As the start of the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series comes upon us this weekend there will be some changes taking place behind the scenes that will, for the most part, go unnoticed. There has been an announcement regarding the formation of a new rules and regulation committee that will take center stage as the season starts very shortly. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out and how this will effect all the bull riding contestants within the PBR at all different levels.
It seems that the safety and well being of both arena athletes and livestock are taking center stage heading into the 2016 season in many different rodeo and bull riding organizations. Don’t get me wrong, there has always been the utmost concern for both competitors and livestock but it seems that recent events has brought this issue to a forefront and has gained some national attention as some of the top names in our industry have been very vocal about bringing issues up and raising attention as to what concerns the athletes have.
It was announced less than a week before the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series was set to begin that the formation of a new committee was being formed to oversee any rules or competition concerns within all factions of the Professional Bull Riders organization. Along with the announcement of the formation it was also announced who will be part of the new “Executive Competitions Committee” and the PBR spared no judgement by selecting five of the best bull riders the organization has ever seen.
In a statement released to media regarding this change that will take effect immediately we found out who exactly would be on this committee. Those chosen include two PBR co-founders, Cody Lambert and Ty Murray along with a 2-time PBR World Champion, Justin McBride. The other two folks that were appointed are PBR Ring of Honor inductee Luke Snyder and the new CEO himself Sean Gleason.
It is interesting to see this announcement come to light following the past couple of years and the numerous changes that the loyal fans of the PBR have seen. Everything from a judge’s discretion regarding a time clock being implemented for taking too long in the chutes to the extreme amount of injuries we saw last year will be reviewed and looked at closely by this newly formed committee. The PBR states, ” The ECC will receive input from a broader, general committee made up of former and active bull riders, judges, and advisors as they review and consider issues”.
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