NHL – The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge – Win a trip for 2 to the 2017 NHL Awards in Las Vegas OR other 7 minor prizes
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SPONSOR. The 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET CHALLENGE™ (the “Promotion“) is sponsored by NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036 (the “Sponsor“).
ELIGIBILITY. The Promotion is open only to current legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada who are at least the age of majority as of the date of entry into the Promotion in their State, District or Province (as applicable) of primary residence at the time of entry (each such eligible United States, District of Columbia or Canadian resident, as applicable, an “Entrant”). Registration is free and no purchase is necessary to participate at any time in the Promotion. The Promotion is void where prohibited by law. Employees, officers, directors, representatives, and agents of the Sponsor, the National Hockey League (“NHL“), the NHL’s Member Clubs, NHL Enterprises Canada, L.P., NHL Enterprises B.V., NHL Enterprises, L.P., SAP SE, SAP Global Marketing, Inc., SAP America, Inc., the MLB Entities (defined below), ExpandTheRoom, LLC and each of the foregoing entities’ affiliates, licensors and prize providers (collectively, the “Ineligible Entities”), as well as members of such employees, officers, directors, representatives, and agents immediate families, namely spouses, children, siblings and parents, and/or persons living in the same household as such persons (at least three months a year, whether or not related), are not eligible to enter this Promotion. The “MLB Entities” shall mean the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (“BOC”), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, MLB Advanced Media, L.P., Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., BAMTech, LLC, The MLB Network, LLC, the Major League Baseball Clubs (“MLB Clubs”), each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the MLB Clubs or the BOC, and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing entities. Legal residents of any country or jurisdiction other than the United States and Canada may participate in the Promotion but are not eligible to win any prizing.
TIMING. The Promotion begins immediately after all sixteen (16) Playoff spots for the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs (the “Playoffs”) have been determined and all seedings have been established but in any event not later than 2:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 10, 2017, and ends at the conclusion of the last game of the Playoffs (the “Promotion Period”). The Promotion Website’s (as defined below) computer is the official clock for all purposes of the Promotion. Please check the Promotion Website for more information regarding the actual start and end dates and times.
HOW TO ENTER.
Entry into the Promotion is comprised of two steps: (1) registration for an NHL.com account (an “NHL Account”), which is free of charge, and (2) completing a Playoffs bracket of all NHL® teams that qualified for the Playoffs by picking the teams that Entrant believes will advance during the Playoffs (the “Bracket”) including answering bonus questions, and then saving that Bracket (steps 1 and 2 together, the “Entry”). There is a limit of one (1) Bracket per registered Entrant. To submit an Entry, first go to the Promotion website located at www.NHL.com/bracket (the “Promotion Website”). Entrants then have two options:
Option 1 – Early Registration Followed by Completion and Saving of Bracket:
As a prerequisite to entering the Promotion, an Entrant must first have a registered account with www.NHL.com (i.e., an NHL Account). It is free of charge to register for an account. If an Entrant does not already have an NHL Account, the Entrant can register for one at the Promotion Website during the early registration period which begins on or about 12:00 p.m. (“ET”) on March 30, 2017 (i.e., before all Playoffs teams have been determined) via desktop either by clicking on the designated start button on the landing page or the “Create Account” link on the top right of the page or via mobile by clicking on the designated start button on the landing page. Then follow the instructions to complete and submit the registration form by providing the required contact information including first name, last name, email, password, country, postal/ZIP code, and favorite team (optional for Canadian Entrants). After registering for an NHL Account, to complete the Entry process an Entrant will then have to return to the Promotion Website after all Playoffs teams have been determined (which will be set no later than April 10, 2017) to complete one (1) Bracket, answer bonus questions, and then save the Bracket by following the instructions and clicking the button provided. Once the Entrant has saved the Bracket, the Entrant will have entered the Promotion.
Option 2 – Simultaneous Registration and Completion/Saving of Bracket:
After all Playoffs teams have been determined (which, again, will be set no later than April 10, 2017), an Entrant may register for an NHL Account (if the Entrant does not yet have one) by clicking on the “Create Account” link and following the same registration instructions as set forth in Option 1 and complete and save the Bracket at the same time by going to the Promotion Website, completing one (1) Bracket, answering bonus questions and saving the Bracket by following the instructions and clicking the button provided. Once the Entrant has saved the Bracket, the Entrant will have entered the Promotion.
An Entry is not deemed completed until an Entry name is created and all predictions have been submitted via a saved Bracket. An Entrant may make changes to a saved Bracket by changing his/her picks and then following the instructions and clicking the button provided again to re-save the respective Bracket. The most recently saved Bracket before the commencement of the Playoffs will be the Entrant’s Entry. Entry must be completed and submitted no later than 6:59 p.m. ET on April 12, 2017 (the “Picks Period Closing Date”). No more Entries will be accepted and no more changes may be made to any Bracket after the Picks Period Closing Date. An incomplete entry form does not constitute a valid Entry for purposes of this Promotion and will not be accepted.
