Fantasy Football Prize Leagues - Rules

1. Introduction   2014 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football
The Commissioner
 
2. Leagues   Signing Up
Eligibility
Live Draft Leagues or Automated Draft Leagues
Private Leagues or Public Leagues
Winners Leagues
League Joining Deadline
Refund Policy
 
3. Draft   Live Draft Instructions
Automated Draft Instructions
 
4. Teams   Overview
Roster Requirements
 
5. Scoring   Point Values
Wins & Losses
Statistics Corrections
 
6. Schedule & Playoffs   Regular Season
Playoffs
 
7. Lineup Changes   Weekly Lineups
Deadline to Change Status
 
8. Adding and Dropping Players   Free Agents
Waivers
Waiver Rank
Waiver Schedule
Preseason
Undroppable Players
 
9. Trades   Trade Deadline
Trade Approval Process
Multi-player Trades
 
10. Sportsmanship   General Sportsmanship
Multiple Teams
Collusion
Inappropriate League Communication
 
11. Prizes   League Champion Prizes
Prize Notification
Prize Restrictions
 
12. Legal Disclaimers   General Conditions
Rules/Winners Information
Internet
Sponsor/Administrator's Mailing Address



1. Introduction
2014 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Prize Leagues
Welcome to the 2014 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Prize Leagues (the "Contest"), where you can start your own 12-team, head-to-head Fantasy league, or join an existing one. No matter what your skill level, we'll have plenty of leagues to choose from. Most leagues include one sentence describing the type of player the league is looking to recruit (e.g., "experts," "beginners," "Dolphins fans," etc.), so you should have no trouble finding the right league for you. The rules for the Contest are explained fully in this document. If you'd rather make your own rules than play by ours, check out CBSSports.com's Football Commissioner Service.

If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smart phone, tablet or wireless device that allows you to access this Contest, you may enter the Contest via any of those devices during the Contest Period. You may be charged data rates according to 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 Contest. Mobile and wireless service is offered on an 'as is' basis, 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. Your wireless service carrier may change or discontinue your service, may charge you additional amounts at any time by giving you prior notice and/or it may discontinue service if you disagree to additional charges.

The Commissioner
The Commissioner of a Fantasy Football league is responsible for coordinating and managing the league. CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Commissioner for all CBSSports.com Contest leagues and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding unbalanced trades, alleged rules violations or anything else.



2. Leagues
Signing Up
You may sign up to participate in the Contest at any time after June 10, 2014; however the deadline to sign up will be no later than 11:59:59 PM ET on 10/ 14/2014. Signup cost depends on the level of competition leagues you choose to play in. Fantasy Football Gold leagues costs $39.99 for your first team, and $29.99 per team for each additional team. Fantasy Football Platinum leagues costs $99.99 for your first team, and $79.99 per team for each additional team. Fantasy Football Diamond leagues costs $249.99 for your first team, and $199.99 for each additional team. Fantasy Football Double Diamond leagues costs $499.99 for your first team, and $449.99 for each additional team. Fantasy Football Elite leagues costs $999.99 for your first team and $799.99 for each additional team (prizes available in connection with the foregoing levels are outlined in the "Prizes" section below). For purposes of these Official Rules, all dollar amounts are in US Dollars.

NOTE: Any additional team purchases may NOT be used in a league where you already have a team. If you have multiple teams, each team must be in a different league.

If you are not a Registered User (as defined below), you'll be prompted to register free with CBSI prior to signing up for the Contest. As noted, we will provide a list of available leagues for you to choose from after you sign up.

Eligibility
*CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Gold is open to: (a) Registered Users(as defined below); (b) legal residents of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico and all US territories and possessions are expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority, whichever is older in their state of residence, at the date of registration in the Contest. PLEASE NOTE: Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and Washington State may play in the Fantasy Football Gold leagues, but are not eligible to win any prizes; and (ii) in all events you must be eighteen (18) years of age or older (if the age of majority in a jurisdiction is over 18, you must be of the age of majority within your jurisdiction) in order to win any prizes.

*CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Platinum, Diamond, Double Diamond, and Elite are open to: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of the United States (excluding residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and Washington State) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico and all US territories and possessions are expressly excluded); and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or the age of majority, whichever is older in their state of residence, at the date of registration in the Contest.

