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Game Notes: Tuscon

THE EVENT: 

TAKE ME TO TUCSON – The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) heads west this weekend with a stop in Tucson, Arizona, for the first time since 1998. The Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride presented by Jack Daniel’s event begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Tucson Convention Center.

ON TAP – The 2015 Built Ford Tough Series will conclude with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 at the Thomas & Mack Center, when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2015 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.

PAST TUCSON EVENT WINNERS – 1998 PBR World Champion Troy Dunn won the inaugural BFTS event in Tucson in 1997, while Aaron Semas won the event in 1998.

FORMAT – The Top 35 bull riders in the world 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 Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride event, as the winner of the event average will receive 400 points and each of the three round wins are worth 100 points apiece.

TELEVISION BROADCAST – CBS Television Network will air the Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. ET. Round 2 will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play, color commentary will be provided by Ty Murray, while Leah Garcia will handle dirt-level interviews.

PBR LIVE via CarbonTV.com will stream the entire event live with Round 1 taking place on Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. ET, and Round 2 and the championship round on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE is now available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit www.PBR.com/live to view.

PROVIDING PROTECTION – The Dickies® Bullfighters this weekend are Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta; Shorty Gorham of Cotulla, Texas; and Frank Newsom of Paoli, Oklahoma.

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