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2014 CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Hockey Official Rules

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1. Introduction2014 Free CBSSports.com Fantasy Hockey
The Commissioner
2. LeaguesSigning Up
Eligibility
Live Draft Leagues or Automated Draft Leagues
Private Leagues or Public Leagues
Winners Leagues
League Joining Deadline
3. DraftLive Draft Instructions
Automated Draft Instructions
4. TeamsOverview
Roster Restrictions
5. Head-to-Head ScoringPoint Values
Wins & Losses
Statistics Corrections
6. Schedule & Playoffs (for head-to-head leagues)Regular Season
Playoffs
7. Rotisserie ScoringCategories
8. Lineup ChangesWeekly Lineups
Deadline to Change Status
9. Adding and DroppingFree Agents
Waivers
Waiver Rank
Undroppable Players
10. TradesTrade Deadline
Trade Approval Process
Multi-player Trades
11. SportsmanshipGeneral Sportsmanship
Multiple Teams
Collusion
Inappropriate League Communication
12. PrizeLeague Champion Prize
Prize Notifications
13. Legal DisclaimersGeneral Conditions
Rules/Winners Information
Internet
Sponsor/Administrator's Mailing Address



1. Introduction


2014 CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Hockey
Welcome to 2014 CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Hockey Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes"), where you can start your own 12-team Head-to-Head or Rotisserie Fantasy league, or join an existing one. No matter what your skill level is, we'll have plenty of leagues from which to choose. Most leagues include one sentence describing the type of player the league is looking to recruit (e.g., "experts," "beginners," "Panther fans," etc.) so you should have no trouble finding the right league for you. The rules for the Sweepstakes are fully explained in these Official Rules. If you'd rather make your own rules than play by ours, check out CBSSports.com's Hockey Commissioner Product.

The Commissioner
The Commissioner of a Free Fantasy Hockey league is traditionally the individual responsible for coordinating and managing the league including, without limitation, setting the rules. CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Commissioner for all Free Fantasy Hockey leagues and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding unbalanced trades, alleged rules violations or anything else.

If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smart phone, tablet or other wireless device that allows you to access this Contest, you may also enter the Contest via any of those devices during the Contest Period (as defined below). 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


2. Leagues


Signing Up
You may sign up to play the Sweepstakes after the start of the NHL season; however the deadline to sign up will be no later than 11:59:59 PM ET on 1/7/2015. The Sweepstakes is FREE to play. You will receive one (1) entry to the Sweepstakes for every team you create, with a limit of 3 teams per user, in accordance with this Official Rules.

NOTE: Any additional team signups 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 Sweepstakes. As noted, we will provide a list of available leagues for you to choose from after you sign up.

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

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: CBSSports.com or 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 CBS Sports Service registration form by going here on the CBS Sports Service. There is no fee or charge to you to become a Registered User.

*All CBSSports.com Fantasy Hockey games are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.

Employees of CBS Interactive Inc. and CBS Broadcasting Inc. (collectively the "Sweepstakes 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 is defined as a parent, sibling or any person residing in the same household as an employee of the Sweepstakes Entities. Void where prohibited. Such excluded employees and/or family members may play, but WILL NOT be eligible to receive the Prize (as defined below).

Live Draft Leagues or Automated Draft Leagues
Your Free Fantasy Hockey 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 participants in your league ("owners") will 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 NHL 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 use that password to join the 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 Hockey Commissioner, our powerful and fully-customizable 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 Product's 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 1/7/2015. All leagues are required to have 12 participants, or team owners. The first day of the NHL season is set for 10/8/2014. In order for your league's season to start with the first day of the NHL season, you must sign up by 11:59 PM ET on 10/6/2014 and your draft must be started by 11:59 pm ET on 10/7/2014. For drafts held on 10/8/2014 or later, the league's start date (for the purpose of scoring) will be the following Scoring Period (as defined below) after your draft.


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 NHL 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 NHL 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. 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 24 hours prior to your draft date. If your league does not have 12 team owners as of 24 hours prior to your draft date, 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 NHL 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, 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 NHL 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 4 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 4 positional lists, you can organize 4 Rank Lists - one list for each Fantasy position: C, W, D, G. 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 4 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 Pavel Datsyuk ranked ahead of Sidney Crosby on your Center list, but decide to move Sidney Crosby ahead of Pavel Datsyuk 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
ROUND12345678910111213141516
Team 118310512729411618310
Team 229411618310512729411
Team 3310512729411618310512
Team 441161831051272941161
Team 551272941161831051272
Team 66183105127294116183
Team 77294116183105127294
Team 883105127294116183105
Team 994116183105127294116
Team 10105127294116183105127
Team 1111618310512729411618
Team 1212729411618310512729


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

Teams Overview
Each CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Hockey 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 16 NHL players. Owners may select a starting lineup each week from these 16 players. The chart below lists the required number of players at each position for the 'starting lineup' and the 'draft'.

Roster Requirements
PositionStarting Lineup*Draft
Centers (C)0-63
Wingers (W)0-65
Defensemen (D)45
Goalies (G)23
All Positions1216
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 16 players.

