SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC/ MLS WORKS/COMMUNITY MVP CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC/ MLS WORKS 2014 COMMUNITY MVP CONTEST PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO OFFICIAL RULES
(the "Official Rules")
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
The object of the Seattle Sounders FC/MLS WORKS 2014 COMMUNITY MVP CONTEST PRESENTED BY WELLS FARGO (the "Contest") is to submit an essay nominating a person or themselves for recognition of his/her ability to make a positive impact in the community through soccer in any one of the following areas: general community service; health issues affecting men, women or children; and social issues focusing on acceptance and equality (the “Submission”). Staff members from each MLS club (the “Judges”) will judge all Submissions based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below. Submissions must not exceed five hundred (500) words in length and must be submitted in English (collectively, the “Submission Requirements”).
The Contest is open only to legal residents of the State of Washington who are at least the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence when they enter the Contest, with a valid e-mail address and Internet access as of May 29, 2014. Employees, officers and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and any person residing in their same household, whether or not related) of Major League Soccer, L.L.C. and Wells Fargo & Company (collectively “Sponsor”), Seattle Soccer, LLC d/b/a Seattle Sounders FC and each of MLS’ other member clubs (collectively, the “Clubs”), Soccer United Marketing, LLC (“SUM”, collectively with Sponsor and each of the Clubs, and SUM are collectively the “MLS Entities”), and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies and corporations, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies or corporations associated with the Contest are not eligible to participate or win a prize. Void outside the State of Washington and where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state and local and municipal laws, rules and regulations.
The Contest runs from May 29, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT") and ends on July 6, 2014, at 7:59 p.m. EDT (the "Contest Period").
HOW TO ENTER: To nominate a person (including yourself), follow the instructions below to submit a nomination (the “Nomination”) and a Submission. To be eligible, the person nominated ("Nominee") must (i) be a legal resident of State of Washington; (ii) be eighteen (18) years or at least the age of majority in its jurisdiction of residence or older; (iii) be currently living; and (iv) be someone the person submitting the Nomination ("Nominator") personally knows. In order to submit a Nomination, Nominator must have written permission from the Nominee to submit the Nomination, the Submission, and the personal information of the Nominee. MLS, or the other MLS Entities, in their sole discretion, may require Nominator to verify such permission and the truth of the Submission before naming a Nominee as the Winner (defined below). Nominators are entering on behalf of the Nominee named in the Nomination. Nominators (who nominate someone other than him/herself) will receive prize only if the person they nominate is selected as the Nominee Grand Winner (defined below).
To enter, Nominators must log on to MLSsoccer.com during the Contest Period and register by filling out the following required fields on the online entry form:
1. Full Name of Nominator
2. Address of Nominator
3. E-mail address of Nominator
4. Telephone Number(s) of Nominator
5. Name of Nominee
6. Address of Nominee
7. E-mail address of Nominee
8. Telephone Number(s) of Nominee
9. Zip Code of Nominee
By submitting all required information as directed, Nominators will be entered in the Contest. By entering the Contest, Nominators will be given the option to receive commercial e-mails from MLS Entities; however, eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon Nominators’ consent to receive such e-mails. Nominee personal information will be used solely for the purposes of administering this Contest, unless otherwise consented to by the Nominee.
Online entry only. No other method of entry will be accepted. Nominators are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Submission.
The Regional Prize (as described below) will be remitted among the Submissions of Nominees who are legal residents of the Territory who validly entered the Contest. The selection of the Regional Winner (defined below) will be selected by the Judges who will judge all Submissions received from the Territory based on the following items (the “Judging Criteria”): (i) overall commitment of Nominee to improving his/her community (50%); (ii) leadership of Nominee (25%), and (iii) creativity in presentation of the Submission (25%). On July 7, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT, at the head office of the Seattle Sounders FC (the “Judges”), the Judges will select the winner of the Regional Prize (“Regional Winner”) from among all Submissions received during the Contest Period. In the event of a tie for the Regional Prize, the overall commitment score will be used as the tiebreaker. Sponsor and/or the other MLS Entities reserve the right to not award any Regional Prize if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible or qualified entries, a minimum of 1, during the Contest Period.