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 websites accessible at: "CBS.com, CBSSports.com and NCAA.com".

If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the CBSSports.com website registrations form found here; . There is no fee or charge for you to become a Registered User.

*All 2014 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Prize Leagues are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

Employees of CBS Interactive Inc. and CBS Broadcasting Inc. (collectively the "Contest Entities") and each of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible to win. Immediate family member for purposes of this Contest is defined as a parent, sibling or any person residing in the same household as an employee of the Contest Entities. Void where prohibited by law. Such excluded employees and/or family members may play, but WILL NOT be eligible to receive any prizes.

Live Draft Leagues or Automated Draft Leagues
Your Fantasy Football team will acquire its players through a draft. CBSSports.com leagues can draft players in one of two ways: a Live Draft or an Automated Draft. During a Live Draft, all 12 league participants ("owners") log in to an on-line "draft room" at a scheduled time. Each owner, in draft order, has just 90 seconds to select an available NFL player for his or her team. This kind of draft is exciting but extremely fast-paced and recommended for experienced owners. See "Live Draft Instructions" section below.

If you are a beginner, or are unable to schedule a block of two to four hours for a live draft, you may prefer to participate in an Automated Draft league. At your convenience you will simply arrange players, using Rank Lists provided by CBSI, in the order that you'd like those players selected for your team. The Automated Draft is then processed using your lists. The highest-ranked player on your lists who is available, and fits the roster needs of your team, will be selected for you during each round of the automated draft. See "Automated Draft Instructions" section below.

Private Leagues or Public Leagues
If you know all of the owners who are going to be in your league, or you want to recruit individuals, you may want to join or create a "Private league". The person who creates a Private league sets a password and other owners will need that password to join such league. However, please keep in mind that the creator of a league will not have the ability to control any other league functions. If you already know all of the owners in your league and want complete control of your league's rules, you should also check out the CBSSports.com's Football Commissioner, our powerful and fully-customizable stats service.

Public Leagues are open to all eligible participants. If you create or join a Public league, you will have no control over who joins the league. Be sure to read the description of the league you want to join to make sure it is suitable for you.

Winners Leagues
If you played a CBSSports.com fantasy league (excluding Commissioner leagues) in a previous year and won your league, you may be eligible to play in an exclusive Winners League. To create or join a Winners League, you must use the same CBSSports.com ID you used when you won your league.

League Joining Deadline
After you become a Registered User, you may join a league anytime up to 11:59:59 PM ET on 10/ 14/2014. All leagues are required to have 12 participants, or team "owners." The first day of the NFL season is set for Thursday 09/ 04/2014. In order for your league's season to start with the first day of the NFL season, you must sign up by 2:55 PM ET on 09/ 04/ 14 and your draft must be started by 3:00 pm ET on 09/05/2014. There will be no drafts held the first Sunday of the season 09/07/ 14, and the first Monday of the season 09/08/2014. For drafts started after 3:00pm on 09/04/2014, such league's start date will be the first Tuesday following your draft date.

Beginning in week 2, all leagues that have drafts beginning after 3pm ET on Thursday will also start the first Tuesday following your draft.

Refund Policy
Once you sign up for the Contest, you may receive a full refund of the purchase price up to 24 hours prior to your league's draft date. All other refund requests may be granted at the sole discretion of CBSI.



3. Draft
Live Draft Instructions
After you join or create a Live Draft league, you will have the opportunity to make changes to CBSSports.com's default Rank List, which is a list of all NFL players that are eligible to be drafted, ranked from best to worst by our Fantasy experts.

It is recommended that you, prior to your draft, organize the Rank List according to your own player preferences. However, you are welcome to leave the Rank List in the order our experts have provided. During the live draft CBSSports.com will use your Rank List as a backup in case your time limit expires before you make a pick (explained below).

On draft day there will be a "Draft Room" link in the Message Center on your league home page - the link is also available in the Draft Prep component of your League Home page. This link will allow entry into the draft room. During the Live Draft, each team will have 90 seconds to select an NFL player. The order of the draft will be randomly generated between midnight and 6:00 AM ET either the day of, or the day before the draft, or for same day drafts, once your league aggregates and no later than 5 minutes prior to the draft. If your league has the mandatory 12 owners as of approximately 48 hours prior to your scheduled draft date, the league will aggregate and generate a draft order. If not, your league will receive an e-mail explaining that you must have 12 owners as of 5 minutes prior to your draft date. Within approximately 12-24 hours of your scheduled draft time, your league will be moved into the same day draft option to help fill the league prior to the draft time. If your league does not have 12 team owners as of 5 minutes prior to the draft, your league will be disbanded and each owner will have to join or create another league.

