2015 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge Rules
NO PURCHASE OR WIRELESS DEVICE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS OPEN TO PERSONS WHO ARE: (A) REGISTERED USERS; (B) LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, PUERTO RICO OR CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC); (C) AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN THEIR STATE OR PROVINCE OF RESIDENCE, AT THE DATE OF ENTRY IN THE SWEEPSTAKES; AND (D) WITH A VALID DRIVER.S LICENSE IN THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE. VOID IN QUEBEC, ALL OTHER US TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. DATA RATES MAY APPLY.
2015 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge
Welcome to the 2015 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge (the "Sweepstakes"), which is a competition based on results of the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament (the "Tournament"), administered via the Internet website accessible at www.cbssports.com (the "CBS Sports Service"). On March 15, 2015, the Tournament's selection committee will seed the qualifying college basketball teams of the Tournament. Participants will attempt to select/pick the winners of all the games of the Tournament, presented on the CBS Sports Service in the form of a bracket (the "Bracket(s)"). Participants will earn points by correctly predicting, through their Bracket, the winning team of certain of the basketball games of the Tournament. The number of points awarded for each correct pick of a winning game of the Tournament will increase with each round of the Tournament. The exact number of points and how these are awarded in this Sweepstakes is set forth in the Making Picks section below. One Grand Prize (as defined below) will be awarded to a randomly-selected Participant who is among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in this Sweepstakes, as described in Section 3 of these official rules ("Official Rules").
The Sweepstakes allows for early sign-up to begin on or about Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, the Sweepstakes will commence on March 15, 2015 and run through the final game of the Tournament scheduled for April 6, 2015 (the "Sweepstakes Period").
The Sweepstakes is FREE to play. No purchase, entry fee or wireless device necessary to enter or win. If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smart phone, tablet or wireless device that allows you access to the internet, you may also enter the Sweepstakes via any of those devices during the Sweepstakes Period. In such event, you may be charged text message and/or data rates in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of your Service Agreement with your wireless carrier. Each wireless carrier's rate plan may vary, and participants should contact their wireless carrier for information on rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this Sweepstakes
CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Administrator of Sweepstakes and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding violations of the rules.
To participate in the Sweepstakes, you must: (a) be a Registered User (as defined below); (b) be a legal resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec); (c) have a valid driver's license in your State of residence; and (d) be at least 18 years old or age of majority, whichever is older in state or province of residence, at the date of entry in this Sweepstakes. Void in Quebec, all other US Territories and Possessions and where prohibited by law.
For purposes of these Official Rules, "Registered User" means a person who has successfully completed the registration form and has obtained a User Identification ("ID") and associated password ("Password") on one of the CBSI network of Websites which currently include the following: CBSSports.com or NCAA.com.
If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the registration form for the CBS Sports Service or by going here on the CBS Sports Service. There is no fee or charge for you to become a Registered User.
Employees of CBSI, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Infiniti, a Division of Nissan North America Inc., (collectively, the "Sweepstakes Entities") and each of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible to win. Immediate family member or household is defined as a parent, sibling, child or spouse or any person residing in the same household as an employee of the Sweepstakes Entities. Void where prohibited by law. Such excluded employees and/or family members may play, but WILL NOT be eligible to be awarded and/or receive the Grand Prize.
Registered Users can sign up for the Sweepstakes at any time by visiting the CBS Sports Service prior to the start of the second round of the Tournament, on March 19, 2015. Users must go to the URL: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/games and follow the onscreen instructions (the "Onscreen Instructions") in order to enter the Sweepstakes and become a participant ("Participant(s)"). Onscreen Instructions are incorporated by reference in these Official Rules.
Brackets will be filled, by Administrator, on March 15, 2015 and posted on-line on the Sweepstakes related pages on the CBS Sports Service. Participant's registration into the Sweepstakes and Bracket picks must be submitted by 11:00 AM ET on March 19, 2015. The Administrator may send a reminder e-mail on March 16 - 18, 2015 to Participants who have signed up early but haven't yet submitted picks.