One (1) Regional Prize Will Be Awarded. The Regional Winner will receive the following prize: (a) two (2) tickets to a home Seattle Sounders FC MLS game played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington during the 2014 season (Approximate Retail Value “ARV”: US $ ($200); (b) Seattle Sounders FC team gift package (ARV: US $ 100); (c) one (1) autographed item (ARV: US $ 100) (to be autographed by a member(s) of the Seattle Sounders FC or coaching staff (in MLS’ sole discretion)); ((a), (b), (c),collectively the “Regional Prize”) (the total ARV of the Regional Prize is US $400.00).
The Regional Winner will have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize as described below (“Nominee Grand Winner”) among all the other regional winner chosen by other Clubs. To vote, fans have to log on to www.MLSsoccer.com/communitymvp during the Contest Period and register by filling out the required fields and submit your vote. No limitation, vote as often as you like. Voting will begin on Friday, July 11 at 11:00 am EDT and will conclude on Friday, July 25 at 4:00 pm EDT. In addition to voting online, fans will have the opportunity to vote once via twitter from Thursday July 24, 2014 at 12:01 am EDT until 11:59 am EDT on Friday, July 25, 2014 by tweeting to following: I vote for the @MLSWORKS [insert club handle] #CommunityMVP. In the event of a tie, the overall commitment score will be used as the tiebreaker. The Nominee Grand Winner will be selected on July 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm EDT at Major League Soccer, L.L.C. head office located at 420, Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10018, and he will be announced via Twitter (@MLSWorks) and on the MLSWorks Soccer Page (http://www.mlssoccer.com/mlsworks) on July 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. EDT.
One (1) grand prize winner will be chosen according to the voting process described above. The Nominator who nominated the Nominee Grand Winner will also receive a prize (“Nominator Grand Winner”) (Nominee Grand Winner and Nominator Grand Winner are collectively, the “Grand Winners”) (The Regional Winner and the Grand Winners are collectively the “Winner(s)”).
The Nominee Grand Winner will receive the following: a US $10,000 donation to his/her charity of choice and (a) Roundtrip Coach Airfare for him/her and one (1) guest to Portland International Airport from the nearest major airport to Winner’s home address for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star game traveling on August 5 – August 7, 2014 (ARV: US $1400); (b) two (2) tickets to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star game scheduled to be played on August 6, 2014 at Providence Park (ARV: US $400); (c) two (2) nights double occupancy standard accommodations (location TBD) (ARV: US $300); and (d) one (1) 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star gift bag (ARV: US $150) (collectively the “Nominee Grand Prize”). The total ARV of the Nominee Grand Prize is US$2,250.
The Nominator Grand Winner will receive the following: (e) Roundtrip Coach Airfare for him/her and one (1) guest to Portland International Airport from the nearest major airport to nominator’s home address for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star game traveling on August 5 – August 7, 2014 (ARV US $1,400); (f) two (2) tickets to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star game scheduled to be played on August 6, 2014 at Providence Park (ARV US $400); (g) two (2) nights double occupancy standard accommodations (location TBD) (ARV US $300); and (h) one (1) 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star gift bag (ARV US $150) (collectively the “Nominator Grand Prize”). The total ARV of the Nominator Grand Prize is US$2,250.
(Nominee Grand Prize and Nominator Grand Prize are hereinafter defined as the “Grand Prize”). (The ARV of the Grand Prize is US $4,500.00). The Regional Prize and the Grand Prize are collectively defined as the “Prize(s)”.
Chances of winning
Chances of winning the Grand Prize depend upon the number of votes received.
All Prize details, including ticket locations to the home Seattle Sounders game and the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star seat locations to be determined in the sole discretion of MLS. UNLESS OTHERWISE LISTED, TRANSPORTATION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE GRAND PRIZE. FOR CLARITY THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRIZE: TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE HOTEL TO the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star game at Providence Park, NOMINEE GRAND WINNER AND NOMINATOR GRAND WINNER’S HOME TO AND FROM THE NEAREST MAJOR AIRPORT AND REGIONAL WINNER’S HOME TO CENTURYLINK FIELD.
Note: Nominators will not receive a prize, unless the individual they nominated wins the Nominee Grand Prize. The Nominee Grand Prize may be declined by the Nominee Grand Winner and will result in a disqualification as provided in the Notification section of these Official Rules. If the Nominee Grand Prize declines the Grand Prize, the Nominator Grand Winner will also be disqualified.
