2014 CBSSports.com Football Playoff Challenge Free Official Rules

Introduction2014 CBSSports.com Football Playoff Challenge Free
No Cost
The Administrator
Eligibility
PlayingSigning Up
Weekly LineupSetting Your Lineup
Lineup Setting Deadline
Roster Requirements
ScoringPoint Values
Legal DisclaimersGeneral Conditions
Rules/Winner Information
Internet
Administrator's Mailing Address

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Introduction


2014 CBSSports.com Football Playoff Challenge Free
Welcome to the 2014 CBSSports.com Football Playoff Challenge Free (the "Challenge"), where you can experience the excitement of postseason fantasy football! As a team owner, you will pick a team of eight (8) National Football League ("NFL") players who you think will collect the most Fantasy Points during the Challenge. Points are accrued based on the statistics players accumulate during the NFL playoffs games. You'll build a team of eight (8) players. You can change your selections as many times as you'd like up to the start of the Wild Card Playoff Round games (as defined below). After lineups lock for the Wild Card Playoff Round games, all participants will only have eight (8) moves to alter their team for the remainder of the playoffs. Participants signing up to the Challenge after the Wild Card Playoff Round games have started will need to use all their eight (8) moves to set their team for the Challenge. You will only be able to select players on teams still remaining in the playoffs; however you may keep eliminated players on your roster if they were selected previously. Your challenge is to pick players whose teams you believe will continue playing all the way to the Super Bowl. The Challenge sign up will begin on December 16, 2014 and run through the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015 (the "Challenge Period").Game play begins on January 3, 2015.

No Cost
The Challenge is FREE to play! No purchase or entry fee necessary to enter and play.

The Administrator
CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Administrator of the Challenge and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding violations of the Rules or anything else that may come up in connection with the Challenge.

Eligibility
The Challenge is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years of age or age of majority, whichever is older in their state of residence, at the date of registration in the Challenge.

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 associated password ("Password") on one of the CBSI network of Websites which currently include the following: CBS.com, CBSSports.com and NCAA.com (the "CBSI Service").

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 found on cbssports.com or by going here. There is no fee or charge to become a Registered User.

The CBSSports.com Football Playoff Challenge Free is subject to these complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.


Playing


Signing Up
Registered Users can sign up for the Challenge at any time up to 5 minutes before kickoff of the Super Bowl game, slated to take place on February 1, 2015, by visiting the CBSSports.com website. Registered Users may register after the first round of playoffs has started, however your team will only earn points starting with the week you sign up and you will need to use all of your allotted 8 moves to set your team. No retroactive points will be awarded.




Weekly Lineup


Setting Your Lineup
There are four (4) NFL playoff rounds in total during the Challenge Period. The first round of the NFL playoffs is the wild card playoffs round (the "Wild Card Playoff Round"). If you sign up to the Challenge prior to the start of the Wild Card Playoff Round, you may choose a your team of eight (8) NFL players at any time after signing up and you will be able to change your team players, without penalty, until the team setting deadline for the Wild Card Playoff Round (see "Lineup Setting Deadline" section below). You will have 300 units (as defined below) to "spend" assembling your team. Once the lineup locks for the Wild Card Playoff Round, all participants will have only eight (8) lineup moves to make for the remainder of the Challenge. You may use as many of the moves allotted in any round as you would like, however, you will not be able to exceed the eight (8) moves allotted for the remainder of the Challenge. For the purpose of clarity, if you sign up for the Challenge after the Wild Card Playoff Round has locked, you will need to exhaust all of your allotted (8) moves to set your team of 8 players for the Challenge. This means once your team is set you will not be able to make any changes for the remainder of the Challenge, even if the NFL team of the players you have chosen gets eliminated.

Prior to the Wild Card Playoff Round, the pool of available NFL players will be selected and each will be assigned a value (in "units") by the Administrator. You can then create your team by choosing players and keeping track of the units so as not to exceed the allotted 300 units and at the same time fulfilling the roster requirements (as explained below). Players' values will not change throughout the playoffs.

Lineup Setting Deadline
The Challenge will run for the duration of the NFL playoffs. The deadline for setting your final team lineup each week is approximately 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the first NFL game that week. This season's NFL playoff schedule is listed below.

NFL Playoff Schedule
RoundDate(s)
Wild CardJan. 3-4, 2015
Divisional PlayoffsJan. 10-11, 2015
Conference ChampionshipsJan. 18, 2015
Super BowlFeb. 1, 2015

The pool of available and eligible players should be announced by December 29, 2014.

Roster Requirements
The chart below lists roster requirements for each team. You must select the required number of players at each position (listed below) from the available player pool. You can "spend" a maximum of 300 units to select your roster of NFL players for your team, and you will not be allowed to exceed that amount when setting your team each week. You also will not be allowed to set a team that does not meet the roster requirements. Once the team setting deadline passes, all changes made after the deadline will take effect for the following week's games.

Roster Requirements
Position# of Players
Quarterback (QB)1
Running Back (RB)2
Wide Receiver (WR)2
Tight End (TE)1
Kicker (K)1
Defensive Team (DT)/Special Teams1
All Positions8

Note: For players who play more than one position, the Administrator will determine their position eligibility. If a player is listed at one position but then plays another for the week (e.g. a running back plays wide receiver) his statistics at the new position will count for your team. If any of your selected NFL players are injured after the lineup setting deadline, or for any reason are not available to play, you will not be able to change them.


Scoring


Point Values
Each week your team will compete against all other participants. A team will accumulate points based on the statistics accumulated by the players on the team. The chart below lists the point values.

