2017 Conference Tournament Bracket Rules

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1. Introduction 2017 Conference Tournament Bracket
No Cost
The Administrator
Eligibility
2. PlayingSigning Up
Selection Deadline
Making Picks
3. PrizeGrand Prize
Certain Prize Restrictions
Drawing/Odds/Winner Notification
4. Legal DisclaimersGeneral Conditions
Rules/Winners Information
Internet
Sponsor/Administrator's Mailing Address
Sweepstakes Entities


1. Introduction

The 2017 Conference Tournament Bracket
Welcome to the 2017 Conference Tournament Bracket (the "Sweepstakes"), which is a competition based on the results of the following 2017 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 Tournaments"). Participants will attempt to select/predict the winners of all the games of one (1) and/or any number, up to all six (6), of the Conference Tournament(s) presented on the CBS Sports Service (as define below) in the form of a bracket (the "Bracket (s)". Participants will earn points by correctly predicting, through their Bracket(s) 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(s) (as defined below) will be awarded to randomly selected participants who are among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in the Conference Tournaments as described in the Prizes section of these Official Rules.

Participants will attempt to predict the winning team of the games/match-ups played in the applicable Conference Tournament(s). The Sweepstakes is comprised of six (6) individual Conference Tournament. Participants can play in one or more of the Conference Tournaments. Participation in all Conference Tournaments is not required. Eligible participants whose score places them among the top ten percent (10%) of point scorers in each Conference Tournament, per the scoring rules set forth in the "Making Picks" section, will be entered into the random prize drawings to win a Prize as described in the "Prizes" section.

The Sweepstakes allows for early sign-up beginning on March 1, 2017. The Sweepstakes will begin on Sunday, March 5, 2017 and end on March 12, 2017 with the conclusion of the last Conference Tournament championship game on March 12, 2017 (the "Sweepstakes Period"). For purposes of clarity, the deadlines for submitting your picks for each Conference Tournament Bracket is five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the first game in the applicable Conference Tournament.

No Cost
The Sweepstakes is FREE to play. No purchase, entry fee or wireless device necessary to enter or win. If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smartphone, tablet and/or other wireless device that allows you access to the Internet, you may enter the Sweepstakes via any of those devices during the Sweepstakes Period. If you decide to participate via any such wireless devices you may be charged message and data rates in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of your Service Agreement with your wireless carrier. Each wireless carrier's rate plan may vary, and participants should contact their wireless carrier for information on rate plans and charges relating to your participation in this Sweepstakes. Access to the Contest via a smartphone, tablet and/or wireless device may not be available in all areas at all times and may not continue to work in the event of product, software, coverage or other service changes made by your wireless carrier. This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling or wagering.

The Administrator

CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") and ThinkNerve will serve as the Administrator(s) of the Sweepstakes and will be solely responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding violations of the rules.

Eligibility
The Sweepstakes is open to: (a) Registered Users (as defined herein); (b) who are legal residents of the United States, and (c) at least 18 years old or age of majority, whichever is 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 and 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 CBSI website registration form, accessible at www.cbssports.com (the "CBS Sports Service") or by going here on the CBS Sports Service. There is no fee or charge for you to become a Registered User.

Employees of CBS Interactive Inc., the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), Conference Tournaments' Employees, CBS Broadcasting Inc., ThinkNerve and IHOP, (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 any prizes.

2. Playing
Signing Up Registered Users can sign up for the Sweepstakes at any time, starting on March 1, 2017 and ending on the deadline date as set forth below, by visiting the CBS Sports Service. Participants will be asked to go to: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/conference-tournament/bracket/games and follow the onscreen instructions (the "Onscreen Instructions") in order to enter the Sweepstakes. Onscreen Instructions are hereby incorporated by reference in these Official Rules. Limit one (1) entry per person, per Conference Tournament, for a maximum of six (6) entries in the Sweepstakes. Selection Deadline
Bracket teams for each Conference Tournament will be posted online, on the Sweepstakes page of the CBS Sports Service, on March 5, 2017. Participant will be able to select their Brackets' teams and/or modify their Brackets starting on March 5, 2017, but deadlines for submitting picks for each Conference Tournament is five (5) minutes prior to the start of the first game in the 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 7, 2017. The Championship Game begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on March 11, 2017.
  • The first PAC-12 game begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on March 8, 2017. The Championship Game begins at 11:00 p.m. ET on March 11, 2017.
  • The first Big 12 game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 8, 2017. The Championship Game begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on March 11, 2017.
  • The first Big Ten game begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on March 8, 2017. The Championship Game begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on March 12, 2017.
  • The first Big East game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 8, 2017. The Championship Game begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on March 11, 2017.
  • The first SEC game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on March 8, 2017. The Championship game begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on March 12, 2017

