2015 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets Rules
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2015 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets
Welcome to the 2015 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets! The 2015 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets (the "Sweepstakes") is a competition based on results of the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament (the "Tournament"). On March 15, 2015, 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. Participants will earn points by correctly predicting the winning teams in the games of the Tournament. The exact number of points awarded in this Promotion 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 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.
Participants will attempt to predict the winning team of the games played in the Tournament. The Tournament is divided into six (6) individual rounds (each a "Round" collectively, the "Round(s)"), all six (6) Rounds make up the Sweepstakes. Participants can play in one or more Rounds. Participation in all Rounds is not required. Eligible Participants who scores place them among the top ten percent (10%) point scorers in each Round - 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 in the "Prizes" section below.
Early sign-up will begin on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The Sweepstakes will run from March 15, 2015 through the final game of the Tournament scheduled for April 6, 2015 (the "Sweepstakes Period").
The Sweepstake 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. This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling or wagering.
CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Administrator of the Sweepstakes and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding violations of the rules.
To be eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes, you must be: (a) a Registered User (as defined herein); (b) a legal resident of the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec); and (c) at least 18 years old or age of majority, whichever is older, in state or province of residence, at the date of entry in the Sweepstakes. Void in Quebec, 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: NCAA.com or CBSSports.com.
If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the CBS Sports Service registration form, accessible at www.cbssports.com ("CBS Sports Service") or by going here on the CBS Sports Service. There is no fee or charge to you to become a Registered User.
Employees of CBS Interactive Inc., 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 (collectively, the "Released Parties") and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible to win. Immediate family member is defined as a parent, sibling 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 receive any prizes.
Registered Users can sign up at any time, starting on February 17, 2015, by visiting the CBSSports.com web site (the "Service") prior to the start of the Tournament on March 19, 2015. Participants will be asked to 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. Onscreen Instructions 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 on March 15, 2015 and posted on-line on the Sweepstakes site. Entries will be completed and submitted starting March 15, 2015 for Round Two (2) 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, you will have access to an online brackets page listing the 2015 NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament teams and their match-ups for the next Round of play scheduled as of the time you sign up.
(Note: The bracket page will list 60 of the 68 eligible Tournament teams and their Round One match-up. The 61st through 64th teams will be determined by the Round One (1) 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 "Team1/Team2" and participants are free to pick " Team1/Team2" in Round Two (2) of their brackets if they want to submit picks before the Round One games are complete.)
Participants must enter their projected winners for all games in a given Round of the Tournament. Participants will receive points equal to the bracket seed number of the team for each team they correctly predict wins its game in the Tournament. For example, in the game of 5 vs 12 bracket seeds, if the 12 seed is correctly picked to win, the participant will receive 12 points for that game. If the 5 seed is correctly picked to win, the participant will receive 5 points for that game.
3. Winner Selection; Prizes
Round by Round Winner Selection
The random Prize drawings will be conducted and Prize Winners chosen from amongst all eligible entries received in accordance with the terms herein. Each eligible participant whose score ranks them in the top 10% of scorers in a particular Round of the Sweepstakes will receive one (1) entry into the Prize drawings. Participants may accrue a maximum of six (6) entries per person (one per round of the Sweepstakes). The random Prize drawings will be conducted approximately 48 hours following the end of the Tournament. The Sweepstakes will award five (5) runner-up prizes (the "Runner-Up Prize(s)"), and one (1) grand prize (the "Grand Prize") as described below (Runner-Up Prizes and Grand Prize collectively, the "Prize(s)"). Potential winners ("Prize Winner(s)") will be contacted within thirty (30) days from drawing date. Potential winners from Canada may be required to correctly answer, without assistance whether mechanical or otherwise, a timed mathematical skill testing question to be administrated over the telephone at a mutually convenient time in order to be confirmed as official winners. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible Participants and the outcome of the 2015 Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament.
Prizes awarded are as follows:
Grand Prize: One Grand Prize shall be awarded which consist of two (2) 2016 Final Four tickets* (tickets include Semi-finals and Final game) and Five Hundred Dollars (US$500.00) cash towards travel. The travel cash portion of the Grand prize is to be awarded in the form of a check.
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) 16.0 GB Wi-Fi 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 WINNER AND GUEST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, GROUND TRANSPORTATION, AIRLINE TICKETS AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.
Certain Prize Restrictions:
Should the game portion of the Grand Prize be canceled, postponed or in any way abbreviated, the Released Parties shall have no liability or further obligation to the winner other than to supply the travel cash as described, minus the game tickets. Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by the NCAA. Seat locations will be determined by CBSI. The Released Parties, and/or any other relevant party, reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to Grand Prize 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 prizes will govern in the event a 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 any tickets part of the Grand Prize unless otherwise agreed 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 Released Parties for any cancelled rescheduled, delayed or postponed game in whole or in part. Transportation, accommodations, meals, gratuities and all other costs and expenses not specified herein, including taxes, if any, are the responsibility of the Grand Prize winner. All Grand Prize details are at the sole discretion of the Administrator.
Participants may enter only once per Sweepstakes' Round. Attempts to enter multiple times for any single round will result in disqualification from that Round. Participants may not play with multiple e-mail addresses, nor may participants use any other device or artifice to play multiple times or as multiple participants.
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 CBSI, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the game.
Potential Prize Winners will be required to sign and return, within fifteen (15) 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, noncompliance with these Official Rules, the return of any Prize or Prize notification or if any potential Prize Winner declines a Prize for any reason, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate Prize Winner 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 Released Party 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 know or later developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Participants agree to Administrator's use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply.
The Released Parties 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 round for the affected NCAA teams.
The Released Parties 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 a Prize Winner or the distribution of a Prize.
CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or a Prize, and/or require the return of a Prize, if entrant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Sweepstakes or detrimental to other entrants. 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 or a Prize through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the entrant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points or a Prize, tampering with CBSI's administration of this promotion, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this Web site. 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 Service.
This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling or wagering.
For the name of the Prize Winners send a self addressed stamped envelope for receipt by April 29, 2015 to "Winner's list: 2015 CBSSports.com Round by Round Brackets," 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 Round by Round Brackets," for receipt by April 6, 2015. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self addressed envelope.
Requests received after April 29, 2015 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 award the Runner-Up Prizes and/or Grand Prize to the eligible participants selected randomly from among the participants whose score resides in the top 10% of all scores in the applicable Round and/or Rounds of the Sweepstakes in accordance with these Official Rules.
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. You may be charged data rates according to 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. 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.
Released Parties 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 Released Parties 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.
Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Released Parties 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 Released Parties, 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.
Released Parties 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 entrants 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 CONTESTANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE SERVICE, ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES 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, Released Parties shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
The Released Parties, 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 a Prize winner or the distribution of a Prize. In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, Administrator reserves 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
Released Parties, 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 a Prize Winner, 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 Winners, hereby release and agree to hold harmless the Released Parties 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 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 RELEASED PARTIES 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 SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES TOTAL LIABILITY TO PARTICIPANT/YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $100. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE SERVICE INCLUDING THE PRIZES ARE 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 participants and/or 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 participants and/or 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.