After you sign up, you will have access to an on-line brackets page listing 60 of the 68 eligible NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament teams and their round one match-ups.
Note: The 61st through 64th teams will be determined by the first round of the Tournament games on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 and Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Those games will not be counted in this Sweepstakes. Prior to completion of those games, the 61st through 64th teams will be listed on our brackets page as "Team 1/Team 2" type format and Participants are free to pick "Team 1/Team 2" in the first round if they want to submit picks before such games are completed.
Participants must enter their projected winners of 63 remaining games of the Tournament, round by round, beginning with the second round. Beginning with the second round of the Tournament, the Administrator will weigh predictions for each successive round more heavily than the previous round in accordance with the table below. Points will be awarded by multiplying your number of correct predictions of winning teams in each round of the Sweepstakes by the weight assigned to each applicable round. For example, you would receive five (5) points for five correct predictions of winning teams in the second round, and ten (10) points for five correct predictions of winning teams in the third round. You will receive an individual score for each of the six Tournament rounds (rounds 2 to 7) that accumulate points in the Sweepstakes; and an overall score, which is the combined total of your individual round scores.
One (1) grand prize (the "Grand Prize") will be awarded to a randomly-selected Participant who is among the top ten percent (10%) of eligible point scorers in this Sweepstakes. Grand Prize Winner (the "Prize Winner") will receive Four (4) 2016 Final Four tickets* (tickets include entry into the Semi-Finals and Final games) and Six Thousand Dollars (US $6,000) travel cash toward luxury hotel accommodations, airline tickets to and from Houston, Texas and ground transportation for up to four people. Travel cash portion of the Grand Prize is to be awarded in the form of a check. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of Grand Prize is Ten Thousand Dollars (US$10,000.00).
Certain Prize Restrictions:
PRIZE WINNER AND GUEST(S) ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO GROUND TRANSPORTATION, AIRLINE TICKETS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.
Should any of the Semi-Finals and/or the Final games portion of the Grand Prize be canceled, postponed or in any way abbreviated, the Sweepstakes Entities shall have no liability or further obligation to the winner other than to supply the travel cash as described, minus the 2014 Final Four tickets. Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by the NCAA. Seat locations will be determined by the Administrator. The Sweepstakes Entities, and/or any other relevant party, reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to any winner and/or guest who engages in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the game. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as part of the Grand Prize will govern in the event any Final Four game is not played due to weather, an act of God, threat or act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Cash cannot be substituted for the tickets included as part of the Grand Prize unless otherwise agreed to by the Administrator. Unused tickets cannot be refunded, exchanged for cash or applied towards tickets for any subsequent years. No responsibility is assumed by the Sweepstakes Entities for any cancelled rescheduled, delayed or postponed game in whole or in part. Meals, gratuities and all other costs and expenses not specified herein, including taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the Prize Winner. All Grand Prize details are at the sole discretion of the Administrator.
Grand Prize drawing will be held on or around Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Prize Winner will be chosen at random from among the top ten percent (10%) top scorers from amongst all eligible Participants, based on overall point score. Any potential Prize Winner who is a resident of Canada may be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered online or offline in order to be declared the Prize Winner.
Odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible Participants and their Bracket scores based on the outcome of the 2015 Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament. Potential Prize Winner will be notified by phone and/or by email within a reasonable time after Grand Prize drawing, not to exceed thirty (30) days.
If Prize Winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if Grand Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if Prize Winner declines/rejects his/her Grand Prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules and its requirements, such Grand Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Prize Winner will be selected from all remaining entries from eligible Participants in the top ten percent (10%) scorers. Upon Grand Prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. Administrator will only select up to two (2) alternate Prize Winners. If no contact has been made with the alternates after a reasonable effort has been made, the Grand Prize shall not be awarded.
4. Legal Disclaimers
All Participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of Administrator, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the game.
