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Big Al's View Of The World

COWBOY SPORTS NEWS MAGAZINE  NOVEMBER 2018


For years all you ever heard was rodeo was never going to be for profit. It was something you did because you enjoyed it and just wanted to live the lifestyle.

Then came along Joe B telling kids at the THSRA Finals in Abilene that you could make money with a rope but you had to work at it. I do believe Joe B might have been onto something there.

I’ve been looking at the payoff at a lot of different rodeos here lately. The payoffs have gotten better each year. The increase is across the spectrum of all rodeos. Prorodeos have historically paid better because they usually have more added money. Here lately even some of the “amateur” association rodeos are starting to pay as good if not better than pro shows.

Sterling Smith won the average at the Texas Circuit Finals in Waco this past January. His average check was $3,025. He just won the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Finals a few weeks back. His average check for the CPRA Finals was $3,800. His total take for the CPRA Finals was right at $8,000. Not much “amateur” to the checks when he cashed them was there?

Now I know a lot of the increase in payouts is because the fees are more these days than they were back in the day. I personally don’t have a problem with the higher fees. It takes the same amount of fuel, wear on your rig and time to get there regardless of what the fees are. You might as well rope for some money when you get there. As long as you don’t see a reduction in entries I think the higher fees work better. The CPRA recently bumped the calf roping fees to $120 if the rodeo has more than $500 added in the calf roping. I think they should have done this a long time ago. If you can still get 50-60 ropers with $120 fees I don’t see a problem with it.

Lester Meier raised his fees a few years back. He also pays day money in most events. A man can win his perf and basically get his fees back. You might not place in the rodeo but you are already even when you leave town. Well, as even as you can get with a $25,000 horse, $60,000 truck and $85,000 trailer. I guess if you figure the $3 diesel we are paying here lately “even” might take on another idea.

What I’m getting at is that if a young person really wants to work hard there is a way you can make a living with a rope. That rope can be braided also. Just look at Sage Kimsey, Ty Murray, Ross Coleman and countless other bull riders. Each of these has built a nice ranch with his rodeo winnings from the years. Today’s rodeo cowboys are smart. They are investing their winnings into land, cattle and stock.

Not that the cowboys from yesteryear weren’t smart. Many of them have kids living on ranches that were paid for with a rope. Many of them came from ranches and paid the mortgage with winnings.

You’re not going to be become a millionaire without hard work in any sport or business. Rodeo is no different. Those ranches weren’t paid for down at the local jackpot. They were earned from miles and hours on the road away from family. Eating from truck stops and sleeping in places where you had one eye open the whole time.

Rodeo might not be America’s #1 paying sport, but we are getting there. With the advent of the WCRA, The American, The World Series Of Team Roping and countless others to come, many a cowboy has slept a little better at night knowing he can pay his house note this month.

Not everyone can win the big bucks. It’s the same for gambling. For every big jackpot there are 100 people sitting at the 25 cent machines.

Dropping quarters,

Big Al

 


November2018 Cowboy Sports News Magazine

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