During the draft, players are drafted at the position they are listed under in our database, regardless of whether that player plays multiple positions.



5. Head-to-Head Scoring


Point Values
Each week your team will compete against another team in your league in a head-to-head matchup. During a game, each of the players in your starting lineup ("active players") for that week will earn points based on actual statistics from NHL games. The charts below list the statistics and their point values.

Wing & Centers Scoring
STATISTICWings & Centers
G - Goal3 points
PPG - Power Play Goal1 bonus point
SHG - Short Handed Goal2 bonus points
A - Assist2 points
+/- - Plus Minus1 point/-1 point
PIM - Penalty Minutes0.25 points
Defensemen Scoring
STATISTICDEFENSEMEN
G - Goal5 points
PPG - Power Play Goal1 bonus point
SHG - Short Handed Goal2 bonus points
A - Assist3 points
+/- - Plus Minus1 point/-1 point
PIM - Penalty Minutes0.25 points
Goalie Scoring
STATISTICGOALIE
W - Wins5 points
SO - Shut Out3 points
S - Save0.2 points
GA - Goals Against-1 point
A - Assist3 points
PIM - Penalty Minutes0.25 points
G - Goal5 points

Each NHL player's points will be averaged based on the number of games he played during the Scoring Period. For example, if Sidney Crosby scores 15 Fantasy points in 3 games, 5 points will be contributed to the team score.

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 will earn 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. In the event of tie, the team with the better tiebreaker total will earn the win. The tiebreaker is computed as follows: Goals Scored minus Goals Allowed. In the event that a tie remains, the Win will be awarded to the home team.

Statistics Corrections
Your league's web site will be updated to reflect official NHL statistics corrections that occur up to seven days after the game has been completed. For example, for a Saturday game, the official scoring change would have to be made by the following Saturday to be included in our statistics. If the change is made any later, it will not be included in our statistics and your official Fantasy scoring 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.


6. Schedule & Playoffs (for HEAD-TO-HEAD Leagues only)


Regular Season
The NHL season runs from Wednesday October 8, 2014 through Saturday April 11, 2015. Sweepstakes scoring will begin on opening day, October 8, 2014. Each Monday through Sunday period of time, during the NHL season, represents a scoring period (each, a "Scoring Period") for the Sweepstakes (the season begins on a Wednesday, so the first week's Scoring Period will run from Wednesday, 10/8/2014 through the following Sunday 10/12/2014. During the first 26 weeks of the Fantasy Hockey season, each team will play 24 weekly (Monday-Sunday) Head-to-Head matchups.

When the draft is complete, you can see your team's specific schedule by selecting Schedule from the toolbar.

Playoffs
When the Fantasy 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 NHL Week 25. The other division leaders will be seeded #2 and #3, and will also face each other in week 25.

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.



Playoff Schedule
NHL Week 25NHL Week 26Week 26 Results
#1 vs. #4
#2 vs. #3
Winner #1-#4 vs.
Winner #2-#3
Winner: Champion
Loser: Runner Up

For teams that do not qualify for the playoffs, the season will effectively end after the Fantasy Regular Season. No further add/drop transactions will be permitted for any team that does not make the playoffs, or for any team that is eliminated from the playoffs.


7. Rotisserie Scoring


Categories
In our Rotisserie scoring system, each team will be ranked against the other 11 teams in 10 different categories. The team with the highest rank in a category will receive 12 points (based on the number of teams) for that category, the second best 11, and so on. The team with the lowest rank in a category will receive 1 point for that category. The sum of the points for each category will determine a team's score. The following categories will be used:

Roto Stat Categories
Goals+/-
AssistsShots on Goal
Power Play GoalsGoalie Wins
Short Handed GoalsGoalie Save Percentage
Penalty MinutesGoals Against Average
Notes:
All statistics for goalies will count, including goals and assists.

Each team's goalies must accumulate a combined total of at least 82 games played over the course of the season or it will be placed in last place in the Goalie Save Percentage and Goals Against Average categories. All leagues that begin after October 27, 2014 will use 40 as the minimum.

There will be no tie-breaker to determine Rotisserie league champions. In the event of a tie for first place, the tied teams will all be entered into the League Champion Prize Drawing (explained below).

8. 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. In Head-to-Head leagues, any team with an illegal lineup will receive 0 points for that Scoring Period. For a Rotisserie league, a team will receive no credit for statistics in any week it has an illegal lineup.

Deadline to Change Status
The deadline for setting your weekly lineup is 5 minutes before the start of the first game of the Scoring Period. The Scoring Periods for the Sweepstakes run from Monday to Sunday (except week 1, as noted earlier). Once the lineup is set for the week, it cannot be changed.


9. 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 Free Fantasy Hockey uses weekly lineups, so any changes made may go into effect for the following week's games.
  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 implemented. Requests for players who are on Waivers are not executed immediately, but are put in a pending status. This allows multiple teams to request the same players. Each night between midnight and 9AM 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.