Except the Nominee Grand Winner that will also have won the Regional Prize, there is a limit of one (1) Prize per person, family or household. If the Nominator Grand Winner and the Nominee Grand Winner are the same person, only the Nominee Grand Prize will be remitted and the Nominator Grand Prize will be forfeited. The Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except at Sponsor and/or the other MLS Entities’ sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor and/or the other MLS Entities reserve the right to substitute a Prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion.
The Winner(s) are fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including but not limited to travel, transportation costs, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winner(s). Winner(s) are responsible for the full cost of transportation to and from the closest departure city and their place of residence. Winner(s) are responsible for any applicable fees, service charges, surcharges or passenger facility charges, and all federal, state and local and foreign taxes, if any, and for gratuities, meals, incidentals and any other unspecified expenses associated with acceptance or use of the Prize. Embargo dates and other restrictions may apply and are subject to change. Prizes are provided “as is” and without any warranty of any kind. Prizes are non-transferable. No cash redemption or Prize substitution allowed by Winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Prize of equal or greater value if advertised Prize becomes unavailable. All Prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Winner’s companion must be over the age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Major League Soccer game, event and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of Major League Soccer and/or the applicable Major League Soccer Club, as applicable, and may be subject to change. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as Prizes will govern in the event a legal game, event or exhibition, as defined by Major League Soccer, is not played due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Winner and his/her guest(s) agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Prize. MLS Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to Winner(s) and/or his/her guest(s) who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the game, event or exhibition. The Released Parties (as defined below) will not be responsible for Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Soccer game, event or exhibition. Winner(s) and guest are solely responsible for securing any necessary travel documentation, including but not limited to a valid passport, if applicable. Released Parties will not be responsible if Winner and/or guest have any restrictions on their ability to travel as contemplated herein.
Sponsor and the other MLS Entities will solely resolve any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. All decisions by Sponsor regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.
CONSENT, ASSIGNMENT AND RELEASE
In exchange for the opportunity to participate in this Contest, each Nominator on his/her own behalf and on behalf of his/her Nominee does hereby:
(1) agree that the Nominator’s Submission is an original work of authorship and Nominator owns all right, title and interest in the Submission as of the date of submission, and that information contained therein is a true and accurate reflection of the facts being described;
(2) consent to the collection by MLS (or its designee) of personal information of Nominator and Nominee, including without limitation the name, street and/or email addresses of the Nominator and Nominee (the “Personal Information”) in connection with the Submission;
(3) assign to the MLS Entities any and all of his/her right, title and interest in or to the Submission, and waives all moral rights therein, throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for Sponsor and/or the other MLS Entities, as applicable to display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use and exploit the Submission, on television, the Internet, print or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without payment of any compensation to Nominator or his/her heirs and successors, (i) on its own or as part of any audiovisual or other production, (ii) to advertise any products, programming or services of the MLS Entities or for any other advertising, marketing, publicizing and promotional purposes and in any materials related thereto; and/or (iii) for any other purpose whatsoever. The MLS Entities shall be the sole and exclusive owner of the Submission;
(4) agree that the foregoing assignment of rights includes without limitation the right (i) to use the name (and any other Personal Information that may be incorporated into the Submission), likeness, image, voice, appearance and performance of Nominator and Nominee, as applicable, in whole or in part, for advertising, promotional and trade purposes in conjunction with this and similar promotions in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity, without notice and without further consideration or compensation, except where prohibited by law; (ii) to edit, alter, distort, add to, rearrange and otherwise modify the Submission, and use the Submission in whole or in part or in combination with other materials; and (iii) to assign and/or licensee others to use the Submission for all of the purposes hereunder;
(5) acknowledge and agree, with respect to the Personal Information, that the MLS Entities shall have the right (subject to applicable law) to (i) incorporate certain of the Personal Information into the Submission and use such Personal Information as incorporated therein; (ii) analyze and use the Personal Information for any and all purposes, including without limitation sending you advertising and promotional materials and for any other advertising, marketing and promotional purposes; and (iii) to share the Personal Information with third parties for their advertising, marketing and promotional purposes or for any other purposes;
(6) acknowledge that Nominator shall have no right of approval of any use of the Submission and the Personal Information as permitted hereunder;
(7) agree that Nominator shall use any copy of the Submission that he/she obtains solely for his/her personal, non-public, non-commercial use; and
(8) release in perpetuity the Released Parties from any claims, demands, losses and liabilities of any nature arising out of or in any way connected with the Submission, the Personal Information and the use thereof as permitted hereunder, including, but not limited to, claims of false endorsement or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy, and the Prize (including any prize-related travel).
