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CBS LOCAL’S 2013 NATIONAL PRO FOOTBALL CHALLENGE PROMOTION

Official Rules

 Revised September 5, 2013

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND WASHINGTON, DC, WHO ARE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

1.         How to Enter the Contest:

 

(a)           CBS Local’s 2013 National Pro Football Challenge Promotion (the “Contest”) will begin at 12:01 am ET on August 22, 2013 prior to the beginning of the first game of the 2013 professional regular football season and end on December 29, 2013  at the end of the  2013 professional football regular  season (the “Contest Period”).  The Contest is administered by CBS Local Digital Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Local”).  Enter via any of the following participating CBS Local websites (the “Websites”), however a player may enter only one time.  Entering on multiple Websites or on the same Website more than one time will result in disqualification of all entries:

 

http://atlantaprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://baltimoreprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://bostonprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://charlotteprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://chicagoprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://clevelandprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://connecticutprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://denverprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://detroitprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://dfwprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://houstonprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://lasvegasprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://losangelesprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://miamiprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://minnesotaprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://newyorkprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://pittsburghprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://sacramentoprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://sanfranciscoprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://seattleprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://stlouisprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://tampaprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

http://washingtonprofootballchallenge.cbslocal.com

 

All players will be entered into a national pool regardless of the Website on which the player has registered and each player will be competing against players on all of the Websites for the national prizes.  Following the online instructions, play the CBS Local National Pro Football Pickem Game by completing the registration process.  Each week during the seventeen (17) week professional football regular season (the “Regular Season”), CBS Local’s vendor Second Street Media Inc. (“SSM”), will display the match-ups on the “make picks” page on the Websites.  The Regular Season starts with the first Regular Season game during “Week 1” of the Regular Season and continues until the last Regular Season game during “Week 17” of the Regular Season.   Each player should select the team that he/she believes will be the winner of each of the match-ups and predict the score for the winning and losing team for the weekly designated the tie-breaker game (the “Weekly Tie Breaker Game”). All picks and scores for the Weekly Tie Breaker Game must be made prior to fifteen (15) minutes before the start of each game on Sunday.  Games played earlier in the week than Sunday must be selected by fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of that early game.  Players can save their early game pick and then make changes to that week’s other games up until fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the applicable game. 

 

(b)           Scoring

Correctly selecting the winner of a game match-up entitles each player to earn 1 point.  If a game is canceled, postponed, suspended or forfeited for any reason, or if a game ends in a tie, no points will be awarded for that game match-up.  No points will be awarded for the Weekly Tie Breaker Game.

 

(c)           Failure to Make a Pick

If a player fails to make a selection of a winner for any game, the player’s pick will be the team that was selected by the majority of players, as determined by SSM’s computer.  However, a player is not eligible to win a prize unless the player completes his/her own picks for each game for at least eleven (11) weeks of the Regular Season. 

 

If a player fails to predict the score for the winning and losing team for the Weekly Tie Breaker Game, the player’s score for the winning team and losing team will be average of the scores for the winning team and losing team respectively from among the predictions of all players, as determined by SSM’s computer. 

 

(d)           Winning the Contest

 

The winners of the three (3) national prizes will be the three players who have the three highest cumulative point scores at the end of the Regular Season. A player's cumulative point score will be determined by adding the player’s total score for all seventeen (17) weeks of the Regular Season.  

 

If there is a tie among players for the highest cumulative point score, the following tie breaking procedure will apply:

 

For purposes of the determining weekly standings from among all tied players only: using the Weekly Tie Breaker Game for the week in which a tie has occurred (a) the score from the winning team will be subtracted from the actual score obtained by the winning team, and the difference multiplied by itself, (b) the score from the losing team will be subtracted from the actual score obtained by the losing team, and the difference is multiplied by itself, (c) the result in (a) is added to the result in (b) to obtain the "Score Approximation." The player with the lowest "Score Approximation" will be deemed to have the best record and will be listed at the top of the weekly standings. If a tie remains the leader will be picked at random from amongst those still tied.

