Athens, GA (Dec 2, 2008) - The time has arrived, The 2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicks off in Las Vegas this week. This event, considered to be the Super Bowl of Rodeo for many fans, is looked forward to with great anticipation. For those who cannot make it to Las Vegas for the event, they look forward to watching it on television. However, to do so, they have to watch until 2:30 in the morning in many parts of the country. One fan expressed his displeasure with this comment on the television schedule posted on this site:
Who in the hell wants to watch the NFR Finals at 2 a.m.? If ESPN doesn't want to broadcast during prime time, get another network to cover it. I've been a long time fan of the NFR but this schedule is ridiculous.
For this fan, it might seem like a fair question. But what about the flipside? What if ESPN did not carry the event at all? What other national network would pick it up? This is worth considering as ESPN builds up its inventory of sports properties. As ESPN adds to its inventory, will non-mainstream sports such as the NFR get pushed off the network entirely?
2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Television Broadcast Schedule