Bull riders extend Las Vegas finals commitment through 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Professional Bull Riders tour is extending its commitment to holding its annual world finals events in Las Vegas through 2018.

A joint announcement Wednesday by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and PBR executives came at the start of this year’s finals.

Events run through Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.

Organizers announced in August that the PBR finals will move in 2016 from the Thomas & Mack to a new 20,000-seat arena that MGM Resorts is building just off the Las Vegas Strip near Interstate 15.

The PBR finals started in 1994 at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena before moving in 1999 to the 19,000-seat Thomas & Mack arena.