LIMIT: ONE (1) REGISTRATION AND A MAXIMUM OF ONE (1) BRACKET/ENTRY PER PERSON AND PER EMAIL ADDRESS DURING THE PROMOTION PERIOD. No person may register/enter more than once by using different email addresses and no email addresses can be used to submit more than one (1) Bracket/Entry. Proof of submitting an Entry will not be deemed by Sponsor as proof of receipt or entry into the Promotion. Any attempted form of entry into the Promotion other than as described herein is void and will be disqualified. Entries from the same person and/or email address in excess of the number stated herein will be disqualified. Any attempt by an Entrant to use multiple email accounts will result in disqualification. Any use of robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods or agents will void all Entries by that Entrant. Entries that are incomplete, late, garbled or corrupted are void and will not be accepted. All Entries become the property of Sponsor upon receipt and will not be acknowledged or returned.
HOW TO PLAY.
General Rules: An Entrant participates in the Promotion by completing and saving one (1) Bracket predicting the teams that the Entrant believes will advance in each round of the Playoffs (each, a “Round”) culminating with the team that the Entrant believes will win the Stanley Cup® Championship and be the 2017 Stanley Cup® Champion. To complete a Bracket, an Entrant is required to predict the winning team of each best-of-seven-game series matchup (each, a “Series”) in each Round. There are four Rounds in all. Therefore, each Entrant completes a Bracket by first predicting the winning teams for each Series in the 1st Round, and then the 2nd Round, 3rd Round and 4th Round in that order. For more details, see below for an overview of the Playoffs format. For each winning team correctly selected, an Entrant will be awarded a designated amount of points (“Basic Scoring Points”), depending on which Round is in play. The later the Round, the more points an Entrant will earn for correctly picking winning teams in that Round. In addition, for the 1st Round only, an Entrant may earn bonus points (“Bonus Points”) by correctly answering the required bonus question for each Series in the 1st Round so long as such Entrant also correctly predicts the winning team in each such Series. Answers to each bonus question are to be made where indicated in the Bracket. If an Entrant correctly answers the bonus question for a given Series but does not correctly predict the winning team for that Series, then the Entrant will not receive any Bonus Points for that Series. See below in the Scoring section for more details about how points are scored. Any ties in scoring will be governed by the tiebreaker rules below and, for that reason, Entrants will also be required to answer a tiebreaker question when completing the Bracket.
An Entrant must submit his or her predictions for every Round – by saving a completed Bracket including answering the tiebreaker question(s) and the bonus question for each 1st Round Series by the “Picks Period Closing Date”. An Entrant may make changes to his/her Bracket (by making appropriate edits and re-saving the respective Bracket) before the Picks Period Closing Date. Once the Picks Period Closing Date has ended, all Brackets will be locked and no more Brackets or changes to any saved Brackets will be accepted.
Objective: The objective of the Promotion is to score as many points as possible during the Playoffs. The eight (8) Entrants with the top eight (8) scores amongst all eligible Entrants by the end of the Playoffs will each win prizes, after applying the tiebreaker rules below in the event of any ties in scoring. All prizes eligible to be awarded are further explained below.
Overview of Playoffs Format: At the end of the 2016-2017 NHL® regular season, sixteen (16) NHL® teams will qualify for the Playoffs – eight (8) teams in the Eastern Conference and eight (8) teams in the Western Conference. For each conference, the top three (3) teams in each Division (there are two Divisions in each conference) with the most regular season points will qualify for the Playoffs (taking into account applicable tiebreakers for teams that are tied in overall points). In addition to these six (6) teams, two (2) additional wild-card teams in each conference with the most regular season points – regardless of division, but again taking into account applicable tiebreakers – will also qualify. The top eight (8) qualifying Playoff teams in each Conference are then ranked or “seeded” #1 through #4 as follows. Each Division winner within each Conference will receive a #1 seed. The two (2) Divisions in the Eastern Conference are the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions; and the two (2) Divisions in the Western Conference are the Central and Pacific Divisions. After the two (2) Division winners in each Conference (each bearing a #1 seed), the second and third place teams within each Division will receive a #2 seed and #3 seed, respectively. Then the two (2) wild-card teams in each Conference receive #4 seeds. So for each Conference, there will be two #1 seeds, two #2 seeds, two #3 seeds and two #4 seeds.
Once the Playoff seedings have been determined, the Playoffs will begin. There are four (4) Rounds during the Playoffs. In each Round, Playoff teams will play against each other in a Series (i.e., best-of-seven games), with each Series matchup based on seeding as set forth above. Each Series throughout the Playoffs will feature two Playoffs teams playing against each other. In each Series, the first NHL® team to win four (4) games against the opposing NHL® team is the winning team in that Series and will advance to the next Round. The first three Rounds – the 1st Round, 2nd Round, and Conference Finals (i.e., 3rd Round) – take place within each Conference to determine the Conference champion. The Eastern Conference champion will then play the Western Conference champion in the Stanley Cup® Final (i.e., the fourth and final Round of the Playoffs), after which the winning team will be awarded the Stanley Cup® trophy as the champion of the 2016-2017 NHL® hockey season.
