The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors met today and passed two bylaws effective October 1, 2015 and for the 2016 rodeo season. These new bylaws serve to promote the continued quality and popularity of PRCA-sanctioned events.
"This Board is very cohesive and, at the end of the day when we look at the membership-the rodeo committees, contestants, stock contractors and contract personnel-we decided to put in place a couple of items that will better serve the quality and popularity of our sport," said PRCA Board Chairman Keith Martin.
"Three years ago, with the help of our corporate partners, rodeo committees and contestants, the PRCA implemented the Wrangler Champions Challenge, which is televised by the CBS Sports Network to showcase our top competitors and animal athletes. Additionally, with the new 10-year agreements in Las Vegas and Osceola County (Fla.), there is an unprecedented amount of new dollars available to our members," PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman stated. "What the Board did today is look at our history and what has made the PRCA the most successful and popular professional rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. Accordingly, we have taken steps to ensure that future generations of fans and members will continue to enjoy the highest quality rodeo events for years to come."
I. Competing Rodeo Events Bylaws B18.104.22.168-.2
B22.214.171.124 Definition of Competing Rodeo Events.
Competing Rodeo Events are events not sanctioned by the PRCA in which contestants compete in two or more of the following events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping.
B126.96.36.199 Rodeo Committees.
In light of the PRCA's long-standing and ongoing efforts to create popular and successful PRCA-sanctioned professional rodeo competitions and promote rodeo sports in general, including but not limited to creating the National Finals Rodeo event and qualifying points system, soliciting corporate sponsors and television contracts, establishing rodeo rules and regulations, and developing youth and new contestant growth programs-and in order to protect the quality of all PRCA-sanctioned events-any rodeo committee and/or contracting party involved in producing a PRCA-sanctioned event agrees not to schedule, produce, promote or participate in a Competing Rodeo Event seventy-two hours before, during or seventy-two hours after a PRCA-sanctioned event. The PRCA shall have the right to approve specific events that are in conflict with this Bylaw should the PRCA deem any such event to be in the interest of its members and the promotion of professional rodeo sports in general.
II. Conflicting Rodeo Association Interests Bylaws B.188.8.131.52-.2
B184.108.40.206 Definition of Conflicting Rodeo Association.
Conflicting Rodeo Associations are companies, partnerships, associations or other entities whose direct or indirect purpose is to produce, promote, and/or sanction professional rodeo contests in which contestants compete in two or more of the following events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and team roping.
B220.127.116.11 Prohibition on Conflicting Rodeo Association Interests.
In order to ensure that PRCA members-whose popularity and success are the result of participation in PRCA-sanctioned rodeos and related PRCA promotional efforts and activities (and the associated costly investments the PRCA has made in promoting PRCA events and rodeo sports in general)-are not pursuing interests in Conflicting Rodeo Associations while receiving the benefits of PRCA membership and are putting forth their best efforts on behalf of the PRCA, any person applying for PRCA membership who is an officer, board member, employee or has an ownership or financial interest of any form in a Conflicting Rodeo Association shall not be issued a membership, permit or renewal of membership with the PRCA.