CBS LOCAL BRACKET CHALLENGE
NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY
KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50)
UNITED STATES AND WASHINGTON, DC, WHO ARE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE OR
OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY. VOID IN
PUERTO RICO, GUAM AND IN ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE
PROHIBITED BY LAW.
1. How to Enter the Contest:
The CBS LOCAL BRACKET CHALLENGE (the “Contest”) will begin after
men’s college basketball teams are announced on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Brackets will open after teams are announced
(by approximately 8:00 PM EST). Players
will be able to make and change their picks until fifteen (15) minutes prior to
scheduled tipoff in the first game of the first full round of the men’s college
basketball tournament (the “Tournament”) on Thursday, March 21, 2013 (the
“Cutoff”). The Contest is being administered
for CBS Local Digital Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. (“CBS Local”) by
Upickem, LLC (“Administrator”).
(b) Players can enter via any one of the following participating
CBS Local websites (“Websites”):
(c) Players will be required to register an account with the
Administrator in order to enter. Players
may, but are not required to register prior to the March 17, 2013 announcement
of teams. Following such announcement
and ending at the Cutoff, players must register if they have not already done
so and then, following the online instructions, pick the winning teams for all
the rounds of the entire Tournament. Players must also enter their predicted score for the
final game of the Tournament for use as a tie breaker as described in Paragraph
4(c) below. Players will not be required
to pick the winners of the "First Four" play-in games.
If no selection is made for a particular game the
player will be unable to receive credit for that game which may adversely impact
the player’s standing in that round and the overall Contest.
(d) Limit one (1) entry per person. Only one (1) entry per email address may be
used. Use of computer programs and other
automatic means to enter is prohibited.
If a player enters more than once, regardless of which of the Websites
is used, the additional entries will be disqualified.
CBS Local is not responsible for technical or
computer failures, errors or data loss of any kind, lost or unavailable
Internet connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or deleted computer or
network transmissions, inability to access any website or on-line service, or
any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, illegible, incomplete or
misdirected entries. Entry materials
that have been tampered with or altered are void. If CBS Local determines, in its sole
discretion, that there is any suspected or actual electronic tampering with the
Contest or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Contest, CBS
Local reserves the right to void the entries at issue and/or terminate and
conduct a random drawing to award the prize among all eligible entries received
as of the termination date. If the Contest
is terminated due to tampering or technical difficulties prior to its
expiration date, notice will be posted on the Websites. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable
of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering,
unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes
beyond the control of CBS Local which corrupt or affect the administration,
security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, CBS Local reserves
the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.
By use of any of the Websites and by
(e) Internet entries will be deemed made by the authorized account
holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. The authorized account holder is the natural
person who is assigned to the email address by an internet access provider,
online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning
an email address or the domain associated with the submitted email
address. Multiple participants are not
permitted to share the same email address.
Entries submitted may not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission of an entry shall not be
deemed proof of receipt by Administrator.
Administrator’s computer is the official time keeping device for this
(f) Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received and the relative ability of players to correctly
predict the results of the Tournament.
2. Eligibility Restrictions:
The Contest is
open to legal U.S. residents living in the fifty (50) United States and
Washington, DC, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry.
Employees of CBS
Radio Inc. and Administrator, their respective parent, subsidiary and
affiliated entities (collectively, the “Contest Entities”), their advertising,
programming and development, and promotional agencies, prize suppliers, and
participating sponsors, other television and radio stations in any market, and
the members of their immediate families (spouse, parent, sibling or child) and
those living in the same household of each (whether related or not), are
ineligible to enter or win. This Contest
is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and
is void where prohibited.
required to provide truthful information and CBS Local will reject and delete
any entry that it discovers to be false or fraudulent. CBS Local will disqualify any entry from
individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements and will also delete
any entry as required by law.
A total of nine (9)
national prizes will be awarded nationally during the Contest:
One (1) Grand Prize:
$2,500 USD American Express Gift Card.
Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”):
One (1) Second Place Prize: $1,500 USD American Express Gift
Card. ARV: $1,500 USD.
One (1) Third Place Prize: $1,000 USD American Express Gift
Card. ARV: $1,000 USD.
Six (6) Round by Round Prizes: $100 USD American Express
Gift Card for each round winner. ARV: $100 USD each for a total of $600 USD.
Total ARV of all offered prizes: $5,600 USD.
