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ARIAT TEXAS RATTLERS (0-2) FINISH EIGHTH AT FIRST-EVER PBR TEAM SERIES REGULAR SEASON EVENT IN CHEYENNE, WYOMING

CHEYENNE, Wy. (July 27, 2022) – At the first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Ariat Texas Rattlers finished eighth.

On the opening night of competition, the Rattlers were narrowly beaten by the Missouri Thunder, falling 89.25-0.

As game play continued Tuesday evening, the Rattlers faced the Kansas City Outlaws. Despite a late-game rally, the Rattlers were defeated by the Outlaws 173-85.75.

In the bonus round, Head Coach Cody Lambert elected to match 2002 PBR World Champion Ednei Caminhas with Night Hawk. While Caminhas was bucked off by the bovine athlete in 5.57 seconds, the effort positioned the Rattlers fifth in the bonus round, earning them 4 points.

Ednei Caminhas bucks off Night Hawk / provided by pbr to tenn texas media

The Ariat Texas Rattlers are now eighth in the regular season standings, having gone 0-2 in game play, amassing 85.75 aggregate and 4 bonus round points.

CBS Sports will air a one-hour highlight show from the season-launch PBR Team Series event in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Sunday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer re-airs and on-demand replays of all the action. PBR RidePass is available on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices via www.pluto.tv.

The PBR Team Series will next travel to T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for Outlaw Days, the first of eight, three-day, team homestands in the 2022 season. The event will be on Friday, August 5 at 7:45 p.m. CT, Saturday, August 6 at 6:45 p.m. CT and Sunday, August 7 at 11:00 a.m. CT.

During the opening night of competition for Outlaw Days on August 5, the Ariat Texas Rattlers will play the Nashville Stampede.

The Ariat Texas Rattlers are based at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, where they will host their inaugural homestand, Rattler Days, on Oct. 7-9.

For more information about Ariat Texas Rattlers, visit https://pbr.com/teams/rattlers/, Texas Rattlers on Facebook, or @TexasRattlers_ on Instagram and Twitter.

CHEYENNE TEAM STANDINGS: Here are the final Team standings for the PBR Team Series: Cheyenne regular season event:

1. Missouri Thunder, 2-0-0-1-263.5

2. Carolina Cowboys, 1-1-0-8-434.5

3. Austin Gamblers, 1-1-0-7-346.5

4. Arizona Ridge Riders, 1-1-0-6-252.75

5. Nashville Stampede, 1-1-0-3-424.75

6. Kansas City Outlaws, 1-1-0-2-173

7. Oklahoma Freedom, 0-2-0-5-176.5

8. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 0-2-0-4-85.75

PBR TEAM SERIES SEASON STANDINGS: Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the season-launch event in Cheyenne, Wyoming:

1. Missouri Thunder, 2-0-0-1-263.5

2. Carolina Cowboys, 1-1-0-8-434.5

3. Austin Gamblers, 1-1-0-7-346.5

4. Arizona Ridge Riders, 1-1-0-6-252.75

5. Nashville Stampede, 1-1-0-3-424.75

6. Kansas City Outlaws, 1-1-0-2-173

7. Oklahoma Freedom, 0-2-0-5-176.5

8. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 0-2-0-4-85.75

GAME RECAP – ARIAT TEXAS RATTLERS VS. KANSAS CITY OUTLAWS:  

Late-Game Surge Earns Kansas City Outlaws First Victory Against Ariat Texas Rattlers

Ariat Texas Rattlers: 85.75

Kansas City Outlaws: 173

The Kansas City Outlaws finally got hot when it counted in the second half of game three Tuesday night in Cheyenne, outlasting the Ariat Texas Rattlers to earn the team’s first victory in the PBR Team Series, 173-85.75. After each team went three up, three down, the scoreboard read 0.00-0.00 as the game eclipsed the halfway point. The momentum, however, was quick to swing. Proving to be a key member of the Kansas City Outlaws, Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana) was first to convert, covering Hundred Bad Days (TNT Bucking Bulls) for 87 points. The Rattlers answered quickly; Rafael Jose de Brito (Potirendaba, Brazil) rode Slim Shady (Hadley Cattle Co.) for 85.75 points, cutting the Outlaws’ lead to a slim 1.25 points with just one rider remaining for each team. First round draft pick Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) was the final rider to compete for the Outlaws in the game’s fifth frame, punctuating his team’s effort with an 86-point score aboard WSM’s Nasty Wishes (WSM Auctioneers/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger). The game then came down to Ariat Texas Rattlers free agent and young gun JC Mortensen (Chino Valley, Arizona). Initially matched with Gangster Bones (TNT Bucking Bulls), Mortensen was unable to leave the chutes, earning a re-ride and heightening the tension on both team benches. Facing Sugar Boom Boom (Cornwell Bucking Bulls/Circle G), Mortensen was unable to be the hero his team needed, coming down in 2.15 seconds. The win was the first for the Kansas City Outlaws (1-1) in Cheyenne, while the Ariat Texas Rattlers (0-2) faced the bonus round winless in game play.

ABOUT THE ARIAT TEXAS RATTLERS:

Under the leadership of General Manager, Mark George the Texas Rattlers, coached by PBR co-founder Cody Lambert, are owned by the Fisher Family, founders of Gap Inc., one of the founding team owners for the launch of the PBR Team Series. Their team will be based in Fort Worth, Texas, competing at Dickies Arena for their inaugural Rattlers Days homestand on October 7-9, the 9th event of the league’s 10-event 2022 PBR Team Series regular season. For decades, the Fisher Family have made investments in footwear and apparel, real estate, and timberland and forest products, and education and sports, including ownership of the Oakland Athletics and San Jose Earthquakes. Through its Ariat brand, the official boot of PBR, the Fisher family have been longtime supporters of PBR. The family is actively involved with a number of philanthropic causes, including SFMOMA, The KIPP Foundation, and UCSF.

ABOUT THE PBR (PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS) TEAM SERIES:

The PBR Team Series is an elite new league that will feature 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 November 4-6.  During the 2022 season, each of the eight teams representing teams in Austin, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Glendale, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Ridgedale, MO; and Winston-Salem, NC will host a three-day homestand.  There will also be neutral site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA. To determine team rosters, the league held a rider draft on May 23 prior to start of the 2022 season among any bull riders who have declared for the draft during a league eligibility window. The PBR Team Series builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game will feature five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters will be comprised of seven riders on the core roster and three practice squad members. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders will be declared the winner of each game. The event winner will be 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 will be carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on PlutoTV.

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