In the Draft Room, you will be able to place NFL players into a Draft Queue - which is simply a list of players, in order of priority, that you are interested in taking with your next draft pick. When it is your turn to pick, you will have 90 seconds to draft a player. If the 90 seconds pass and you have not manually selected a player, the player ranked highest in your Draft Queue will be automatically drafted. If the Draft Queue is empty, a pick will then be made from your Rank List. In such a case, the highest rated player from the Rank List will be drafted unless that position is filled — in which case the next best available option, at the next highest Ranked position list, will be drafted. The draft order will "snake" at the end of each round, meaning that the team with the last pick in the current round will have the first pick in the next round.

Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round of the draft. So team #12 will have the highest waiver priority and team #1 the lowest waiver priority.

You'll find more help with the live draft in the Help Center inside your league after signup.

Automated Draft Instructions
As with a Live Draft, after creating or joining an Automated Draft league, you will have the opportunity to rank all the eligible NFL players. When choosing to participate in an automated draft, you can customize your rank list in one of two ways: a single, comprehensive list or up to 7 individual positional lists. If you choose the comprehensive list, all available players in your player pool will be populated in one list. You may manipulate the rankings however you choose. If you choose the individual positional lists, you can organize 7 Rank Lists - one list for each 'Fantasy position': QB, RB, WR, TE, K, DST, and a flex position (RB/WR) if applicable. You will rank the players on each list in the order of your preference, with the player you'd most like to draft being #1 on a list, and so on. If you choose to rank your players via the individual positional list option, a comprehensive list will also be compiled from these individual lists based on projections. However if you make subsequent adjustments to this comprehensive list that conflict with your individual rank lists, the individual rank lists will become invalid. For example, if you have Peyton Manning ranked ahead of Tom Brady on your Quarterback list, but decide to move Tom Brady ahead of Peyton Manning on your comprehensive list, your positional list will become invalid.

As in the Live Draft, you are not required to make changes to our rank lists. If you choose not to, our default lists, which reflect the rankings of our 'Fantasy experts', will be used. However, if you decide to organize the lists yourself, you will have up until the start of your draft to do so. When your draft begins, the rank lists will be closed and considered ready for the draft.

On the morning of the scheduled draft day, an Automated Draft will be conducted. Players will automatically be drafted for you using your Rank Lists. An e-mail will be sent to each owner after the draft has been completed.

Please refer to the table below (each number in the table refers to each team's draft position for that round) for the draft order for the full 14 rounds of the draft. You'll see that the order staggers each round of the draft (team #1 has the first pick in round 1; team #6 has the first pick in round 2, etc.) so that each team will have the opportunity to draft 1st in a round at least once.

Automated Draft Order
ROUND1234567891011121314
Team 118310512729411618
Team 229411618310512729
Team 3310512729411618310
Team 4411618310512729411
Team 5512729411618310512
Team 661831051272941161
Team 772941161831051272
Team 883105127294116183
Team 994116183105127294
Team 10105127294116183105
Team 11116183105127294116
Team 12127294116183105127
Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round of the draft. So team #12 will have the highest waiver priority and team #1 the lowest waiver priority.



4. Teams
Overview
Each CBSSports.com league will consist of 12 teams, divided into three divisions of 4 teams each. The divisions will be called: East, Central, and West.

Each team will consist of 14 NFL players. Owners may select a starting lineup each week from these 14 players. The chart below lists the required number of players at each position for the 'starting lineup' and the 'draft'.

  • Note: Individual defensive players are not drafted; rather, you will draft an NFL team's entire defensive/special teams unit. For the purpose of roster limits, each NFL defensive/special teams unit will count as one "player."

