The 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are coming up, with the event running from Thursday, December 6, until Saturday, December 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center, home of the University of Las Vegas-Nevada (UNLV) Rebels basketball team. It will crown the champions for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s seven divisions. The highest earner of each event over the course of the year takes the title.
The National Finals Rodeo will also crown its average champion, a title that goes to the cowboy with the highest earning over the course of the competition. It’s considered the Super Bowl of Rodeo, as it features the top earners from each of the seven events.
Established in 1959, the National Finals Rodeo have happened every year since then. Dallas played host to the finals until 1961, with the event moving to Los Angeles in 1962. It remained there until 1964, with Oklahoma taking over as the host city in 1965. The event moved to its current city, Las Vegas, in 1984, and has stayed there since.
There is a total of seven different titles at stake. Champions for bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronco riding, tie-down roping, steer roping and bull riding are crowned at the end.
Each day hands off an individual prize. The cumulative sum of the individual go-rounds will determine the winner of the National Finals Rodeo for each event, while the year’s championship is awarded to the cowboy who amassed the highest amount over the course of the season. The top 15 earners qualify for the finals.
The 2018 NFR will pay a total of US$ 10 million, of which US$ 1,200,000 are set to be split amongst the qualified competitors. The remaining US$ 8,800,000 result in a prize pool of US$ 676,923.08 per go, and US$ 84,615.38 per event. The average total payoff for each of the seven events is US$ 253,846.15.
Tickets are still up for sale, and Las Vegas will also host a number of other interesting activities related to the finals over the period. CBS Sports owns the rights for the National Finals Rodeo , and the live broadcast starts at 10 p.m. Online streaming is available on the NFR official website at US$ 29.95, with a free trial period if the subscription gets cancelled before seven days.