RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Releases Cash Payout of $293,875 in Mesquite this weekend


FEBRUARY, 21 2014

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RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Releases Cash Payout of $293,875 in Mesquite this weekend

OMAHA, Neb. – This weekend, athletes from across the world will gather to earn their spot in the world’s richest one-day rodeo, RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN. The top-five Semifinal winners from Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping and top-five teams in Team Roping along with the top ten Barrel Racers and one Bull Riding qualifier will advance to THE AMERICAN.

“The payout is nearly $300-thousand in Mesquite for our contestants, giving them a shot to compete for $2 million dollars on March 2,” said Randy Bernard, Rural Media Group CEO and president. “RFD-TV is proud to make Texas-sized payments in the sport of rodeo.”

The qualifiers to THE AMERICAN will compete against the exemptions and the top 10 athletes in the 2013 world standings next weekend. RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN presented by Polaris RANGER will be held on March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the richest one-day rodeo in the history of western sports with a $2 million payout.

Payout Breakdown by event:

Barrel Racing:

First Round: Shoot Out:
1st - $3,682.50 1st - $14,730.00
2nd - $3,068.75 2nd - $12,275.00
3rd - $2,455.00 3rd - $9,820.00
4th - $1,841.254th - $7,365.00
5th - $1,227.505th - $4,910.00

Tie-Down Roping

First Round:Shoot Out:
1st - $3,172.50 1st - $12,690.00
2nd - $2,643.752nd - $10,575.00
3rd - $2,115.003rd - $8,460.00
4th - $1,586.254th - $6,345.00
5th - $1,057.505th - $4,230.00

Team Roping

First Round:Second Round:Shoot Out:
1st - $7,920.00 1st - $7,920.00 1st - $23,760.00
2nd - $5,280.002nd - $5,280.002nd - $15,840.00
3rd - $4,180.003rd - $4,180.003rd - $12,540.00
4th - $3,080.004th - $3,080.004th - $9,240.00
5th - $1,540.005th - $1,540.005th - $4,620.00

Saddle Bronc (One Ride Determination)

1st - $3,500.00
2nd - $2,625.00
3rd - $1,750.00
4th - $875.00

Bareback Riding (One Ride Determination)

1st - $3,800.00
2nd - $2,850.00
3rd - $1,900.00
4th - $950.00

Bull Riding (One Ride Determination)

1st - $4,287.50 5th - $735.00
2nd - $3,062.506th - $490.00
3rd - $1,837.507th - $367.50
4th - $1,225.008th - $245.00

Steer Wrestling

First Round:Second Round:Shoot Out:
1st - $1,760.63 1st- $1,760.631st - $8,216.25
2nd - $1,467.192nd - $1,467.19
2nd - $6,846.88
3rd - $1,173.753rd - $1,173.75
3rd- $5,477.50
4th - $880.314th - $880.31
4th- $4,108.13
5th - $586.885th - $586.88
5th - $2,738.75


Notes to Editors:

About RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER: Taking place at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium on March 2, 2014, with an estimated attendance of 75,000, RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Presented by Polaris RANGER is the single largest 1-day cash prize event in the entire history of rodeo. With $2-million on the line, the best athletes in the world will be gathering in Dallas to compete in one epic day of raw rodeo will, skill and power. THE AMERICAN is inviting the top 10 athletes in each of the traditional rodeo sports as well as the top 10 from the PBR. The top 10 bull riding contestants will be invited after the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, and the remainder of the primary rodeo sports contenders, will be determined after the top ten in the world are named. In addition to the 10 invites, THE AMERICAN will make five additional spots available for any rodeo athlete in the world through five regional qualifiers. If one of those athletes goes on to win their respective event at THE AMERICAN they will split an additional bonus pool of $1-million dollars in prize money. With the help of broadcast partners and sponsors, RFD-TV will be broadcasting the event LIVE on the day, helping to bring the totality of this defining western sports experience to a wide national audience. For more information, please visit: www.americanrodeo.com and www.RFDTV.com. Follow us on Twitter @RFDTVAMERICAN and on find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RFDTVTheAMERICAN

About Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG): Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and western lifestyle. RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RURAL TV, RURAL RADIO on SiriusXM channel 80, RFD-TV the Magazine and RFD-TV the Theatre. RFD-TV, the flagship network for RMG, launched in December 2000. RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on agriculture, equine and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RMG acquired FamilyNet, America’s trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today’s diverse family. RURAL TV produces rural business news covering commodity markets for both cash and futures. Daily productions include Market Day Report and the Rural Evening News. RMG networks are distributed into more than 63-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. RFD-TV The Magazine is the print programming guide for the networks, which has attracted over 180,000 paid subscribers. RFD-TV The Theatre is a 2000 capacity soft seat venue in Branson, MO where entertainment programming is produced. Corporate headquarters are in Omaha, NE, and production operations are in Nashville, TN. For more information, visit www.rfdtv.com, www.myruraltv.com, and www.familynet.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @OfficialRFDTV @RURALTV @FamilyNet @RURALRADIO80