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As the start of the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo draws to within one weeks time the Rodeo Round Up and AVID Visual Imagery team will give you a daily countdown to the action. Along with our exclusive and in depth coverage that we will provide each and every one of you while covering all the action inside the Thomas & Mack we will be bringing you some great interviews, exclusive stories and unannounced extra special events happening around town.
You will still get all of the one on one interviews and nightly recaps of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo action that you all have come accustom to seeing here on the Rodeo Round Up so there is no need to worry about that. Along with the coverage that you have received every year we are expanding our horizons this year and will be offering daily contests for our fans, extra coverage of special events happening thoughout the 10-day run and will bring you inside some of the most exclusive opportunities that happen around town as well!
Each day leading up to the starting night of this year’s “Superbowl of Professional Rodeo” our entire team will bring you some interesting facts and trivia regarding the history of the Wrangler National Fianls Rodeo.
Today we bring you this courtesy of the NFR Experience:
1984 — Las Vegas visionary Benny Binion, along with Las Vegas Events and its then-president, Herb McDonald, had an eye on bringing the NFR to Las Vegas. But Oklahoma City, which had hosted the event for 20 years, was not about to let it go without a fight. It helped that McDonald and LVE guaranteed the rodeo a prize fund of $1.8 million to the cowboys and $700,000 to the contractors – compared to the $900,000 and $200,000, respectively, that was paid in Oklahoma City in 1984.
In December of 1984, McDonald and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce each made their final pitches to the PRCA Board of Directors. The vote was a 5-5 tie. Thus it was left to then-PRCA president Shawn Davis, a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, to cast the deciding vote. He cast it for Las Vegas.
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