The gift cards
will be subject to the terms and conditions as set forth by the issuers of the
gift cards. Gift cards are not
refundable or transferable, and may not be substituted or exchanged for cash or
credit at any time, nor will gift cards be replaced if lost or stolen. Each winner will be solely responsible for all taxes and all
other fees and expenses not specified herein associated with the receipt and
use of their prize. The prizes are
awarded as is. Entrants acknowledge that
the Contest Entities have not made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable
for, any warranties, representations or guarantees, and hereby disclaim any and
all warranties expressed or implied, in fact or in law, whether now or
hereafter enacted concerning any prize, including without limitation, implied
warranties of quality, merchantability, mechanical condition, or fitness for a particular
purpose, except for any express manufacturer’s warranty as may be included with
the prize or as may be separately provided to participants by law.
No more than the total number of prizes specified in these Official
Rules will be awarded. In the event that
a prize or prize certificate is mailed or shipped to the winner, it will be
with the prior written consent of the winner and therefore, winner assumes the
risk of its loss. The Contest Entities
are not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.
Prizes are not transferable, and no substitution,
assignment, or cash equivalent of prize is permitted, except by CBS Local
(solely at its discretion), which reserves the right to substitute a prize or
prize portion with another prize or prize portion of greater or equal
value. CBS Local is not responsible for
winners' limitations that prevent acceptance or use of prize. The prizes are expressly limited to the items
listed above and unless otherwise expressly specified, do not include taxes,
gratuities or any other expenses. Other
restrictions may apply. Prizes may not
be substituted for or redeemed for cash.
4. Point System and Selection of Winners:
Decisions of CBS Local with respect to the Contest are final.
Each round of the
tournament is worth up to sixty four (64) points. There are six (6) rounds in the tournament
worth up to three hundred eighty-four (384) points. Players will receive two (2) points for each
First Round game that they pick correctly.
Players will receive four (4) points for each Second Round game that
they pick correctly. Players will
receive eight (8) points for each Third Round game that they pick
correctly. Players will receive sixteen
(16) points for each Fourth Round game that they pick correctly. Players will receive thirty-two (32) points
for each Fifth Round game that they pick correctly. Players will receive sixty-four (64) points
for picking the winner of the college basketball championship game. The participant with the highest score for
each round will be deemed the round winner, upon verification of eligibility. The participant with the highest total score
for all rounds combined will be deemed the Grand Prize winner, upon
verification of eligibility. Additional
prizes, as described above, will be awarded based on the next highest total
score for all rounds combined, upon verification of eligibility. In the event of a tie for the highest score
in rounds one (1) through five (5), the one (1) winner for the round will be
randomly selected from among the tied participants. In the event of a tie for the highest score
in round six (6) (the championship game), the computer takes those tied
participants and applies the “Score Approximation Formula” outlined below to
determine the winner of that round. If
there is still a tie, the one (1) winner for the round will be randomly
selected from among the tied participants.
In the event of a tie for the highest overall score, the computer takes
those tied participants who picked the championship game correctly and applies
the "Score Approximation Formula" outlined below to determine the
Grand Prize winner. The participant with
the lowest "Score Approximation" will be deemed the winner. If there are still ties, the ties will be
broken based on the following criteria in this order:
most points earned in the Fifth Round.
most points earned in the Fourth Round.
most points earned in the Third Round.
most points earned in the Second Round.
most points earned in the First Round.
If there is still a tie the
computer picks a random winner from the tied players.
what the participant chose as the score for the winning team from the actual
winning team's score and square this value;
what the participant chose as the score for the losing team from the actual
losing team's score and square this value.
the value from 1 and 2 above together to get the participant's "score
If any game is canceled, forfeited or indefinitely suspended
for any reason, or if a game results in a tie, that game shall not count for
any contestant and scores will be computed as if the game did not exist.
Potential prize winners will be notified by phone/email on
or around April 15, 2013. In the event
that potential prize winners are not reachable as solely determined by CBS
Local after five (5) days following notification (e.g., no response to email or
voicemail), CBS Local reserves the right to select an alternate potential
winner. If CBS Local or its affiliates
cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.
Prizes will be awarded only upon confirmation of eligibility
and completion of all requisite releases. Each winner (or their parent or legal guardian
if under the age of majority) must execute and return any required affidavit of
eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within five (5) days of winning
or prize will be forfeited. If a
potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the fully-executed
affidavit of eligibility and/or liability/publicity release within the required
time period, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable,
the potential winner forfeits the prize.
