PRCA makes move to slow new organization

 

Three-time world champion Clay Tryan is a co-owner of the new Elite Rodeo Association, which formed in February to compete with the PRCA.

 

September 22, 2015 6:48 pm  •  By JOE KUSEK Billings Gazette

In an effort to strengthen the PRCA and slow the growth of the newly formed Elite Rodeo Association, the PRCA has passed two strongly worded bylaws on Tuesday.

The bylaws include a passage allowing the PRCA not to issue membership, permit or renewal of membership to any person, “Who is an officer, board member, employee or has ownership or financial interest in any form with a conflicting rodeo association.”

The ERA announced its formation in mid-February.

According to the new rodeo organization’s press release and website, the ERA is owned by 55 contestants, 42 of whom are world champions. Among those with a financial interest are world champions Clay Tryan, Trevor Brazile, Tuf Cooper, Bobby Mote, Fred Whitfield, Jade Corkill, Patrick Smith and Charmayne James.

All, with the exception of James, currently compete in the PRCA.

“This board is very cohesive and, at the end of the day when we look at the membership – the rodeo committees, contestants, stock contractors and contract personnel – we decided to put in place a couple of items that will better serve the quality and popularity of our sport,” PRCA board chairman Keith Martin said in a press release.

The first bylaw is definition of competing rodeo events. According the new PRCA bylaw, competing rodeo events are, “Not sanctioned by the PRCA in which contestants compete in two or more of the following events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping.”

The PRCA press release also addressed rodeo committees, adding that, “Any rodeo committee and/or contracting party involved in producing a PRCA-sanctioned event agrees not to schedule, produce, promote or participate in a Competing Rodeo Event 72 hours before, during or 72 hours after a PRCA-sanctioned event. The PRCA shall have the right to approve specific events that at in conflict with this bylaw should the PRCA deem any such event to be in the interest of its members and the promotion of professional rodeo sports in general.”

In August, the ERA announced it will hold its first championship at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 9-13.

The ERA is patterning itself after the Professional Bull Riders, promising the top cowboys and cowgirls in the world at each event.

The ERA also said that 15-regular season events will be televised on Fox Sports 2 and the championship on Fox Sports 1. The dates and sites of the regular-season events have yet to be announced.

Here's more on this story from KRTV, Great Falls, Montana

PRCA fires back at new rodeo tour, vows to terminate memberships

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The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is firing back at cowboys and cowgirls who want to compete on other tours, namely the new Elite Rodeo Athletes tour set to start in March of next year.

The PRCA released a statement on Tuesday announcing new bylaws for the 2016 season. Within the new rules is a measure to make sure cowboys and cowgirls "are not pursuing interests in Conflicting Rodeo Associations while receiving the benefits of PRCA membership."

Several current and former PRCA world champions announced earlier this year that they would collectively form the ERA to ensure less travel while hoping to earn more money. Last week, the ERA announced its cowboys and cowgirls would cut back on PRCA rodeos to focus more attention on the new tour http://www.ktvq.com/story/30038338/rodeo-world-champs-others-limit-2016-slate-for-era-tour. World champions Clay Tryan, Kaycee Feild, Bobby Mote and Trevor Brazile are among members of the ERA.

The PRCA responeded Tuesday by announcing that "any person applying for PRCA membership who is an officer, board member, employee or has an ownership or financial interest of any form in a Conflicting Rodeo Association shall not be issued a membership, permit or renewal of membership with the PRCA."

The news could deal a major blow to some of the PRCA's top rodeos, such as Fort Worth, San Antonio and Denver, along with the lucrative Cowboy Christmas stretch, in which the world's top cowboys and cowgirls regularly compete.

Below is the PRCA's Tuesday release on new bylaws.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors met Tuesday and passed two bylaws effective October 1, 2015 and for the 2016 rodeo season. These new bylaws serve to promote the continued quality and popularity of PRCA-sanctioned events.

 "This Board is very cohesive and, at the end of the day when we look at the membership-the rodeo committees, contestants, stock contractors and contract personnel-we decided to put in place a couple of items that will better serve the quality and popularity of our sport," said PRCA Board Chairman Keith Martin.

"Three years ago, with the help of our corporate partners, rodeo committees and contestants, the PRCA implemented the Wrangler Champions Challenge, which is televised by the CBS Sports Network to showcase our top competitors and animal athletes. Additionally, with the new 10-year agreements in Las Vegas and Osceola County (Fla.), there is an unprecedented amount of new dollars available to our members," PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman stated. "What the Board did today is look at our history and what has made the PRCA the most successful and popular professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. Accordingly, we have taken steps to ensure that future generations of fans and members will continue to enjoy the highest quality rodeo events for years to come."  

I. Competing Rodeo Events Bylaws B15.1.1.1-.2

B15.1.1.1        Definition of Competing Rodeo Events. 

Competing Rodeo Events are events not sanctioned by the PRCA in which contestants compete in two or more of the following events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping. 

B15.1.1.2        Rodeo Committees. 

In light of the PRCA's long-standing and ongoing efforts to create popular and successful PRCA-sanctioned professional rodeo competitions and promote rodeo sports in general, including but not limited to creating the National Finals Rodeo event and qualifying points system, soliciting corporate sponsors and television contracts, establishing rodeo rules and regulations, and developing youth and new contestant growth programs-and in order to protect the quality of all PRCA-sanctioned events-any rodeo committee and/or contracting party involved in producing a PRCA-sanctioned event agrees not to schedule, produce, promote or participate in a Competing Rodeo Event seventy-two hours before, during or seventy-two hours after a PRCA-sanctioned event.  The PRCA shall have the right to approve specific events that are in conflict with this Bylaw should the PRCA deem any such event to be in the interest of its members and the promotion of professional rodeo sports in general. 

II. Conflicting Rodeo Association Interests Bylaws B.1.2.1.1-.2

B1.2.1.1          Definition of Conflicting Rodeo Association.  

Conflicting Rodeo Associations are companies, partnerships, associations or other entities whose direct or indirect purpose is to produce, promote, and/or sanction professional rodeo contests in which contestants compete in two or more of the following events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping. 

           B1.2.1.2          Prohibition on Conflicting Rodeo Association Interests.  

           In order to ensure that PRCA members-whose popularity and success are the result of participation in PRCA-sanctioned rodeos and related PRCA promotional efforts and activities (and the associated costly investments the PRCA has made in promoting PRCA events and rodeo sports in general)-are not pursuing interests in Conflicting Rodeo Associations while receiving the benefits of PRCA membership and are putting forth their best efforts on behalf of the PRCA, any person applying for PRCA membership who is an officer, board member, employee or has an ownership or financial interest of any form in a Conflicting Rodeo Association shall not be issued a membership, permit or renewal of membership with the PRCA.