Nothing herein will obligate the MLS Entities to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein. Before being declared the Winner, both the Nominee and Nominator must first sign a Consent, Assignment and Release confirming the accuracy of the Submission, and confirming eligibility to participate in the contest.
Nominators must not include any of the following content (the “Content Restrictions”) in any Submission: (i) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material; (ii) inducement, enticement or encouragement of lotteries or gambling; (iii) explicit language or content, images of violence, discrimination, or promotion of illegal activities; (iv) content in violation of intellectual property rights or laws; (v) libelous, defamatory, disparaging, tortuous or slanderous materials; (vi) content that denigrates, disparages or reflects negatively on Sponsor or the other MLS Entities, or any of their owners and employees, or the game of soccer; (vii) inducement, enticement or encouragement of consumption or use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs; (viii) inducement, enticement or encouragement of dangerous stunts; (ix) inducement, enticement or encouragement of the use of real weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, guns, knives or projectiles; (x) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis protected by federal, state provincial, or local law, ordinance, or regulation; (xi) material that is, or incites activity that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state, province or jurisdiction where the Submission is created and (xii) individuals under age of majority without enclosing signed release from parent or guardian. Any Submission that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Sponsor and/or the other MLS Entities, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.
The potential winner and his/her Nominator will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone by Sponsor (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within three (3) days of date of issuance or the Nominee declines the Prize, a disqualification will result and an alternate potential winner shall be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries. Each potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to the MLS Entities and will be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, a Release of Publicity, within three (3) days of date of receipt. A disqualification will result and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all remaining eligible Submissions if all required documents are not properly executed and returned within the specified period of time. Refusal or return of such documents as non-deliverable or potential winner's noncompliance with these Official Rules will also result in disqualification and cause an alternate winner to be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to conduct a background check on any Nominator or potential Winner and to disqualify any individual who has been charged or convicted of a crime or, if Sponsor determines in its sole discretion, that awarding a prize to any such individual may reflect unfavorably on the Contest or Sponsor, the other MLS Entities.
Sponsor, the other MLS Entities, and each of their respective parent companies and corporations, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, assignees, affiliates, licensees, agents, independent contractors and advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective general and limited partners, members, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, employees, representatives and contractors (collectively, the "Released Parties") shall not be responsible for lost, late, stolen, garbled, delayed, undelivered, or misdirected entries, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by any Nominator, Nominee, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions.
Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, computer, network, typographical, printing, human or other errors relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the offer or administration of this Contest, the processing of entries, selections or registrations, the tabulation of scores, the cancellation of games or any errors appearing in any Contest related-materials including, but not limited, to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of prize winners or the distribution of the prizes. Sponsor and/or the other MLS Entities reserve the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.
Released Parties make no warranties, express or implied, relative to the use or enjoyment of any prize or portions thereof, including without limitations, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each Nominator agrees, and by accepting a prize each Nominee agrees, to indemnify and hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused by participation in the Contest, Nominator's submission, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of any prize, or any portion of any prize, including any travel or activity related thereto. For the avoidance of any doubt, by participating in this Contest each Nominator agrees to indemnify and hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all liability for any injuries, losses, death, damages, fees, expenses and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) resulting from any actual or alleged claim made, or action or suit instituted, by any Nominee arising out of or related to any right of publicity, right of privacy or other proprietary right of the Nominee.
The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Major League Soccer and MLSsoccer.com, the Official Site of Major League Soccer. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling.
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, cancellation of games, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor 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 and, if terminated, to determine the winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect Submissions achieved up to the point of termination.
Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry 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 Nominator's, Nominee’s or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL AND SPONSOR, THE OTHER MLS ENTITIES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
All online entries must include a valid e-mail address for the Nominator. In case of multiple entries, only the first entry received from such person will be considered. In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a Winner based on an e-mail address, the winning entry will be declared made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. The "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable Internet service provider or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify Nominators residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any Nominators who are disqualified due to such an action.
For the Winners list (available after August 13, 2014) or an additional copy of the Official Rules, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest (Seattle), 420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10018. Specify "Rules" or "Winners List." Winner’s List requests must be received by December 31, 2014.
Major League Soccer, L.L.C., 420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10018