Things have certainly gotten entertaining here in Las Vegas and some news has come down the pipeline this morning that will shake up the rodeo world and create a buzz as fans enjoy the remaining performances of the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). There was always a certain amount of speculation as to what was going to happen during the 10-day run here and when the exact timing of events would unfold. Early this morning the entire rodeo industry got their answer as the Elite Rodeo Athletes Rodeo Association (ERA) released their 2016 rodeo season tour dates.
If you all remember I wrote a story before coming out to Las Vegas telling you my thoughts on what was going to happen with this very topic. I stated that the ERA knew exactly what was happening and had a huge plan already set in place. It just so happens that is exactly what happened as the schedule was announced the very next morning after one if its most noted athletes, Trevor Brazile, claimed his 23rd career World Championship by clinching the All-Around title at the performance last night. It might be interesting to go back and read my story about my predictions as to what would happen to see how close I was. Story link here!
I knew things were going to become very interesting after walking into the Country Christmas event inside of the Mandalay By Event Center just to see a huge sign hanging up on the wall as you walk into the event itself. If the ERA wanted to create a buzz here in Las Vegas during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo they sure knew how to do it. After doing some investigation work we also found out that they had a booth secretly tucked away out on the shopping floor which left many questions as to how that was allowed to happen
Barrel racer Taylor Jacob was photographed signing autographs at the Elite Rodeo Athlete booth which also generated more questions than answers. After she split the round win last night Jason was able to catch up with her to talk about that win but unfortunately, we are barred from talking anything related to the ERA while down in the media room. With that being said and as many of you know me, I did not let that stop me as I have scheduled a private sit down meeting with her to discuss this very topic. Make sure to keep and eye out for that exclusive interview coming in the next few days!
All the questions that remained leading into the start of the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo were answered early this morning when the Elite Rodeo Athletes Rodeo Association finally released their inaugural 2016 season schedule. Speculation was that some of the bigger rodeos in the country were going to sanction with the ERA for an event but by the looks of the schedule that is not the fact at all. I am actually glad to see that the folks running the ERA organization have gone their own separate way and have generated more excitement for the rodeo industry by creating their very own spotlight events!
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