Published By Blue On Sat, December 22, 2012 - 10:05
The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) is known as the “Superbowl of Rodeo” or “World Series of Rodeo” and is the premier championship event held annually by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The National Rodeo is typically the busiest time in December for escorts in Las Vegas. The month of December is usually the slowest month out of the year so getting the little burst of business from the NFR for both our advertisers on LVE Group LLC and the local Las Vegas economy is appreciated by everyone. For the readers that aren’t familiar with the National Finals Rodeo, it’s held every year in the first week of December at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is aired live on the Great American Country cable network television station. This event has become very popular and sells out all seats available for all its events. Most of the major casinos in Las Vegas host special parties, book special entertainment with a country theme into their showrooms and carry the events live in their sports books in order to accommodate the fans that come in to town and are unable to purchase tickets for the events.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) established the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in 1958, in order to determine the world champion for each of the seven main events of the rodeo. (Calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping) and steer roping which is an event held separately from the regular NFR. The National Finals Rodeo , demonstrates the talents of the nation’s top fifteen money –winners in each event as they compete for the world title. The first NFR was held in Dallas, TX in 1959-1961and then it was hosted in Los Angeles, CA from 1962-1964 and in Oklahoma City, OK from 1965-1984. In 1984, Herb McDonald, Benny Binion and former Sheriff, Ralph Lamb and other community leaders boldly bid to bring the NFR to Las Vegas from Oklahoma City, OK. The board of directors of the PRCA voted and the vote was a tie 6-6, but the President of the PRCA, Shawn Davis cast his vote in favor for Las Vegas. In addition, McDonald guaranteed a prize fund of 1.8 million to the cowboys and 700,000 to the contractors-in comparison to the $900, 000 and $200, 000 respectively, that it was paid in Oklahoma City, in 1984
Since 1985 the rodeo has been hosted at the Thomas & Mack Center’s arena in Las Vegas, NV, the home for the UNLV basketball team bringing in more than 170,000 fans during the 10-day event. Over four million fans have attended the world’s richest and most prestigious rodeo. In order to host the NFR, the basketball team plays a few of their away games for about 12 days every December while the NFR is in the Thomas & Mack Center. The NFR, in 2009 celebrated its 25th year in Las Vegas , however, the current contract expires in 2014 and Oklahoma city is biding to win back the NFR , by building a new center called the Ford Center which is larger than the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The excitement never dims at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, and the lights never go down even when the cowboys go home.