Roster Requirements
PositionStarting Lineup*
(Standard Rosters)
Starting Lineup*
(Flex Rosters)
Auto Draft**
(Standard Rosters)
Auto Draft**
(Flex Rosters)
Live Draft
(Standard Rosters)
Live Draft***
(Flex Rosters)
Quarterback (QB)11221 or 21 or 2
Running Back (RB)22432, 3, 4, or 52, 3, or 4
Wide Receiver (WR)32443, 4, or 52, 3, 4, or 5
Flex Position (RB/WR)N/A1N/A1N/A1
Tight End (TE)11221 or 21 or 2
Kicker (K)11111 or 21 or 2
Defensive Team (DST)11111 or 21 or 2
All Positions ****991414 14

*You are allowed as many as 9 players in your starting lineup, according to the positional requirements listed in the table above. However the numbers in the "starting lineup" column represent the maximum number of players you may have at each position. You may use fewer players than the number listed at each position without penalty.

** Team owners that elect to participate in a league with an 'Automated Draft' will have their rosters populated according to the criteria listed in the 'Roster Requirements' table. Players will be drafted based upon their order within each team owner's Rank List and position within the draft. For more information, please refer to the Automated Draft Instructions listed above.

*** Team owners participating in a 'Live Draft' league will be required to select a total of 14 players based upon the criteria defined in the 'Roster Requirements' table above. Team owners may draft up to 2 Quarterbacks, 5 Running Backs, 5 Wide Receivers, 2 Tight Ends, 2 Kickers, and/or 2 Defensive Teams; however, the maximum total number of players a team may draft cannot exceed 14. For more information, please refer to the Live Draft Instructions listed above.

**** Please note that, throughout the season, your overall roster is not restricted to a specific number of players at each position. Once the draft is over, you can carry, in reserve, as many or as few players at each position as you like, as long as your overall roster does not exceed 14 players.



5. Scoring
Point Values
Each week your team will compete against another team in your league in a head-to-head matchup. During a matchup, each of the players in your starting lineup ("active" players) for that week will earn points based on their actual statistics from their respective NFL games. The charts below list the statistics and their corresponding 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
Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdown6 points

Defensive Scoring
DEFENSIVE STATISTICDEFENSE
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 Allowed(-50)-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

Wins & Losses
For each head-to-head matchup, the team with the greater number of points will earn a Win and the team with the lesser number a Loss. During the regular season, if two teams have the same number of points, each team will get a Tie.

During the playoffs, there are no ties. The tiebreakers for head-to-head matchups in the playoffs are as follows:

  1. Combined Passing, Rushing, and Receiving Yards
  2. Defensive Yards Allowed
If this doesn't break the tie, then the team with the higher playoffs seed will earn the Win.

NOTES

  • Offensive Scoring (QB, RB, WR, TE): An offensive player will receive points for any offensive statistics he accumulates. Scoring will be calculated according to the following example: If a QB throws for 200 yards and 2 TDs; rushes for 20 yards and 1 TD; and has 25 yards receiving, his point total for the week would be: 3 TDs = 18 points, 200 yards Passing = 8 points, 20 yards Rushing = 2 points, 25 yards receiving = 2 points; or 30 total points for the week.
  • Defensive / Special Team Scoring: Your defense is awarded points when any one of its members generates a TD, INT, fumble recovery, safety or sack. Your defense is also awarded points for a kickoff or punt return that results in a TD. For instance, if your active defense is the Vikings and Cordarrelle Patterson returns a punt for a TD, you get 6 points. In the same situation, a team using Cordarrelle Patterson as an active WR would NOT be awarded points.
  • Fumbles Lost by a player on special teams or defense will lose 2 points if they turn the ball over to the opposing team. For instance, if you have Cordarrelle Patterson 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 punt, kick, interception (if your WR were playing defense) or while on offense at WR.
  • Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdowns are any touchdowns resulting from a fumble recovered by an offensive skill player. For instance, if your active wide receiver is Brandon Marshall and he recovers a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, while on offense, your team would be awarded 6 points.
  • Points Allowed will take into account ALL the points allowed by the team as a whole. 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 blocked kicks or punts.
  • 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, not 5.

Statistics Corrections
Fantasy Regular Season
Throughout the Fantasy Regular Season, 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 Thursday. If a stat correction is announced for the previous weekend's games after 11:59:59 PM ET on Thursday or later, it will not be included in the applicable statistics and your official Fantasy score will be based on the original statistic.

For Fantasy Regular Season, weeks in which there is a Thursday NFL game scheduled, statistics and point totals for the week are considered FINAL as of 11:59:59 PM ET on Wednesday. If a stat correction is announced for the previous weekend's games after 11:59:59 PM ET on Wednesday or later, it will not be included in the applicable statistics and your official Fantasy score will be based on the original statistic.

