Townsquare Media $1,000,000 Bracket Challenge – Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE CHANCES OF WINNING. THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS VALID IN THE U.S. ONLY, AND IS OPEN ONLY TO QUALIFIED PERSONS (AS DEFINED IN THE RULES BELOW). VOID ELSEWHERE AND WHEREVER PROHIBITED. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST IF YOU DO NOT FALL WITHIN THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AS SET FORTH BELOW.
Contest Name: Town Square Media $1,000,000 Bracket Challenge (the “Contest”).
Contest Dates: Contest registration is scheduled to begin on 3/8/2013 and is scheduled to end at 12:00pm ET on 3/21/2013 (the “Registration Period”). The Grand Prize Contest is scheduled to occur between 3/21/2013 – 4/8/2013 during the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void outside the U.S. and wherever prohibited.
• Designated Tournament: 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament being played between 3/21/2013 – 4/8/2013, with the Semi-Final & Championship games to be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA on 4/6/2013 and 4/8/2013.
Market and Participating Radio Stations: These official rules are specific to the following bracket prediction contest that is valid only in Binghamton, and is being conducted on the following radio station websites: 991thewhale.com, 981thehawk.com, wild104fm.com, wnbf.com, espnbinghamton.com.
Who May Enter: Contest is open only legal U.S. residents, who are registered members of a ‘listener club’ on a participating Town Square Media radio station website (as listed above), age 18 or older as of date of entry, with a valid U.S. driver’s license or government issued ID, except the following persons who are not eligible to enter, participate or win:
(a) Employees, officers, and directors of Town Square Media, participating Town Square radio stations (collectively “Sponsor”), Million Dollar Media, LLC (the “Contest Administrator”), each of their respective franchisees, parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, distributors, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the design or execution of this promotion (collectively, “Released Parties”), and the members of the immediate families or households, whether or not related, of any of the above. “Immediate family members” includes, for purposes of this promotion, parents (including in-laws), grandparents, siblings (including step-siblings), children (including step-children), grand children (including step grand children) and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside.
(b) Individuals who do not have access to an internet connection in order to visit a participating radio station website or complete the contest registration requirements; or a valid email address to become a registered member of a participating radio station ‘listener club’.
How to Enter – On-Line Registration: Visit any participating Town Square Media radio station website (see above) during the “Registration Period” and connect to the Bracket Challenge Contest registration page. Log-in or register to become a member in the Station ‘listener club’. Log-in or registration is required to complete a Bracket Prediction on the contest registration page, or to log-in and view prediction results, points and standings during the tournament.
After having read and agreed to these Official Rules, each entrant must fully complete their Bracket Prediction per the requirements as listed below. Any entry or station listener club registration submitted with an invalid email address will be disqualified.
IMPORTANT: Maximum of one entry per person or per valid email address during the entire contest registration period. Any contestant submitting more than one entry using the same or duplicate emails or registration accounts will void all entries by that contestant.
Any available opt-in opportunities are not required to enter the Contest, and checking the opt-in boxes will not improve your chances of winning. By participating and submitting an entry, contestant agrees that sponsors and participating parties are authorized to contact entrant via email, mail, phone or any other form of media to make contestant aware of information pertinent to the contest, and to distribute information regarding the Sponsor(s) featured products, special events or promotional offers, or purchase incentives. Contestants may opt-out of any further email communication at any time by simply replying REMOVE to any email message, or following the provided opt-out instructions.
Bracket Prediction – Must be completed and submitted by 12:00pm ET on 3/21/2013:
Each contestant must complete and submit their fully completed bracket prediction for the 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament, per the requirements outlined below. Bracket predictions must be completed and submitted between:
• 3/17/2013 – Following team selection announcements for the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament
• 3/21/2013 – Prior to 12:00pm ET, when registration and bracket prediction submissions will be closed.
NOTE – Play-in game byes: The play-in games on 3/19/2013 and 3/20/2013 are byes, and not part of the bracket prediction challenge.
Bracket Prediction: Once the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament team selections have been announced on 3/17/2013 – all pre-registered or newly registering participants must fully complete the provided Bracket Prediction form on the Picks page of the contest website. Any contestant who does not fully complete a bracket prediction for all (63) games in the tournament for any reason by the required deadline at 12:00pm ET on 3/21/2013, shall be disqualified from the contest, and not eligible to participate or win any prizes.
IMPORTANT – Save Picks: After completing or editing their Bracket Prediction, participants are required to click the ‘Save Picks’ button on the contest website to save their bracket predictions selections, cumulative score prediction or to make any updates to their bracket predictions prior to the registration deadline. Any changes or completed bracket predictions made without clicking the ‘Save Picks’ will not be saved, and will not be eligible or recognized for this contest.
