PRESS RELEASE: The Cowboy Channel to Broadcast Live Double-Header of Wrangler NFR on Wednesday, December 13th


The Cowboy Channel to Broadcast Live Double-Header of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on Wednesday, December 13th at 1pm ET and 8:45pm ET

Special NFR Go Round Scheduled as Matinee Rodeo Performance After Tragic Events On UNLV Campus Last Week

Las Vegas, Nevada – December 12, 2023 – The Cowboy Channel, the official network of ProRodeo and Home of the National Finals Rodeo, will broadcast live a special matinee rodeo performance on Wednesday, December 13th at 1pm ET/12pm CT/11am MT/10am PT of the Wrangler NFR. This special Go Round of the Wrangler NFR, initially scheduled for Thursday, December 7th, was canceled due to the tragic events that occurred on the UNLV Campus on Wednesday, December 6th. The original $11.5 million purse will remain the same and be paid out in full over the 10 rounds and now nine days of competition versus the original 10 days of competition previously scheduled. According to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Board of Directors and Las Vegas Events Board of Trustees, there will be no public access to this round, so the only way to watch the competition is to tune in to The Cowboy Channel and PRCA on Cowboy Channel+. It’s important to note that due to the timing of this special Wednesday matinee of the Wrangler NFR Go Round, the performance will not broadcast live on RFD-TV and will broadcast exclusively only on The Cowboy Channel and be available for live stream on PRCA on Cowboy Channel+. Viewers are encouraged to tune in for the special Wrangler NFR Go Round broadcast at 1 pm ET, or if unable to watch live, to hit record on their cable/satellite DVR. Then, at 8:45 pm ET, the Wrangler NFR Round 7 will air as originally scheduled, and the broadcast schedule for the Wrangler National Finals Rounds on The Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV will continue as planned, broadcasting every day between now and Saturday, December 16th.

The Cowboy Channel is in its 4th consecutive year as the official media partner of the PRCA and Home of the NFR. Broadcasting on The Cowboy Channel for the surrounding events around the 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo started on Tuesday, December 5th, with the PRCA Back Number Ceremony followed by the PRCA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, December 6th. Although the Wrangler NFR Round 1 did not air as originally planned, The Cowboy Channel started broadcasting live on Thursday, December 7th, from The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center with its original shoulder programming line-up featuring all things happening around Las Vegas around the 10 days of the National Finals Rodeo.

National Finals Rodeo Broadcast Schedule on The Cowboy Channel & RFD-TV
Now through December 16th

  • 4:00pm ET: Zero In
  • 4:30pm ET: Rodeo Deep Dive
  • 5:00pm ET: NFR Tailgate Party
  • 7:00pm ET: Western Sports Round-Up
  • 8:00pm ET: NFR Pre-Show
  • 8:45pm ET: Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
  • 11:30pm ET: NFR Post-Show
  • 12:30am ET: NFR Buckle Presentation

The 2023 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo features the top 120 cowboys and cowgirls in the world for a 9-day, 10-round competition to determine the winners of the coveted PRCA Gold Buckle and a share of the $11.5 million purse.

For the complete broadcast and live streaming schedule of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and more on The Cowboy Channel visit:

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Live streaming + on demand of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and all rodeos throughout the year is available by subscribing to PRCA on Cowboy Channel+.


Raquel Gottsch Koehler




The Cowboy Channel is the Official Network of ProRodeo, and the Home of the National Finals Rodeo, broadcasting live from Las Vegas every December. Headquartered in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, The Cowboy Channel is the first 24-hour television network dedicated to Western sports and the Western lifestyle. The programming features a wide variety of “live” coverage from major Western sporting events showcasing the world’s toughest and most talented cowboys and cowgirls. The Cowboy Channel is available on cable/satellite systems on Altice, Charter Spectrum, DISH, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Verizon FIOS TV, and many other rural cable systems. The Cowboy Channel can all be streamed online via The Cowboy Channel Plus app at COWBOYCHANNELPLUS.COM, DIRECTV NOW, Roku, iOS, Android, Firestick, Apple TV, and Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package. For more information, please visit

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