Please note: at the completion of the last game of the Fantasy Regular Season (as defined below), all statistics are considered Final. Once playoff teams are announced, any statistics corrections that impact the Fantasy regular season will not be included.

Fantasy Playoffs
Throughout the Fantasy Playoffs, 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 6:00:00 AM ET on Tuesday. If a stat correction is announced for the previous weekend's games after 6:00:00 AM ET on Tuesday or later, it will not be included in our statistics and your official Fantasy score will be based on the original statistic.



6. Schedule & Playoffs
Regular Season
The first 14 weeks of the NFL season represent the regular season for CBSSports.com Fantasy Football leagues. During these 14 weeks, each team will play the other teams in its division twice each, and they will play teams in the other divisions once each. When the draft is complete, you can see your team's specific schedule by clicking the Schedule link.

Playoffs
When the 14-weeks regular season ends, 4 teams from the league will make the playoffs: the 3 division leaders (the team with the best win/loss record in each division) and a wildcard team, which is the team with the best win/loss record in the league, excluding the 3 division leaders.

The division leader with the best record going into the playoffs will be the #1 seed, and the #1 seed will play the wildcard (seed #4) in the first playoff match in NFL Week 15. The other division leaders will be seeded #2 and #3, and will also face each other in week 15.

If there is a tie for the order of playoff seeds, the following tie-breakers will be used.

  1. Year-to-Date ("YTD") Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against

If there is a tie for a division lead, the following tie-breakers* will be used.

  1. YTD Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against

If there is a tie for a Wildcard spot, the following tie-breakers* will be used:

  1. YTD Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against

If ties still remain after applying the above tiebreakers, seeding will be determined at random.

*NOTE: For leagues whose season started with NFL Week 2 or later, the only tiebreaker used will be YTD points scored.

Playoff Schedule
NFL Week 15NFL Week 16Week 16 Results
#1 vs. #4


#2 vs. #3
Winner #1-#4 vs.
Winner #2-#3
Winner: 1st Place (Champion)

Loser: 2nd Place (Runner Up)
Diamond, Double Diamond, and Elite Only



7. Lineup Changes
Weekly Lineups
Each week, owners have the opportunity to select their starting lineup for the coming week. If an owner doesn't set a lineup before the weekly lineup deadline (explained in the "Deadline to Change Status" section below), the owner's lineup from the previous week will be used. If an owner has an Illegal Lineup, their team will score zero points for the scoring period.

Deadline to Change Status
An owner may change the status of the players on his/her team (i.e., "active" or "reserve") up to 5 minutes before a player's NFL team is scheduled to start. While there are benefits to last minute research, please play it safe and make changes well before this 5-minute window arrives. CBSI will not be responsible if your watch or clock and our system clock are not synchronized. CBSSports.com system clock is the official time keeper for all actions taken in the Contest. Please note that, if 9 of your players were "active" and played on Sunday, you will not be able to change the status of one of your "reserves" to "active" on Monday even though the player didn't play yet.


8. Adding and Dropping Players
Free Agents
Throughout the season you may want to improve your roster by adding available free agents and dropping players who are not performing up to your expectations. You can submit a free agent request at any time. With the exception of requests for players on Waivers (discussed below) free agent moves are first-come, first-served and are executed immediately.

With only two exceptions, there are no limits to the number of Add/Drops you can request, nor are there any transaction fees.

  1. The first exception is when an owner drops his entire team or a significant number of players, also known as "team dropping". Team dropping has a negative impact on the league and as such, any owner who elects to drop his team shall be subject to immediate removal from the league. Players selected from waivers or added from free agency that were part of a team drop may be reversed at our discretion. In such move reversals, the waiver ranks will not be reset. CBSSports.com's Fantasy Football uses weekly lineups, so any changes made may go into effect for the following week's fantasy match-up.
  2. The second exception is abuse of the waivers process. This is when a team owner adds then drops a series of players, putting those players on waivers and making them inaccessible to other team owners. Such an action could result in forfeiture of points as well as that team owner being blocked from making any additional add/drops for the remainder of the season.
If either of these situations occurs within your league, please contact CBSI through the Help Center as soon as possible.