Potential Prize Winner will be required to sign and return, within ten (10) days of issuance, the Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release, except where prohibited by law. Failure to return such documents within the specified time period and noncompliance with these Official Rules, by potential Prize Winner will be reasons for disqualification, and an alternate Prize Winner, shall selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable).
Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winner's acceptance of the Grand Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use Prize Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, now known or later developed in perpetuity, without further compensation. Additionally, Participants agree to Sweepstakes Entities use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, in any media now known or later developed, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply. The Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line entries or transactions, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a Participant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. CBSI reserves the right to halt or modify the Sweepstakes at any time during the Sweepstakes Period if events beyond their control compromise the Sweepstakes fairness or integrity. In the event that a scheduled game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that week for players on the affected NCAA teams.
The Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner or the distribution of the Grand Prize.
CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any Participant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Grand Prize, and/or require the return of the Grand Prize, if Participant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Sweepstakes or detrimental to other Participants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Sweepstakes registration or Grand Prize claim, violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the Participant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points, tampering with CBSI's administration of this Sweepstakes, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on the CBS Sport Service. Participant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of the Grand Prize and/or return of the Grand Prize shall in no way prevent CBSI from pursuing other avenues of recourse such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct.
CBSI reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is not affiliated with or endorsed by the NCAA or any NCAA team. This is a game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the CBS Sports Service.
This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling.
For the name of the Prize Winner send a self addressed stamped envelope for receipt by April 30, 2015 to "Winner's list: 2015 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge," c/o CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.
For a copy of the Official Rules send a self addressed stamped envelope to the above address marked "Official Rules: 2015 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge," for receipt by April 30, 2015. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self addressed envelope.
If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of CBSI which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, CBSI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, CBSI further reserves the right to select the Prize Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by CBSI. The Sweepstakes Entities assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries or transactions. The Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry or transaction to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes.
Mobile and wireless service is offered on an 'as is' basis, may not be available in all areas at all times, and may not continue to work in the event of product, software, coverage or other service changes made by your wireless carrier. Your wireless service carrier may change or discontinue your service, may charge you additional amounts at any time by giving you prior notice and/or it may discontinue service if you disagree to additional charges.
Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, lost, late, incomplete, corrupted, stolen, misdirected, illegible or postage due entries or mail if applicable; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information. The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotion agencies, are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by registration information submitted by end users or tampering, hacking, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes, and assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Sweepstakes.
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, injury or damage to any Participants or to any other person's computer or property related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from this Sweepstakes.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GAME IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, CBSI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH CONTESTANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID will be disqualified.
In the event that the Sweepstakes is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, CBSI reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify Participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Sweepstakes Entities shall have no liability to any Participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, errors and/or ambiguity: (a) in the Sweepstakes; (b) in any related advertising or promotions of this Sweepstakes; and/or (c) in these Official Rules including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner or the distribution of the Grand Prize. In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, Administrators reserve the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes or to correct any such ambiguity or error(s) without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes.
Prize Winner and Grand Prize
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner, the distribution of the Grand Prize, the acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of any part of a the Grand Prize and/or any injury or damage to any Participant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of the Grand Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.
Release and Indemnity
Each Participant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Prize Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Grand Prize, participation in this Sweepstakes and participation in any activity related to this Sweepstakes.
Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties
IN NO EVENT WILL THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES AND/OR THEIR PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE CBS SPORTS SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE CBS SPORTS SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES' TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $100. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE CBS SPORTS SERVICE INCLUDING THE GRAND PRIZE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Sweepstakes. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York, in the City of New York.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the New York state and federal courts located in the City of New York and State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.
NCAA®, SWEET SIXTEEN®, ELITE EIGHT®, and FINAL FOUR® are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA is neither a sponsor nor administrator of this promotion.
Sponsor/Prize Provider/Administrator's Mailing Address
CBS Interactive Inc. 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.