Posted on February 23, 2016 by Diana Shackleford
Elite Rodeo Athletes Decide to Not Pursue Antitrust Lawsuit at This Time
Will focus on 2016 ERA Premier Tour
BOERNE, TX (February 23, 2016) The ERA, Trevor Brazile, Bobby Mote, and Ryan Motes have decided that they will not continue with the pending antitrust class action lawsuit against the PRCA at this time. The decision has come after looking at the real reasons the ERA was formed and why the PRCA’s anticompetitive bylaws were put in to place.
They are pleased that a court recognized the allegations against the PRCA are serious and authorized the lawsuit to proceed, but have concluded that it is better for them, the ERA Tour, and the sport of rodeo to avoid the distraction of an expensive and long legal battle with PRCA for now.
“The ERA has always been about creating a rodeo property that is unique to the marketplace and that fans could enjoy,” states Tony Garritano, CEO & President of the ERA. “The unwavering support and commitment to the vision of the ERA, whether by an owner or participant has been overwhelming. The idea of showcasing the best rodeo contestants on one stage through a regular-season format that culminates in a championship event and having it all nationally televised has always been the vision,” Tony Garritano explains.
Future generations of rodeo contestants will be eligible to compete in the ERA either as participants or owners. The ERA is open to the very best rodeo talent through an ability-driven system like most other professional sports.
“We continue to move forward with the ERA and are excited about the upcoming inaugural season. The fans will be excited to see what we have planned and we will provide a great show for them,” says 3-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper.
The first ERA event is scheduled for March 25-26 in Redmond, Oregon, ending with its World Championship in Dallas, Texas, November 9-13.