Edge-of-the Seat Action Hits Town as the Professional Bull Riders Buck-Off Returns @ Madison Square Garden
By: Ellis Nassour
Want to ring in the New Year with a buck instead of a bang? Then the
place to be is with the international bull riders – but, unless you are brave and wear chaps, on the sidelines. NYC gets a huge influx of brawn and bravado in addition to winter chill for three intense days, January 6-8, as the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) mount and bravely try to stay on monster bulls for eight seconds. Sounds easy, you say! Not on your life!
The Monster Energy Buck Off lightweight vs. heavyweight edge-of-your-seat action is at 7:45 P.M. Friday, 6:50P.M Saturday and 1:50P.M. Sunday at MSqG. The world’s Top 35 bull riders – including World Champion Cooper Davis, two-time champ J.B. Mauney, and 2016 runner up Kaique Pacheco — battle foes 10 times their weight [average 2,000 pounds] with only a rope wrapped around one hand.
Each day, the riders face one bull each. Following the final round, 15 riders with the highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. The winner captures glory and $30,000 or more.
The PBR, “America’s fastest growing sport” (Forbes.com), features the Durabull Fighters [similar to daredevil rodeo clowns], who jump into action to deflect the bulls as soon as riders are painfully ejected. It goes on until only one man’s left standing.
This is the 11th consecutive year in NYC for what’s called “the toughest sport on dirt.” The 18-state tour culminates with Las Vegas finals in October when the 2017 champion — the bull rider amassing the most season points, receives the World Championship belt buckle, gigantic trophy, and $1-million purse.
The PBR is a massive undertaking, traveling in 18-wheel rigs which contain the bulls’ luxury accommodations, the steel set, stalls, and, get this, 50,000 lbs. of specially-treated dirt.
The PBR, celebrating almost a quarter century, has paid out more than $150-million, with 27 riders earned more than $1- million. The series, produced by Emmy and Peabody Award winning David Neal Productions, is televised weekly on CBS, CBS Sports, and networks worldwide.
Tickets to the 2017 PBR are $25 to $207 and can be online at www.ticketmaster.com, and by phone at (800) 745-3000 or (866) 858-0088 (MSqG). PBR Elite seating, in an exclusive area adjacent to the chutes with a meet & greet with riders, is $505. For more information, go to www.pbr.com.