Game Notes: Sioux Falls

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING – A new addition to the schedule, South Dakota is the next stop on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls will host the First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational on Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m.

UP NEXT – The BFTS makes a stop in New Mexico next week for the Ty Murray Invitational presented by Sandia Resort and Casino. The Pit in Albuquerque will host the Top 35 bull riders in the world on Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at 7:50 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 1:50 p.m.

FORMAT – This weekend, 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 in Sioux Falls, 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 will broadcast the First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational in real time at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, March 13 and at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 14. PBR LIVE is now available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit to view.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday at 10 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.

Sunday 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 a 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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