 

For purposes of determining the winner of a national prize at the end of the Regular Season from among all tied players with the highest cumulative point score at the end of the Regular Season: the player with the lowest total "Score Approximation" for the Weekly Tie Breaker Game for Week 17 will be declared the winner, and if more than one player with the highest cumulative point score has the same Score Approximation, the winner will be selected at random from amongst those still tied.

 

Odds of winning prizes depend on the total number of eligible players, how often players make their weekly picks and the relative U.S. football knowledge of all players.

 

(e)           Standings

There will be two pages for standings:  Cumulative Point Standings and Weekly Scores.  Updated standings will be available shortly after each game, unless unforeseen problems arise. Each week, every player's record will be tallied and posted on the standings page.  Players with the best records are listed at the top. The tie-breaking rules in Paragraph 1(d) will determine the rank for players with the same number of points.  THERE ARE NO WEEKLY PRIZES FOR SCORING THE HIGHEST IN ANY GIVEN WEEK.

 

(f)             Limit one (1) entry per person.  Only one (1) entry per email address may be used.  Use of computer programs and other automatic means to enter is prohibited.

 

(g)           The Contest Entities (as defined below) are not responsible for technical or computer failures, errors or data loss of any kind, lost or unavailable Internet connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or deleted computer or network transmissions, inability to access any of the Websites or on-line service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, illegible, incomplete or misdirected entries.  Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void.  If CBS Local determines, in its sole discretion, that there is any suspected or actual electronic tampering with the contest or if technical difficulties or any other issue of any nature compromise the integrity of the Contest, CBS Local reserves the right to void the entries at issue and/or terminate and conduct a random drawing to award the prizes among all eligible entries received as of the termination date.  If the Contest is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted on the Websites.  If, for any reason, the Contest 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 CBS Local which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, CBS Local reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.  CBS Local reserves the right to disqualify any player that tampers with the operation of the Contest or Websites or violates the Official Rules of the Contest.  By use of any of the Websites and by entering the Contest, you agree to that Website’s Terms of Use Agreement and to the use of your personal information as described in the Website’s Privacy Policy.

 

(h)           Internet entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry.  The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to the email address by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning an email address or the domain associated with the submitted email address.  Multiple players are not permitted to share the same email address.  Entries submitted may not be acknowledged or returned.  Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited.  Proof of submission of an entry shall not be deemed proof of receipt by SSM.  SSM’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Contest.

 

2.         Eligibility Restrictions:

 

(a)           The Contest is open to legal U.S. residents living in the fifty (50) United States and Washington, DC, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry.

 

(b)           Employees of CBS Radio Inc., SSM, and their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities (collectively, “Contest Entities”), their advertising, programming and development, and promotional agencies, prize suppliers, and participating sponsors, other television and radio stations in any market, and the members of their immediate families (spouse, parent, sibling or child) and those living in the same household of each (whether related or not), are ineligible to enter or win.  This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

 

(c)           Players are required to provide truthful information and CBS Local will reject and delete any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent.  CBS Local will disqualify any entry from individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements and will also delete any entry as required by law.

 

3.         Prizes:

 

(a)           A total of three (3) national prizes will be awarded nationally during the Contest Period:

 

One (1) national Grand Prize:  The Grand Prize will consist of a $2,500USD American Express Gift Card.  (Grand Prize Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $2,500.);

 

One (1) national Second Place Prize:  The Second Place Prize will consist of a $1,500USD American Express Gift Card.  (Second Place Prize ARV: $1,500.);

 

One (1) national Third Place Prize:  The Third Place Prize will consist of a $1,000USD American Express Gift Card.  (Third Place Prize ARV: $1,000.).

