It was announced yesterday that Las Vegas Events has given the PRCA two more weeks to provide them a counter offer to keep the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
What I didn’t realize before was that the 16 million dollar offer from Florida was all for prize money. That seems high to me but if it’s true and everything else will be paid for on top of that, I don’t see any reason why they should stay in Vegas. Obviously there are some other parties involved that operate differently there compared to LVE if their total offer leave the contestants with six million in prize money.
After thinking about this the past couple weeks I believe the move to the Orlando area might work for the NFR. Of course for the money, they move people as well as anyone already with all the theme parks there and for building out sport that way, it would likely attract more youth to rodeo as it would be a more family friendly area.
This article in the Las Vegas Review Journal outlines that side of things: http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/las-vegas-events-extends-deadline-nfr-counteroffer
On the flip side of things, moving the NFR to Florida and LVE saying they would put on another rodeo in it’s place over the same dates must still be troubling for the PRCA.
In my opinion, this would likely divide our sport even more than it already is. I think if the finals move and another rodeo is put on in it’s place, rodeos like Calgary, Cloverdale, Houston and now Colorado Springs will band together and form something new. We will see.
I’m not sure how to take this second article, it says that the PRCA refused a million dollar offer from RFD-TV to broadcast the NFR, instead they are paying CBS Sports to do so.
What are your thoughts on both?
For more, visit our first story explaining the move from a couple weeks ago: https://everything-cowboy.com/nfr/prca-declines-lve-offer-to-keep-nfr-in-sin-city/