Any player who is dropped from a team during an add/drop transaction is considered to be on waivers until one waivers process is completed without that player being claimed. At that point, the player is considered a free agent, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All players who are not drafted will also be placed on waivers once your draft ends.

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

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 spot.

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.

Undroppable Players
To maintain the integrity of your league, you will be prevented from dropping certain star NHL players throughout the season. CBSI, as Commissioner of all leagues, will decide - in its sole discretion - which NHL 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 Center page and should include the names of the players you want to add and drop.


10. 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 Wednesday, 02/07/2015. 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 Approvals
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 (4) 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 ET Tuesday will not execute before 5:00:00 PM ET Wednesday at the earliest, assuming four owners do not object before then.

All trades between owners must be made at least 24 hours before the first game day of the week 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 games.

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.

11. Sportsmanship

General Sportsmanship
By participating, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship rules set forth in these rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of CBSI regarding all questions of sportsmanship. If an owner does not comply with the sportsmanship rules as defined 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 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 highly-rated 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 Hockey CommissionerCBS Interactive Inc. Terms of Use, incorporated herein by reference, CBSI reserves the right to terminate that team owner's ability to communicate within the league and/or remove that owner from the league.

User's Name
A user's name may be displayed in full (name and last name) or partial (name and first initial of last name) format in certain instances within the Fantasy Products' league pages. If you do not want your name to appear on your league pages we suggest you go the League Home page and change your personal information within the "Options" tab; more specifically the information you input in the "Your Name" area. The information you write into the "Your Name" area, is the information that will be displayed on your league's pages. We cannot ensure the security of any information you choose to make public in the league's chat room, forum, or message board. Also, we cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect your privacy. Please exercise caution when disclosing personal information in these areas.


12. Prize (the "Prize")

League Champion Prize
Each eligible first-place finisher in each Free league will be entered into a random drawing to determine the overall League Champion Prize Winner (the "Prize Winner"). The Prize Winner will receive Five Thousand US Dollars (US$5,000). The Prize will be awarded in the form of a check.

Prize Notification
The potential Prize Winner will be notified via email within 30 days of the end of the NHL season. The Prize Winner will be required to complete the online claim form within five (5) days of issuance. Failure to complete such documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, the return of any Prize or prize notification or if any Prize Winner declines the Prize for any reason, then the Prize may be awarded to another entrant via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable). Any potential winner (the "Winner") who is a resident of Canada may be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered online or offline in order to be declared a Winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible League Champions. A random drawing will be conducted by Administrator on or about April 30, 2014 by CBSI whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. Only one (1) attempt for alternates will be conducted. If attempts fail, unclaimed Prizes will not be awarded.

Publicity Release Terms
Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winner's acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use Prize Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Entrants agree to CBSI's use of their name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

13. 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 game.

General Conditions
By entering the Sweepstakes, 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 Hockey CommissionerCBS Interactive Inc. Terms of Use, and CBS Interactive Inc Privacy Policy incorporated herein by reference. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner. No substitution or transfer of the Prize permitted except by CBSI. CBSI reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value in the event that the advertised Prize is unavailable.

Prize Winner will be required to complete the online claim form within five (5) days of issuance. Failure to return such documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, the return of the Prize or Prize notification or if the Prize Winner declines the Prize for any reason, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate Prize Winner selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable).

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 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 week for players on the affected NHL teams.

CBSI is 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 the Prize Winner or the distribution of the Prize.

CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any participant in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Prize, and require the return of the Prize, if participant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Sweepstakes or detrimental to other participant. 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 prize 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 or prizes, 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. Participant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of the Prize and/or return of the 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 NHL or any NHL team. This is a Sweepstakes designed for the participant's enjoyment and entertainment.

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

Rules/Winner Information
For the name of the Prize Winner send a self addressed stamped envelope for receipt by May 31, 2015 to "Winners list 2014 CBSSports.com Free Fantasy Hockey," 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 Free Fantasy Hockey," for receipt by May 31, 2015. 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 Sweepstakes, CBSI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, CBSI further reserves the right to award the Prize via a random drawing. Random drawing will consist of all eligible Free Fantasy Hockey players with the best record (tie breakers rules will apply) in each league in the Sweepstakes as of termination date. CBSI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers in any way with the entry process and/or the Sweepstakes.

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 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 Sweepstakes.

Lost or Corrupted Entries
The Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes, 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 Sweepstakes.

Damaged Property
Sweepstakes 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 Sweepstakes or downloading materials from this Sweepstakes.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE 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 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 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, CBSI shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

Sweepstakes Errors
The Sweepstakes 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 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 the Prize Winner or the distribution of the 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 Sweepstakes.

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

Release and Indemnity
Each entrant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Prize Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Sweepstakes 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 the 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 SWEEPSTAKES 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 SWEEPSTAKES, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE AND/OR THE SWEEPSTAKES. 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 SWEEPSTAKES AND THE SERVICE INCLUDING THE PRIZE 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 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 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 Sweepstakes, 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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