In the 1st Round, the eight (8) qualifying Playoff teams within each Conference play against each other in four (4) Series matchups based on seedings as follows: two matchups featuring a #1 seed v. #4 seed; and two matchups featuring a #2 seed v. #3 seed. For example, the wild-card team with the lowest points total will play the top Division winner (the one with the highest point total in the Conference) in the 1st Round; and the other wild-card team will play the other Division winner. Since there are two Conferences, there are eight (8) Series in all in the 1st Round. The winning teams in each Series in the 1st Round will advance to the 2nd Round. Since after the 1st Round there are four (4) teams remaining in each Conference, there are two (2) Series matchups within each Conference in the 2nd Round (and thus, four (4) in all). The winning teams in the 2nd Round advance to the 3rd Round (the Conference Finals), in which the two (2) remaining teams in each Conference play against each other, so there are a total of two (2) Series matchups in this Round. The winning teams in the 3rd Round – i.e., the Eastern Conference Champion and the Western Conference Champion – advance to the Stanley Cup® Final (the 4th Round). There is only one Series in the 4th Round. The winner of the Stanley Cup® Final is the 2017 Stanley Cup® Champion. In the 1st and 2nd Rounds, the team with the higher seed will have home-ice advantage for a particular Series. In the 3rd and 4th Rounds, home-ice advantage will be awarded to the team that had the better regular season record, regardless of seeding.
Scoring: There are two (2) ways an Entrant can earn points during the Promotion: Basic Scoring Points and Bonus Points. From all eligible Entries received, each potential winner of the Promotion will be determined based on such Entrant’s ability to use his or her skill and knowledge of hockey in general and the NHL in particular to accumulate the most points during the Promotion Period.
Basic Scoring: An Entrant must correctly guess the winner of a Series in order to be awarded Basic Scoring Points. Basic Scoring Points per correct prediction/selection per Series in a given Round are shown below:
1st Round: Earn 10 points for each correctly-predicted Series winner.
2nd Round: Earn 25 points for each correctly-predicted Series winner.
3rd Round – Conference Finals: Earn 50 points for each correctly-predicted Series winner.
4th Round – Stanley Cup® Final: Earn 100 points for correctly predicting the winner of the Stanley Cup® Final Series matchup (i.e., the 2017 Stanley Cup® Champion)
In the event a Series does not occur as scheduled (e.g., due to cancellation, postponement, etc.) no points will be awarded in respect of that Series.
Bonus Points: For each Series in the 1st Round, there will be one (1) bonus question. The bonus question for each Series in the 1st Round is as follows: the Entrant must predict how many games will be played in that particular Series. If the Entrant correctly answers the bonus question for a given Series, such Entrant shall be awarded three (3) Bonus Points so long as such Entrant also correctly predicted the winner of that Series. By way of example, since there are eight (8) Playoff Series in the 1st Round, there are eight (8) bonus questions to be answered (one per Series). Thus, an Entrant has the opportunity to earn as much as twenty-four (24) Bonus Points in the 1st Round (by correctly answering each bonus question and correctly predicting each Series winner). If an Entrant does not correctly predict the winner of a given Series but correctly answers the bonus question for that Series, then the Entrant will not receive any Bonus Points for that Series. Entrants must answer the bonus question for each 1st Round Series when completing and saving the Bracket prior to the Picks Period Closing Date. An Entrant may change his/her answers to bonus questions before the Picks Period Closing Date, by making any appropriate changes and again re-saving the respective Bracket, but once the Picks Period Closing Date occurs, all answers will lock and may not be changed again.
League Play: In addition to participating in the Promotion on an individual basis, each Entrant may also participate in group or league play (each such group or league, a “League”) by either setting up his or her own League or by joining another League already established by another Entrant or by an NHL Member Club or NHL partner. Leagues may be public or private. Entrants within a particular League compete against one another by either (a) using the same Brackets (and thus the same picks) submitted by such Entrants for individual play or (b) creating and submitting a new bracket just for that particular League. The Entrant with the highest score within a particular League will be deemed to be the winner of that League.
Generally, participating in League play is only for bragging rights and Entrants will not be entitled to any prizes whatsoever on account of having the highest score in a particular League. However, an NHL partner may award its own prizing in a given League established by such partner (any such League, a “Partner League”). In any such Partner League, the NHL partner running such League is sponsoring the prizing opportunity, and as such, participation in any such League is subject to its own respective rules (including prizing terms and conditions) that must be accepted by an Entrant wishing to participate in any such Partner League prior to play. Any such prizing eligible to be won in a Partner League is completely separate from the prizing awarded by Sponsor under this Promotion, and for the avoidance of doubt, Sponsor will not be awarding any prizing as a result of winning a particular League (including any Partner League); an Entrant must instead be one of the winners of the Promotion in order to be eligible for Sponsor prizing as set forth in these Official Rules.
