PUEBLO, Colo. - The Professional Bull Riders and NBC Television Network announced that NBC Sports Network will rebroadcast Championship Sunday from the Built Ford Tough World Finals on Monday, Nov. 5, at 1 a.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET.
The rebroadcast is for fans in the Northeast who were unable to watch the original programming on NBC because of coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The delay in the rebroadcast is an effort to allow fans in affected areas to have power and cable restored.
Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer provides the play-by-play with color commentary by nine-time World Champion and PBR co-founder Ty Murray. Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride and PBR Ring of Honor member J.W. Hart are behind the chutes, while Leah Garcia and Marty Snider handle dirt-level interviews.
The PBR made its network television debut on NBC in 2001, and the network has annually broadcast regular season and Championship Sunday. NBC Sports Network, formerly VERSUS, has broadcast the PBR for 11 years in a row, including more than 25 hours of live event programming with 13 regular season broadcasts in 2012.
Built Ford Tough Series telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer. Hired when the PBR brought television production in house in 2011, Neal has enhanced the broadcast including the addition of the super-slow-motion "X-MO" replay system, and a Telestrator, allowing the color commentators to diagram while analyzing rides.
Silvano Alves became the first rider in history to win back-to-back World Championships, earning a $1 million bonus for winning the 2012 title to bring his season earnings to $1,464,475. In 2011, Alves became the first rider to win the World Championship the year after winning the Rookie of the Year title. Alves ranks fifth in career earnings with $3,248,019, and he surpassed $3 million faster than any bull rider in history, achieving it in 76 events and 28 months. He also reached $2 million (23 months and 58 events), and $1 million (18 months and 47 events) faster than any rider ever.
Robson Palermo became the first rider to win the World Finals event title three times, and is also the first to win it in back-to-back seasons. Palermo earned $304,333, including $250,000 for the World Finals Event title, which he also won in 2008 and 2011.
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