 1 of the Chicago Invitational on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET, as well as Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play, and color commentary will be provided by Justin McBride, while Leah Garcia will handle dirt- level interviews.
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