Offensive Scoring
Offensive StatisticQB, WR, RB, TE, K
Touchdown (Passing, Rushing or Receiving)6 points
Passing Yards1 point for every 25 yards
Rushing Yards1 point for every 10 yards
Receiving Yards1 point for every 10 yards
2 point conversion2 points
Interception-2 points
Fumble Lost-2 points
Field Goal0-49 yards = 3 points
50+ yards = 5 points
Extra Point1 point

Defensive Scoring
Defensive StatisticDefensive Team/Special Teams
Touchdown6 points
Safety2 points
Interception2 points
Fumble Recovery2 points
Sack1 point
Points Allowed0-6 = 8 points
7-13 = 6 points
14-20 = 4 points
21-27 = 2 points
28+ = 0 points
Yards Allowed0-49 = 12 points
50-99 = 10 points
100-149 = 8 points
150-199 = 6 points
200-249 = 4 points
250-299 = 2 points
300+ = 0 points

*** NOTES ***
  • Offensive Scoring (QB, RB, WR, TE) Scoring will be calculated according to the following example: If a QB throws for 200 yards, 2 TDs - rushes for 20 yards, 1 TD - and has 25 yards receiving, his point total for the week would be: 3 TDs = 18 points, 200yds Passing = 8 points, 20yds Rushing = 2 points, 25yds receiving = 2 points; or 30 total points for the week. Please note that, if you have an active QB and an active WR who play for the same NFL team, and your QB throws a touchdown pass to your WR, then you are credited with two touchdowns on the play and you receive 6 points for each touchdown (12 points total). Also, it should be noted that players on your active roster at an offensive position cannot receive individual offensive points for your team when they are on special teams.
  • Defensive / Special Team scores (TDs, Fumble Recoveries, INTs, Safeties or Sacks) Your defense is awarded points when any one of its members generates either a TD, INT, fumble recovery, safety or sack. Your defense also is awarded points for a kickoff or punt return that results in a TD. For instance, if your active defense is the Ravens, and Jacoby Jones returns a punt for a TD, your defense (the Ravens) gets 6 points. But in that same situation, a team using Tate as an active WR would NOT be awarded 6 points for the touchdown.
  • Fumbles Lost by an active player on your roster playing offense, special teams or defense will lose 2 points if they turn the ball over to the opposing team at any time during the game. For instance, if you have Jacoby Jones active at WR and he fumbles the ball away at any time while he is on the field your team will lose 2 points. This includes a fumble lost while returning a kick, interception or obviously while on offense at RB.
  • Defensive Points Allowed will take into account ALL the points allowed by the team as a whole. Be aware this includes points scored against the offense (TD from an interception, safeties, etc.) and special teams (punt return for a TD) as well as those scored against the defense.
  • Defensive Touchdowns are any touchdowns scored by the defensive team. This includes fumble returns and interception returns.
  • Special Teams Touchdowns are touchdowns scored by punt returns, kickoff returns or returns of a blocked Field Goal kick or punt.
  • To calculate the Total Yards Allowed, simply add the other team's Total Rushing and Total Passing Yards gained.
  • Rounding will NOT be used when calculating points from statistics. For example 49 yards rushing will result in 4 points



Statistics Corrections
Throughout the duration of the contest, following the completion of each week's games, all statistics and point totals are verified, and corrections are made where necessary. However, all statistics and point totals for the week are considered FINAL as of 11:59:59 PM ET on Friday of the following week. If a stat correction is announced for the previous weekend's games after 11:59:59 PM ET on the following Friday or later, it will not be included in our statistics and your official Fantasy score will be based on the original statistic for the week.


Legal Disclaimers


All participants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the Legal Disclaimers below, and by the decisions of CBSI, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Challenge.

General Conditions
By entering the Challenge, each participant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of CBSI, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Further, each participant also acknowledges and agrees to the CBS Interactive Inc. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy incorporated herein by reference. CBSI is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line entries or transactions, for 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 Challenge at any time during the Challenge Period if events beyond their control compromise the Challenge's fairness or integrity. In the event that a scheduled game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that week for players on the affected NFL teams.

CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any participant in the Challenge or refuse to award points if a participant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Challenge or detrimental to other participant. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Challenge registration , violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the participant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points , 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 Web site.

CBSI reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Challenge.

This Challenge is not affiliated with or endorsed by the NFL or any NFL team. This is a Challenge designed for the participant's enjoyment and entertainment. This Challenge may not be used for any form of gambling.

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 Challenge, 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 Challenge.

CBSI and its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies 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. CBSI and its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any transaction to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, 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 Challenge.

Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Challenge Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, 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 Challenge Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, 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 Challenge, and assumes 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 Challenge.

Damaged Property
Challenge Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, 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 Challenge or downloading materials from this Challenge.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CHALLENGE 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 PARTICIPANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

In the event of a dispute as to the identity based on e-mail address submitted, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID will be disqualified.

In the event that the Challenge is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, CBSI reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Challenge, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, CBSI shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

Challenge Errors
The Challenge Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, 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 Challenge; (b) in any related advertising or promotions of this Challenge; and/or (c) in these Official Rules including but not limited to errors in advertising, typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this Challenge or the Official Rules. In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, Administrators reserve 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 Challenge.

Release and Indemnity
Each entrant in the Challenge, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Challenge Entities and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies 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 participation in this Challenge and participation in any activity related to this Challenge.

Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties
IN NO EVENT WILL THE CHALLENGE ENTITIES 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 YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CHALLENGE, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CHALLENGE. IN NO EVENT SHALL CBSI'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $100. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE CHALLENGE AND THE SERVICE 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.

Binding Arbitration
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 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 New York, in the City of New York.

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 NEW YORK 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 Challenge, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the New York state and federal courts located in the City of New York, and State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

Administrator's Mailing Address
CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

 
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