After an Entrant has submitted a Bracket as his/her Entry into the Promotion, the Entrant will then be prompted to join a League, at which time the Entrant may either have his/her Bracket also serve as his/her bracket in a League or create a new second bracket for that League. If the Entrant chooses to create and submit a new bracket for League play, the Entrant may also elect to have that new bracket supersede the Entrant’s original Bracket submitted as the Entrant’s Entry into the Promotion, in which case that new bracket will become the Entrant’s saved Bracket (replacing the original Bracket). Participating in a League is optional and does not in any way affect or increase the Entrant’s chances of winning the Promotion.
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES; SPONSOR DECISIONS BINDING. Participation in the Promotion constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules by the Entrant. By entering the Promotion, each Entrant agrees and acknowledges to be bound by the Official Rules, as well as the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding in all respects, and to waive any rights to claim ambiguity with the Promotion or these Official Rules.
WINNER SELECTION. At 4:00 p.m. ET on the fifth business day following the conclusion of the Promotion (which will occur once the last game of the Playoffs has ended), the eight (8) Entrants who have the top eight (8) point scores amongst all eligible Entrants (after factoring in any tiebreakers in accordance with the tiebreaker rules below) will be determined, by Sponsor’s representatives located at the NHL office in New York, NY, to be the potential winners of the Promotion. The Entrant who has the highest score (i.e., first place) by the end of the Promotion Period amongst all eligible Entrants is the overall winner of the Promotion (such Entrant, the “First Place Winner”) and will be awarded one (1) Grand Prize. The Entrant with the second highest score (i.e., second place) amongst all eligible Entrants will be the “Second Place Winner” and will be awarded one (1) Second Place Prize. The six (6) Entrants with the third to eighth highest scores (i.e., third to eighth place, as applicable) amongst all eligible Entrants will each be a “Consolation Winner” and will each be awarded one (1) Consolation Prize. As such, there will be one (1) First Place Winner, one (1) Second Place Winner and six (6) Consolation Winners. All prizes are described below. Ties in point totals will be governed by the tiebreaker rules set forth below. All Entrants must answer the tiebreaker question when submitting their predictions. The awarding of prizes is subject to confirmation of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules (including the notification procedures). The odds of winning depends on the number of persons participating in the Promotion plus the skill of each Entrant in his or her knowledge of the teams participating in the Playoffs and in selecting the choices needed to predict winning teams at various points in time during the Playoffs. There is a limit of one prize per Entrant.
TIEBREAKER RULES. If more than one Entrant ties for first place, second place, or third to eighth place, as applicable, the tiebreaker question will be used to determine the First Place Winner, Second Place Winner, and/or Consolation Winners, as applicable. The tiebreaker question shall be used for tiebreaking purposes only and shall serve no other purpose in connection with the Promotion. All Entrants are required to submit an answer to the tiebreaker question when submitting their picks.
First Place Winner Tiebreaker Rules: If multiple Entrants are tied for first place at the end of the Promotion, the Entrant who correctly answers the tiebreaker question will be the First Place Winner (thus winning the Grand Prize). If more than one of these Entrants correctly answers the tiebreaking question, then a random drawing will be held amongst those Entrants who correctly answered the question to determine the First Place Winner. If none of these Entrants correctly answer the tiebreaking question, then the Entrant with the closest answer (either over or under) to the correct number will be deemed the First Place Winner. If more than one of these Entrants have answers that are equally close to the correct answer (either over or under), then a random drawing will be held amongst all such Entrants to determine the First Place Winner.
Any remaining Entrants who tied for the highest score but who were not selected as the First Place Winner (i.e., lost the tiebreaker) are eligible to be the Second Place Winner. By way of example, if two Entrants tied for the highest score, the winner of the tiebreaker (i.e., the First Place Winner) wins the Grand Prize and the other Entrant is the Second Place Winner. If three or more Entrants tied for the highest score, then the winner of the tiebreaker is the First Place Winner (thus winning the Grand Prize) and the tiebreaker rules above are again applied to the remaining Entrants who tied to determine the Second Place Winner. Any remaining Entrants who tied for the highest score but who were not selected as the First Place Winner or Second Place Winner are eligible to be one of the six Consolation Winners. By way of example, if three Entrants tied for the highest score, the winner of the first tiebreaker is the First Place Winner, the winner of the second tiebreaker is the Second Place Winner and the remaining Entrant is a Consolation Winner. If four or more Entrants tied for the highest score, then the winner of the first tiebreaker is the First Place Winner, the winner of the second tiebreaker is the Second Place Winner and the two remaining Entrants who tied for the highest score are each Consolation Winners.
The following examples further illustrate the application of these tiebreaker rules.
