Rapid City Next stop on Wrangler ProRodeo Tour

The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo will be the next site for contestants to collect points for the Copenhagen Cup Series Standings. The TNN crew will be in town to capture the Tour round on Feb. 4. Contestants will be trying to get one step closer to the $470,000 Copenhagen Cup Finale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, June 14-16.The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo will be the next site for contestants to collect points for the Copenhagen Cup Series Standings. The TNN crew will be in town to capture the Tour round on Feb. 4. Contestants will be trying to get one step closer to the $470,000 Copenhagen Cup Finale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, June 14-16.

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The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo will be the next site for contestants to collect points for the Copenhagen Cup Series Standings. The TNN crew will be in town to capture the Tour round on Feb. 4. Contestants will be trying to get one step closer to the $470,000 Copenhagen Cup Finale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, June 14-16.

The Wrangler ProRodeo Tour consists of a series of winter rodeos that air on TNN featuring the top names in professional rodeo, as well as the top rodeos sanctioned by the PRCA. A final round of competition at each rodeo, with the top 12 contestants in each of seven events (bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding) vie for points in the Copenhagen Cup Series Standings. Those standings determine qualifiers for the Copenhagen Cup Finale.

The Copenhagen Cup Finale is the championship competition of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour. The Finale will take place June 14-16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Contestants reach the Copenhagen Cup Finale by finishing in the top 12 of the Copenhagen Cup Series Standings after the final Tour rodeo. The Finale offers $470,000 in prize money and bonuses. Prize money won on the Tour and at the Finale will be applied to the Jack Daniel’s world standings.

A tournament-style format is used at the Finale, with all 12 contestants in each event competing in preliminary rounds. The top eight in the average then advance to the semifinal round, where all previous scores and times are thrown out. The top four contestants from the semifinals advance to the finals, where scores and times again are erased. The Finale winners are determined by the final round scores and times. Ticket prices are $15, $25, $45 and $100. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office or by calling Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000.

The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo will air on TNN Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. (EDT). The broadcast will be 90 minutes in length. There will be two 60 minute repeats, one on Monday, Feb. 12 at 11 p.m. (EDT) and Friday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. (EDT).

2001 TELEVISION FACTS: * TNN increased Tour coverage from 15 1/2 hours in 2000 to 39 hours in 2001
* TNN will increase coverage of the Copenhagen Cup Finale from 3 1/2 nhours to 4 hours
* TNN will feature Tour broadcasts three times a week during prime time hours from late April to late June
* The Wrangler ProRodeo Winter Tour expanded from eight rodeos in 2000 to 10 in 2001
* Professional rodeo attracted more than 26 million viewers in 2000
* The Tour helped rodeo make significant inroads into prime-time television last year. The number of regular-season rodeo telecasts in 1996 was 17. Thanks to the Tour, that number grew to 50 in 2000.
* In 1997, there was virtually no prime-time rodeo programming on the East Coast. The Tour changed all that in 2000, increasing prime-time programming in the East to a total of 22, including 12 on TNN.