PUEBLO, Colo. (June 26, 2008 ) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. will debut the 2008 PBR Team Shootout, a new two-man team competition featuring the greatest bull riders in the world. The five-event original series will occur at select bull riding events across the country and will be shown exclusively on ESPN2. The series marks the PBR’s first bull riding broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks.
The new format will showcase the top 20 bull riders in the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler World Standings and a teammate of their choice from all eligible PBR card holders. Each team member will ride two bulls at each nationally televised event, with the highest score on four bulls determining the winning team. In these winner-take-all events, each team will compete to take home individual event purses and all teams will be competing for points to qualify for the 2008 PBR Team Shootout final event.
Each team will compete at two PBR events from those listed below (ten teams at each event), with the top ten teams from the first four events competing at the 2008 PBR Team Shootout Finals in Pueblo, CO, which will be aired Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 3 p.m. ET. The team that wins the season title will take home the entire championship purse.
“The PBR is proud to work with ESPN to showcase the “Toughest Sport on Dirt” to a new audience of dedicated sports fans,” stated Randy Bernard, PBR CEO. “The events we’ve selected have a strong fan base that is knowledgeable about the PBR, and we are confident they will enjoy this new competition format.”
PBR Team Shootout Telecast Schedule:
|August 10, 2008||Del Mar PBR Team Shootout||Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, CA||4 p.m.||ESPN2|
|August 17, 2008||CA Mid-State Fair PBR Team Shootout||CA Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CA||5 p.m.||ESPN2|
|August 23, 2008||Molalla PBR Team Shootout||Molalla Buckaroo Grounds – Molalla, OR||3 p.m.||ESPN2|
|September 7, 2008||Guthrie PBR Team Shootout||Lazy E Arena – Guthrie, OK||6:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|September 14, 2008||Pueblo PBR Team Shootout||CO State Fairgrounds – Pueblo, CO||3 p.m.||ESPN|
The top twenty bull riders in BFTS World Standings as of June 23rd, 2008 will be team captains. A random drawing will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9 p.m. ET to determine the order in which riders will draft their teammates and the teammate draft selection will be held the following Tuesday, July 8th at 9pm ET. Both will be broadcast live on PBR’s free online webcast, PBR Primetime,