PUEBLO, Colo. – On Oct. 21-25, the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) season finale event, the $2.3 million Built Ford Tough World Finals, takes place in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center, showcasing the world’s Top 40 bull riders competing for the $1 million PBR World Championship.
The road to Las Vegas is long and arduous and begins in early January of each year, crisscrossing the country nearly every weekend before culminating with a five-night event in the most famous desert city in the U.S. CBS Sports Network will explore this journey with the legends and current stars of the PBR in “PBR Road to Las Vegas,” a five-week series, providing an in-depth look at a bull rider’s quest to be declared the world’s best.
Each 30-minute episode will bring back the memories, recount the history and prepare fans for the 2015 PBR World Finals. Below is the full “PBR Road to Las Vegas” TV Schedule.
Episode 1 – Rookie of the Year – Monday, Sept. 7 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Episode 2 – PBR World Champion – Monday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Episode 3 – The Bulls – Monday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Episode 4 – World Finals Event Champions – Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Episode 5 – World Finals – Then vs. Now – Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET
On Monday, Sept. 7, the series will debut with the weekly roundtable panel, consisting of PBR’s lead TV commentator Craig Hummer, two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, nine-time World Champion Ty Murray, PBR co-founder and livestock director Cody Lambert and 2002 PBR World Finals Event Champion J.W. “Ironman” Hart, discussing the up-and-coming stars of the PBR – the Rookie of the Year winners.
Reese Cates, the 2008 Rookie of the Year, will join the panel to discuss his banner year and what winning the title has meant to his life and career. He will provide insight into Kaique Pacheco’s quest to not only become the 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year, but also the PBR World Champion and the pressure involved in staying focused and performing your best amid the world’s best bull riders, parties, stars and legends in Las Vegas during the World Finals.
Episode two will showcase the PBR World Champions with the roundtable panel debating the best of all time, the most legendary rides and the mystique of the Toughest Event on Earth. Their special guest will be the richest bull rider in the world, and the only man to win back-to-back PBR World Championships, the reigning PBR World Champion Silvano Alves.
The other athlete in every 8-second ride – the bulls – will be the favored topic in episode three. Special guest Chad Berger, the reigning and four-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year, will join the discussion, helping the panel to answer what defines rankness in a world champion bull and who was the best bull to ever buck at the World Finals.
Episode four will look at the winners of the PBR World Finals event, a feat nearly as prestigious as winning the PBR World Championship. Robson Palermo has accomplished the feat three-times – the only man to do so. He won back-to-back World Finals events (2011-12); Alves won back-to-back PBR World Championships in the same years. How do the two compare? Roundtable panelist McBride won more than $5 million in his PBR career and two PBR World Championships, but he never won the World Finals event. What makes this event so difficult to master and why has Palermo been so successful?
In the final episode on Monday, Oct. 5, “The World Finals – Then versus Now,” will be the topic for the roundtable. Is winning the World Finals event tougher today? How has it changed since the early days of the PBR and what does it take to win it today?
Tune into CBS Sports Network on Monday nights for the next five weeks and take a trip inside the PBR World Finals.
For more details and information about the 2015 PBR Build Ford Tough World Finals, visit www.pbrworldfinals.com.
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