Design the MLS Anthem Album Art Contest Official Rules

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

ELIGIBILITY

Design the MLS Anthem Album Art Contest (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (the “Territory”) who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside at the time of entry.  Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child and sibling 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 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, provincial, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Void outside Territory and where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.

HOW TO ENTER

The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. eastern standard time (“EST”) on May 12, 2020 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 24, 2020 (“Entry Period”). The clock of MLS will be the official time keeper for this Contest.

You must enter the Contest through Instagram or Twitter.  No other method(s) of entry will be accepted. To be considered an eligible entry, you must post (i.e., not as an Instagram story) one (1) original image to Instagram/Twitter during the Entry Period using the hashtags #MLSArtContest and must tag and follow @MLS.  

To enter the Contest through Instagram you must be a registered user of Instagram. If you are not a registered user of Instagram, you may sign-up for free by visiting www.instagram.com or downloading the Instagram application on your mobile device and following the enrollment instructions. By submitting your information and creating an Instagram account, you agree to the Instagram Terms of Use and Privacy Notice. If you do not agree to such Terms of Use and Privacy Notice, you cannot create an Instagram account, or participate in this Contest.  Additionally, to enter via Instagram, your account must be set to public. If you choose to enter via Instagram using your mobile phone, standard data fees may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details.

To enter the Contest through Twitter, you must be a registered user of Twitter. If you are not a registered user of Twitter, you may sign-up for free by visiting www.twitter.com or downloading the Twitter application on your mobile device and following the enrollment instructions. By submitting your information and creating a Twitter account, you agree to the Twitter Terms of Use and Privacy Notice. If you do not agree to such Terms of Use and Privacy Notice, you cannot create a Twitter account, or participate in this Contest. Additionally, to enter via Twitter, your account must be set to public. If you make or receive tweets on your mobile phone, standard data fees may apply. See your wireless provider for pricing plan details.  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. 

Images must be in digital format. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this Contest. The image need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. By submitting your completed entry as directed, you will receive one (1) entry in the Contest.

All image entries must be square sized, and upon request of MLS, entrants will be required to submit such entries with the following specifications:

  • 5 megabytes or smaller;
  • JPG format;
  • RGB color (not CMYK);
  • 3000 by 3000 pixels or larger;
  • 72 DPI minimum;
  • Static image; and
  • Square sized.

There is no limit to the number of entries. All information and files submitted in the format specified will become property of MLS and used as provided in the MLS Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, each of which can be found by visiting http://www.mlssoccer.com/terms-service and http://www.mlssoccer.com/privacy-policy (both of which are incorporated herein by reference).

Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry.  Furthermore, the MLS Entities shall have no liability for any entry that is lost, intercepted or not received by the MLS.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Twitter.

Each entry must meet the following “Entry Requirements” (any Entry that, in MLS’s sole and absolute discretion, violates the following criteria will be disqualified):

  • Entry must be posted to a non-private social media account;
  • Entrant must be the rightful owner of the Entry included with the entry or must have the rights, title and interest necessary to utilize the entry for the Contest in compliance with these Official Rules;
  • Entrant must be the rightful owner of the e-mail address associated with the entry;
  • Entry must NOT contain any material that infringes or violates any right of a third-party including copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights, other than those relating to the MLS Entities.  For example, Entry should NOT contain reference to sports team logos, celebrities, names or logos of businesses, music or lyrics, or clips from television shows or movies, other than those related to the MLS Entities; 
  • Entry must NOT include third parties/people, who have not expressly authorized in writing the entrant to feature their name, image, likeness or voice in the Entry or otherwise use such name, image, likeness or voice in accordance with these Official Rules (if applicable, any selected winner may be required to verify such authorization in the form of a release); 
  • Entry must NOT contain subject matter which is, or could be considered, in the sole discretion of the Contest Entities, obscene, pornographic, violent (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), defamatory, libelous, discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g., illegal gambling, underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, hateful, degrading, harassing, or otherwise unlawful, tortious or objectionable;
  • Entry must NOT contain any content that promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • Entry must NOT contain any personal identification, such as personal names or e-mail addresses;
  • Entry must NOT communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which MLS wishes to associate;
  • Entry must NOT violate any law, rules, or regulation;
  • Entry must NOT contain or reference any names, products or services of any company or entity, or promotes any brand, product or service of any company or entity, excepting those of MLS;
  • Entry must NOT contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission;
  • Entry must NOT contain look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;
  • Entry must NOT communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate or otherwise contains content which MLS in its sole discretion decide is inappropriate or objectionable;
  • Entry must NOT contain any content that is protected by copyright (without the express prior written consent of the owner of such right), including any music that is not entirely original to and owned by the entrant or include any recognizable locations or include names and/or descriptions of any copyrighted media production, including, without limitation, films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property; and
  • Entry must NOT contain any derogatory references to any of the MLS Entities.

