The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) takes over Las Vegas Dec. 1-10, with many thousands of Western-clad visitors expected to pull for their favorite athletes at the world’s richest rodeo.
The National Finals Rodeo organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) … (UNLV) and is aired live on CBS Sports Network. … was achieved and Wrangler became the first title sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo.
RFD-TV Daily Broadcast Schedule Dec. 3-12:
South Point Buckle Ceremony, 3 p.m. (ET)
Outside the Barrel, 4 p.m.
Western Sports Round-Up, 5 p.m.
Cowboy Shopping Network, 6 p.m.
Rural Radio Daily Broadcast Schedule Dec. 3-12:
South Point Buckle Ceremony, 4 p.m. (ET)
Outside the Barrel, 5 p.m.
Western Sports Round-Up, 6 p.m.
Performance from Thomas and Mack Center, 9 p.m.
Fifteen contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding, along with 15 roping teams, will put their talents on display for nearly 18,000 fans a day in the newly renovated sports arena and thousands of others at casino properties all over town as they chase world championships.
“You would think that, after 32 years, it would get old doing the same event, but it’s never the same event,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, which co-sanctions the rodeo along with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “There is always something new and fresh, so I’m looking forward to it again. It’s my favorite time of year.
Las Vegas Events and RFD-TV are teaming up for the third straight year Dec. 3-12 to bring you live behind-the-scenes television coverage of the entire Cowboy Experience during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In addition, Rural Radio SiriusXM Channel 147 will air live play-by-play coverage of every rodeo performance.
On RFD-TV, expect more than four hours of coverage each day from Las Vegas. The nightly go-round buckle ceremony from the South Point Hotel and Casino kicks off each daily broadcast schedule at 3 p.m. (ET). Flint Rasmussen’s talk show, Outside the Barrel, immediately follows at 4 p.m. daily, and afternoon programming wraps up with live daily broadcasts of Western Sports Roundup at 5 p.m. That’s when Steve Kenyon and Amy Wilson will provide up-to-the-minute news and conduct interviews with contestants, entertainers and more.
The hotels get better every year at customizing the experiences they’re offering for fans, and some new ones come on board,” Christenson said.
NFR General Manager Shawn Davis — a Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer who cast the deciding vote to bring the rodeo to Las Vegas in 1985 — has watched the event and its backdrop grow together.
“From Day One, we’ve always had great support from Las Vegas. We’ve always worked together, and the event has been very beneficial for PRCA and Las Vegas Events,” said Davis, a three-time world champion saddle bronc rider, adding, “You can never sit still, no matter what you’re doing. If you sit still, you’re going backwards. I hope the future continues to be as bright as the past.