unday Treat: PBR Global Cup USA Returns to CBS
One of the marque events during the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) season is the Global Cup – a five-nation tournament akin to the “Olympics of bull riding.”
PBR is an individual sport – a lone man vs. beast showdown. However, the PBR Global Cup turns that notion on its head, placing riders on teams to create additional chemistry, enthusiasm, comradery and atmosphere that ratchets up the excitement level of an already riveting sport.
A band of brothers comes together on each team under their native country’s flag, putting it all on the line for bragging rights to be called the world’s best bull riding nation.
With the Coronavirus putting major professional sports on pause, this Sunday, PBR had been scheduled to bring its traveling road show to Billings, Montana to hold a three-day Unleash The Beast event.
Instead, on television, the sport will revisit one of the most exciting events of a season now ground to a halt – when the prestigious PBR Global Cup returned to the United States, bucking into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in February for the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy.
While CBS Sports had broadcast the initial bonus round of the 2020 PBR Global Cup USA, this is the first time that action from the final day of competition, including Round 2 and the second bonus round, will be seen on free broadcast television.
This special look-back broadcast features a real treat.
Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, a familiar face and voice to fans in analyzing Unleash The Beast action from the CBS Sports booth, was off-mic and in the chutes for Global Cup as a coach. (McBride has coached for the red-white-and-blue in all four editions of the international team tournament.) Now, he’s returning to the booth with his partner PBR on CBS play-by-play man Craig Hummer, to go deep into analyzing key moments in Team USA Eagles’ run to becoming the first nation to defend home soil at a PBR Global Cup.
There is always plenty of drama in a Global Cup, and this past February was no exception.
McBride and Hummer will go ride-for-ride in revisiting Australia’s come-from-behind push that nearly surprised the sports world; Team Brazil’s shocking fall from glory; and a few unexpected big rides from the Team Mexico and Canada. Of course, they’ll go deepest on the biggest moments in America’s rise to glory.
Fans can tune into Keep Riding 2020 PBR Global Cup, presented by Monster Energy, on CBS Sports on Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET (check your local listings).