Payments of all
federal, state and local taxes are solely the responsibility of the
winners. Each winner will be required to
complete and submit an IRS Form W-9 with the winner's full Social Security
Number or the equivalent for receipt of any prize valued at $600 or more or for
any prizes awarded by CBS Local in a calendar year with an aggregate value of
$600 or more. Failure to submit a
complete W-9 or equivalent will result in forfeiture of the prize. Such winnings of $600 or more will be
reported by CBS Local to the IRS.
the Contest and/or acceptance of prize constitutes entrant’s and/or winner’s
permission for the Contest Entities or their agents to interview the winner(s),
to photograph, film, and record each winner, and to use in commerce and in any
media his/her name, address (city and state), biographic information, likeness,
photograph, audio or video recording, and/or any statements made by him/her
regarding the Contest Entities, the Contest, and/or its sponsor(s) for purposes
of trade, publicity, or promotion without notice or additional compensation,
except where prohibited by law. Each
winner agrees to sign a publicity release confirming such consent prior to
acceptance of the prize, except where prohibited by law.
the Contest and/or acceptance of prize constitutes entrant’s and/or winner’s
agreement to release, discharge, and hold harmless the Contest Entities, their
advertising, programming and development, and promotional agencies, prize
suppliers, Contest sponsors, participating television and radio stations in any
market, and their respective officers, shareholders, directors, employees,
agents and representatives and all of their successors and assigns
(collectively, “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims or
liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize and participation in
the Contest, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage
to or loss of property, which may occur in connection with, preparation for,
travel to, or participation in the Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or
use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity,
including but not limited to any claims based on publicity rights, defamation,
or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery.
If due to
circumstances beyond the control of the Released Parties, any entry,
competition or prize-related event or travel is delayed, rescheduled, postponed
or cancelled, CBS Local shall have the right, but not the obligation, to
cancel, terminate, suspend, or modify the Contest and shall not be required to
award a substitute prize. The Released
Parties are not responsible for (i) typographical or other errors in the
printing, the offering, or the administration of the Contest or in the
announcement of a prize; (ii) incorrect or inaccurate entry information, human
error, failure, or omission; (iii) lost, stolen, mangled, misdirected, postage
due, illegible, incomplete, or late entries; (iv) errors, malfunctions, or data
loss of any kind, entries not received due to difficulty accessing the
internet, service outage or delays, computer difficulties and other
technological problems, failed, incomplete, garbled or deleted computer or
network transmissions, or for telephone or network service outages, delays,
busy signals, poor signals or signal interference, accidental disconnection,
equipment malfunctions, and any other technological difficulties that may
prevent an individual from completing his/her telephone call or submitting a
text message; or (v) any cancellations, delays, diversions, or substitutions or
omissions whatsoever by any transportation providers or any other persons or
entities providing any services to winner(s) (and guest(s), if applicable)
including any results thereof such as changes in services or location
necessitated by same. Further, the
Released Parties are not responsible if any part of a Contest prize that cannot
be awarded due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather, acts of
terrorism, or other factors beyond the Released Parties’ control.
prohibited, by entering the Contest, each player agrees that: (1) any and all
disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this
Contest or any Prize (s) shall be resolved individually, without resort to any
form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in
New York, NY; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to
actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event shall such costs include
attorneys' fees; and (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential or
other damages, including, without limitation, lost profits may be awarded
(collectively, "Special Damages").
Further, by entering the Contest, each player waives all rights to claim
Special Damages and all rights to have such damages multiplied or
increased. All issues and questions
concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of
these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of players and the Released
Parties in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in
accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to
the conflict of laws rules thereof.
Any attempt by a player to deliberately damage any of the Websites or undermine
the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil
laws and should such an attempt be made, the Contest Entities reserve the right
to seek damages from any such player to the fullest extent permitted by law.
It is the sole
responsibility of each player to notify Administrator in the event of his or
her email address changing. To do so,
click on the edit profile link on your member home page. Failure to maintain a valid email address
will result in that player’s disqualification and the forfeiture of any prizes
won in conjunction with this Contest.
CBS Local reserves the right to disqualify any player who has registered
with invalid or false information or who has entered the Contest more than one
time. To qualify for any prize, a player
must have valid registration information by the Contest ending date. Any information that is inaccurate or
misleading will result in that player’s disqualification and the forfeiture of
any prizes won in conjunction with this Contest.
· CBS Local reserves the
right to disqualify any player if their username is deemed inappropriate.
· Any player attempting to
make selection changes close to the cutoff time, risks the chance of not
getting in his/her changes on time.
· Any player caught or
suspected of system tampering, Contest interference or violating the Websites’
removed from the Contest at any time and without notice. The Contest Entities also reserve the right
to pursue legal and criminal action against such players.
· After the cutoff time, all
picks are final.
· The Contest may not be used
in connection with any form of gambling.
The Contest is strictly for entertainment purposes only.
To obtain a copy
of the Official Rules and/or winner's list (specify which) send a
self-addressed, stamped envelope (VT residents may omit return postage) to CBS
Local Bracket Challenge Official Rules/Winners, c/o CBS Local Digital Media,
1271 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor, New York, New York 10020 for receipt by
June 8, 2013.
Sponsor: CBS Local
Digital Media, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor, New York, New York