#Dress4MLS/#Dress4Club Promotion Official Rules

#Dress4MLS/#Dress4Club Promotion Official Rules

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Read more about the Promotion here.

The objective of #Dress4MLS/#Dress4Club Promotion is to submit an original photo or video showing how you celebrate the opening weekend of the 2017 MLS season by wearing your club gear. Whether you’re donning a jersey for the office or wearing your favorite scarf to the stadium, we want to see your passion for the first matchday of 2017. Entries may only be submitted through Twitter or Instagram. Submissions must include the (a) #Dress4MLS AND #Contest hashtags OR a (b) club-specific hashtag AND #Contest.

ELIGIBILITY: #Dress4MLS/#Dress4Club promotion ("Promotion") is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Canada 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 Promotion are not eligible to participate or win a Prize. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.

HOW TO ENTER: The Promotion begins at 8:59:59 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (ET) on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 (“Entry Period”).

Entries may only be submitted through Twitter and Instagram. Submissions must include (a) the hashtags #Dress4MLS and #Contest OR (b) the club-specific hashtags (see below). Entrants may submit as many photos or videos as they wish. Once the Entry Period has concluded, all entries will be sorted by the club-specific hashtag utilized for a total of twenty-three (23) independent contests (each a “Contest”) and twenty-four (24) entrants will be selected as Winners, representing one (1) Winner for each Contest and one (1) Grand Prize Winner (as defined below) selected from all eligible entries.

Twitter: To enter the Promotion, 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). During the Entry Period, upload one (1) original photo or one (1) video of you celebrating the start of 2017 season with your club gear, making certain to include the following specified hashtags in your post: (a) #Dress4MLS AND #Contest OR (b) a club-specific hashtag AND #Contest. Photo or video must be in digital format. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller. The image or video 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 Promotion. If you make or receive tweets on your mobile phone, standard text messaging rates will apply. In order to participate in the Promotion without receiving tweets on your mobile phone, be sure to deactivate your mobile phone from your twitter account.  There is no limit to the amount of entries per person or Twitter account.

Instagram: To enter the Promotion, 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). During the Entry Period, upload one (1) original photo or (1) original video of you celebrating the start of 2017 season with your club gear, making certain to include the following specified hashtags in your post: (a) #Dress4MLS AND #Contest OR (b) a club-specific hashtag AND #Contest. Photo or video must be in digital format. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller. The image or video 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 Promotion. There is no limit to the amount of entries per person or Instagram account.

Club-specific hashtags: The following is a list of official club-specific hashtags that fans may use when submitting their entries:

  • Atlanta United: #Dress4ATLUTD AND #Contest
  • Chicago Fire: #Dress4Chicago AND #Contest
  • Colorado Rapids: #Dress4Burgundy AND #Contest
  • Columbus Crew SC: #Dress4CrewSC AND #Contest
  • DC United: #Dress4DCU AND #Contest
  • FC Dallas: #Dress4DTID AND #Contest
  • Houston Dynamo: #Dress4Dynamo AND #Contest
  • LA Galaxy: #Dress4LA AND #Contest
  • Minnesota United: #Dress4MNUFC AND #Contest
  • Montreal Impact: #Dress4BleuBlancNoir AND #Contest
  • New England Revolution: #Dress4NERevs AND #Contest
  • New York City FC: #Dress4NYCFC AND #Contest
  • New York Red Bulls: #Dress4RBNY AND #Contest
  • Orlando City: #Dress4Orlando AND #Contest
  • Philadelphia Union: #Dress4Union AND #Contest
  • Portland Timbers: #Dress4PTFC AND #Contest
  • Real Salt Lake: #Dress4RSL AND #Contest
  • San Jose Earthquakes: #Dress4Quakes AND #Contest
  • Seattle Sounders: #Dress4SFC AND #Contest
  • Sporting Kansas City: #Dress4SKC AND #Contest
  • Toronto FC: #Dress4TFC AND #Contest
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: #Dress4Caps AND #Contest

Twitter and Instagram, as applicable, are the official timekeeper for the Promotion. All entry information becomes the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Except as otherwise disclosed in these Official Rules, and to the extent entrants may otherwise elect at the time of entry, any information collected through the Promotion shall be used only in a manner consistent with the consent given by the entrants at the time of entry, with these Official Rules, and with the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy found at http://www.mlssoccer.com/privacy. Any communication or information transmitted to Sponsor by electronic mail or otherwise is and will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter or Instagram. You are providing your information to Sponsor. The information you provide will only be used in connection with commercial e-mails from the MLS Entities as provided for in MLSsoccer.com’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Promotion shall be directed to Sponsor or the other MLS Entities and not to Twitter or Instagram.

As between entrant and the MLS entity all entries 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 account holder at the time of entry. By entering the Promotion, 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 or video (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. The submission must not include any personally identifiable information, such as an entrant’s full name, address or telephone number; must be the sole, exclusive and original work of the entrant and must not contain images or artwork, music, quotes, parodies or other materials not created by entrant; and must not contain any logos, brand names or trademarks, other than those of Sponsor. 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: The Promotion is comprised of twenty-three (23) independent Contests.  Entries will be sorted into 1 of 23 Contests by the hashtag used. MLS will determine the Grand Prize Winner (hereinafter defined) as well as Contest Prize Winners (hereinafter defined) and eligible entries sorted into Contests by club-specific hashtag. Eligible entries in each Contest will be judged on the following basis: 1. Creativity of the image or video (30%), 2. Originality of the image or video (30%), and 3. Connection of the image or video to the Color of your MLS Club or MLS (40%) (the “Criteria”). On or about Monday, March 6th 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET, at MLS head office located at 420 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10018, the twenty-four (24) entrants who submitted the entry with the highest score based on the Criteria as determined by the MLS judges in their sole discretion, will be selected as the potential winners of a Prize (each a “Winner” and collectively, the “Winners”), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. The entrant  who submitted the entry with the highest score based on the Criteria as determined by the MLS judges in their sole discretion, amongst all eligible entries submitted during the Entry Period, will be selected as the potential Winner of the Grand Prize. Entrants  who submitted the entry with the highest score based on the Criteria as determined by the MLS judges in their sole discretion, amongst all eligible entries submitted in the Contest he/she belongs in during the Entry Period, will be selected as a potentials Winners of a Contest Prize. [A1] 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 Promotion.  Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Limit one (1) Prize per person, or social media handle, family and per household.