Waivers
To provide an equal opportunity for all owners to add players to their roster, a Waivers process is used. Requests for players that are on Waivers are not executed immediately, but are put in a pending status.

All players will be placed on Waivers at the start of football games every Sunday afternoon, at 12:55 PM ET during the course of the NFL season. If there are NFL games scheduled for Thursday or Saturday, only the players from those teams will be placed on Waivers five (5) minutes prior to the start of their respective football games.

Any player that is new to the player pool will be placed on Waivers, and subject to the league's Waiver process.

The Waiver process allows multiple teams to request the same players. Most weeknights between midnight and 6:00:00 AM ET, CBSI will process all of the pending requests. The order in which these requests are processed is based on the Waiver Rank of each team. The table below lists when an NFL player is on Waivers and for how long.

Waiver Conditions
NFL Player StatusOn Waivers Until
Free Agent while NFL games are in progressWednesday 1:00:00 AM ET to 6:00:00 AM ET Wednesday morning.
You can request players while games are in progress, but the first waivers run of the week will always be Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, so Wednesday is the earliest day you'd be awarded a player in any week.
Released during a waiver processThe next waiver process (usually 24 hours later, but see Waiver Schedule).
Ex.: Owner requests Player A on waivers and drops Player B. During waiver process, owner is awarded Player A, and Player B is placed on waivers until the next waiver process.
Released during Free Agent Add/DropThe second waiver process after the Add/Drop.
Ex.: Owner drops a player Tuesday afternoon. The player dropped is on waivers until the waiver process that runs between 1:00:00 AM ET Thursday and 6:00:00 AM ET Thursday.

Waiver Rank
During the waiver process, pending transactions are processed in an order determined by each team's waiver rank. The team with a waiver rank of 1, considered the highest, will get its first requested player. After the transaction is executed, the team's waiver rank is then set to 12 (last), and all other teams move up one. The waiver ranks are reset once each week after standings are updated on Tuesday morning. The last-place team (based on won/lost record) will be given the waiver rank of 1, down to the first-place team, which gets the waiver rank of 12. We'll use the following criteria to break any ties for waiver rank:

Waiver Rank
Waiver Rank
1. Worst Won/Lost Record
2. Least Points Scored YTD
3. Most Points Scored Against YTD

If a team's highest pending transaction becomes invalid because another team received the requested player, the transaction gets deleted and the team's next waiver request, if one exists, becomes that team's highest. If a team doesn't have any pending transactions because all players requested were taken by other teams, or the owner simply didn't request any players, there isn't any penalty and the Waiver Rank will not be changed for that week.

Waiver Schedule
The waiver process will run for the first time each week between Wednesday 1:00:00 AM/Wednesday and 6:00:00 AM Wednesday which is approximately 24 hours after the completion of Monday night's football game. In a typical week where there are not any Thursday or Saturday football games, the waiver process will run every night through Saturday night (the last process will be early Sunday morning).

If there are Thursday or Saturday football games, the players involved in those football games will be placed on Waivers five minutes prior to the start of their football game and will not be eligible to be added to a team's roster until the first Waivers process of the following week runs.

Note: Waivers will continue to run for the current week, as scheduled, until the last waiver process is run on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Preseason
Once a league's draft is completed, players can be added and dropped subject to the Free Agent and Waiver rules discussed above. The initial Waiver Rank after the draft will be the reverse of the Draft Order. After the draft, all players not drafted will be placed on Waivers. The waiver process will run each night, 7 days a week, starting the day after the draft through the Wednesday night before opening day (Thursday, September 4, 2014).

Undroppable Players
To maintain the integrity of your league, you will be prevented from dropping certain star NFL players throughout the season. CBSI, as commissioner of all CBSSports.com Fantasy Football leagues, will decide - in its sole discretion - which NFL players are undroppable. If there are players we've deemed undroppable on your roster, they will not be displayed on the Add/Drop page for your team. You may appeal to CBSI for permission to drop an undroppable player; however, CBSI will make the final decision on all undroppable player requests. Appeals can be sent via the Help, Help Center page and should include the names of the players you want to add and drop.



9. Trades
Trade Deadline
Throughout the season, owners can trade players with other teams. In an effort to keep the integrity of the league, a deadline for trades will be imposed at 11:59:59 PM ET Tuesday, 11/ 11/2014. No trades will be allowed after that time. Any trades accepted by two parties before the deadline will be subject to the trade approval process.

