2019 PRCA Rule Book

B11.2.1 Notice and Place of Hearing. Upon the unanimous request of the Contestant Directors to submit a rule change proposal to arbitration, the Contestant Directors shall provide a written “Notice of Arbitration” to all other directors and to the CEO. The CEO shall in turn notify the arbitrator, selected as provided in Section B11.2.2, or one of the alternates if the arbitrator is not available. The arbitrator (or alternate) shall convene a hearing within 10 days of receipt of such notice from the CEO at a time and place to be designated by the arbitrator (or alternate). B11.2.2 Selection of Arbitrator and Rules Governing Arbitration Proceedings. Arbitrations shall be governed by the American Arbitration Association and its rules. Arbitrators for resolution of rule change proposals shall be selected according to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Arbitration procedure shall be in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. B11.2.3 Presentation of Positions. The Board members favoring adoption of the rule change proposal and the Board members disapproving of the adoption of such proposal shall each designate a representative to be a spokesperson for their position. The spokespersons so designated (which may but need not be Board members) shall present their respective positions to the arbitrator. The arbitrator may call such additional witnesses or request such additional information as may be desired to provide a better understanding of the issues at hand. B11.2.4 Standard for Determination. The arbitrator shall have full power to decide whether or not the rule change proposal should be implemented. The arbitrator shall decide whether the rule change proposal should be implemented based on the standard of “Whether the rule change proposal is equitable in balancing the interests of the competing cowboy and the progress of the sport of rodeo in general.” B11.2.5 Arbitrator’s Decision Is Final and Binding. The decision of the arbitrator shall be made within 10 days after the close of the hearing and such decision shall be final and binding upon all parties.




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