Note: MLS reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry in the Contest if MLS views the entry as potentially infringing or otherwise a violation or potential violation of a third party’s rights or if it deems the entry to be lacking in taste, quality, or to be otherwise objectionable. MLS reserves the right to waive the Entry Requirements in its reasonable discretion.

Entrants understand that they are posting their entry at their sole risk.  The MLS Entities are not responsible for any claims arising from the entries, specifically including, but not limited to, claims for intellectual property infringement and privacy rights violations, as well as violations of the respective social media platform’s terms and conditions.

ASSIGNMENT OF RIGHTS TO SUBMISSIONS

By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that all entries become the sole property of MLS, and by entering the Contest, entrant acknowledges and agrees that it has assigned all right, title, and interest, including copyright rights, in the entry to MLS.  In connection therewith, MLS and its successors, assigns and designees shall be, in perpetuity and for all purposes throughout the universe, under the copyright law of the United States and the copyright laws of any and all other applicable jurisdictions or otherwise the author and sole copyright owner of each entry for the duration of copyright and any and all renewals and extensions thereof, as well as any all ancillary, subsidiary and derivative rights in and to each entry, and all proceeds derived therefrom, and in connection therewith. Without limiting the foregoing, MLS shall have the right, without limitation, to add to, delete from, modify, arrange, re-arrange and otherwise alter each entry and to use, dispose and/or exploit each entry (and such altered versions), and/or to authorize a third party to do any or all of the foregoing, in whole or in part, throughout the universe by any and all means and methods, whether now known or hereafter created, MLS and/or its successors, assigns, designees and/or any other party deriving rights therefrom may determine from time to time. To the extent applicable, in the event that any or all title in and to any entry may not by operation of law vest in MLS, entrant hereby irrevocably and absolutely assigns, conveys and grants to MLS, its successors, assigns, designees, and licensees, such entry and all right, title and interest therein and thereto, including, without limitation, all copyrights in and to such entry and any and all renewals and extensions thereof under any present or future laws throughout the universe and the sole and exclusive perpetual right, license, privilege and authority to administer, use, exploit and promote such entry throughout the universe. If entrant is entitled pursuant to the laws of the United States or any other country to any reversion of the copyright or other right, title or interest in and to any of the entry, and that reversion is effected, then each entrant hereby irrevocably licenses to MLS exclusively, the entire right, title and interest throughout the universe, for the duration of the copyright and any and all renewals and extensions thereof in and to any such reverted copyright or other right, title or interest in and to any of the entry. In the event the preceding sentence is adjudicated invalid, then, if any reversion of the copyright or other right, title or interest in and to any of the entry is effected by entrant, entrant shall not thereafter grant the terminated rights to any third party.  Each entrant irrevocably and unconditionally, to the fullest extent permitted by law, waives and assigns MLS all so-called rights of “droit moral” and “moral rights” and similar rights, and rights of enforcement thereof, which each entry may now or later have in any country in respect of each entry or any other works now or hereafter created containing a given entry.

Each entrant agrees to execute any additional documents necessary to confirm and/or effectuate MLS’s (or its designee’s) ownership of all copyrights, trademarks or other proprietary rights relating to each entry, or to obtain any transfer, registration or renewal of any such rights, both in the United States and all foreign countries.

By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that it has granted permission for the MLS Entities and their respective designees to publish or publicize the entrant’s name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice and/or other likeness, in whole or in part, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, for advertising, commercial, 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.

JUDGING

A panel of judges selected by MLS will judge all eligible entries received.  Eligible entries will be judged on the following basis: originality, creativity, how well the entry reflects the MLS brand, and how well the entry reflects the MLS anthem. Following the conclusion of the Entry Period, the judges, in their sole discretion, will select one (1) winner of the Contest based on the foregoing criteria (the “Winner”), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. MLS 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 MLS are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest.   

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

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. 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 agrees that he or she 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 the 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 or her state or territory of residence, the parent or legal guardian of such person is required to provide permission.  MLS reserves the right to require proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to MLS from any entrant at any time.

