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Game Notes: Iron Cowboy

LONE STAR STOP – The first of four PBR Majors will take place this weekend in Arlington, Texas, as AT&T Stadium hosts the Choctaw Casino Resort Iron Cowboy powered by Kawasaki Strong. Competition will begin at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

ON TAP – The PBR visits Fresno, California, next, as the Fresno Invitational takes place at the SaveMart Center. The event will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8.

PAST IRON COWBOY EVENT WINNERS – Four out of the past five Iron Cowboy event winners will compete this weekend, including last year’s winner, 2013 PBR Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira.

2014 Joao Ricardo Vieira

2013 Austin Meier

2012 J.B. Mauney

2011 Colby Yates

2010 Valdiron de Oliveira

FORMAT – Iron Cowboy is a progressive-elimination format competition. Each of the Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS as well as five BlueDEF Velocity Tour winners will ride one bull in Round 1, striving to make the 8-second buzzer. If a rider successfully covers his bull, he will advance to the next round. If he gets bucked off, he is finished. Through a minimum of two, and a maximum of five rounds, these athletes will continue to ride until one cowboy prevails and is declared the Iron Cowboy.

POSSIBLE POINTS – There are 1350 possible points available in Arlington, as the winner of the event average will receive 600 points and each of the five round wins are worth 150 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 Choctaw Casino Resort Iron Cowboy powered by Kawasaki Strong in real time at 6:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 28. 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 on Saturday and 10 p.m. ET. The final rounds will be aired on CBS Television Network on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play, color commentary will be provided by Ty Murray and 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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