All completed and final bracket prediction entries must be received by 12:00pm ET on 3/21/2013 in order to be eligible to participate in the Contest or claim any prize award level (see below). Any registered participant or contestant who fails to fully or correctly complete the required Bracket Prediction for all (63) games in the designated tournament (and then Save their picks) will be disqualified from the contest and will be ineligible to claim any prize. Any bracket prediction not received by the required deadline for any reason including, but not limited to transmission error, internet problems, programming or technical errors, equipment or website malfunction, user error, data corruption, internet traffic or errors caused by viruses or hackers will be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible for any delays or difficulty in receipt an eligible contestant’s Bracket Prediction, or for any loss or corruption of data that prevents a contestant from participating for any reason.
Any incomplete or illegible entries will be disqualified. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, damaged, or for entries submitted in a manner that is not expressly allowed under these rules, or for any entry not submitted or received due to any technical error or failure, unauthorized human intervention, inaccurate capture or mis-entry of any required information, or the failure to capture any such information or effects of hackers or failure of any electronic equipment, computer or cellular transmissions and/or network connections; all of which will be disqualified.
Each participant must submit an entry on his/her own behalf. Any entry submitted on behalf of another individual or using another person’s listener club account or user name will be disqualified and ineligible to claim any prize. No mechanically reproduced or automated entries permitted. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification and all such entries will be deemed void.
In the event of a dispute as to any on-line registration, the authorized account holder of the station listener club registration used to enter the Contest will be deemed to be the registrant and he/she must be eligible according to these Official Rules. The “authorized account holder” will be determined by Sponsor as the individual listed on the account and/or the natural person assigned the e-mail address on the account by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. All entries received become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.
Eligible Entries: There will be a maximum of 1,530,000 total entries allowed among all participating Town Square Media radio stations in all participating markets combined. The contest registration shall be closed following receipt of the first 1,530,000 eligible entries received.
Scoring – Bracket Points: Each eligible participant who has successfully completed the registration and bracket prediction as required by these Official Rules will receive 1-point for each of the (63) games for which they have correctly predicted the winning team. Any incorrect predictions will receive 0 points. The maximum point total for correctly predicting the winning team in every game played during the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament is 63 points. At the completion of the designated tournament, each eligible contestant’s bracket prediction received will be compared to the actual bracket outcome during the tournament.
Tie Breaking Procedures – 1st Place Prize Award (see below): In the event of a tie among any point leaders in the Bracket prediction following the conclusion of the tournament, the tie-breaker to determine the ‘Winner’ for the 1st place prize award (Bracket Champion) and any other additional prize awards for top finishers (as listed below) shall be as follows (tie breaker procedures shall not apply for the $1,000,000 40 year annuity Grand Prize or $10,000 Cash Bonus Prize award levels – see below):
• Contestant who has predicted closest to the actual Cumulative Points total in the Championship game, regardless if the prediction is higher or lower than the actual point total.
• In the event of a remaining tie among any eligible contestants for any top finish prize awards, the tie-breaker shall then be a random drawing conducted by the Contest Administrator.
Grand Prize Award Requirements – Perfect Bracket (all 63 games correct): In order for the grand prize to be awarded, an eligible contestant must correctly predict all (63) games in the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament, thereby scoring a perfect 63 points. If no eligible contestant correctly predicts all 63 games as required by these official rules, then the Grand Prize award will NOT be awarded in this contest.
Bonus Prize Award Requirements – Any (60) correct games: In order for the bonus prize to be awarded, an eligible contestant must correctly predict (60) or more games in the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament, thereby scoring 60 or more points. If no eligible contestant correctly predicts 60 or more games as required by these official rules, then the Bonus Prize will not be awarded.
All prize awards are NON-CUMULATIVE. An eligible contestant is eligible for only one (1) prize award.
Prize Awards: The following prize awards will be available to eligible contestants participating in the Contest:
Grand Prize – Predict all (63) Games Correctly (“Perfect Bracket”): If any eligible contestant correctly predicts all (63) games in the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament (a perfect bracket), they will be eligible to claim the grand prize subject to approval and verification of compliance with these official rules. The grand prize is: $1,000,000 40-year annuity, awarded in the form of $25,000 Cash per year for 40-years without interest. The initial prize award of $25,000 cash shall be awarded within approximately 30-days of receipt of all required prize acceptance paperwork, and each subsequent payment shall occur on or about the anniversary date of the first payment for 39-years. No current cash value of the annuity prize award will be available.
A maximum of one (1) grand prize will be awarded in this contest, regardless of the number of contestants who have submitted a potential winning perfect bracket prediction. In the event of multiple winning entries, then the cash value of the grand prize will be evenly distributed among eligible winning contestants (i.e. if there are two winning contestants, each contestant will receive $12,500 per year for 40-years). If no eligible contestant successfully completes the grand prize winning requirements, then the grand prize will NOT be awarded.
