After an amazing event at Madison Square Garden to kick off 2014, the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series travels to Chicago for the next event on the schedule.
Fabiano Vieira won the first event of the new season on Jan. 5, and all eyes will be focused on how he follows up his stellar performance.
The competition in Chicago will be fierce as fan-favorite J. B. Mauney finished second in New York City and will look to bounce back with a strong performance this weekend.
Here is all the vital viewing information for the 2014 PBR Chicago Invitational.
Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.
When: Saturday Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. CT and Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. CT
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Live Stream: PBR Live
|Full 2014 PBR Chicago Invitational Schedule|
|Date||Event||Time (CT)||TV Info|
|Jan. 11||Round 1||8 p.m. ET||CBS Sports Network and PBR Live|
|Jan. 12||Round 2 and Finals||2 p.m. ET||CBS Sports Network and PBR Live|
Riders to Watch
At 31 years old, Brazilian bull rider Fabiano Vieira is still gaining experience at the sport’s highest level. Consistency has been an issue, but his seven event victories in 70 starts is very impressive.
Add in the huge win last week at Madison Square Garden, and Vieira is becoming a top star in the sport. How he follows up his success, though, will be the key for the rest of the season.
Vieira had a lackluster season in 2013—amassing only seven top-10 finishes—and he understood the importance of starting strong in 2014. He has won two events in each of the last three seasons and has not been able to get over the hump to become an elite rider.
The hope is that a victory to open the season will give the veteran rider momentum heading into Chicago and through the rest of the schedule.
After holding off Mauney (finished second), Vieira should be brimming with confidence.
J. B. Mauney
While Vieira was able to steal the first win of the season, J. B. Mauney finished second and looked as if he was in the best shape of his career.
For one of the best riders in the recent history of the sport, the idea of getting better should be terrifying for his competition.
Mauney has ridden in an astounding 223 events and has amassed 23 event wins during his career. He has become a fan favorite for his willingness to take on the toughest bulls and his hard-nosed style.
As if his confidence wasn’t enough to get the fans on his side, Mauney’s five wins, 11 top-five finishes, 14 top-10 finishes and eight 90-point rides in 26 events last year don’t hurt his popularity, either.
After dominating in New York City, the biggest threat to unseat Vieira in Chicago is Mauney.