Example #1: If three Entrants tie for first place and each of these Entrants correctly answered the tiebreaker question, then a random draw shall be conducted amongst all three Entrants to select the First Place Winner and a second random draw shall be conducted from the two remaining Entrants to select the Second Place Winner. The remaining Entrant not selected in either draw is a Consolation Winner.
Example #2: If three Entrants tie for first place but only one correctly answers the tiebreaker question, then that Entrant is the First Place Winner. If the other two Entrants have tiebreaker answers that, while incorrect, are equally close (either over or under) to the correct tiebreaker answer, then a random draw shall be conducted to select the Second Place Winner. The loser of that draw shall be a Consolation Winner.
Example #3: Suppose four Entrants tie for first place and their respective answers to the tiebreaker question are as follows: 15, 10, 10 and 8. If the correct answer to the tiebreaker question is 10, then a random draw will be conducted for the two Entrants who correctly answered the tiebreaker question to determine the First Place Winner, with the loser of that draw being the Second Place Winner. The Entrants who answered 8 and 15, respectively, will each be Consolation Winners. If, instead, the correct answer to the tiebreaker question is 9, then a random draw shall be conducted amongst the three Entrants whose answers came closest (i.e., the Entrants who answered 10, 10, and 8) to select the First Place Winner, and then a second draw shall be conducted to select the Second Place Winner from the other two Entrants who were not selected in the first draw. The Entrant who was not selected in either draw and the remaining Entrant who answered 15 will each be a Consolation Winner.
Second Place Winner Tiebreaker Rules: If, after the First Place Winner has been selected, there are no other Entrants who tied for the highest score but there are multiple Entrants who were tied for the second highest score, then the Entrant from that group whom correctly answers the tiebreaker question will be the Second Place Winner. If more than one of these Entrants correctly answers the tiebreaking question, then a random drawing will be held amongst those Entrants to determine the Second Place Winner. If no such Entrant correctly answers the tiebreaking question, then (i) the Entrant with the closest answer (either over or under) to the correct number will be deemed the Second Place Winner, and (ii) if more than one Entrant have answers that are equally close to the correct answer (either over or under), then a random drawing will be held amongst all such Entrants to determine the Second Place Winner. Entrants who tied for the second highest score but who were not selected as the Second Place Winner are eligible to be one of the six Consolation Winners.
Example #4: If two Entrants tie for first place and three Entrants tie for second place, and all of these Entrants correctly answer the tiebreaker question, then (1) a random draw will be made to select the First Place Winner from the two Entrants who tied for first place, (2) the Entrant not selected in that draw will be the Second Place Winner, and (3) all three Entrants who tied for second place are Consolation Winners. All three Entrants who tied for second would be Consolation Winners in this case even if none of them correctly answered the tiebreaker question.
Example #5: Suppose one Entrant has the high score (i.e., the First Place Winner), and four Entrants tie for second place. None of these Entrants who tied for second correctly answer the tiebreaker question but three of them have answers that are equally close (over or under) to the correct answer. In such event, a random draw will be conducted amongst those three Entrants to select the Second Place Winner. The two Entrants not selected in that draw and the remaining Entrant who tied for second are each Consolation Winners.
Example #6: If, in Example #5, the correct answer to the tiebreaker question is 15 and the answers of the four Entrants who tied for second place are as follows: 15, 10, 10 and 8, then (1) the Entrant who answered 15 is the Second Place Winner, and (2) the other three Entrants who tied for second are each Consolation Winners.
Consolation Winner Tiebreaker Rules: If, after the First Place Winner and Second Place Winner have been selected, there are no other Entrants who tied for first place or second place but there are multiple Entrants who were tied for third place, then the Entrant from that group whom correctly answers the tiebreaker question will be a Consolation Winner. If more than one of these Entrants correctly answers the tiebreaking question, then a random drawing will be held amongst those Entrants who correctly answered the question to select a Consolation Winner. If no such Entrant correctly answers the tiebreaking question, then (i) the Entrant with the closest answer (either over or under) to the correct number will be a Consolation Winner, and (ii) if more than one Entrant have answers that are equally close to the correct answer (either over or under), then a random drawing will be held amongst all such Entrants to select a Consolation Winner. The other Entrants who tied for third place may also be Consolation Winners depending on the number of Entrants in that group and the number of Consolation Winner slots remaining. If there are no other Entrants who tied for third place but there are Consolation Winner slots remaining, the rules under this section shall then be applied to Entrants who tied for fourth place, and then fifth place, sixth place, seventh place and eighth place, as applicable and in that order, until a total of six Consolation Winners have been determined.
Example #7: If there is one First Place Winner and one Second Place Winner followed by six Entrants who tied for third place, then each of these Entrants are Consolation Winners regardless of whether they correctly answered the tiebreaker question.
Example #8: If, in Example #7, there are ten Entrants who tied for third place and each of them correctly answered the tiebreaker question, then a total of six random draws shall be conducted amongst such Entrants to select the six Consolation Winners.