PUBLICATION AND ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS TO SUBMISSIONS: By entering the Promotion, 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. 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 jurisdiction 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 Promotion, 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 or video, 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: Twenty-four (24) Prizes are available to be awarded. One (1) prize per Contest, for a total of twenty-three (23) Contest Prizes, and one (1) grand prize winner will  be selected from all eligible entries of the Promotion (the “Grand Prize Winner”).

Each Contest winner (each a “Contest Winner”) will receive one (1) USD $150 gift card for sole use at http://www.mlsstore.com or Club stores (the "Contest Prize"), for a total of twenty-three (23) Contest Prizes. Approximate Retail Value of each Contest Prize (“ARV”): USD $150. The Contest Prize is applicable to all retail items available within the online store and is conditional to all store pricing, terms, and conditions. In addition to the Contest Prize, the Winner for the Contest using the Montreal Impact Contest hashtag will receive two (2) personalized Montreal Impact authentic jerseys, two (2) Montreal Impact scarves and two (2) tickets for the Montreal Impact home game on March 11, 2017 (total ARV including ARV of the gift card: $700 CDN). The Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). The Grand Prize Winner, as determined by MLS, will receive two (2) tickets to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Target on August 2 in Chicago, and either parking or local transportation to the match and up to two (2) nights at an area hotel (if required) (“Grand Prize”).  If the Grand Prize 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. ARV of Grand Prize: USD $4,950 (The Contest Prizes Winners and the Grand Prize Winners are each a “Winner”) (Contest Prizes and the Grand Prize are each a “Prize”). The Grand Prize 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 Grand Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided: luggage fees, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Grand Prize are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. All Grand Prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Grand Prize 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 Grand Prize Winner”.

Prizes are 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 a Prize 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.  Winners and guest(s) agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Prizes.  Sponsor and the applicable MLS Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to Winners and/or 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.

Club Stores: The following is a list of Club stores where the USD $150 gift card can be used:

  • Atlanta United: mlsstore.com/Atlanta_United_FC_Gear
  • Chicago Fire: shopchicagofire.com
  • Colorado Rapids: coloradorapids.com/shop 
  • Columbus Crew SC: CrewSCShop.com
  • D.C. United: dcustore.com
  • FC Dallas: ShopFCDallas.com
  • Houston Dynamo: Dynamoteamstore.com
  • LA Galaxy: mlsstore.com/lagalaxy
  • LAFC: http://www.mlsstore.com/LAFC_Gear
  • Montreal Impact: mlsmlsstore.com/montreal_impact
  • New England Revolution: store.revolutionsoccer.net
  • New York Red Bulls: newyorkredbulls.com/shop
  • New York City FC: mlsstore.com/NYCFC
  • Orlando City SC: OrlandoCityTeamShop.com
  • Philadelphia Union: philadelphiaunion.com/store
  • Portland Timbers: timbers.com/store
  • Real Salt Lake: RSLTeamStore.com
  • San Jose Earthquakes: quakesteamstore.com
  • Seattle Sounders: proshop.soundersfc.com
  • Sporting KC: mlsstore.com/sportingkc
  • Toronto FC: mlsstore.com/torontofc
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: mlsstore.com/Vancouver_Whitecaps_FC_Gear
  • Major League Soccer: mlsstore.com/

NOTIFICATION: Each potential Winner will be notified by a Twitter Direct Message or an Instagram Direct Message. 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. If any potential Winner is a resident of Canada, he/she will be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by telephone. If he/she answers the skill-testing question incorrectly, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, he/she will be disqualified, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential Winner may be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries. Each 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 or, if a resident of Canada, a Declaration of Eligibility and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, Release of Publicity, within three (3) 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 Promotion 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 Promotion, 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 Promotion or from the receipt or use of any Prize or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any Prize. Each 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, delayed, undelivered, inaccurate, postage-due or garbled entries, e-mail or mail or photo or video or others. 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 Promotion, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Promotion, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prizes or in any Promotion-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 Promotion. 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 Promotion or downloading materials from or use of the website.

The Promotion is a skill Promotion designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Major League Soccer. This Promotion may not be used for any form of gambling. In the event that the Promotion is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Sponsor reserves the right, with the consent of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, to discontinue or modify the Promotion, 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 Promotion or website or attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion 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 Promotion 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 Promotion, and to resolve all disputes in their sole discretion (except for residents of the Province of Quebec). 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.

RESIDENTS OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity Promotion may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties to reach a settlement.

The Sponsor and the other MLS Entities, as applicable, reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Promotion for any reason, including should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the Promotion. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor may elect to identify the Winners and award the Prizes 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 PROMOTION 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 entrants must have a valid email address. In case of multiple entries received from the same person, social media handle or email address or household, only the first entry received from such person, email address, social media handle 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 Promotion.

WINNERS’ LIST:  For the name of the Winners (available after March 8th, 2017), mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: MLS Social Media Promotion Winners’ List, 420 5th Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10018, Attn: Social Media Promotions.  Winner’s name requests must be received by April 15, 2017.

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Promotion is Major League Soccer, LLC