Nationally-recognized western sports network The Cowboy Channel will be broadcasting on location at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from December 5–14. The network will broadcast more than five hours of daily content, including their most popular television shows from two locations—Thomas & Mack Center and Las Vegas Convention Center’s Cowboy Christmas exposition. TCC’s coverage will also include major NFR highlights, interviews with champion athletes and rodeo prodigies as well as looks from the back number ceremony gold carpet and the Cowboy Channel Western Runway Red Carpet.
“This December, we are proud to enter into our seventh year of broadcasting live from Las Vegas during the NFR,” Cowboy Channel CEO Raquel Gottsch said. “With the rapid expansion of our television network, and our recently announced partnership with the PRCA starting in 2020, our crews will be covering all aspects of the pro rodeo action taking place during the NFR. From daily shows being recorded at Cowboy Christmas, to our primetime pre-show Rodeo Las Vegas outside the Thomas and Mack Center, The Cowboy Channel will be bringing all of the excitement to the homes of our viewers. We are looking forward to bringing back fan-favorite shows such as Western Sports Round-Up, The Southpoint Buckle Ceremony and Outside the Barrel, in addition to new programming for the first time with Rodeo Profiles. There are so many great events to cover in 10 days, and the best part is, we are just getting started.”
The Cowboy Channel can be found on channel 603 on DIRECTV.
GOLD BUCKLE CEREMONY – DAILY, 4PM/ET
Taking place in Las Vegas’ South Point Casino dance hall, The Cowboy Channel will be covering the NFR Buckle Go-Round Awards ceremony, presented by Montana Silversmiths.
OUTSIDE THE BARREL – DAILY, 5PM/ET
Host Flint Rasmussen will broadcast his special daily talk show which includes interviews with rodeo contestants and luminaries at one of the most popular NFR attractions taking place on the main stage of Cowboy Christmas.
WESTERN SPORTS ROUNDUP – DAILY, 6PM/ET
Co-hosts Steve Kenyon and Amy Wilson break down all of the rodeo action and interview special guests, plus their exclusive Western Runway fashion segment live from the main stage inside Cowboy Christmas.
RODEO PROFILES – DAILY, 7PM/ET
Steve Kenyon will host one-on-one sit downs with the rodeo committees to cover major highlights on each of their events, in addition to discussions on charitable donations and volunteers who support the rodeo and their impact on the community.
NATIONAL FINALS TONIGHT – DAILY, 7:30PM/ET
An award-winning show hosted by eight-time World Champion and Hall of Famer Don Gay, World Champion Tie-Down Roper Joe Beaver and TV Host Dan Miller, National Finals Tonight will provide a daily wrap-up of NFR events. Interviews with celebrities and legendary NFR rodeo announcers including Bob Tallman and Boyd Polhamus, audience Q&A segments and nightly prizes will take place during the show
RODEO LAS VEGAS LIVE WITH JUSTIN MCKEE – DAILY, 8:30PM/ET
As part of The Cowboy Channel’s extensive NFR coverage, Justin McKee will host a daily pre-show live onstage outside of the Thomas & Mack Center. The hour-long broadcast will highlight NFR performances from the previous night, previews of rounds to come, athlete standings, riders to watch and interviews with participating athletes. Tributes to rodeo heroes and hall of famers will additionally be featured on the show.
The Cowboy Channel’s parent company Rural Media Group recently completed a multi-year agreement with the PRCA to expand TCC’s NFR programming beginning in 2020. A number of 2019 NFR athletes competing in this year’s finals will also be competing in The Cowboy Channel’s Rodeo New York at Madison Square Garden June 19–21, 2020.
For more information on The Cowboy Channel’s Wrangler National Finals coverage lineup and events, visit www.thecowboychannel.com.