As the Rodeo Round Up and AVID Visual Imagery teams converge upon Arlington, Texas for the start of a very exciting weekend in the professional rodeo and bull riding industries we are gearing up for our coverage to begin at a rapid pace. After making all of the final preparations and getting the team together to generate a game plan we have gathered all of the information that we will need to bring you your daily one-stop-shop coverage from this year’s Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Iron Cowboy followed by the RFD-TV’s The American.
All of the excitement began earlier today as media personnel from around the entire world came together to check in, receive our credentials and find out all that we needed to know about things that will be happening throughout the weekend. As we all re-energized our friendships and welcomed those new media outlets into our circle of friends it was time to turn our attention to the reason that we were here at what was about to happen that brought us all together.
This year, as in past years, those media personnel that were invited to cover this prestigious weekend’s events were asked to come to the house that Jerry Jones built, the AT&T Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Once bags were checked, seats were taken and introductions were made the history making weekend was kicked off in grand style. The Iron Cowboy and RFD-TV’s The American backdrops were set in place and the anticipation of what was about to come generated a creative buzz.
The annual press conference was about to take place but first it was a meal that only AT&T Cowboy Stadium and the great state of Texas could put on that was enjoyed by all of the invited guests. After the meal concluded everyone’s focus turned to the stage in the front of the room as many of the top bull riders and professional rodeo athletes were introduced as the press conference began. This year the main topic of conversation was that of the happenings between different organizations and factions within the sport of professional rodeo.
Among the many notable professional rodeo athletes that will be competing in either or both of the Choctaw Casino Iron Cowboy or the RFD-TV’s The American some took time out of their schedules to be a part of this much anticipated press conference. Along with question and answer sessions the invited media guests were talked to about some of the latest updates to the roster and events that will be taking place throughout the week. Even with all of that there was still one burning question that many of us had coming into this weekend.
Earlier this week the Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) organization made an announcement that they would entirely drop any and all issues pertaining to the right to work lawsuit that was filed against the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA). Many of the athletes that will be competing this weekend are members of the ERA and due to the court decision were barred from competing in PRCA sanctioned events. This is what is making this year’s RFD-TV’s The American something that is bringing fans from across the world right here to Arlington Texas.
Jason was able to catch up with ERA member Luke Branquinho after the press conference concluded to see what he had to say about this event in particular and what his thoughts are about the issue at hand. Each and every one of the contestants have their own take of the lawsuit and what this will do to the industry in the future but it was very interesting to hear what Luke had to say. Listen below to hear his take on what is about to happen here in Arlington and where they stand on the much talked about issues between the ERA and the PRCA.
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The Rodeo Round Up team will be bringing you exclusive coverage from in and around the AT&T Cowboy Stadium over the next couple of days. There are a lot of things happening around the area as this historic rodeo weekend takes place. We will bring you not only the action from the events themselves but special features from around the area and other western lifestyle things that are happening as well. You just never know where our team will be and who we will run into around town as we strive to bring you into the action from the comfort of your own homes.
You will want to make sure to keep checking back each and every day as the Rodeo Round Up and AVID Visual Imagery Rodeo Photography team make their way around the area. Each day we will have event recaps, breaking news, photo galleries and much much more. We can promise you that we will bring you as close to the action as we can by bringing you behind the scenes and feature some exclusive interviews that you will not want to miss as the great professional rodeo and bull riding action begins from Arlington, Texas!
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