 

Total ARV of all national prizes is $5,000 USD.  A total of one (1) Grand Prize, one (1) Second Place Prize, and one (1) Third Place Prize will be awarded nationally during the Contest Period. 

 

The gift cards will be subject to the terms and conditions as set forth by the issuer of the gift cards.  Gift cards are not refundable or transferable, and may not be substituted or exchanged for cash or credit at any time, nor will gift cards be replaced if lost or stolen.   

 

(b)           Each winner will be solely responsible for all taxes and all other fees and expenses not specified herein associated with the receipt and use of their prize.  The prizes are awarded as is.  Players acknowledge that the Contest Entities have not made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranties, representations or guarantees, and hereby disclaim any and all warranties expressed or implied, in fact or in law, whether now or hereafter enacted concerning any prize, including without limitation, implied warranties of quality, merchantability, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose, except for any express manufacturer’s warranty as may be included with the prize or as may be separately provided to winners by law.

 

(c)           No more than the total number of prizes specified in these official rules will be awarded.  In the event that a prize or prize certificate is mailed or shipped to the winner, it will be with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the risk of its loss.  The Contest Entities are not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.

 

(d)           Prizes are not transferable, and no substitution, assignment, or cash equivalent of prize is permitted, except by CBS Local (solely at its discretion), which reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize portion with another prize or prize portion of greater or equal value.  CBS Local is not responsible for winners' limitations that prevent acceptance or use of prize.  The prizes are expressly limited to the items listed above and unless otherwise expressly specified, do not include taxes, gratuities or any other expenses.  Other restrictions may apply.  Prizes may not be substituted for or redeemed for cash.

 

4.         Selection of Winners:

 

(a)           Decisions of CBS Local with respect to the Contest are final.

 

(b)           Potential prize winners will be notified by phone/email on or around January 6, 2014.  In the event that potential prize winners are not reachable as solely determined by CBS Local after five (5) days following notification (e.g., no response to email or voicemail), CBS Local reserves the right to select an alternate potential winner.  If CBS Local or its affiliates cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.

 

(c)           Prizes will be awarded only upon confirmation of eligibility and completion of all requisite releases.  Each winner (or their parent or legal guardian if under the age of majority) must execute and return any required affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within five (5) days of winning or prize will be forfeited.  If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the fully-executed affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within the required time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the potential winner forfeits the prize.

 

5.         Conditions:

 

(a)           Payments of all federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the winners.  Each winner will be required to complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 with the winner's full Social Security Number or the equivalent for receipt of his or her prize.  Failure to submit a complete W-9 or equivalent will result in forfeiture of the prize.  Such winnings will be reported by CBS Local to the IRS.

 

(b)           Participation in the Contest and/or acceptance of prize constitutes player’s and/or winner’s permission for the Contest Entities or their agents to interview the winner(s), to photograph, film, and record each winner, and to use in commerce and in any media his/her name, address (city and state), biographic information, likeness, photograph, audio or video recording and/or any statements made by him/her regarding the Contest Entities, the Contest, and/or CBS Local’s sponsors for purposes of trade, publicity, or promotion without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law.  Each winner agrees to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to acceptance of the prize, except where prohibited by law.

 

(c)           Participation in the Contest and/or acceptance of prize constitutes player’s and/or winner’s agreement to release, discharge and hold harmless SSM, CBS Radio Inc. and Contest sponsors and each of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, their advertising, programming and development, and promotional agencies, prize suppliers, participating television and radio stations in any market, and their respective officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives and all of their successors and assigns (collectively, “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize and participation in the Contest, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel to, or participation in the Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity, including but not limited to any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.