    Making Picks
    On March 5, 2017, you will have access to the online Brackets page that lists the Conference Tournaments and their match-ups. 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. Winner Selection; Prizes

    Random Prize drawings will be conducted by Administrator. Prize Winners will be chosen from among all eligible entries received in accordance with the terms herein. All eligible participants in the Sweepstakes whose score ranks them within the top 10% of scorers in any and/or all of the Conference Tournaments will be entered into the Prize drawing(s). Random Prize drawings will be conducted on or around March 15, 2017. The Sweepstakes will award one (1) grand prize (the "Grand Prize") and twenty (20) runner-up prizes (the "Runner-Up Prize(s)"), as described below (Runner-Up Prizes and Grand Prize collectively, the "Prize(s)"). Potential winners ("Prize Winner(s)") will be contacted within thirty (30) days from the drawing date. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible participants and the outcome of the 2017 Men's College Basketball Conference Tournaments.

    3. Prizes:
    Grand Prize:
    The one (1) Grand Prize to be awarded consist of a cash prize in the amount of Three Thousand Dollars (US$3,000.00). Approximate retail value ("ARV") of the Grand Prize is Three Thousand Dollars (US$3,000.00). Grand prize is to be awarded via the CBSSports.com Wallet.

    Notification will include instruction regarding how to claim your Grand Prize. Prize Winner will be required to agree to the CBSSports.com Wallet Terms of Use and complete and submit a CBSI Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity Release (the "Affidavit") except where prohibited by law. For additional information on the CBSI Wallet, please visit the Wallet Terms of Use. Such Affidavit must be signed and returned within 15 days of issuance. Failure to return such documents within the specified time period, non-compliance with these Official Rules, the return of any Prize or Prize notification, or if any potential Prize Winner declines a Prize for any reason, could render such person as disqualified with an alternate Prize Winner selected via random drawing, in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable). Submitting such Affidavit will require potential Prize Winner to provide their social security number and a copy of their valid (non-expired) driver's license or other government-issued identification that includes the Prize Winner's address.

    Runner-Up Prizes:
    There will be a total of twenty (20) Runner-Up Prizes awarded. Each Runner-Up Prize consists of one (1) IHOP Gift Card with an ARV of One Hundred Dollars (US$100.00). ARV of all Runner- Up Prizes to be awarded is Two Thousand Dollars (US$2,000.00). Total ARV of the Prizes to be awarded is Five Thousand Dollars (US$5,000.00).

    Prize Restrictions:
    No assignment, transfer, conversion to cash or cash redemption or substitution of any Prize or any portion of the Prize is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize or any of its components with a prize of comparable or greater value, should a Prize or any of its components become unavailable, or for any other reason Prize needs to be exchanged. Prize is solely for personal use and may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion. 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 game. General Conditions By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of CBSI, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Furthermore, each entrant also acknowledges and agrees to the CBS Interactive Inc. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winners. No substitution or transfer of a Prize is permitted except by CBSI. CBSI reserves the right to substitute a Prize for one of equal or greater value in the event that an advertised Prize is unavailable. Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winner's acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission for the Released Party to use Prize 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 a Prize Winner or the distribution of a Prize. CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or a Prize, and/or require the return of a 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 a Prize and/or return of a 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 NCAA Conference or team. This is a game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the Service.

    This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling or wagering.

    Rules/Winner Information
    For the name of the Prize Winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by March 31, 2017 to "Winner's list: 2017 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: 2017 Conference Bracket Challenge", for receipt by March 31, 2017. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self-addressed envelope. Requests received after April 15, 2017 will not be fulfilled.

    Internet
    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 Runner- Up Prizes and/or Grand Prize to the eligible participants selected randomly from among the participants 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.

    Damaged Property
    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 CONTESTANT 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.

    Sweepstakes Errors
    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 a Prize Winner or the distribution of a 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 Winners and Prizes
    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 a Prize Winner, the distribution of a Prize, the acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of any part of a Prize and/or any injury or damage to any participant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of a Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.

    Release and Indemnity
    Each participant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Prize Winners, 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 a 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 Prizes are 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.

    Binding Arbitration
    The participants and/or parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Sweepstakes. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of 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 California state and federal courts located in the City of San Francisco and State of California. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

    Sponsor: CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI"), 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

    Administrator(s): CBSI & ThinkNerve, 48 Carroll Street #1, Brooklyn, New York 11231

    Prize Provider(s): CBSI & IHOP, 450 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203