CBS Sports – Conference Bracket Challenge Sweepstakes
2021 CBSSports.com Conference Bracket Challenge Rules
NO PURCHASE OR WIRELESS DEVICE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS OPEN TO PERSONS WHO ARE: (A) REGISTERED USERS; (B) LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND (C) AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE (21) YEAR OF OR OLDER, IN STATE OF RESIDENCE, ON DATE OF ENTRY. VOID IN ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. DATA RATES MAY APPLY.
1. Introduction 2021 CBSSports.com Conference Bracket ChallengeNo CostThe AdministratorEligibility
2. PlayingSigning UpSelection DeadlineMaking Picks
3. Odds/Drawing/Winner NotificationGrand PrizePrize Restrictions
4. Legal DisclaimersGeneral ConditionsRules/Winners InformationInternetSponsor/Administrator’s Mailing AddressReleased Parties
2021 CBSSports.com Conference Bracket Challenge
Welcome to the 2021 Conference Bracket Challenge (the “Sweepstakes”), which is a competition based on results of each of the following 2021 Men’s College Basketball Conference Tournaments: Pac-12 Conference (“PAC 12”), Atlantic Coast Conference (“ACC”), Big 12 Conference (“BIG 12”), Big Ten Conference (“BIG 10”), Big East Conference (“BIG EAST”) and Southeastern Conference (“SEC”) (each, a “Conference Tournament”) (collectively, the “Conference Tournament(s)”). Participants will attempt to select the winners of one (1) or all six (6) of the Conference Tournament(s). Participants will earn points by correctly predicting the winning teams in the games of the applicable Conference Tournament(s). The exact number of points awarded in this Sweepstakes is set forth in the “Making Picks” section of these Official Rules. The Prize, as defined below, will be awarded to the randomly selected participant who is among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in one or more Conference Tournament(s) as described below.
Participants will attempt to predict the winning team of the games played in the applicable Conference Tournament(s) (as defined above). The Sweepstakes is divided into six (6) individual Conference Tournaments. All six (6) Conference Tournaments make up the Sweepstakes. Participants can play in one or more Conference Tournaments. Participation in all Conference Tournaments is not required but is recommended to maximize your scoring opportunity. Eligible Participants whose score places them among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in each Conference Tournament entered, per the scoring rules set forth in the “Making Picks” section, will be entered into the random prize drawing to win the Prize as described in the “Prize” section.
Early sign-up will begin on February 23, 2021. The Sweepstakes will begin on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 and end on March 14, 2021 after the conclusion of the last Conference Tournament Championship (the “Sweepstakes Period”). For purposes of clarity, the deadlines for submitting your picks for each Conference is the scheduled start time of the first game of each applicable Conference Tournament.
If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smart phone, tablet and/or wireless device that allows you to access this Sweepstakes, you may enter the Sweepstakes via any of those devices during the Sweepstakes Period. If you decide to participate in the Sweepstakes via any such wireless devices, you may be charged data rates in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Service Agreement with your wireless carrier.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS CHALLENGE IS SUBJECT TO BINDING ARBITRATION AND A WAIVER OF CLASS ACTION RIGHTS AS DETAILED BELOW.
CBS Interactive Inc. (“CBSI”) will serve as the Administrator(s) of the Sweepstakes and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding violations of the rules.
To be eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes, you must be: (a) a Registered User (as defined herein); (b) a legal resident of the United States, and (c) at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older in state of residence at the date of entry in the Sweepstakes. Void in all U.S. Territories and Possessions and where prohibited by law.
For purposes of these Official Rules, “Registered User” means a person who has successfully completed the registration form and has obtained a User Identification (“ID”) and an associated password (“Password”) on one of the CBSI network of Websites, which currently include the following: SportsLine.com or CBSSports.com.
If you are not a Registered User, you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the CBS Sports Service registration form, accessible at www.cbssports.com (“CBS Sports Service”) or by going here on the CBS Sports Service. There is no fee or charge to become a Registered User.
Employees of CBSI., the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”), Conference Tournament Employees, CBS Broadcasting Inc., The Hertz Corporation, and ViacomCBS, (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”) and each of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) 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 prize.