Example #9: If, in Example #8, the correct answer to the tiebreaker question is 10 and each of the ten Entrants’ answers were as follows – 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 9, 9, 12, 8, and 7 – then (a) each of the three Entrants who correctly answered 10 are Consolation Winners; (b) a total of three random draws shall be conducted amongst the next four Entrants who answers came closest to 10 (i.e., the ones who answered 9 or 11) to select three more Consolation Winners; and (c) the remaining Entrants are not Consolation Winners and shall not receive prizes.
Example #10: Suppose two Entrants tie for first place, three Entrants tie for second place, and five Entrants tie for third place. Suppose further that none of these Entrants correctly answered the tiebreaker question, but each of them have the same answer so they each came closest to the correct answer. In such event, (a) a random draw is conducted amongst the two Entrants who tied for first to select the First Place Winner, with the loser being the Second Place Winner; (b) each of the three Entrants who tied for second are Consolation Winners; and (c) a total of three random draws are conducted amongst the five Entrants who tied for third to determine the remaining three Consolation Winners.
NOTIFICATION OF WINNER. A potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. Winning (and being awarded a prize) is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements, including the requirements of this section. Each potential winner will be notified by email, based on the information provided when registering for an NHL Account, within five (5) business days after the end of the Promotion. Within three (3) days of being notified, each such winner must complete, sign and return to Sponsor all requested documentation including, but not limited to, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Release (except where prohibited by law) and Liability Waiver along with a W9 or W8 tax form (if applicable) (together, the “Release Forms”). In addition, with respect to each potential Canadian winner, before that person is declared an actual winner that person will also be required to first correctly answer, without mechanical or other assistance, Sponsor’s mathematical, skill-testing question that will form part of that winner’s Release Forms. Upon Sponsor’s timely receipt of the Release Forms and confirmation of a potential winner’s eligibility to enter this Promotion (including confirming that a potential Canadian winner has correctly answered the skill-testing question), then such winner shall be a confirmed winner and shall be awarded a prize in accordance with Section 10 below. If (a) a potential winner cannot be reached for whatever reason after two (2) attempts based on the information stated in the Entry, (b) a potential winner does not comply with the above or within any of the aforesaid time periods, (c) a potential winner fails to timely return to Sponsor fully-completed and executed Release Forms, (d) a potential winner cannot or does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, (e) a potential winner is found to be ineligible to enter this Promotion, (f) a potential Canadian winner failed to answer or has incorrectly answered the skill-testing question, (g) a potential winner declines to receive the prize for whatever reason, or (h) a potential winner’s prize is returned as undeliverable, in each such case such potential winner will be disqualified, and an alternate potential winner may be selected (at the Sponsor’s sole discretion) from all eligible Promotion Entries received by awarding the applicable prize to the eligible Entrant with the next highest score subject to application of the tiebreaker rules set forth above. Sponsor is not responsible for documents not received within the required timeframe.
The confirmed First Place Winner shall receive one (1) Grand Prize, the confirmed Second Place Winner shall receive one (1) Second Place Prize, and the confirmed Consolation Winners (six total) shall each receive one (1) Consolation Prize.
One (1) Grand Prize – The Grand Prize consists of (a) one (1) trip for two (2) people (the First Place Winner and his/her travel guest (“Guest”)) to the 2017 NHL Awards™ in Las Vegas tentatively scheduled to take place in June 2017 (date still to be determined) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Grand Prize includes (i) round-trip economy airfare for two (2) people departing from a major airport nearest the winner’s residence (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Las Vegas, Nevada; (ii) two (2) nights’ accommodation in a moderate hotel as selected by the Sponsor in its sole discretion in a standard room based on double occupancy; (iii) two (2) tickets to the 2017 NHL Awards™ (seating locations as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion); and (iv) a visit with the Stanley Cup®, subject to availability and scheduling. Approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is $4,450 USD based on a round-trip flight for two (2) adults from Montréal, Québec to Las Vegas, Nevada. Travel and hotel arrangements for First Place Winner and Guest to be booked by Sponsor following winner verification. Sponsor to provide event tickets to First Place winner on site prior to event. Actual value may vary based on airfare fluctuations and distance between departure and destination. In accepting the Grand Prize, the First Place Winner is responsible for all federal, state, provincial and local taxes on the Grand Prize and costs and expenses not specifically listed above as part of the Grand Prize including, without limitation, taxes, surcharges, service charges, meals, food, beverages, insurance, valid travel documentation, passports, transfers/transportation to and from the airports, car rentals, medical/health expenses, gratuities, excess baggage fees, communication charges, and all personal expenses and incidentals. Due to the nature of the Grand Prize, the First Place Winner and Guest must be available to travel between the departure and return dates determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion or the Grand Prize will be forfeited. Unless Guest is a minor child of the First Place Winner (or the First Place Winner is the legal guardian of Guest), Guest must have reached the age of majority in his/her State or Province of legal residence prior to signing the requisite travel and publicity release in order to accompany the First Place Winner. In the event that the Guest is a minor child of the First Place Winner or the First Place Winner is the legal guardian of Guest, the First Place Winner must execute the required release on Guest’s behalf. Travel arrangements are subject to availability, blackout dates and other restrictions. The First Place Winner and Guest must travel on the same itinerary and, if departing from Canada, have valid passports and visas (with the term “valid” being defined as what is valid under Canadian, United States and foreign laws) at the time of departure from Canada including up to and including the time of return to Canada and in the event for any reason the First Place Winner does not have a valid passport/visa at the time of departure neither such winner nor Guest may travel and the prize will be forfeited in its entirety and nothing will be substituted in its place but if at the time of departure such winner does have a valid passport/visa and Guest does not have a valid passport/visa such winner may travel unaccompanied by Guest and such winner may not choose a new Guest. There are no deviations to travel allowed except as approved by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If the First Place Winner’s residence is in close enough proximity to the destination city, as the Sponsor determines in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may provide ground travel in lieu of air travel. Sponsor is not responsible if the 2017 NHL Awards™ is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason in which event that portion of the prize is forfeited in its entirety and no substitution will be provided except as in Sponsor’s sole discretion.
