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Las Vegas ready to sweep out Wrangler NFR, but PRCA says, ‘Hang on there, cowboy’

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By John Katsilometes

Mon, Dec 16, 2013 (8:31 p.m.)

Members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and tourism officials in Las Vegas have been working together for years. Twenty nine, to be exact.

To borrow a term, this is not their first rodeo. Far from it.

But what unfolded Sunday afternoon regarding the future of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was a chasm of communication befitting people who had never spoken to one another, let alone shared the same rodeo ring for three decades.

The latest on this astonishing go-round between Las Vegas and its longtime rodeo partner: Las Vegas Events reps have cut off negotiations with the PRCA before any formal contract has been signed to actually move the WNFR out of Las Vegas after 2014.

As LVE officials have stated, there are compelling reasons Las Vegas is finished negotiating (their long-standing offer having been turned back), but the move has left the head of the PRCA saying, in effect, “Hold on there, cowboy.”

On Sunday afternoon, the nine-member PRCA Board of Directors voted to reject the offer made by LVE to return the WNFR to the Thomas & Mack Center after the current contract times out. The vote was 6-3 against the LVE proposal.  MORE

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