Professional and/or college basketball players, team owners, management and personnel; professional sports agents; referees; and league employees who play/work in the United States, are not eligible to play in this Sweepstakes as well as, employees of a sports betting operator and/or an operator of a fantasy sports website offering paid contests.
Early Sign-up: Registered Users can sign up early for the Sweepstakes starting on February 23, 2021. Participants can begin making selections for certain of the Conference Tournaments on or about March 7, 2021, by visiting the CBS Sports Service; Participant will be able to modify their entry up to the scheduled start time of the first game of each applicable Conference Tournament. Participants will be asked to go to the bracket page on the CBS Sports Service (accessible at https://picks.cbssports.com/college-basketball/conference-tournament/bracket) and follow the onscreen instructions (the “Onscreen Instructions”) to fill in the entry bracket in order to get an entry into the Sweepstakes. Onscreen Instructions are hereby incorporated by this reference to these Official Rules. Limit one (1) entry per registered user, per Conference Tournament for a maximum of six (6) entries for the entire Sweepstakes.
Due to any unforeseen circumstances, including, without limitation, any game(s) cancellation or delay(s), the absence of game(s) statistics, a pandemic (e.g. Covid-19) and/or any other circumstances beyond CBSi’s control, CBSI may in its sole discretion make material changes to this Challenge, including, without limitation, canceling the Challenge and/or concluding the Challenge early. If such changes are necessary, they will be noted in these Official Rules.
Brackets for each Conference Tournament will be posted as the schedules are determined and published for each conference between March 6-8 on the Sweepstakes site. Entries may be completed and submitted starting around March 7, 2021. Participants can change their picks as many times as they want, however, deadlines for submitting picks for each Conference Tournament is the scheduled start of the first game of each applicable Conference Tournament. Tentative Schedules of the Conference Tournaments are as follows (subject to change):
The first ACC game begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 9, 2021. The Championship Game begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on March 13, 2021.
The first PAC-12 game begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on March 10, 2021. The Championship Game begins at 11:00 p.m. ET on March 13, 2021.
The first Big 12 game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2021. The Championship Game begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on March 13, 2021.
The first Big Ten game begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on March 10, 2021. The Championship Game begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on March 14, 2021.
The first Big East game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2021. The Championship Game begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on March 13, 2021.
The first SEC game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2021. The Championship game begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on March 14, 2021.
Between March 6-10, 2021, depending on when each Conference Tournament match-ups become available, you will have access to the online brackets page on the CBS Sports Service, that shall list the different Conference Tournaments and their match-up games. The Administrator, at its sole discretion, will make all available each conference bracket on the CBSI Site once the regular season has ended and seeds are determined. In order to participate in the Challenge, participants must: (i) go to the CBSI Site; (ii) pick the team(s) they predict will win their opening round matchup of each tournament game and subsequent matchups created based on your previous selections all the way through the championship game; (iii) login to their CBSSports.com account (or create an account if you do not have one); (iv) create an entry name; PLEASE NOTE: all picks are automatically saved; every time you make a change to your picks the changes will be automatically saved and will override your previous picks.
Participants must enter their projected winners for all games in a given Conference Tournament. Scoring is as follows:
Participants will receive one (1) point for each correct pick in the Quarterfinals and earlier rounds.
Participants will receive two (2) points for each correct pick in the Semifinals.
Participants will receive four (4) points for each correct pick in the Finals.
3. Odds/Drawing/Winner Notification
Odds of winning the Prize depend on the number of eligible Participants and the outcome of each Conference Tournament, as described above.
The random Prize drawing will be conducted by Administrator, and the Prize winner (the “Winner”) will be chosen from among all eligible entries received in accordance with the terms herein. Each eligible participant whose score ranks within the top 10% of scorers in a particular Conference Tournament of the Sweepstakes will receive one (1) entry into the Prize drawing. Participants may accrue a maximum of six (6) entries per person (one per Conference Tournament of the Sweepstakes). The random Prize drawing will be conducted on or around March 22, 2021.
Submitting such Affidavit will require potential Winner to provide their social security number and a copy of their valid (non-expired) driver’s license or other government-issued identification (Passports are not accepted) that includes the Winner’s address.
