The 63rd edition of the National Finals Rodeo is almost upon us as the world’s top 15 money-winners will confront each other to determine the next champion. The NFR, organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is scheduled to be held at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada from December 1st to 10th
The NFR holds significant importance for all the competitors as it decides the world title in each of its events. There are a total of seven events to be played across the ten days with the highest money earner awarded the champion tag at the end of the sequence. The NFR is also known as the ‘Super Bowl of rodeo’. The rodeo participants from all over the world eagerly wait for the event the whole year and showcase their talent on the biggest stage. This year is expected to be no different as the huge purse is on the line to be taken away by the competitors.
The NFR dates back from its inception in 1959 and from there on, it is held annually by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The organizers have set up no age limit for the occasion as the finest cowboys from any age bracket are welcome wholeheartedly. It is not only the test of the mettle of the contestants but also their mounts.
The NFR festival is about to begin in Las Vegas Nevada as the fans have started to pour into the world’s fight capital. Here is what you need to know about the National Finals Rodeo 2022, including live stream, TV channels where it will be broadcasted, and prize money for the event.
How to watch the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 2022
The Wrangler NFR was historically telecasted on ESPN in early 2000. It was overtaken by CBS Sports Network which televised the event from 2014 to 2019. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, The Cowboy Channel has been the home of the annual NFR gala. You can watch all the action of the NFR by tuning into the Cowboy Channel on your TV sets and enjoying yourselves with the exuberant display of the finest athletes at their work.
Besides that, RFD-TV will also be co-presenting the event to its audience, especially those living in the countryside. Things are already shaping up nicely and it’s the event you don’t want to miss.
CBS Network has also got the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2022 Wrangler NFR Championship. The ten-day festival will be covered by CBS but not all the events will be telecasted live.
- When: Started Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. ET and runs through Dec. 10
- TV: Cowboy Channel, Cowboy Channel+
- Stream: Watch with a Subscription to Sling TV (50% OFF)
Sling TV is the least expensive way to stream the Cowboy Channel, which is included in their “Heartland Extra” pack. You can get Sling TV Orange or Blue, plus Heartland Extra for just $23 for your first month (50% OFF). It is also available on Vidgo’s Premium Plan for $79.99/month.
Events to be held:
Like other years, this year’s NFR will conventionally hold its set of seven events across ten days. A total of nine championships will be contested for these events.
- Bareback Riding
- Steer Wrestling (Bulldogging)
- Team Roping
- Saddle Bronc Riding
- Tie-Down Roping
- Barrel Racing
- Bull Riding
At the end of the championship, an average winner will be announced for each event. While the Cowboy who has earned the most money and has competed in one of the NFR’s two events in a year will be rewarded with a word title honor.
NFR prize Money:
The National Finals Rodeo is not just about bringing together the finest cowboys from all over the country but it also presents the competitors with a huge amount of bounty that is there to be captured.
Each of the NFR’s events is priced at $1.1 million with the top six in each go-round receiving $620, $490, $370, $260, $160, and $100 and the top eight in the average receive $1590, $1290, $1020, $750, $540, $390, $270, and $150.
NFR Start Time and Date:
The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas will be privileged to host this event from December 1st to December 10th. The coverage of all the disciplines will start at 6.45 PM ET and end at 09:00 PM ET daily.
The main events will commence on 5th December and will conclude on 10th of the same month. Some of the sub-events are scheduled to start at 8:00 AM in the morning.
The Wrangler NFR will start on 29th November stretching across two days. The coverage of that event will start at 4:00 PM ET.
National Finals Rodeo Complete Schedule:
The entertainment bomb is ready to unfold in front of enthusiastic cowboy fans around the world. Here is a brief preview of the competition happening in the next ten days.
|Date||Time (E.T)||Competition||TV Channel/Streaming|
|Nov.29||4 p.m.||Wrangler NFR||Wrangler Network|
|Nov.30||4 p.m.||Wrangler NFR||Wrangler Network|
|Dec. 1||8:45 p.m.||Day 1 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 2||8:45 p.m.||Day 2 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 3||8:45 p.m.||Day 3 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 4||8:45 p.m.||Day 4 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 5||8:45 p.m.||Day 5 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 6||8:45 p.m.||Day 6 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 7||8:45 p.m.||Day 7 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 8||8:45 p.m.||Day 8 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec.9||8:45 p.m.||Day 9 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|
|Dec. 10||8:45 p.m.||Day 10 Coverage||TCC/TCC+|