2013 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge Rules
NO PURCHASE 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 ONE (1) OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON D.C., PUERTO RICO OR CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC); (C) AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN THEIR STATE 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 AND ALL OTHER US TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
2013 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge
Welcome to the 2013 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge (the "Sweepstakes"), which is a competition based on results of the 2013 NCAA® Division I Men's College Basketball Tournament (the "Tournament"). On March 17, 2013, the selection committee will seed the qualifying college basketball teams of the Tournament. Participants will attempt to select the winners of all the games of the Tournament. Participants will earn points by correctly predicting the winning team in the different games of the Tournament. The number of points awarded for each correct pick of a winning team in a game of the Tournament will increase with each round of the Tournament. The exact number of points awarded in this Sweepstakes is set forth in the Making Picks section below. The grand prize (the "Grand Prize") will be awarded to a randomly-selected Participant (as defined below) who is among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in this Sweepstakes, as described in the Prizes section of these official rules ("Official Rules").
Early sign-up will begin on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. The Sweepstakes will commence on March 17, 2013 and will run through the final game of the Tournament scheduled for April 8, 2013 ("Sweepstakes Period").
The Sweepstakes is FREE to play. No purchase or entry fee necessary to enter or win.
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 be eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes, you must be: (a) a Registered User (as defined below); (b) a legal resident of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec); (c) with a valid driver's license in their State of residence; and (d) at least 18 years old or age of majority, whichever is older in state of residence, at the date of entry in this Sweepstakes. Void in Quebec, and 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: CBS.com, CBSSports.com, NFL.com and/or CBSgames.com.
If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the CBSSports.com ("CBS Sports Service") registration form by going here on the CBS Sports Service. There is no fee or charge to 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 win the Grand Prize. Limit of three (3) entries per Participant.
Registered Users can sign up any time by visiting the CBS Sports Service prior to the start of the Tournament no later than 11:00 am ET on March 21, 2013. Participants must go to the URL: www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/games and follow the onscreen instructions (the "Onscreen Instructions") in order to enter ("Participant(s)"). Onscreen Instructions are incorporated by reference in these Official Rules.
Brackets will be filled on March 17, 2013 and posted on-line on the Sweepstakes page of the CBS Sports Service. Participant's picks must be submitted by 11:00 AM ET on March 21, 2013. The Administrator may send a reminder e-mail on March 18-20, 2013 to Participants who have signed up but haven't yet submitted picks.
After you sign up for the Sweepstakes, 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 projected match-ups.
Note: The 61st through 64th teams will be determined by the first round of the Tournament games on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 and Wednesday, March 20, 2013. 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 complete.
Participants must enter their projected winners for all sixty-three (63) games to be played for the duration of the Tournament, round by round, beginning with the second round. Beginning with the second round, the Administrator will weigh predictions for each successive round more heavily than the previous round in accordance with the table below. Points in the Sweepstakes will be awarded by multiplying your number of correct predictions of winning teams in each round of the Tournament 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. There is a limit of three (3) entries per Participant.
One (1) 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 2014 Final Four tickets* (tickets include Semi-Finals games and Final game) and Six Thousand Dollars (US$6,000.00) cash for luxury hotel accommodations, airline tickets to and from Arlington, TX and ground transportation for up to four people. The money 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 Apply:
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 the game 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 game tickets. Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by the NCAA. Seat locations will be solely 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 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 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 ticket awarded as 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 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 16, 2013. Prize Winner will be chosen at random from among the top ten percent (10%) of 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 an official winner.
Odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the number of eligible Participants and the outcome of the 2013 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 or Grand Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if Prize Winner rejects his/her Grand Prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules and requirements, such Grand Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Prize Winner selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable). Upon Grand Prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.
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 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 shall be considered as noncompliance with these Official Rules and 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 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, in perpetuity, without further compensation. 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 game.
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 for the Grand Prize 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 for the Grand 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 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 Official 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, 2013 to "Winner's list: 2013 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: 2013 CBSSports.com Bracket Challenge," for receipt by April 14, 2013. 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.
Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents (collectively, "Released Entities"), 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 Entities 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 Released Entities assume no liability and are not responsible for, and all Participants 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 Released Entities, 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 Grand 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 Released Entities 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 Released Entities 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 and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. Released Entities are not responsible if Sweepstakes cannot take place or if the Grand Prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.
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 County of New York and State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.
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Sponsor/Prize Provider/Administrator's Mailing Address
CBS Interactive Inc. 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.