NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. 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., (FOR PURPOSES OF CLARITY, PUERTO RICO IS EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED); AND (C) AT LEAST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER OR LEGAL AGE IN THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT THE DATE OF ENTRY IN THE SWEEPSTAKES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW
Welcome to the 2013 Horizon League Bracket Challenges. 2013 Horizon League Bracket Challenges (the "Sweepstakes") are online competitions based on results of the 2013 Horizon League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments (the "Tournament(s)"). On March 2, 2013, after the conclusion of the final conference regular-season game, the Horizon League (the "HL") will seed its men's basketball teams for the Men's Basketball Tournament in accordance with HL men's basketball procedures and on March 3, 2013, after the conclusion of the final conference regular-season game, the HL will seed its women's basketball teams for the Women's Basketball Tournament in accordance with HL women's basketball procedures. Participants will attempt to select the winners of all the games of the Tournament(s). Participants will earn points by correctly predicting the winning teams in the games of the Tournament. All selections must be made prior to the start of the first game in each tournament as outlined in these rules. The number of points awarded for each correct pick of a winning game of the Tournament will increase with each round of the Tournament. A prediction of the combined score in the final game of each tournament will serve to help break scoring ties. The exact number of points awarded in this Sweepstakes is set forth in the Making Picks section below. Two grand prizes (the "Grand Prizes") will be awarded. The Grand Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring participant in each Sweepstakes or to a randomly-selected participant in the event of a tie score, as described in the Prizes section of these Official Rules.
The Sweepstakes for the men's Sweepstakes will begin on Saturday, March 2, 2013 and will run through the final game of the Tournament scheduled for March 12, 2013.
The Sweepstakes for the women's Sweepstakes will begin on Saturday, March 9, 2013 and will run through the final game of the Tournament scheduled for March 17, 2013.
Participants can pre-register for event notification.
The Sweepstakes is FREE to play. No purchase or entry fee necessary to enter or win.
The HL 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; (b) a legal resident of one (1) of the fifty (50) United States, Washington D.C., (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years of age or older or age of majority in your state of residence at the date of entry in this Sweepstakes.
For purposes of these Official Rules, "Registered User" means a person who has successfully completed the registration form by entering all required user information and has successfully entered selections for all nine tournament games in either Sweepstakes on HL Sweepstakes website which will be available through horizonleague.com/challenge, horizonleague.com and HL social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User by completing registration form by going to horizonleague.com/challenge or horizonleague.com and clicking on the Sweepstakes link. There is no fee or charge to you to become a Registered User.
Employees of Horizon League, Inc., member institutions of the Horizon League, WebStream Productions and TGFI, 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 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 the Grand Prizes (the "Prizes").
Users can sign up for notification by visiting the Horizon League web site prior to the start of the Sweepstakes on March 2, 2013 and may make selections following the announcement of seeds. Participants will be asked to go to the URL: http://horizonleague.com/challenge and follow the onscreen instructions (the "Onscreen Instructions") in order to enter. Onscreen Instructions are incorporated by reference in these Official Rules.
After you sign up, you will have access to an on-line bracket page listing all 10 HL teams and their opening round or quarterfinal round match-ups.
Participants must enter their projected winners of all nine (9) games of the Tournament, round by round. Beginning with round two, the Administrator will weigh predictions for each successive round more heavily than the previous round in accordance with the table below. Points will be awarded by multiplying your number of correct predictions of winning teams in each round of the Sweepstakes by the weight assigned to each applicable round. For example, you would receive ten (10) points for two correct predictions of winning teams in the opening round, and 48 points for four correct predictions of winning teams in the quarterfinal. You will receive an individual score for each of the four Tournament rounds; and an overall score, which is the combined total of your individual round scores.
|Weight per each correct pick||5pts||12pts||28pts||65pts|
Participants will also enter their projected combined score (meaning the total score of both teams) for the championship game. The difference of the projection (regardless of whether the projection is higher or lower) and the actual combined score will be used for purposes of breaking ties in scoring if multiple players end with the same total score.
