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Dallas, Austin Now In Consideration As Possible Hosts For National Finals Rodeo

Four cities are hoping to host next year's National Finals Rodeo
Dallas is "among four cities being considered to host the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when the contract is renewed next year," according to a source cited by Brett Hoffman of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELGRAM. The source said that American Airlines Center "would be the host venue" for the event if Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association organizers "opt to move the NFR to Dallas in 2015 after holding it for three decades at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center." The source added that a delegation from the PRCA this past week "conducted site visits in Dallas, Austin and Orlando." Hoffman notes Las Vegas is "still negotiating with the PRCA for the contract renewal." The PRCA BOD on Dec. 15 voted "to reject the terms of the financial offer from Las Vegas Events to extend the NFR contract" past '14. The BOD voted "only on the offer, but not on whether to leave Las Vegas." Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and AT&T Stadium in recent years have "been listed as likely candidates to someday host the NFR, but not during this contract renewal negotiation period" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/15). In Las Vegas, Alan Snel reports the PRCA yesterday "submitted a counteroffer" to LVE regarding the NFR. The LVE BOD is planning to meet tomorrow "to start evaluating the proposed deal." But LVE VP/Marketing & Communications Michael Mack said there is "no set timeline for a response." Snel notes both the Osceola County, Fla., and Dallas offers "are more lucrative than the Las Vegas offer, which included" a $6.2M purse for NFR cowboy contestants (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/15).
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