NO PURCHASE OR USE OF 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: (A) ARE REGISTERED USERS (DEFINED BELOW); (B) ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, PUERTO RICO OR CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC); (C) ARE AT LEAST 18 OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER, IN STATE OR PROVINCE OF RESIDENCE, ON DATE OF ENTRY; AND (D) HAVE A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IN THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE. VOID IN QUEBEC, ALL US TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. DATA RATES MAY APPLY.
2017 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets
Welcome to the 2017 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets (the "Sweepstakes"), which is a competition based on results of the 2017 NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament (the "Tournament"), administered via the CBSI (as defined below) Internet website accessible at www.cbssports.com (the "CBS Sports Service"). On March 12, 2017, the selection committee of the Tournament will seed the qualifying college basketball teams of the Tournament. Participants will attempt to select the winners of all the games of the Tournament for each round of play during the Tournament, presented on the CBS Sports Service in the form of a bracket (the "Bracket"). Participants will earn points by correctly predicting the winning teams in the games of the Tournament. The exact number of points awarded in this Sweepstakes is set forth in the "Making Picks" section below. Additional points can be scored as outlined in the "Making Picks" section of these Official Rules. The Prizes (as defined below) will be awarded to randomly selected participants who are among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in each round of this Sweepstakes, as described in the "Prizes" section of these Official Rules.
The Tournament is divided into six (6) individual rounds (each a "Round" collectively, the "Round(s)"), all six (6) Rounds make up the Sweepstakes. Participation in all Rounds is not required, participants can play in one or more Rounds, at their sole discretion. Participation in all six (6) Rounds is encouraged as it may increase the chances of winning, Participants may receive up to a maximum of six (6) entries per person (one per each Round) into the Sweepstakes. Eligible Participants whose scores place them among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in each Round, and among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers over all 6 Rounds, per the scoring rules set forth in the "Making Picks" section below, will be entered into the random prize drawings to win a Prize as described below.
The Sweepstakes allows for early sign-up to begin on or about Thursday, February 22, 2017. Notwithstanding the aforementioned, the Sweepstakes will commence on March 12, 2017 and run through the end of the final game of the Tournament, scheduled for April 3, 2017 (the "Sweepstakes Period").
The Sweepstakes is FREE to play. No purchase, entry fee or use of wireless device necessary to enter or win. If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smartphone, tablet and/or other wireless device that allows you to access this Sweepstakes, you may enter the Sweepstakes via any of those devices during the Sweepstakes Period. If you decide to participate via any such wireless device, you may be charged 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. Access to the Sweepstakes via a smartphone, tablet and/or wireless device 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.
CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Administrator of the Sweepstakes and will be solely responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding violations of the rules.
The Sweepstakes is open to Registered Users who: (a) are legal residents of the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec); (b) possess a valid driver's license issued in your state of residence; and (c) are 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 U.S. 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 includes the following: CBSSports.com and SportsLine.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 on the CBS Sports Service found here. 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 in Quebec and where otherwise 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 (as defined below).
Registered Users can sign up for the Sweepstakes at any time by visiting the CBS Sports Service prior to the start of the first Round of the Tournament, on March 16, 2017. Users must go to the URL: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets and follow the onscreen instructions (the "Onscreen Instructions") in order to enter the Sweepstakes and become a participant ("Participant(s)"). Onscreen Instructions are hereby incorporated by reference in these Official Rules. Limit one (1) entry per person, per round for a maximum of six (6) entries for the entire Sweepstakes Period.
Brackets will be filled, by Administrator, on March 12, 2017 and posted online on the Sweepstakes related pages on the CBS Sports Service. Entries may be completed and submitted starting March 12, 2017 for Round One (1) of the Tournament and, for subsequent Rounds, with the end of the previous Round. Deadlines for submitting your picks for each Round of the Tournament are as follows:
After you sign up and the matchups have been announced, you will have access to the online Bracket page listing 60 of the 68 eligible NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament teams and their match-ups.
