The battle of asinine comments coming from the PRCA/NFR people in defense of their idiotic leader who is trying to save his ass as he defends his board’s vote to leave Las Vegas for Florida. While still trying to say the vote was never to leave Vegas while continuing to say to Florida they are still serious about moving, continues.
The Deal in a Nutshell
Imagine you are a top rodeo contestant. You just spent the last year trying to be the best in order to qualify for the National FInals Rodeo in Las Vegas. You spent 40 weekends driving across the country, riding, roping, getting injured and still riding, in order to qualify as one of the best and make your way to the Super Bowl of rodeos. The National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas.
For ten straight days you ride your heart out on some of the best animal athletes in the business and you also competed for 10 solid days against 14 of the best two-legged athletes in the business.
You are busted up, tired, sore and just want to get that final ride in and crown the champion and go home to rest and rehabilitate. Not to mention celebrate the victories that you have earned in the last ten days with your fans…
Instead, your boss, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) CEO Karl Stressman, who claims he’s there fighting for you… Pulls you all into a room and says “Here. We have a dream offer in Florida that COULD pay us more money than we are making now. Want to move to Florida? Vote now”
At the same time, Stressman and the PRCA board are watching a feed as the County commissioners in Osceola County, Florida vote to pursue moving the National FInals Rodeo from Las Vegas to Florida in 2015.
Let me add one more thing, Stressman informs the Vegas group that pays for the NFR, Las Vegas Events, they will have an answer to the latest contract offer in 30 days.
Surprise! The NFR is moving to Florida!!
Apparently Mr Stressman didn’t realize he was playing poker with professionals. His bluff backfired when the Vegas group said “ok, have a nice time in Florida.” and started plans to have their own rodeo. With a second kick in the proverbial groin, many social media fans agreed to return to Vegas if we have another rodeo.
He since has backed off his statement about the vote. Citing the group vote of all the top riders who voted on the last day. A day he could not reserve for them, but had to steal the thunder for his own amusement and games. Who has their back??
He also stated that it really wasn’t a vote to leave Las Vegas. Really?? So what was the deal in Florida? A dog and pony show? Does Florida know you are just using them?? Stressman states it was a bid to get Las Vegas to pony up more money. The Florida deal was/is pure speculation on payouts. The Vegas deal is money in the bank waiting to be cashed.
The PRCA, in a bid to protect whatever they may have left in brand equity, has seemed to have silenced Mr Stressman and put others in the spotlight to explain the double talk.
The latest comments from the PRCA make them the victim of a Vegas underhanded attempt at negotiating a better deal. The PRCA is claiming they are trying to get the best deal for the riders, it’s all about the children… I mean the riders… And Vegas is starving them with this latest contract offer….
I’m betting if Las Vegas was to hold an event here with the same prize pool, same pay structure and benefits as they have now, we could still get the best in the business to come here and not to Florida.
Like other major rodeo events, Mr Stressman has tried to strong-arm and failed at doing so, we don’t need the PRCA as much as the PRCA needs us… It’s a Vegas Rodeo!!
The PRCA was not expecting such a backlash from fans and supporters. Social Media kicked their backsides pretty good and they want to return to the negotiating table with Las Vegas Events. If LVE agrees to go back to the table, I hope its with the stipulation that Karl Stressman is fired first. He has proven be a greedy leader who has no regard for the people he is supposed to be caring for.
If not, who cares, Vegas knows how to party with cowboys! Rodeo Vegas!!