Hicks Thomas LLP is currently representing Reese Riemer, a rodeo professional
from Stinnett, Texas, in a lawsuit against RFD-TV and its affiliated entities
RMG Events of Nashville, Tennessee and Rural Media Group Inc. of Gretna,
Nebraska after they refused to pay his winnings from 2015’s The
American rodeo competition.
Advertised as the largest one-day rodeo in history, RFD-TV’s The
American was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 1,
2015. A sum of $100,000 in prize money was guaranteed to winners in each
individual competition. Unique to this event, The American also guaranteed
an additional $1 million from a “side pot” for event winners
who qualified through preliminary competitions. Mr. Riemer, a tie-down
roper, was one of two qualifiers to share in this additional sum at the
conclusion of the competition.
After the event, Mr. Riemer was flown to Nashville for interviews with
the network. Afterwards, he was informed by officials that a stop payment
had been placed on the check for his winnings. According to the lawsuit,
RFD-TV relied on rumors that an agreement had allegedly been made to split
the purse. Mr. Riemer reported that he and other competitors had been
threatened with stop payments and even jail time by the network’s CEO.
Although Mr. Riemer has been publicly acknowledged by the network as the
winner of the event, RFD Network has still failed to pay him his winnings.
According to Attorney John B. Thomas, there is “no legal justification”
for this failure, nor is there any evidence that Mr. Riemer agreed to
share the proceeds or engage in any other form of wrongdoing.
The case is
Reese Riemer v. Rural Media Group, et al, No. 2:16-cv-00031-J, in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of Texas in Amarillo.
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