Note: The 61st through 64th teams will be determined by the first four (4) games of the Tournament, played on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 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", 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 for all games in a given Round of the Tournament. Participants will receive one (1) point for each team they correctly predict wins its game in the Tournament.
3. Prizes; Winner Selection
The Sweepstakes will award one (1) grand prize (the "Grand Prize") and five (5) runner-up prizes (the "Runner-Up Prize(s)"), as described below (Runner-Up Prizes and Grand Prize collectively, the "Prize(s)"). Potential Prize winners ("Prize Winner(s)") will be selected and contacted in accordance with the terms herein.
Grand Prize: One Grand Prize shall be awarded, which consists of two (2) tickets* to the 2018 Final Four games (tickets include entry into the Semi-Finals and Final games) and Five Hundred Dollars (US$500.00) cash towards travel. The cash portion of the Grand Prize is to be awarded via the CBSI Wallet (as defined below).
Approximate retail value ("ARV") of the Grand Prize is Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (US$2,500.00).
Runner-Up Prizes: There will be a total of five (5) Runner-Up Prizes awarded. Each Runner-Up Prize consists of one (1) Wi-Fi only electronic tablet (e.g. Ipad) with an ARV of Five Hundred Dollars (US$500.00) each. ARV of all Runner-Up Prizes to be awarded is Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (US$2,500.00).
Total ARV of the Prizes to be awarded is Five Thousand Dollars (US$5,000.00).
Grand Prize Restrictions:
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 2018 Final Four tickets. Tickets are subject to 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 the Prize Winner and/or guest(s) 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 games is not played due to weather, an act of God, a 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 WINNER AND GUEST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, GROUND TRANSPORTATION, AIRLINE TICKETS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.
Grand Prize drawing will be held on or around Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Grand Prize, Prize Winner, will be chosen at random by Administrator. Each participant can earn 1 entry into the Grand Prize drawing from each round of the tournament (max of 6 entries), by placing among the top ten percent (10%) of scorers from all eligible Participants in each respective Round of the Tournament. 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.
Runner-Up Prize drawings will be held on or around Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Runner-Up Prizes, Prize Winner, for each Round, will be chosen at random by Administrator. from among the top 10% of scorers from all eligible Participants in the applicable Round of the Sweepstakes (Rounds 1 to 5 only).
Odds of winning a Prize depend on the number of eligible Participants and their Bracket scores based on the outcome of the Tournament. Potential Prize Winner will be notified by phone and/or by email within a reasonable time after the Prize drawings, not to exceed thirty (30) days.
If Prize Winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, or if Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if Prize Winner declines/rejects his/her Prize, or in the event of non-compliance with these Official Rules and its requirements, such Prize will be forfeited, and an alternate Prize Winner will be selected from all remaining entries from eligible Participants in accordance with these Official Rules. Upon 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 Prize shall not be awarded.
4. Legal Disclaimers
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 be selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable).
Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winner's acceptance of a 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 online 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 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 Prizes.
CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any Participant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Prize(s), and/or require the return of the Prize(s), 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 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 Sports Service. Participant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of a Prize and/or return of a 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 Winners send a self-addressed and stamped envelope for receipt by May 15, 2017 to "Winner's list: 2017 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets," c/o CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Requests received after May 15, 2017 will not be fulfilled
For a copy of the Official Rules send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to the above address marked "Official Rules: 2017 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets," for receipt by April 28,2017. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self-addressed envelope. Requests received after April 29, 2017 will not be fulfilled.
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 online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry or transaction to be received due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or 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.
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, and 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, online 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 valid 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 a 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 Winners and Prizes
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(s), the distribution of a Prize, the acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of any part of a Prize and/or any injury or damage to any Participant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of a Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.
Release and Indemnity
Each Participant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Prize Winner(s), 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 a person, including death and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a 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, and 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 California, in the City of San Francisco.
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 CALIFORNIA WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS AND 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 California state and federal courts located in the City of San Francisco and State of California. 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 not a sponsor of this promotion.
Sponsor/Prize Provider/Administrator's Mailing Address
CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.