By Andrew Hatfield
PUEBLO, Colo. (February 15, 2023) – PBR (Professional Bull Riders) today announced the event schedule for the 2023 PBR Team Series season. Entering its second season, the elite league features the world’s top bull riders competing in five-on-five bull riding games between the Arizona Ridge Riders, Austin Gamblers, Carolina Cowboys, Kansas City Outlaws, Missouri Thunder, Nashville Stampede, Oklahoma Freedom and Texas Rattlers.
The PBR Team Series’ 11-event season, which begins July 24-25 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, will include a three-day homestand event hosted by each of the eight teams. The 2023 season will once again begin with neutral site games in Cheyenne and will culminate in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas October 20-22, 2023. An additional neutral site event will be held in Anaheim, Calif.
The 2023 PBR Team Series event schedule is as follows:
Date City Venue Home Team
July 24-25 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days Neutral Site
Aug. 3-5 Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center Kansas City Outlaws
Aug. 12-13 Anaheim, CA Honda Center Neutral Site
Aug. 18-20 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Nashville Stampede
Aug. 25-27 Austin, TX Moody Center Austin Gamblers
Sept. 8-10 Oklahoma City, OK Paycom Center Oklahoma Freedom
Sept. 15-17 Ridgedale, MO Thunder Ridge Nature’s Arena Missouri Thunder
Sept 22-24 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Carolina Cowboys
Sept 29- Oct. 1 Glendale, AZ Desert Diamond Arena Arizona Ridge Riders
Oct. 6-8 Fort Worth, TX Dickies Arena Texas Rattlers
Oct 20-22 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena Championship
The schedule for individual game matchups during these event weekends will be announced at a later date. On-sale ticket availability is being announced on a market-by-market basis.
The League will host a PBR Team Series Draft on May 17 during the PBR Unleash The Beast World Finals in Fort Worth prior to start of the 2023 Teams season, among any bull riders who have declared for the draft during a league eligibility window. Team draft order selection is based upon the 2022 regular season final standings with the Nashville Stampede receiving the first selection.
“The inaugural 2022 PBR Team Series season was an unqualified success, from the first bull out of the chute to the Nashville Stampede entering Championship weekend in last place and executing a stunning Cinderella run to claim the first team title. We can’t wait to see the new drama and thrills our second season brings,” said Sean Gleason, CEO and Commissioner, PBR. “In Teams competition, every ride counts, creating more urgency and excitement in the arena. New coaching and team camaraderie helped raise riding percentages. Nearly 200,000 fans attended Teams events, with millions more watching on CBS and our other broadcast partners. In 2023, we are planning for many more opportunities for fans to come together to rally around their favorite riders and teams.”
The PBR Team Series complements the successful PBR Unleash The Beast premier tour, which held its first championship in 1994 and in 2023 is running late November – May, with its World Finals at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas from May 12-21, 2023. The Unleash The Beast recently finished the most successful January in PBR’s 30-year history, setting an organizational record in live event attendance.
About the PBR Team Series
The PBR Team Series is an elite league featuring the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five bull riding games during an 11-event season beginning in July and culminating in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas October 20-22. During the 2023 season, the league’s second, each of the eight teams representing teams in Austin, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Glendale, AZ; Greensboro, NC; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; and Ridgedale, MO; will host a three-day homestand. There are also neutral-site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA.
The PBR Team Series, which launched in July 2022, builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events are staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game features five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters are comprised of seven riders on the Protected Roster and five riders on the Practice Roster. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders is declared the winner of each game. The event winner is the team with the most game wins across an event, with a special bonus round designed as a tie-breaker to determine final event standings.
All PBR Team Series events are carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on Pluto TV.
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Press release courtesy of the @PBR