#WatchThis Contest Rules, MLS Cup Playoffs 2013
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
ELIGIBILITY: #WatchThis (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (the “Territory”) who are of legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside (and at least 18 years old) at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, child, sibling, parent and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Major League Soccer, L.L.C. (“MLS”) and Soccer United Marketing, LLC (“SUM” and collectively with Sponsor and MLS, the “MLS Entities”) and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest are not eligible to participate or win a prize. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Void outside U.S. STATES, and where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.
HOW TO ENTER: The Contest begins at 12:00:01 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Saturday, November 2, 2013 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (ET) on Sunday, November 24 (“Entry Period”). During the Entry Period, there are (2) ways to enter: post a video on Instagram or Vine, or post a photo on Instagram or Twitter. No other methods of entry will be accepted. Limit one (1) entry per person, per e-mail address and per household.
INSTAGRAM: To enter the Contest, you must be a registered user of Instagram. If you are not a registered user of Instagram, sign up for an Instagram account at www.instagram.com or through the Instagram application by downloading it onto your iPhone or Android (available via Apple App Store and Google Play, respectively). Upload one (1) original video or photo of an MLS Cup Playoff moment, making certain to include the specified hashtag, #WatchThis, in your post. Video or Photo must be in digital format. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller. The image need not be taken with a digital camera. Scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints will be accepted. Instagram's clock will be the official timekeeper for the Contest. If you make or receive instagrams on your mobile phone, standard text messaging rates will apply. In order to participate in the Contest without receiving instagrams on your mobile phone, be sure to deactivate your mobile phone from your Instagram account. Only one (1) entry per person or Instagram account will be accepted.
VINE: To enter the Contest, you must be a registered user of Vine. If you are not a registered user of Vine, sign up for a Vine account at www.vine.co or through the Vine application by downloading it onto your iPhone or Android (available via Apple App Store and Google Play, respectively). Upload one (1) original video of an MLS Cup Playoff moment, making certain to include the specified hashtag, #WatchThis, in your post. Video must be in digital format. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller. The image need not be taken with a digital camera. Scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints will be accepted. Vine’s clock will be the official timekeeper for the Contest. If you make or receive vines on your mobile phone, standard text messaging rates will apply. In order to participate in the Contest without receiving vines on your mobile phone, be sure to deactivate your mobile phone from your vine account. Only one (1) entry per person or Vine account will be accepted.
TWITTER: To enter the Contest, you must be a registered user of Twitter. If you are not a registered user of Twitter, sign up for a Twitter account at www.twitter.com or through the Twitter application by downloading it onto your iPhone or Android (available via Apple App Store and Google Play, respectively). Upload one (1) original photo of an MLS Cup Playoff moment, making certain to include the specified hashtag, #WatchThis, in your post. Photo must be in digital format. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller. The image need not be taken with a digital camera. Scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints will be accepted. Twitter’s clock will be the official timekeeper for the Contest. If you make or receive tweets on your mobile phone, standard text messaging rates will apply. In order to participate in the Contest without receiving tweets on your mobile phone, be sure to deactivate your mobile phone from your twitter account. Only one (1) entry per person or Twitter account will be accepted.
As between entrant and the MLS entity all entries including videos and photos become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. You must have the permission of any person that appears or is identified in your entry, however only the primary entrant is eligible to win a prize. The entry must be original, truthful, unpublished, and created solely by the submitting entrant. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant who submitted a potentially winning entry, Sponsor reserves the right to deem that the entry was submitted by the Instagram, Vine or Twitter account holder at the time of entry.
By entering the Contest, entrant grants Sponsor the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, edit (including for length) and otherwise exploit the photo (and any portion thereof) and any other portion of the entry and to incorporate it in other works in any and all markets and media now or hereafter known worldwide in perpetuity without additional compensation, notification, permission or approval. Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsor and that Sponsor’s reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of their entries, or any portions thereof will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, defamation, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract. Any entry containing material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or that does not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsor’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be rejected as ineligible for consideration. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Sponsor shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the entry.
JUDGING: A panel of judges will judge all eligible entries received. Eligible entries will be judged on the following basis: 1. Creativity (30%), 2. Impact (30%), and 3. Connection of the video to MLS Cup Playoffs (40%). On or about Sunday, November 24, 2013, two winners will be identified. These include the entrant who submitted (1) the Photo entry, and (2) the Video entry, with the highest score based on this criteria, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion, will be the potential winner(s) (each a “Winner” and collectively, the “Winners”), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. In the event of a tie, an additional, tie-breaking judging will determine the Winner from among such tied entries using the judging criteria outlined herein. Sponsor reserves the right to not award the prize if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified entries. The decisions of Sponsor are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Limit one (1) Prize per person, family and per household.
