The title of a new PBR special airing on CBS Sports tomorrow is right on.
“A Race for the Ages” is perfect. That’s exactly what fans got this year as the world’s best rode the best.
Following one of the most intriguing, dramatic and heated races for a PBR World Championship, PBR will recap the complete 2019 season with this special program on CBS – the sport’s television home – at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 23.
Throughout the season, which began last January at Madison Square Garden in New York with a resurgent Jess Lockwood taking the first major and went down to the final out in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 10, five riders set themselves apart, conquering rank bulls in the clutch to pick up points at a breakneck pace until Lockwood emerged the world’s top bull-riding cowboy.
In the one-hour A PBR Race for the Ages, PBR on CBS play-by-play announcer Craig Hummer and PBR legend Justin McBride will dissect the torrid race for championship that led to the most prestigious event in bull riding, the World Finals. Hummer and McBride will recap and analyze the season’s top on-the-dirt moments leading into five nights of punishing competition at one of the most challenging finals in sports.
Lockwood, who put up four 90-point rides in T-Mobile Arena to become the sport’s youngest 2-time World Champion, also joins the broadcast team to speak about his season, capped by an stunning comeback over Brazilian cowboy Jose Vitor Leme.
Lockwood had said he was thoroughly disappointed with his 2018 season following his first championship. He promptly went out and won two of his first three events in 2019 and finished in the top five of five of his first six. But then, as a member of Team USA Eagles at the PBR Global Cup, he broke his collarbone and was sidelined for three months.
When Lockwood came back, across PBR’s divisions, he won twice in June, though, three times in July and three times in August, including the first two events of the second half in Tulsa and Houston, to close in on the 23-year-old Leme.
It’s easy to forget that Leme showed up in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and actually padded his lead over No. 2 Lockwood courtesy of his 2-for-3 showing at the 2019 Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals. After entering the final regular-season event of the year with a 321.66-point lead over the No. 2 Lockwood, Leme rode into World Finals 749.16 out front.
Leme didn’t lose the championship. Lockwood went on a tear to win it.
Leme actually rode four of his bulls at World Finals, but Lockwood was one bull better, hitting home run after home run with his four 90-point rides. Jess would win the event title and the world title surpassing Leme by 852.51 points
There are many more intriguing story lines to recap in this season’s ferocious race to the top of the Can-Am Cage for the gold buckle Lockwood captured in T-Mobile Arena and fans will see it all Saturday on CBS with “A Race for the Ages.”