The Sweepstakes will award one grand prize (the “Prize”) which consists of Ten Thousand Dollars (US$10,000.00). Prize is to be awarded in the form of a check via the CBSSports.com Wallet.
No assignment, transfer, or substitution of the Prize or any portion of the Prize is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize or any of its components with a prize of comparable or greater value, should the Prize or any of its components become unavailable, or for any other reason the Prize needs to be exchanged. All Prize details are at the sole discretion of the Administrator.
Participants may enter only once per Conference Tournament. Attempts to enter multiple times for any single Conference Tournament will result in disqualification from that Conference Tournament. Participants may not play with multiple email addresses, nor may participants use any other device or artifice to play multiple times or as multiple participants.
4. Legal Disclaimers
All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of CBSI, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes.
Except where prohibited by law, the Winner’s acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Released Parties to use Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media now known or later developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Participants agree to Administrator’s use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.
The Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late or misdirected online entries or transactions, incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information, whether caused by a participant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. CBSI reserves the right to halt or modify the Sweepstakes at any time during the Sweepstakes period, if events beyond their control compromise the Sweepstakes’ fairness or integrity. In the event that a scheduled game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that round for the affected teams.
The Released Parties are not responsible for typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Winner or the distribution of the Prize.
CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Prize, and/or require the return of the Prize, if entrant engages in any conduct CBSI 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 Prize claim, violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or a 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 a Prize, tampering with CBSI’s administration of this promotion, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this website. Participant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of the Prize and/or return of the Prize shall in no way prevent CBSI from pursuing other avenues of recourse, such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct.
CBSI reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is not affiliated with or endorsed by the NCAA or any Conference or team. This is a game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the CBS Sports Service.
THIS SWEEPSTAKES MAY NOT BE USED FOR ANY FORM OF GAMBLING OR WAGERING.
For the name of the Winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by March 31, 2021 to “Winner’s list: 2021 Conference Bracket Challenge,” c/o CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.
For a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address marked “Official Rules: 2021 Conference Bracket Challenge”, for receipt by March 31, 2021. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self-addressed envelope.
Requests received after March 31, 2021 will not be fulfilled.
If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of CBSI which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, CBSI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, CBSI further reserves the right to award the Prize to the eligible participants selected randomly from among the participant whose score resides in the top 10% of all scores in one or more of the applicable Conference Tournaments of the Sweepstakes in accordance with these Official Rules.
Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries or transactions. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry or transaction to be received due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes.
Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Released Parties assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with lost, late, incomplete, corrupted, stolen, misdirected, illegible or postage-due entries or mail if applicable; or for any computer, telephone, cable, network, satellite, electronic or Internet hardware or software malfunctions, unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other information, or the failure to capture any such information. The Released Parties and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, and 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 assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to the Sweepstakes.
Released Parties 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 PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE SERVICE OR ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, CBSI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH CONTESTANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a valid User ID will be disqualified.
In the event the Sweepstakes is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, CBSI reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Released Parties shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
The Released Parties, 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 Winner or the distribution of the Prize. In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, Administrator reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes or to correct any such ambiguity or error(s) without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes.
Prize Winner and Prize
Released Parties, 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 Winner, the distribution of the Prize, the acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of any part of the Prize and/or any injury or damage to any participant’s or third person’s property related to or resulting from any part of the Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.
Release and Indemnity
Each participant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Winner, hereby release and agree to hold harmless the Released Parties 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 Prize, participation in this Sweepstakes, and participation in any activity related to this Sweepstakes.
Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties
In no event will the Released Parties 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 access to and use of the Service and/or the Sweepstakes or downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from the service and/or the Sweepstakes. In no event shall the Released Parties total liability to participant/you for all damages, losses, or causes of action exceed $100. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the Sweepstakes and the Service, including the 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 Challenge. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Challenge shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of JAMS in accordance with the JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures, as modified by the JAMS Consumer Arbitration Minimum Standards. Class arbitrations and class actions are not permitted under any circumstances. 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 California, in the City of San Francisco.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA 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 participants and/or parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the State of California state and federal courts located in the City of San Francisco. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.
Sponsor, Administrator & Prize Provider
CBSI, 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.