PUBLICATION AND ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS TO SUBMISSIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that his or her submission is an original work of authorship and he or she owns all right, title and interest in the entry as of the date of submission. Entries cannot defame or invade the publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third party rights. By entering, you represent and agree that you have acquired permissions from individuals included in any submitted photo for entry to the Contest subject to the terms of these Official Rules. There must not be any proprietary background containing artwork or recognizable commercial logos, or any inappropriate or offensive materials in the entry. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, garbled, late, damaged, or corrupted are void and will not be accepted. By entering, you agree that the photos and any other portion of the entry may be used in promotions and advertisements for Sponsor. If the entry contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining and has obtained, prior to submission of the entry, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entry by Sponsor and the other MLS Entities in the manner set forth in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, name and likeness permissions from any person who appears in or is identifiable in the entry. If any identifiable person appearing in the entry is under the age of majority in his/her state of residence, the parent or legal guardian is required to provide permission. Sponsor reserves the right to require proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, not in keeping with Sponsor’s image or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, in its sole discretion.
By entering the Contest, entrants agree to assign all right, title, and interest, including copyright rights, in the entry to Sponsor and grant permission for Sponsor, the other MLS Entities and their respective designees to publish or publicize all or part of their entry, including but not limited to entrant’s name, likeness and PHOTO, in whole or in part, for advertising, promotional and trade or other purposes in conjunction with this and similar promotions in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or permission and without further compensation, except where prohibited by law.
PRIZES: Two Prizes are Available To Be Awarded. Each winners receive one (1) social media credential to MLS Cup, and either parking or local transportation to the game. If the winner is located outside a 75-mile radius of the stadium where the game is to be played, lowest-fare airfare to and from his/her nearest major airport will be provided, in addition to a one-night stay at an area hotel. (the "Prize"). (Approximate Retail Value of Prize (“ARV”): $700). Each Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided: luggage fees, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winner’s guest must be of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence, unless accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian or “unless the child or legal ward of winner”.
The Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions or substitutions except at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole and absolute discretion. 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 team, 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. Sponsor and the applicable MLS Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to winner 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. 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 that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Soccer game, event or exhibition.
NOTIFICATION: The potential Winner will be notified as an @reply on Instagram or Vine or a DM on Twitter. They will be required to submit a valid e-mail address, mail and/or telephone number (in the sole discretion of Sponsor and/or the applicable MLS Entity, as applicable) by the Sponsor. In the event that any potential Winner does not respond to any such notification within twenty four (24) hours of date of issuance, a disqualification will result, Prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential Winner may be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries. The potential Winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number (if applicable) and/or other identification to Sponsor and will be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, Release of Publicity, within five (5) days of date of issuance. A disqualification will result, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential Winner may be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries 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 prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential Winner to be selected from among all remaining eligible entries.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY/PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to (i) be bound by these Official Rules, including all entry requirements, and (ii) waive any and all claims against the Sponsor, the other MLS Entities and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, representatives and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, “Released Parties”) for any injury, damage or loss that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in the Contest or from the receipt or use of any Priz or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any Prize, if any. The Winner, by acceptance of Prize, grants to Sponsor, the other MLS Entities and each of their respective designees the right to publicize such Winner’s name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Released Parties are not responsible for stolen, late, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, lost, damaged, garbled, delayed, undelivered, inaccurate, postage-due or garbled entries, e-mail or mail or PHOTO. Entries generated by a script, macro or other mechanical or automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process will be disqualified. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prizes or in any Contest-related materials, or the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Soccer game, event or exhibition. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the website.
The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Major League Soccer. This Contest may not be used for any form of gambling. 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 Participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Released Parties shall have no liability to any Participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website or attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intend to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to legal action by the Sponsor, the other MLS Entities and/or their respective agents. Sponsor and the other MLS Entities shall have the sole right to disqualify any entrant for violation of these Official Rules or any applicable laws relating to the Contest, and to resolve all disputes in their sole discretion. Released Parties (i) make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any Prize, and (ii) disclaim any implied warranty. All disputes will be resolved under applicable U.S. laws in the County of New York, state of New York without giving effect to choice of law or conflicted law principles (whether of the state of New York, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any terms of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
The Sponsor and the other MLS Entities, as applicable, reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Contest for any reason, including should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the Contest. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor may elect to identify the Winner and award the Prize from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to the time of such cancellation.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR AND MLS WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH ENTRANT AND SPONSOR AND THE OTHER MLS ENTITIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW
All online entries must include a valid email address for the entrant. In case of multiple entries received from the same person or email address or household, only the first entry received from such person, email address or household will be considered. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a Winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be declared made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted at the time of the 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 email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.
WINNERS’ LIST: For the name of the winner (available after November 25, 2013), mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: #WatchThis Winners’ List 420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10018, Attn: Social Media Promotions. Winner’s name requests must be received by December 14, 2013.
SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is Major League Soccer, LLC