On Feb. 23, the Elite Rodeo Association (ERA), Trevor Brazile, Bobby Mote, and Ryan Motes announced they will not continue with the pending antitrust class action lawsuit against the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) at this time. The decision has come after looking at the real reasons the ERA was formed and why the PRCA’s anticompetitive bylaws were put into place.
An ERA press release indicated ERA leaders were pleased that a court recognized the allegations against the PRCA are serious and authorized the lawsuit to proceed. They concluded, however, that it is better for them, the ERA tour and the sport of rodeo to avoid the distraction of an expensive and long legal battle with the PRCA for now.
“The ERA has always been about creating a rodeo property that is unique to the marketplace and that fans could enjoy,” stated ERA President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Garritano. “The unwavering support and commitment to the vision of the ERA, whether by an owner or participant, has been overwhelming. The idea of showcasing the best rodeo contestants on one stage through a regular-season format that culminates in a championship event and having it all nationally televised has always been the vision.”
Future generations of rodeo contestants will be eligible to compete in the ERA either as participants or owners. The ERA is open to the very best rodeo talent through an ability-driven system like most other professional sports.
“We continue to move forward with the ERA and are excited about the upcoming inaugural season. The fans will be excited to see what we have planned and we will provide a great show for them,” said three-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Tuf Cooper.
The first ERA event is scheduled for March 25-26 in Redmond, Oregon. The season-ending ERA World Championship event will be held in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 9-13.