Professional Bull Riding
Bull riding is a kind of rodeo sport that generally involves riding on a large bull and attempting to stay on affixed for at least 8 seconds while the animal attempts to buck off the rider. The rider firmly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope. Throughout the ride, bullfighters, also popularly known as rodeo clowns stay near the bull in order to aid the rider if necessary. When the ride ends, either intentionally or not, the bullfighters distract the bull to protect the rider from harm. However, bull riding sport is a very risky and this sport has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.
Many of the professional sports bull riding competitions have a layout that generally involves many rounds, which is sometimes known as “Go-rounds." Generally, these events last for two to three nights. In this event the rider is given an opportunity to ride one bull per night. The total number of points scored by the end of the event is recorded, and after the first or first two go rounds, the top 20 riders are given an opportunity to ride one more bull. This final round is called the "Short go". After the end of the short go, the rider with the most total points wins the event.
An international bull riding organization named the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) was founded in the year 1992. This organization is based on Pueblo, Colorado, USA. The organization later included four tours which jointly stage over 300 events worldwide every year. More than 800 cowboys from the Mexico, Brazil, U.S., Australia and Canada hold PBR memberships and professional bull riding is very popular amongst the cowboys of these countries. The Professional Bull Riders stages a great number of events which include the annual PBR World finals held in the Thomas and Mack Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada.The Built ford Tough Series, which is one of the PBR’s premier tours, consists of 31 events across the country every year. Since 2007, PBR also host a team competition format known as PBR world Cup. PBR events are telecast on Versus, FOX, CBS and NBC. Total viewership comprising the event attendees and television audience grew 51.93 percent between 2002 and 2004. In 2004, 16.4 million fans watched or attended a PBR event. In 2008, over 100 million watched the PBR on television, and over 1.7 million attended a live event.