For example if multiple players end with a score of 150, the difference between the Participant's projected combined score in the championship game will be subtracted from their score.
Total Score: 150
Participant's predicted combined score in championship game: 60
Actual combined score in the championship game: 75
Points to be subtracted from Total Score: 15
Final score for tie-breaking purposes: 135
In the event that the Participant's predicted combined championship game score does not break a scoring tie, the Grand Prize(s) winner(s) will be randomly drawn by the HL.
Two grand prizes (the "Grand Prizes") will be awarded. The Grand Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring participant in each Sweepstakes or to a randomly-selected participant in the event of a tie score, as described in the Prizes section of these Official Rules. Grand Prize Winners (the "Prize Winners") will receive the following, courtesy and administered by the Horizon League:
Twenty school prizes (the "School Prizes") will be awarded. The School Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring participant from each school in each Sweepstakes or to a randomly-selected participant in the event of a tie score, as described in the Prizes section of these Official Rules. School Prize Winners (the "Prize Winners") will receive the following, courtesy and administered by the Horizon League:
Prize drawing will be held on or around Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Two grand prizes (the "Grand Prizes") will be awarded. The Grand Prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring participant in each Sweepstakes or to a randomly-selected participant in the event of a tie score, as described in the Prizes section of these Official Rules.
Odds of winning the Prize depend on the number of eligible participants and the outcomes of the 2013 HL Men's Basketball Tournament and the 2013 HL Women's Basketball Tournament. Potential Prize Winner will be notified by phone and/or by email.
All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of HL, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the game.
By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of HL, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. No substitution or transfer of the Grand Prize is permitted except by HL. HL reserves the right to substitute the Grand Prize for one of equal or greater value in the event that an advertised Grand Prize is unavailable.
Potential Grand Prize winner will be required to sign and return, within thirty (30) 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 winner declines the Grand Prize for any reason, such person may be disqualified, and an alternate Grand Prize Winner may be selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable).
Except where prohibited by law, the Grand Prize Winner's acceptance of the Grand Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use Grand 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. Entrants agree to Commissioner'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.
HL is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line entries or transactions, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a contestant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. HL 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 week for players on the affected NCAA teams.
HL is 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 Grand Prize Winner or the distribution of the Grand Prize.
HL, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Grand Prize, and require the return of the Grand Prize, if entrant engages in any conduct HL 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 Grand Prize claim, violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or The Grand 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 the Grand Prize, tampering with HL'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. Entrant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of the Grand Prize and/or return of the Grand Prize shall in no way prevent HL from pursuing other avenues of recourse such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct.
HL 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 NCAA or any NCAA team. This is a skill game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the Horizon League Conference.
This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling.
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 HL which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, HL 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, HL further reserves the right to award prizes to the eligible participants selected via random drawing from the participants whose score would otherwise qualify for the prize, either by absolute score of the tiebreaking rules set forth in accordance with these Official Rules.
HL assumes 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. HL is 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.
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, lost, late, incomplete, corrupted, stolen, misdirected, illegible or postage due entries or mail if applicable; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information. The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, 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 assumes 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.
Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, injury or damage to any 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 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, HL 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, HL reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, HL shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, errors and/or ambiguity: (a) in the Sweepstakes; (b) in any related advertising or promotions of this Sweepstakes; and/or (c) in these Official Rules including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the 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.
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, the selection and announcement of the Grand 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 entrant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of the Grand Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.
Each entrant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Grand Prize Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to 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.
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 SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES. IN NO EVENT SHALL HL'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $100. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE 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 Indiana, in the City of Indianapolis.
THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA 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 Indiana state and federal courts located in the City of Indianapols and State of Indiana. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.
This Promotion is strictly for entertainment purposes and may not be used in connection with any form of gambling. The HL and NCAA® do not promote, endorse or condone gambling or sports wagering of any kind. The NCAA® membership has adopted specific legislation prohibiting athletic department staff members, conference office staff, national office staff and student-athletes from engaging in sports gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professional sporting events.
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