Brett Hoffman: Rodeo parties await U.S. court ruling on injunction sought against PRCA

 

Elite Rodeo Athletes allege antitrust violations by pro rodeo organization

ERA owners seek to compete on both circuits

Rodeo superstar Trevor Brazile part of ERA challenge


BY BRETT HOFFMAN

Special to the Star-Telegram

A U.S. District Court in Dallas did not make a ruling late Tuesday on the Elite Rodeo Athletes’ antitrust class-action lawsuit filed against the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. 

The hearing began Tuesday and ran into the evening. 

The ERA is scheduled to launch its inaugural season in 2016. The $4.6 million tour has scheduled stops in eight cities, including a Nov. 9-13 championship show at American Airlines Center. 

The PRCA enacted bylaws in October that anyone who has an ownership share in the new enterprise will not be able to purchase a PRCA membership in 2016, which includes world all-around champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur. 

ERA fired back with the lawsuit, alleging anticompetitive bylaws by the PRCA.

The suit seeks a court order to temporarily and permanently stop PRCA from enforcing the new bylaws.