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PBR brings best bull riders, top bulls back to Wichita

Dec 11, 2012

PBR brings best bull riders, top bulls back to Wichita
INTRUST Bank Arena hosts Lucas Oil Touring Pro Series on April 13

WICHITA, Kan. – The Professional Bull Riders announced that the best bull riders and top bucking bulls will return to INTRUST Bank Arena at 7:30 p.m. on April 13 for the PBR Lucas Oil Touring Pro Series.

Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.

Tickets begin at $15, and will go on sale on Friday, January 11, at the INTRUST Bank Arena box office, www.selectaseat.com, by telephone at 855-755-SEAT (7328), and all Select-A-Seat outlets.

The TPD provides an opportunity for riders to compete in PBR-sanctioned events to earn points toward qualifying for the nationally-televised BFTS, which is comprised of the Top 35 bull riders in the world. The TPD is the developmental tour where established veterans and newcomers compete against some of the most famous bucking bulls. More than 100 TPD events are sanctioned annually by the PBR, awarding almost $3 million in prize money.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

The PBR will celebrate 20 years of competition with the 2013 season. More than 100 million viewers watch primetime PBR programming annually on networks around the world and nearly two million fans attend PBR events each year. PBR has awarded over $120 million dollars in prize money over 20 years of competition, including a $1 million dollar bonus to the PBR World Champion each year.

The BFTS season opens at world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 4-6, and continues until Oct. 23-27 in Las Vegas with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event in the world, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.

About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The world’s premier bull riding organization, the PBR celebrates 20 years of competition with the 2013 season. In just two decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports phenomenon with more than 100 million viewers annually watching primetime PBR programming on networks around the world, and nearly 2 million fans attending live events each year. PBR has paid out over $120 million in earnings to its athletes, and 25 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million -- the most of any western sports athlete in history. For more information on the PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at www.YouTube.com/PBR.

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