Trade Approval Process
In an effort to prevent collusion among owners, and to ensure fair competition, a trade approval process is used. After two owners agree to a trade, the trade will be put in a pending status for at least 24 hours. If four owners in your league object to the trade within the pending time period, the trade will not be executed, but will go to the Commissioner for evaluation. Example: a trade made at 5:00:00 PM Tuesday will not execute at 5:00:00 PM Wednesday, but between midnight and 6:00:00 AM ET Thursday, assuming four owners do not object before then.

All trades between owners must be made at least 24 hours before the first game for that week in which any player(s) involved in the trade plays, and not be disputed by four owners in order to be effective for the current week. If four owners object to a trade, the Commissioner can overrule the objection but the trade may be made effective for the following week.

If you make a trade offer, be sure to monitor the status of that offer (on the My Team, Trade page) as the weekly lineup deadline approaches, to ensure that acceptance of that trade does not cause your team to have an illegal lineup for the current week's Fantasy Match-up.

Multi-player Trades
Owners can enter unbalanced multi-player trades such as a 3 player for 1 player trade. A trade that results in an illegal roster will be allowed; however, you will be required to enter the necessary transactions to correct your roster before your lineup is due for the coming week. If your roster is not legal by the weekly deadline, you will receive zero points for that particular week.



10. Sportsmanship
General Sportsmanship
By participating, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship and fairness rules set forth in these rules and fantasy contests in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of CBSI regarding all questions of sportsmanship and fairness. If an owner does not comply with the sportsmanship and fairness rules as embodied in these official rules, or CBSI determines (in CBSI's sole discretion) that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike manner, CBSI reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league. All decisions by CBSI in sportsmanship and fairness related matters will be final.

Multiple Teams
In order to keep the leagues as competitive as possible, owners will only be allowed to have one team in a league.

Collusion
CBSI does not permit two or more owners in the same league to work together to better one team at the expense of the other (for example, making one-sided trades, one team dropping players so the other team can pick them up, etc.).

Inappropriate League Communication
The Fantasy and League Message Boards, League News area, League Email Address and Chat Room are available for you to communicate with other league owners. We ask that you refrain from posting or sending messages that could be construed as offensive to other owners. Inappropriate communication can also include spamming other league team owners with trade offers and posting multiple messages on the message board. If a team owner is unable to abide by the guidelines specified in the CBS Interactive Terms of Use, CBSI reserves the right to terminate that team owner's ability to communicate within the league.


11. Prizes
League Champion Prizes (individually, a "Prize", collectively, the "Prizes")
League Champion Prizes (individually, a "Prize", collectively, the "Prizes")

The first-place eligible finisher in each Gold league will win Two Hundred Dollars (US$200.00).There is no other prizes offered in the Gold league.

The first-place eligible finisher in each Platinum league will win Six Hundred Dollars (US$600.00).There is no other prizes offered in the Platinum league.

The first-place eligible finisher in each Diamond league will win Eleven Hundred Dollars (US$1,100.00), the second-place eligible finisher in each Diamond League will win Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).

The first-place eligible finisher in each Double Diamond league will win Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (US$2,500.00). The second-place eligible finisher in each Double Diamond league will win One Thousand Dollars (US$1,000.00).

The first-place eligible finisher in each Elite league will win Five Thousand Dollars (US$5,000.00). The second-place eligible finisher in each Elite league will win Two Thousand Dollars (US$2,000).

Mid-Season Prize Giveaway

In every Football Diamond, Double Diamond and Elite League (Gold and Platinum are NOT included), there will be a mid-season prize awarded to the team with the highest "Points For" total in each league within the eligible service levels. The prize awarded for this will be $20 and will need to be claimed by the procedures outlined below. The start date of each league may vary based on the signup date, however the mid-season contest concludes at week 8 (Monday October 27, 2014). There will be no alternates selected, if a prize is unclaimed it will not be awarded.

Prize Notification
Potential prize winners (the "Winners") will be notified through the alert box on the league's home page and via email within 30 days of the end of the NFL regular season. Such notification will be sent to the email address provided during registration to the Contest. Notification will include instructions on how to claim your Prize. Winners are required to complete and submit the affidavit of eligibility and release (the "Affidavit") provided by CBSI. Winner will be required to include their social security number and a copy of their current driver's license or current government issued id ('ID") when submitting their Affidavit.

