By: Justin Felisko
January 12, 2016
DENVER – If Joao Ricardo Vieira taught everyone one thing last year, it is just how valuable the PBR Majors are toward the world title race.
This weekend is the PBR’s first PBR Major of the 2016 season as the Built Ford Tough Series heads to Madison Square Garden for the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.
Even though the event is a normally-formatted event unlike other PBR Majors (Iron Cowboy, Last Cowboy Standing and the Music City Knockout), it will still present a huge amount of points up for grabs.
All PBR Majors have 3,000 total points available compared to 2,015 at a two-day BFTS event and 2,415 at a three-day BFTS event.
In New York, there will be three long rounds and a championship round, not including Friday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle, which also offers another 455 points to the 15 riders competing.
The 15/15 Bucking Battle can be seen at noon ET on CBS Saturday.
The PBR competition department has yet to announce the matchups.
All New York rounds, excluding the 15/15 Bucking Battle, will award round winners 125 points – 25 points more than a standard BFTS round. The PBR’s Executive Competition announced on Saturday that 15/15 Bucking Battles will award round points to the Top-7 finishers this season. Last year, riders only earned points for finishing in the Top-5.
Meanwhile, the event average winner in New York will be awarded 625 points – a 125 increase from a standard three-day BFTS event.
“These Majors are starting to take shape,” said nine-time World Champion and CBS Sports commentator Ty Murray. “It is going to be interesting to see who steps up at the Majors. The Majors are becoming something of importance. That is something I am going to be looking at this year.
“(They) can sure help you play. I think it can sure help. They are Majors for a reason because they are major. They are a harder challenge and that makes them worth more points. I think it is interesting to have that. As a sports fan, it is interesting to have those types of scenarios and different types of challenges. From a fan’s point of view, it is fun to see the different formats a few times a year and see the big test that they provide.”
Below is the full breakdown of points in New York:
Event Average/Aggregate Points:
15/15 Bucking Battle
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