Bonus Prize – Predict (60) or more Games Correctly: If any eligible contestant correctly predicts (60) or more games in the designated 2013 Men’s College Basketball Tournament, they will be eligible to claim the bonus prize subject to approval and verification of compliance with these official rules. The bonus prize is: $10,000 Cash.
A maximum of one (1) bonus prize will be awarded in this contest, regardless of the number of contestants who have submitted a potential winning 60 or more correct games prediction. In the event of multiple winning attempts, then the cash value of the bonus prize will be evenly split among eligible winning contestants. If no eligible contestant successfully completes the bonus prize winning requirements, then the bonus prize will NOT be awarded.
All prize awards are non-cumulative. There is a maximum of one prize award per participating contestant. All applicable federal, state and local taxes are the winner’s sole responsibility. All prize awards are non-transferable and no cash redemption or prize substitution allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion.
All of the following will apply for each prize winner: 1) Winner will be required to complete and return, within 5 days of date of receipt, a W-9 form (if prize value exceeds $600), an affidavit of eligibility, and a liability/publicity release (where permitted); 2) Winner will be required to present a copy of a valid social security card and a valid driver’s license as a condition of participating or receiving any prize; 3) Winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 reflecting the actual value of all prizes won, if prize value exceeds $600; and 4) Winner will be responsible for paying all applicable taxes (including, but not limited to all local, state and federal taxes) on all prizes awarded. Failure to collect or properly claim any prize in accordance with these rules will result in forfeiture of the prize. If forfeited for any reason, finalist will not receive any other prize substitution or compensation, and the prize will remain the property of Sponsor and will not be awarded, except as provided herein.
Additional Rules & Restrictions: By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which shall be final in all matters relating to this Contest. In the event an entrant wins a prize, and is later found to be in violation of these rules he/she will be required to forfeit the prize or to reimburse Sponsor for the stated value of the prize if such violation is discovered after winner has used the prize. Participation in Contest constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use entrants’ names, cities and states of residence and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising and trade in any and all media now or hereafter known worldwide on perpetuity without limitation or further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. False, fraudulent or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible for any prize.
By participating, entrants agree to hold all Released Parties harmless from any claims, losses, actions, or damages of any kind, whether actual, incidental or consequential, for injury (including but not limited to death), damages, losses or expenses arising out of or relating to entrant’s participation in this Contest, or the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of any prize, or participation in prize-related activities (including but not limited to travel or activity related thereto), and to assume all liability thereof.
Released Parties shall not be liable to winner or any other person for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof by reason of any acts of God, any actions, regulations, orders, or requests by any governmental entity, equipment failure, terrorist acts, war, fire, unusually severe weather, embargo, labor dispute or strike, labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, or any other cause beyond Released Parties’ sole control.
Participants are restricted to use of ordinary and typical computer equipment, mobile phone equipment, Internet access and cellular networks. Sponsor disclaims all liability for the inability of a participant to complete or continue an entry due to equipment malfunction, busy lines, inadvertent disconnections, acts beyond the Sponsor’s control, or otherwise. The Sponsor disclaims any liability for received entries due to technical difficulties or transmission errors. The Sponsor disclaims all liability for any delays, mis-delivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any item sent by mail, courier, express, electronic transmission, or other delivery method. Released Parties are not responsible for mechanical, technical, electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, including: failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed transmission of online entries, traffic congestion on telephone lines, the Internet or at any website or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit an online entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest, and any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile phone related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors of any kind, whether computer, technical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitations, errors which may occur in connection with the printing or advertising of this Contest, administration or execution of the Contest, the cancellation of the game, the processing of entries or in the announcement of the prizes or prize winners. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest website.
Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or terminate the Contest if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy or threaten the integrity of this portion of the Promotion, in the opinion of the Sponsor/Administrator, or if a computer virus, bug, or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Contest as determined by Sponsor/Administrator, in their sole discretion. In the event of early termination of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right to determine the finalists in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received as of the time/date of such termination.
If due to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsor, any event associated with this contest or the prize is delayed, rescheduled, postponed or cancelled, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to cancel or modify the contest and shall not be required to award a substitute prize.
IN CASE OF DISPUTES: By participating, each entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and any judicial proceeding shall take place in a federal or state court within the State of New Jersey; (2) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, and in no event will entrant be entitled to received attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, and consequential damages, and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Sponsor in connection with this Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of New Jersey or any other jurisdiction), that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New Jersey.
Official Rules & Winners List: For a copy of these Official Rules or the names of prize winners, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to be received by 6/8/2013 to: Town Square Media $1,000,000 Bracket Challenge, c/o Million Dollar Media, P.O. Box 278, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. PLEASE SPECIFY which you are requesting: Official Rules or Winners List.
Sponsor: This Contest is sponsored by Townsquare Media, and the local participating radio stations as listed above.
Administrator: This Contest is administered by Million Dollar Media, LLC, P.O. Box 278, Woodbridge, NJ 07095.