PETITION TO BE SENT TO THE PBR:
Readers: Please post your names (or screen names) and whereabouts as comments to this post. They will be added to this petition and sent to each executive at the PBR.
Jeffrey Pollack, Sean Gleason, M. Dockery Clark, Jay Daugherty, Rodd Granger, Kevin Camper, Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr., David K. Schaible, Richard H. Patterson, Thomas L. Teague
In your effort to move bull riding into the mainstream and expand its audience, you are sacrificing the original feeling of the sport by getting rid of authenticity, in the person of Justin McKee, and introducing what you perceive as contemporary personnel. These changes are not improvements.
If you read the comments on the PBR web site and on every other fan site and blog, you’ll see them running 99 to 1 in favor of McKee. Nobody likes Erin Coscarelli, and almost no one likes Craig Hummer. You certainly must be aware that people detested the NBC commentators, who knew next to nothing about bull riding.
People also intensely dislike the male voice that leads in to the broadcast, and the female voice scattered throughout. He’s the worst cornpone stereotype, and she’s smarmy.
The synergy between McKee and anyone he partners with works because of McKee’s spark. He balances anyone else’s deficiencies or gaffes. He’s not perfect, but he’s unique.
In spite of improved camera work, broadcasts are now tedious because there is no single knowledgeable commentator with the right sense of humor for the job. Ty Murray is supremely knowledgeable, but doesn’t have the spark. Craig Hummer is unbearably motor-mouthed, and half of what he says is either crashingly obvious or makes no sense.
The Anaheim broadcasts consisted of two, three, or at the most four rides, interspersed with up to seven commercials at a time. Coscarelli might as well not have been there, for all she contributed. Leah Garcia’s absence is another glaring error on the PBR’s part.
We are asking you to please reinstate Justin McKee as commentator for the PBR broadcasts.