Please note: Such Affidavit must be received by CBSI with their current ID no later than March 24, 2015. (For purposes of clarity, Affidavits and ID sent via regular mail must also be received by March 24, 2015).

In the event Winner is deemed ineligible and/or does not claim their Prize by dates specified herein, Prize will be forfeited and an alternate Winner (the "Alternate") will be selected and notified.

Alternate Winners:

Gold/Platinum

If the first place Winner doesn't claim prize by the date stated herein and/or is deemed ineligible based on user information found on file in our database and/or on the Affidavit, Prize will be awarded to an Alternate Winner. Alternate Winner in Gold and Platinum Leagues is defined as the runner-up (loser) in the league championship game, if deemed eligible.

Diamond, Double Diamond and Elite:

If the first Winner doesn't claim prize by date stated herein, or is deemed ineligible based on user information found on file in our database and/or on the Affidavit, an alternate in these levels will be selected. The Alternate for these levels will be determined by the next highest seeded team that qualified for the playoffs but did not participate in the championship game.

If the 1st place Winner claims their Prize and 2nd Place Winner does not or is ineligible, the next highest seed will get 2nd place Prize money.

If 2nd place Winner Claims their Prize and 1st place Winner does not or is ineligible, 2nd Place will get the difference of 1st and 2nd Prize money, and the next highest seed will get 2nd place Prize money. If 1st place Winner and the 2nd place Winner do not claim or are deemed ineligible, 3rd will be an alternate for the 1st prize and the 2nd place Prize will not be awarded.

Only one (1) attempt to select an Alternate will be attempted. If attempt fails, unclaimed Prize will not be awarded.



12. 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 Contest.

General Conditions
By entering, 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 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 each of the 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, a Winner's acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission for the Contest Entities to use a Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and address (city and state), worldwide, in all forms of media and for any purpose including advertising, in CBSI's sole discretion, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Participants agree to CBSI's use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply.

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 contestant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. CBSI reserves the right to halt or modify the Contest at any time during the Contest period if events beyond their control compromise the Contest's fairness or integrity. In the event that a scheduled football game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that week for players on the affected NFL teams.

CBSI is not responsible for typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this Contest, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of a Winner(s) or the distribution of a Prize(s).

CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Contest, refuse to award points or Prize(s), and require the return of a Prize(s), if entrant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Contest or detrimental to other entrants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Contest registration or Prize claim(s), violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or Prizes 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 Prize(s), 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. Entrant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of any Prize(s) and/or return of the Prize(s) 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 Contest. This Contest is not affiliated with or endorsed by NFL or any NFL team. This is a skill Contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the CBSSports.com Service.

This Contest may not be used for any form of gambling.

Rules/Winners Information
For the names of the Winners send a self addressed stamped envelope for receipt by January 30, 2015 to "Winners list 2014 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Prize Leagues" 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: "2014 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Prize Leagues" for receipt by December 30, 2014. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self addressed envelope.

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 Contest, 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 Contest. In such event, CBSI further reserves the right to award Prize(s) to the eligible players with the most points as of the termination date and to award the Prize(s) to the players with the best record (tie breakers rules will apply) in each league in the Contest as of termination date.

CBSI 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, or alteration of, entries or transactions. CBSI is 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 e-mail entry or 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 Contest.

Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Contest 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 Contest 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 Contest, 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 Contest.

Damaged Property
Contest 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 Contest or downloading materials from this Contest.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A CONTESTANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST 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 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 Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, CBSI reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, 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.

Contest Errors
The Contest 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 Contest; (b) in any related advertising or promotions of this Contest; and/or (c) in these Official Rules including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of a Winner or the distribution of a Prize. 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 Contest.

Winner(s) and Prize(s)
The Contest 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, the selection and announcement of a 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 entrant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of a Prize or any part of this Contest.

Release and Indemnity
Each entrant in the Contest, including, without limitation, the Winners, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Contest 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 acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a Prize, participation in this Contest and participation in any activity related to this Contest.

Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties
IN NO EVENT WILL THE CONTEST 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 CONTEST, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CONTEST. 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 CONTEST AND THE SERVICE INCLUDING THE 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 parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, a Prize and/or the Contest 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, a Prize and/or the Contest, 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.

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

 
 
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