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:
(a)The CBS LOCAL BRACKET CHALLENGE (the “Contest”) will begin after
men’s college basketball teams are announced on Sunday, March 16, 2014.Brackets will open after teams are announced
(by approximately 8:00 PM EST). Entrants
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 20, 2014 (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)Entrants can enter via any one of the following participating
CBS Local websites (the “Websites”):
(c)Entrants will be required to register an account with the
Administrator in order to enter.Entrants
may, but are not required to register prior to the March 16, 2014 announcement
of teams.Following such announcement
and ending at the Cutoff, entrants 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.Entrants 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.Entrants 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 entrant will be unable to receive credit for that game which may adversely
impact the entrant’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 an entrant 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 CBS Local determines, in its sole discretion, 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 the Contest 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
and to the use of your personal information as described in CBS Local’s Privacy
(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 entrants 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 entrants to correctly
predict the results of the Tournament.
(a)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.
(b)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, in its sole discretion, 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.
(d)Only one winner
per household is permitted in the Contest.
A total of nine (9)
national prizes will be awarded nationally during the Contest:
(a)One (1) Grand Prize:$2,500 USD American Express Gift Card.Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”):$2,500 USD.
(b)One (1) Second Place Prize: $1,500 USD American Express Gift
Card. ARV:$1,500 USD.
(c)One (1) Third Place Prize: $1,000 USD American Express Gift
(d)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.
(e)Total ARV of all offered prizes:$5,600 USD.
(f)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 entrants by law.
(g)No more than the total number of prizes specified in these Official
Rules will be awarded.There are no
prizes awarded to the person with the highest score among all those who enter
on each of the individual Websites.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
(h)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:
(a)Decisions of CBS Local with respect to the Contest are final.
(b)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.Entrants will receive two (2) points for each
First Round game that they pick correctly.Entrants will receive four (4) points for each Second Round game that
they pick correctly.Entrants will
receive eight (8) points for each Third Round game that they pick
correctly.Entrants will receive sixteen
(16) points for each Fourth Round game that they pick correctly.Entrants will receive thirty-two (32) points
for each Fifth Round game that they pick correctly.Entrants will receive sixty-four (64) points
for picking the winner of the college basketball championship game.The entrant with the highest score for each
round will be deemed the round winner, upon verification of eligibility.The entrant 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 entrants.In the event of a tie for the highest score in round six (6) (the
championship game), the computer takes those tied entrants 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 entrants.In the event of a tie for the highest overall
score, the computer takes those tied entrants who picked the championship game
correctly and applies the "Score Approximation Formula" outlined
below to determine the Grand Prize winner.The entrants 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 entrants.
Score Approximation Formula:
what the entrant chose as the score for the winning team from the actual
winning team's score and square this value;
what the entrant 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 entrant’s "score
(c)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 entrant and scores will be computed as if the game did not exist.
(d)Potential prize winners will be notified by phone/email on
or around April 15, 2014.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.
(e)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.
(a)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.
reserves the right to make changes in the Official Rules of the Contest.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
prohibited, by entering the Contest, each entrant 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 entrant 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 entrants 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 an entrant 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 entrant to the fullest extent permitted
(g)It is the sole
responsibility of each entrant 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 entrant’s disqualification and the forfeiture of any prizes
won in conjunction with this Contest.CBS Local reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who has
registered with invalid or false information or who has entered the Contest
more than one time.To qualify for any
prize, an entrant must have valid registration information by the Contest
ending date.Any information that is
inaccurate or misleading will result in that entrant’s disqualification and the
forfeiture of any prizes won in conjunction with this Contest.
·CBS Local reserves the
right to disqualify any entrant if their username is deemed inappropriate.
·Any entrant attempting to
make selection changes close to the cutoff time, risks the chance of not
getting in his/her changes on time.
·Any entrant 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 entrants.
·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.
(i)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 6, 2014.
Digital Media, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, 44th Floor, New York, New York