PBR CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

 

J.B. Mauney has won the New York event three times. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com.


By: Denise M. Abbott January 14, 2016@ 08:00:00 AM

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The action starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan 15; 6:50 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 16; and at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 17. Tickets range in price from $25 to $202, and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000.

  • The BFTS has awarded more than $150 million in prize money over the past 22 years and $1.2 million in New York City in the last decade. 
  • On Friday, fans will be treated to even more bull riding action as the first of eight PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles takes place. This special round of competition pits the Top 15 bull riders in the world against the Top 15 bulls. A total purse of $21,000 is up for grabs and valuable bonus points toward the PBR world standings. 

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NEW YORK – Are you ready for some bull riding New York City?

The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden is finally here, featuring the high-flying wrecks and thrilling 8-second rides of the toughest sport on dirt.  

The PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at MSG this weekend as the Top 35 bull riding stars in the world and the world’s rankest bucking bulls go head-to-head at Madison Square Garden in a battle to rival any match ever seen in the Big Apple. 

The action starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan 15; 6:50 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 16; and at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 17. Tickets range in price from $25 to $202, and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the MSG Box Office or by calling 866-858-0008.

New to the ticket options this year are the PBR Elite Seats. Located in an exclusive section of the arena near all of the action, the PBR Elite Seats are priced at $500 each and will give fans the VIP experience of a lifetime; a pre-event catered reception, backstage tours featuring a PBR 101 presentation, and meet-and-greets with the PBR’s top stars. These seats are also on sale now. Contact the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727 for more information.

The BFTS has awarded more than $150 million in prize money over the past 22 years and $1.2 million in New York City in the last decade. 

Bull riders who have stood atop the PBR shark cage as the winner at Madison Square Garden include:

2015 Guilherme Marchi

2014 J.B. Mauney/Fabiano Vieira

2013 Robson Palermo

2012 Cody Nance

2011 Valdiron de Oliveira

2010 Shane Proctor

2009 J.B. Mauney

2008 Valdiron de Oliveira

2007 J.B. Mauney

This weekend, two-time and reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney, returns to the arena where he has won three titles (2007, 2009, and 2014), along with his fellow Monster Energy bull riders Gage GayRobson Palermo and Reese Cates.

Joining these men will be 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year Kaique Pacheco, 2015 PBR World Finals event winner Cooper Davis, three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, and 2014) and fan favorites Ryan Dirteater, Douglas Duncan, Kasey Hayes and 2004 World Champion Mike Lee.

The format of the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden is simple. Each of the Top 35 competitors will face one bull apiece in Round 1 on Friday, Round 2 on Saturday and Round 3 on Sunday. The Top 15 men, after the three-day scores have been combined, will return for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to determine the winner. The winner will be the rider who has earned the most PBR world standings points during the four rounds. 

On Friday, fans will be treated to even more bull riding action as the first of eight PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles takes place. This special round of competition pits the Top 15 bull riders in the world against the Top 15 bulls. A total purse of $21,000 is up for grabs and valuable bonus points toward the PBR world standings. 

In the first of 14 PBR telecasts in 2016, CBS will present every gut-wrenching second of the 15/15 Bucking Battle matchups at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday. CBS will feature 15/15 Bucking Battles throughout the 2016 BFTS:

  • Jan. 30 in Anaheim, California, will air on CBS Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. ET
  • Feb. 13 in St. Louis, Missouri, will air on CBS Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. ET
  • Feb. 20 in Kansas City, Missouri, will air on CBS Feb. 21 at 12 p.m. ET
  • April 2 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will air on CBS April 3 at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • April 16 in Billings, Montana, will air on CBS April 17 at 1 p.m. ET
  • August 27 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will air on CBS Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. ET
  • Sept. 3 in Thackerville, Oklahoma, will air on CBS Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. ET

The Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden is the first of four PBR Majors in 2016, offering increased PBR world standings points, which count toward the season’s overall PBR World Championship title, a $100,000 purse to the event winner, and a chance for one lucky rider to win $25,000 for one 8-second ride on the bonus bull in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. If he makes the whistle, the money is his. If he doesn’t, it rolls over to the next PBR Major, making the bonus bull worth $50,000.

Below are the PBR Majors in 2016:

Jan. 15-17 Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden

Feb. 27 PBR Iron Cowboy

May 13-14 Helldorado Days featuring the Last Cowboy Standing

Aug. 19-20 Nashville, Tennessee

The 2016 Built Ford Tough Series will also stop in Chicago, Anaheim, Calif., and Dallas on its 18-state tour, culminating with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6, at the new Las Vegas Arena when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who has earned the most PBR world points during the 2016 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

© 2016 PBR Inc. All rights reserved.