First Place Winner and Guest must abide by all venue policies and event ticket terms and conditions. Sponsor reserves the right to revoke the full or partial prize from any winner or winner’s guest who it or venue personnel deem, in their sole discretion, may be intoxicated, be a safety risk, have violated any venue policy or law, or may bring the NHL Entities into disrepute.
One (1) Second Place Prize – The Second Place Prize is one (1) Super Chexx® bubble hockey game (approximate size 60”x36”x54”, shipped on a pallet via LTL Freight curbside delivery). Total ARV of the Second Place Prize is $3,000 USD.
Six (6) Consolation Prizes – Each Consolation Prize includes one (1) $100 Shop.NHL.com gift card (provided in the form of a code that will be emailed to each confirmed Consolation Prize winner). ARV of each Consolation Prize is $100 USD. Total ARV of all Consolation Prizes is $600 USD. Gift card is subject to terms and conditions.
The total ARV of all prizes (i.e., one Grand Prize, one Second Place Prize, and six Consolation Prizes) is approximately $8,050 USD.
ARV of all prizes is in U.S. dollars. All details and other restrictions of prizes not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Actual value of any prize awarded under this Promotion may be lower or higher at the time of its fulfillment, and any difference between actual value and the stated ARV (if actual value is lower than stated ARV) will not be awarded. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and must be accepted as awarded. Any portion of any prize not accepted or unclaimed and/or unused by the winner will be forfeited and will not be substituted. No cash or other substitutions may be made, except by Sponsor who reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with another prize (or portion thereof) of equal or greater value whether due to the unavailability of a prize or prize component, or for any other reason. Each winner is solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, provincial, local and/or any other applicable taxes and/or other costs and expenses associated with accepting, redeeming and/or using a prize which are not specifically listed herein as part of the prize.
PUBLICITY. Except where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes each winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its affiliates’, agents’ or affiliated third parties’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and State/District/Province for promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, without further payment or consideration, notice, review or approval.
RELEASE; INDEMNIFICATION; DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY. By participating in the Promotion, all Entrants agree to forever and irrevocably release and hold harmless each of the Ineligible Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, governors, members, partners, partnerships, principals, owners, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, affiliates (past, present and future), related entities, successors and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense of any nature whatsoever (including attorneys’ fees) (collectively, “Losses”), which may occur in connection with (a) the Promotion or any element thereof, including entry or participation therein, (b) delivery, possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of any prize or component thereof, or (c) participation in any Promotion-related activity or prize-related activity, including without limitation in each case any Losses that may be caused or contributed to by (1) any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of the Released Parties, or any of their independent contractors or any other person or entity not an employee of any of the Released Parties, or (2) any other cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of any of the Released Parties. In addition, by participating in this Promotion, each Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all damages, losses, costs and expenses (including amounts paid in settlement and reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred by any of the Released Parties in connection with any third-party claim, demand, liability, suit, proceeding or action arising out of or resulting from (i) breach or alleged breach of any representations, warranties or agreements of Entrant hereunder, or (ii) Entrant’s possession, use or misuse of any prize or component thereof. Each Entrant hereby acknowledges that the Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any of the prizes (or any components thereof) and that, except as prohibited by applicable law, each prize is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied. Released Parties hereby disclaim all such warranties, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purposes and/or non-infringement.
