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PBR: Music City Knockout

Presented by Jack Daniel's Distillery at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville TN

Aug 24 - 25 2019
PBR: Music City Knockout

Professional Bull Riders brings the Music City Knockout a two-day, head-to-head, bracket-style event, and the only one of its kind, featuring the world’s top bull riders and bovine athletes. Some of the top bull riders in the world will travel to Music City and compete for a full two hours offering thrilling excitement for attendees such as Bareback Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping.

As a PBR Major, riders compete for both increased prize money and world points. At a regular-season, two-day event a rider has the potential to earn 700 world points, with the victor guaranteed a check for $30,000. However, as a Major, one rider could leave Nashville with a check for $100,000 and as many as 1,250 world points. Additionally, the rider who records the highest marked ride will also receive a $26,000 bonus.

This season, the Jack Daniel’s Music City Knockout, presented by Cooper Tires will feature a new, progressive-elimination format, making its “hold on and advance” scheme one of the most challenging bull riding events in the world to win.

Each of the Top 35 bull riders on the PBR Unleash The Beast, in addition to four Velocity Tour and one Hispanic invite, will attempt one bull each in Round 1, aiming to make the 8-second buzzer. If a rider successfully covers his bull, he will advance to the next round. If he gets bucked off, he is finished. The Major is a minimum of two rounds and a maximum of five, with at least 25 riders advancing to Round 2. If fewer than 25 riders advance to Round 2, the remaining spots in the draw will be filled by the world standings heading into the event.

Historically, the Nashville event has been won eight times by a PBR World Champion.Davis is the lone rider to win in the Music City in the same year he captured the coveted gold buckle; 1997 World Champion Michael Gaffney (1996) and three-time World Champion Adriano Moraes (2000), both won the title the year following their victory in Nashville. Two-time World Champion Justin McBride (2002 and 2008) won the event after earning his second championship in 2007. The other World Champions to stand atop the shark cage in Nashville are: 1996 World Champion Owen Washburn (2004), 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi (2013) and reigning World Champion Kaique Pacheco (2015).

In 2019, five World Champions are expected to contend for the event title, with past winners Pacheco and Davis set to be joined by three-time World Champion Silvano Alves, two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney and 2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood.  

Additionally, in the 20 trips that PBR’s premier series has made to the city, only three riders have won the Major multiple times: Terry Don West (1998 and 1999), two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride (2002 and 2008) and Robson Palermo (2007 and 2012). This season, Teel, alongside past winners Chase Outlaw (2014), Pacheco and Fabiano Vieira (2017), all of whom are anticipated to compete, will look to join the elite ranks of multi-time victors.

The remaining event winners include: Jerome Davis (1997), Dusty LaBeth (2001), Billy Robinson (2003), Cody Ford (2009) and Ben Jones (2010).

Source: Bridgestone Arena.



$10-$110/Ticket; On Sale Monday, April 22 at 10AM

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Bridgestone Arena

501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
(Neighborhood: Downtown)

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    • Assisted Listening System
    • Sign Language
    • Wheelchair Access
  • Accessible entrances are located at the 5th Avenue Broadway Entrance, Demonbreun entrance, and at all five (5) entry points in the 6th Avenue Garage.
  • Accessible Restrooms are located throughout the
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