Game notes: Tacoma

By: Jordan Marie Johnson March 13, 2014@ 02:45:00 PM

Marco Eguchi rode three bulls last season to win in Tacoma, Wash. Photo by Andy Watson /

WE’RE BACK – The BFTS will be at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., for the second year in a row, and ninth year overall, with the PBR Passport Invitational this weekend. Competition will begin on Saturday, March 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, at 2:50 p.m.

ON DECK – The BFTS makes a stop in New Mexico next week for the Ty Murray Invitational. The Pit in Albuquerque will host the Top 35 bull riders in the world on Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 22, at 7:50 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, at 1:50 p.m.

PAST TACOMA EVENT WINNERS – Two current riders have won this event in the past: Sean Willingham in 2006 and reigning Tacoma event champion Marco Eguchi.

2013    Marco Eguchi
2009    Brian Canter
2008    Chris Shivers
2007    Paulo Crimber
2006    Sean Willingham
2005    Fabricio Alves
2004    Justin McBride
2003    Mike White

FORMAT – This weekend, the Top 35 bull riders on the BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Saturday night and Round 2 on Sunday afternoon, 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 900 possible points available in Phoenix, 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 this weekend are Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta; Shorty Gorham of Cotulla, Texas; and Frank Newsom of Paoli, Okla.

TELEVISION BROADCAST – PBR LIVE will broadcast the PBR Passport Invitational at 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 15, and 5:50 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 16.

The PBR Passport Invitational will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m. ET.  The broadcast will have Craig Hummer providing play-by-play, color commentary from Ty Murray and dirt-level interviews will be handled by Leah Garcia.

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 whatever point they’re trying to make. Expect Hummer, Hart 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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