GENERAL CONDITIONS. All decisions of Sponsor in connection with this Promotion shall be binding and final in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion (with the consent of the Régie (as defined below), as required under the rules and regulations of the Régie), if intervening circumstances warrant, within Sponsor’s sole discretion, due to any fraud, virus or other technical problem which corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Promotion, or for any other reason. In such event, Sponsor reserves the right to award a prize from among the eligible Entries received up to the time of the termination, cancellation, suspension and/or modification. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term or provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that term or provision. In case of dispute as to the owner of an Entry, the Entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address from which the Entry is made. The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor or its designees with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry. If a dispute cannot be resolved, the Entry will be deemed ineligible, and an alternate potential winner may be selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion (in accordance with Section 9 above). This Promotion is in no way sponsored or administered by SAP SE, SAP Global Marketing, Inc., SAP America, Inc., or any of the other Ineligible Entities except for Sponsor. Any questions, comments, or complaints regarding the Promotion should be directed to the Sponsor (except for residents of Québec who, as noted below, may address complaints to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “Régie”) for any matter within the jurisdiction of the Régie).
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. Without limiting anything set forth in Section 12 of these Official Rules, Released Parties shall not have any obligation, responsibility or liability, including any obligation or responsibility to award any prize to Entrants, with regard to: (a) Entries submitted through the use of any robotic or automated device/computer program or any other non-human mechanism, entity, or device; (b) Entries in excess of the stated entry limit; (c) Entries that are illegible, late, forged, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled, altered or otherwise not in compliance with or in violation of these Official Rules, whether caused by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion or any other reason beyond Released Parties’ control; (d) any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of Entries in the Promotion; (e) Entries, prize claims or notifications that are not received by the intended recipient due to transmission, technical, computer or human failures or error of any kind; (f) changes in an Entrant’s Entry information which affects the ability to contact such Entrant; (g) typographical errors in Promotion promotional material; (h) cancellations and/or delays or any change by any company or any other persons providing any of components of the prize due to reasons beyond the control of any of the Released Parties; (i) any interruptions/postponement/cancellation of Promotion; (j) human error; incorrect or inaccurate transcription of Entry information; (k) any technical malfunctions of the computer on-line system, computer dating mechanism, computer equipment, software, or internet service provider utilized by any of the Released Parties or by Entrant; (l) interruption or inability to access the Promotion, any Promotion-related Web pages, or any on-line service via the Internet due to hardware or software compatibility problems; (m) any damage to Entrant’s (or any third person’s) computer and/or its contents related to or resulting from any part of the Promotion; (n) any lost/delayed data transmissions, omissions, interruptions, defects; (o) and/or any other errors or malfunctions, even if caused by the negligence of any one or more of the Released Parties.
DISPUTES. With regard to United States (including District of Columbia) Entrants, any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S.A. or the appropriate New York State Court located in New York County, New York, U.S.A. and all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A. without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York, U.S.A. or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York, U.S.A. With regard to Canadian Entrants, any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved exclusively by the courts of the Province of Ontario and all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada and the laws of Canada applicable therein without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the Province of Ontario or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the Province of Ontario; provided, however, that the jurisdiction of the Régie shall apply in relation to a Québec Entrant with respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the Régie. With regard to Québec Entrants, any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of this Promotion may be submitted to the Régie for a ruling; any litigation respecting the awarding of the prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. Applicable to all Entrants: Except where prohibited by law, Entrants agree that: (i) any and all such disputes, claims and causes of action shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, (ii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees, (iii) under no circumstances will Entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrants hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental, consequential and/or any other damages other than actual out-of-pocket expenses, (iv) they waive any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, (v) they irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of the aforesaid courts, as applicable to each such Entrant, and waive any claim of forum non conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction that they may have, and (vi) if any provision of these Official Rules is declared invalid or unenforceable, such provision will be deemed modified to the extent necessary and possible to render it valid and enforceable, and that in any event, the unenforceability or invalidity of any provision will not affect any other provision of these Official Rules, and these Official Rules will continue in full force and effect, and be construed and enforced, as if such provision had not been included, or had been modified as described above, as the case may be.
WINNERS LIST AND OFFICIAL RULES. For a copy of the Official Rules or Winners List, send the request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked by August 1, 2017, to 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BRACKET CHALLENGE™ (please specify Winners List or Official Rules) c/o NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, 10036. Canadian and VT residents may omit return postage. The Official Rules will also be available on the Promotion Website during the Promotion Period.
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. or Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of entry. Promotion begins immediately after all 16 Playoff spots for the 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs (the “Playoffs“) have been determined and all seedings have been established but in any event not later than April 10, 2017 at 2:00:00 a.m. ET and ends at the conclusion of the Playoffs. Prizing: 1 Grand Prize consisting of one trip for 2 to the 2017 NHL Awards™ in Las Vegas, NV (ARV of Grand Prize: $4,450 USD); 1 Second Place Prize consisting of one Super Chexx® bubble hockey game (ARV of Second Place Prize: $3,000 USD); and 6 Consolation Prizes each consisting of one $100 Shop.NHL.com gift card (ARV of each Consolation Prize: $100 USD). Potential Canadian winners must first correctly answer Sponsor’s skill-testing question to win. Sponsor: NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC. For full official rules, click here.
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