MLS reserves the right to disqualify any entry it deems to be inappropriate, not in keeping with MLS’s image or that is otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, in its sole discretion, including but not limited to any entry that: (i) defames or invades the publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringes upon any person’s personal or property rights or any other third party rights; (ii) promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; (iii) is sexually explicit, lewd, or suggestive; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity; (iv) is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; (v) appears to duplicate any other submitted entries; (vi) contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as costumes, distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, email addresses or street addresses; (vii) contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission; (viii) excepting those of MLS, contains or references any names, products or services of any company or entity, or promotes any brand, product or service of any company or entity; (ix) contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission; (x) contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead; (xi) communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which we wish to associate or otherwise contains content which MLS in its sole discretion decide is inappropriate or objectionable; and/or; (xii) violates any law, rule or regulation.

PRIZE

The Winner will receive the following prize (the “Prize”):

  • Round-trip coach class air transportation for Winner and its guest which shall originate from an airport of MLS’s choice near Winner’s primary residence to an airport of MLS’s choosing in the city of the 2021 MLS All-Star Game (the “Event”) (approximate retail value (“ARV”): $2,000.00);
  • Two (2) nights of hotel accommodations (1 room) in a hotel of the MLS Entities’ choosing (ARV $1,000.00);
  • Two (2) VIP Passes to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game (ARV $600.00); and
  • The entry art will be featured as the official artwork of the MLS anthem on all music streaming platforms and on other uses (the nature of this portion of the Prize is such that a value cannot be attributed).

Total ARV of all Prizes: $3,600.00.

Transportation to/from stadium is not included and is the sole responsibility of the Winner and its guest. The 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, including but not limited to any transportation costs, luggage fees, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winner. All Prize details are at MLS’s sole discretion. Winner’s guest(s) must be of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence, unless accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.

The Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions or substitutions except at MLS’s sole and absolute discretion.  MLS reserves the right to substitute the Prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole and absolute discretion. If the Winner’s primary residence is within 100 miles of the location of the Event, MLS reserves the right to seek alternative modes of transportation to transport the Winner and its guest to the Event (e.g., train).  The Event date and time are determined in the sole discretion of MLS, and may be subject to change. Exact seat locations will be determined by MLS. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as prizes will govern in the event the Event or any ancillary related events are not played or held due to weather, an Act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance, work stoppage or any other reason.  Winner and its guest agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Prize.  The applicable MLS Entities reserve the right to remove or deny entry to Winner and/or its guest who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the Event.  Released Parties (as defined below) will not be responsible for weather, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other event that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any portion of the Event or related events.

WINNER NOTIFICATION

Each potential winner must continue to comply with the Official Rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The Winner will be notified by e-mail, mail and/or telephone or via a direct message sent to the submitting Instagram/Twitter account (in the sole discretion of the applicable MLS Entity) by the MLS.  In the event that any Winner does not respond to any such notification within three (3) days of the date of issuance, a disqualification will result, the Prize will be forfeited and, at MLS’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries. The Winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number (if applicable) and/or other identification to MLS 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 (collectively, “Prize Claim Documents”). A disqualification will result, the Prize will be forfeited and, at MLS’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate 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 Winner’s noncompliance with these Official Rules will also result in disqualification and forfeiture of the Prize and, at MLS’s sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate 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 or cause of action against the MLS Entities, Instagram, Twitter 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”) arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any Prize, including, but not limited to: (a) 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 that may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prize or in any Contest-related materials, (b) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (c) late, lost, stolen, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, damaged, garbled, delayed, or undelivered mail, inaccurate, postage-due or garbled entries, via e-mail or mail; (d) 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; (e) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt of any portion of the Prize; (f) cancellation or postponement of the Event any related events; (g) any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any Prize.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Entries generated by a script, macro or other mechanical or automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process will be disqualified.  The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in MLS. 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, MLS 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 MLS’s representatives or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by MLS, 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 MLS Entities and/or their respective agents.  The 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.  MLS’s failure to enforce any terms of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

The 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, MLS 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, MLS WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH ENTRANT, AND THE 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 e-mail address or social media account for the entrant.  In case of multiple identical entries received from any person or e-mail address or social media account or household, only the first entry received from such person, e-mail address, social media account, or household will be considered.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a Winner based on an e-mail address or social media account, the winning entry will be declared made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address or social media account 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 ISP or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the e-mail address or social media account for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address or social media account. MLS 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 July 1, 2020), mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: MLS Anthem Album Art Contest, Winner’s name, 420 5th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10025  Winner’s name requests must be received by August 24, 2020.