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The Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) was the elite series tour of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) competitions from 2003 to 2017. It was a 30-city event series culminating in the PBR World Finals every year, which was held first at the Thomas & Mack Center until 2015 and then at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in the United States until its conclusion. The top 35 riders of the PBR competed in the BFTS with the rankings determined by points won. Only the top 35 riders in the points standings could achieve seeded positions on the tour, while riders below that standard may have needed to ride on one of the PBR's minor league tours (the Touring Pro Division or the Velocity Tour) in order to earn their way back onto the BFTS tour. A win at one of the minor league events guaranteed a rider one entry into a Built Ford Tough Series event, and the rider could stay on the tour if he earned enough points to get into the top 35 of the BFTS standings.
This tour was called the Bud Light Cup (BLC) from 1994 to 2002. In 2003, the Ford Motor Company became the principal sponsor, using the long-time slogan for their trucks. It started off with 9 events in its inaugural season of 1994, increasing the number of cities visited over the years, with 29 starting in 1999, and increased to 30 in 2005. There were 26 BFTS events in the 2017 season, as well as the World Finals in Las Vegas.
During select events, there was also a special round of bull riding, separate from the main rounds, called the "15/15 Bucking Battle", in which the top 15 riders on the BFTS (based on points at the time of the event) faced off against some of the top bulls in an attempt to earn additional points. While they didn't count towards the event itself, any extra points earned counted towards their position on the BFTS standings.
From 2000 to 2006, the rider with the highest score in the first round during two-day events (or second round during three-day events) would compete in the Mossy Oak Shootout, where they would attempt a bull in order to earn a bounty; the minimum prize was $5,000 but would increase by $5,000 if the rider bucked off the bull, and the bounty would continue to increase until a bull was ridden, after which it would be reset to $5,000. The Mossy Oak Shootout was discontinued after the 2006 season.
At the conclusion of every regular season, the top 35 riders in the world (based on the number of points earned) as well as the top finishers from the PBR's international tours (Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico) are invited to compete at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. From 1994 to 1998, the Finals took place at the MGM Grand Arena, then moved to the Thomas & Mack Center from 1999 to 2015. Since 2016, the Finals are held at the T-Mobile Arena.
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