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LAS VEGAS –Timing is everything, and the new Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) tour is using it to make a point.

The ERA Wednesday morning announced its 2016 tour schedule, smack in the middle the rival PRCA’s National Finals Rodeo. The ERA is currently in a legal battle with the PRCA over whether members will be able to compete on the PRCA as of January.

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The PRCA released a statement in October 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.

We’ll start things off in Saddle Bronc with Coy Thorson from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Coy would hold on for the full ride and finish with a 54 on the day.

The cowboy side of Las Vegas is coming out this weekend because the National Finals Rodeo is in town.

For the next week, the Thomas & Mack Center will be home to bull riding, steer wrestling and more.

Pat Christenson, the president of Las Vegas Events, says 90 percent of the people that come to NFR are from out of town, which is good news for the city’s economy.

“We’re going to spend money beyond what we would ever spend back home,” said Anne Jacobs of Cimarron, Kansas.

Anton Sinzger, a co-owner of Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, says the NFR helps overcome the slow business in December when there aren’t as many conventions and conferences taking place.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says the rodeo attracts more than 50,000 unique visitors and injects nearly $70 million into the economy.

Moving on to Steer Wrestling we have Chance Anderson from Mckinnon, Wyoming. He’d take him down in just 4.36 seconds to take first on the day.

Next, we have Carson Good representing Wall, South Dakota. Valiant effort from Carson – he doesn’t give up, but he would get no time for this go round.

Austin Anderson up next, competing out of Billings, Montana. Austin would take him down in 6.93 seconds to finish 4th this go round.

Now let’s take a look at some Pole Bending action. Shay Hough competing in her hometown of Gillette. Shay would finish the run in 20.712 seconds to take 8th on the day.

And here we have Alyssa Lockhart from Oelrichs, South Dakota. She’d finish in 25.299 seconds.

Up next we go to Team Roping with Wheaton Williams from Big Horn, Wyoming, and Jerren Johnson out of Casper. The two would tie up the steer in 7.21 seconds.

The schedule includes Sheridan, Wyoming, on September 3, 2016, at the fairgrounds, but no Montana stops.

Last month, share owners of the ERA filed a lawsuit against the PRCA, claiming ‘unfair and illegal bylaws’ passed by the PRCA. The antitrust class action suit is officially filed as The Elite Rodeo Association, Trevor Brazile, Bobby Mote, and Ryan Motes vs. the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Inc.

The PRCA released a statement in October 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 month, the ERA announced its cowboys and cowgirls would cut back on PRCA rodeos to focus more attention on the new tour.

The PRCA responded 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 ERA features 80 of the sport’s top rodeo athletes including world champions Clay Tryan, Kaycee Feild, Bobby Mote and Trevor Brazile. Its tour will consist of 15 regular-season performances in 8 cities beginning March 25th in Redmond, Oregon, concluding with its 2016 ERA World Championship in Dallas. All tour events will be televised Wednesday nights in primetime on FOX Sports 2.

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