 

(d)           CBS Local reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the Contest, including, without limitation, the substitution of a prize of equivalent or greater value, which will become effective upon announcement.  If due to circumstances beyond the control of the Released Parties, any entry, competition or prize-related event or travel is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled, CBS Local shall have the right, but not the obligation, to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify the Contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.  The Released Parties are not responsible for (i) typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Contest or in the announcement of a prize; (ii) incorrect or inaccurate entry information, human error, failure or omission; (iii) lost, stolen, mangled, misdirected, postage due, illegible, incomplete or late entries; (iv) errors, malfunctions or data loss of any kind, entries not received due to difficulty accessing the internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties and other technological problems, failed, incomplete, garbled or deleted computer or network transmissions, or for telephone or network service outages, delays, busy signals, poor signals or signal interference, accidental disconnection, equipment malfunctions, and any other technological difficulties that may prevent an individual from completing his/her telephone call or submitting a text message; or (v) any cancellations, delays, diversions, substitutions or omissions whatsoever by any transportation providers or any other persons or entities providing any services to winner(s) (and guest(s), if applicable) including any results thereof such as changes in services or location necessitated by same.  Further, the Released Parties are not responsible if any part of a Contest prize cannot be awarded due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather, acts of terrorism or other factors beyond the Released Parties’ control.

 

(e)           Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in a player’s disqualification.  If CBS Local determines, in its sole discretion, that there is any suspected or actual electronic tampering with the Contest or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Contest, CBS Local reserves the right to void the entries at issue and/or terminate the Contest and conduct a random drawing to award the prizes among all eligible entries received as of the termination date.  If the Contest is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its expiration date, notice will be posted at the Websites.  If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the Released Parties which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, CBS Local reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.  CBS Local reserves the right to disqualify any player who tampers with the operation of the Contest or Websites or violates the Official Rules of the Contest.

 

(f)             The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules and/or this Contest.  Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or this Contest 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 and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into by any court having jurisdiction thereof.  This Contest is governed by U.S. law and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of players and the Released Parties in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration as set forth above and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of New York, in the City of New York.

 

(g)           Caution: Any attempt by a player to deliberately damage any of the Websites or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Contest Entities reserve the right to seek damages from any such player to the fullest extent permitted by law.

 

(h)           It is the sole responsibility of each player to notify CBS Local in the event of his or her email address changing.  To do so, click on the edit profile link on your member home page.  Failure to maintain a valid email address will result in that player’s disqualification and the forfeiture of any prizes won in conjunction with this Contest.  CBS Local reserves the right to disqualify any player who has registered with invalid or false information or who has entered the Contest more than one time.  To qualify for any prize, a player must have valid registration information by the Contest ending date.  Any information that is inaccurate or misleading will result in that player’s disqualification and the forfeiture of any prizes won in conjunction with this Contest.

 

(i)             Other conditions:

·      CBS Local reserves the right to disqualify any player if their username is deemed inappropriate.

·      Any player attempting to make selection changes close to the deadline, risks the chance of not getting in his/her changes on time.

·      Any scoring disputes must be called to SSM’s attention by submitting a comment on the Contest’s feedback page on the Websites.

·      Any player caught or suspected of system tampering, Contest interference or breaking our terms and conditions, may be removed from the Contest at any time and without notice.  The Contest Entities also reserve the right to pursue legal and criminal action against such players.

·      CBS Local reserves the right to deny any scoring inaccuracies at any time due to circumstances beyond the Contest Entities’ control.

·      The Contest may not be used in connection with any form of gambling.  The Contest is strictly for entertainment purposes only. If it is determined that an entrant is using the Contest for gambling purposes, he/she will be disqualified.

·      Disclaimer: The Contest Entities are in no way connected or affiliated with the NFL, or any of its affiliated teams, players or players union. All references to any professional football name or term is purely nominative and not intended to imply connection affiliation or endorsement.

 

(j)             To obtain a copy of the Official Rules and/or winner's list (specify which) send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (VT residents may omit return postage) to CBS Local’s National Pro Football Challenge Official Rules/Winners, c/o CBS Local Digital Media, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor, New York, New York 10020 for receipt by March 31, 2014.

 

Administrator:  CBS Local Digital Media, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor, New York, New York 10020.