BEHIND THE CHUTES: MARCHI RETURNS; NEW YORK DRAW NOTES

By: Justin Felisko January 13, 2016@ 05:00:00 PM


Guilherme Marchi returns to action this weekend. Photo by Matt Breneman / BullStockMedia.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marchi announced in October that he was going to undergo surgery on his knees after multiple knee injuries derailed his 2015 season and would likely sit out the 2016 season.
  • Marchi never underwent surgery, and he now wants to attempt a return to bull riding this weekend at the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.
  • The 33-year-old is eligible for the 15/15 Bucking Battle after replacing Matt Triplett (elbow surgery) in the draw.


DENVER – 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi is doing an about-face.

Marchi announced in October that he was going to undergo surgery on his knees after multiple knee injuries derailed his 2015 season and would likely sit out the 2016 season.

The 13-year BFTS veteran tore his right MCL attempting to ride Oscar Pduring the third round of the 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals, close to two months after tearing his left PCL/MCL in Thackerville, Oklahoma, trying to make 8 seconds aboard Cut the Cord

Marchi never underwent surgery, and he now wants to attempt a return to bull riding this weekend at the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.

Marchi informed the PBR competition department this week of his intentions and he is in the draw for not only the first PBR Major of the season, but also the first 15/15 Bucking Battle.

The 33-year-old is eligible for the 15/15 Bucking Battle after replacing Matt Triplett (elbow surgery) in the draw.

The first 15/15 Bucking Battle of the year is based on last year’s final world standings. Marchi concluded last season 16th in the world.

Marchi will face Walk Off (41-6, BFTS). He was bucked off by Walk Off in 5.54 seconds last year at the Fresno Invitational.

Here are the other 14 matchups:

Reese Cates vs. Seven Dust (2-0, BFTS)

Cody Nance vs. Stanley FatMax (62-4, BFTS)*

Gage Gay vs. Bootdaddy.com (15-7, BFTS)*

Valdiron de Oliveira vs. Fire Rock (25-12, BFTS)*

Silvano Alves vs. Cochise (2-2, BFTS)

Eduardo Aparecido vs. I’m a Gangster Too (43-12, BFTS)*

Nathan Schaper vs. Slinger Jr. (13-1, BFTS)*

Stetson Lawrence vs Sheep Creek (2-0, BFTS)

Tanner Byrne vs. Heat Seeker (3-1, BFTS)

J.W. Harris vs. Like a Boss (0-1, BFTS)

Fabiano Vieira vs. Midnight Train (1-0, BFTS)

Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. Loose Change (2-0, BFTS)

Kaique Pacheco vs. Little Red Jacket (13-7, BFTS)*

J.B. Mauney vs. Shaft (21-2, BFTS) 

*Rematch

Marchi is the defending event champion in New York and has drawn Wild Party for Round 1 on Friday night.

Cates earned a bid for the 15/15 Bucking Battle seeing as Cooper Davishas yet to be cleared to return to bull riding after undergoing surgery on his right hand/wrist.

Davis said he has been cleared to return for the BFTS event in Oklahoma City next week.

Pacheco is the only rider of the seven with rematches that previously covered his bull. The 21-year-old rode Little Red Jacket for 89.5 points in St. Louis last year for his first BFTS win.

There will be a total of seven riders competing in New York that did not finish inside the Top 35 last season.

World leader Wallace de OliveiraLachlan RichardsonJustin PatonCody Heffernan and Michael Lane are this week’s alternates, while Emilio Resende and Markus Mariluch are competing because of injury exemptions.

They are replacing the following riders in the draw: No. 5  Triplett (elbow surgery), No. 6 Davis (hand/wrist surgery), No. 24 Renato Nunes(retirement), No. 28 Bonner Bolton (neck) No. 30 Chase Outlaw (shoulder surgery), No. 33 L.J. Jenkins (retirement), No. 34 Alexandre Cardozo(neck).

Oliveira has a Round 1 matchup against Tex-lo, who is making his BFTS debut.

Paulo Lima is set to make his 2016 BFTS debut as he is competing with a BlueDEF Tour event win exemption.

Lima won the L.J. Jenkins Invitational in Clovis, New Mexico, in October and is currently fourth in the world standings.

The 28-year-old has drawn Playgun (3-0, BFTS) for Round 1.

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NEW YORK PBR MAJOR CARRIES SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF POINTS (1-12-16)

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.

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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:
1. 625
2. 300
3. 220
4. 130
5. 80
6. 55
7. 20
8. 10
9. 10
10. 5
11. 5
12. 5
13. 5
14. 5
15. 5

Round Points:
1. 125
2. 75
3. 60
4. 50
5. 40
6. 20
7. 10

15/15 Bucking Battle
1. 150
2. 90
3. 75
4. 60
5. 45
6. 26
7. 10