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Washington Nationals #NatsCaveCrasher Contest (the "Contest")
Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.

The object of the Contest is to create an original photo that displays why you deserve a chance to represent the Nationals as a Cave Crasher in New York City (the "Entry"). Each Contest participant ("Participant") must post his/her Entry via a public Instagram account and include the hashtag #NatsCaveCrasher (the "Hashtag"), in accordance with these Official Rules to be eligible. Staff members of The Washington Nationals ("Sponsor"), MLB Advanced Media, L.P. ("MLBAM") and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball ("BOC") (Sponsor, MLBAM and the BOC collectively, the "Judges") will select the five (5) most compelling Entries (the "First Place Entries") in accordance with these Official Rules and based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below to determine the First Place Winners. The Runner-up Winner and Grand Prize Winner (each defined below) will be determined by a fan vote among the First Place Winners as set forth in the First Place Submission & Fan Vote section below.

CONTEST & ENTRY PERIODS: The Contest entry period begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on August  9, 2013 (the "Contest Start Time"), and ends at 2:59 p.m. ET on August 21, 2013 (the "Contest Period"). The Contest Period will be divided into five (5) entry periods (each, an "Entry Period") as follows:

Entry Period #1: Enter from the Contest Start Time until 11:59 a.m. ET on August 12, 2013.

Entry Period #2: Enter from 12:00 p.m. ET on August 12, 2013, until 11:59 a.m.ET on August 14, 2013.

Entry Period #3: Enter from 12:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2013, until 11:59 a.m. ET on August 16, 2013.

Entry Period #4: Enter from 12:00 p.m. ET on August 16, 2013, until 11:59 a.m.ET on August 19, 2013.

Entry Period #5: Enter from 12:00 p.m. ET on August 19, 2013, until 2:59 p.m. ET on August 21, 2013.

Non-winning Entries submitted during one Entry Period will carryover and constitute an eligible Entry for each subsequent Entry Period, if any.

JUDGING: The Judges will judge all eligible Entries to determine the five (5) most compelling Entries (one (1) for each Entry Period) based on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality (34%), Quality of photo (33%), and Relevance to Contest theme (33%). Promptly upon completion of the applicable Entry Period,, the most compelling Entry, as determined by the Judges, will be deemed the potential winning Entry for the applicable Entry Period.  Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, the eligible Participants that submitted the winning Entries, as determined by the Judges (the "Winning Entries"), will be declared the official first place winners of the Contest (the "First Place Winner(s)"). In the event of a tie for any potential Winning Entry, the score for Creativity/Originality will be used as a tiebreaker.

FIRST PLACE SUBMISSIONS & FAN VOTE: The First Place Winners will have the chance to enter to win the Grand Prize or Runner-up Prize by creating and posting photos from the First Place Game (the "First Place Submission(s)") as directed by Sponsor at the First Place Game. During the period beginning on or about September 1, 2013, at  9:00 a.m. ET and ending on September 2, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. ET (the "Voting Period"), fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite First Place Submission at  nationals.com/curlyw. Limit one (1) vote per email address during the Voting Period. Additional votes beyond the specified limit will be void. Votes or email addresses generated by script, macro or other automated means or with the intent to affect the integrity of the voting process will be void. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, the eligible First Place Winner that submitted the First Place Submission that receives the second most votes during the Voting Period, as determined by the Judges, will be declared the official runner-up winner of the Contest (the “Runner-up Winner”) and the eligible First Place Winner that submitted the First Place Submission that receives the most votes during the Voting Period, as determined by the Judges, will be declared the official grand prize winner of the Contest (the “Grand Prize Winner”, and together with the First Place Winners and the Runner-up Winner, the "Winner(s)").  In the event of a tie, the Judges will select the Runner-up Winner and/or Grand Prize Winner, as applicable, amongst the tied First Place Submissions based on the Judging Criteria.

 

PRIZE:  Seven (7) Prizes to be awarded as follows:

First Place Prizes. Five (5) First Place Prizes To Be awarded. Each First Place Winner will receive two (2) tickets and field passes for First Place Winner and one (1) guest ("Guest") to the Nationals Game scheduled to be played on August 31, 2013 (the "First Place Game"), at Nationals Park (the "First Place Prize(s)"). (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of each First Place Prize: $170). TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM FIRST PLACE GAME AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. Limit one (1) First Place Prize per person, family or household.

Runner-up Prize. One (1) Runner-up Prize To Be Awarded. The Runner-up Winner will receive four (4) Diamond Club tickets for Runner-up Winner and three (3) Guests to a future Washington Nationals regular season non-prime home game mutually agreed upon by Runner-up Winner and Sponsor (the "Runner-up Prize"). (ARV of the Runner-up Prize: $600.)  TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM GAME AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED.

Grand Prize. One (1) Grand Prize To Be Awarded. The Grand Prize Winner will receive (a) a VIP experience at the MLB Fan Cave to be determined in MLBP's sole discretion, (b) two (2) tickets for the Grand Prize Winner and one (1) Guest, to attend one of the Washington Nationals v. New York Mets game scheduled to be played on September 11, 2013, in Citi Field in New York City (the "Game(s)"); (c) round trip coach class air transportation for the Grand Prize Winner and his/her Guest from a major commercial airport nearest Winner's home in the U.S. ("Winner's Home City") to a major commercial airport nearest New York City (the "Host City") or ground transportation from Grand Prize Winner's Home City to the Host City if the Grand Prize Winner resides within one hundred (100) miles of the Host City; and (d) one (1) standard hotel room (double occupancy) for two (2) nights in a hotel selected by Sponsor in or near the Host City; ((a) through (d), collectively, the "Grand Prize" and together with the First Place Prizes and Runner-up Prize, the "Prize"). (ARV of the Grand Prize: $1,500.) Actual value of the Grand Prize will vary depending on Grand Prize Winner's Home City. Except as may be provided as detailed in (c) above, GROUND TRANSPORTATION NOT INCLUDED.

PRIZE NOTIFICATION RESPONSE TIME:  Forty-eight (48) hours from the time of issuance of Prize Notification (defined below) (the "Required Response Time").

WINNERS' LIST: For a list of the Winners' names, mail a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by December 31, 2013, to: #NatsCaveCrasher Contest c/o The Washington Nationals, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-1507.

SPONSOR: Washington Nationals Baseball Club, LLC, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-1507.

HOW TO ENTER:  To enter, you must (1) have a valid, public Instagram account and be a follower of the Official Instagram Account of the Washington Nationals, and (2) submit your Entry and the Hashtag pursuant to the (a) Content Restrictions (as set forth in the Content Restrictions section below), and (b) the Instagram Terms of Use available at http://instagram.com/about/legal/terms/. No other method of entry will be accepted. Only publicly viewable Instagram images containing the Hashtag will be considered valid Entries. If you do not have an Instagram account, visit www.Instagram.com or download the free Instagram application and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free Instagram account. By fully completing and submitting all required information as directed you will be entered in the Contest. Participants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Entry. All information submitted by Participants in connection with this Contest is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, MLB.com's Terms of Use accessible at:  http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/about_mlb_com/terms_of_use.jsp and Privacy Policy accessible at:www.mlb.com/privacy. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries are void. Limit one (1) Entry per person and per Instagram account per Entry Period. In case of multiple Entries received from any person or Instagram account, only the first Entry received from such person or Instagram account will be considered. Any Entry that does not comply with the Content Restrictions or otherwise with these Official Rules will be void, eliminated and not eligible for consideration.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Delaware and West Virginia who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older with a valid Instagram account and a valid email address at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Sponsor, the other MLB Entities (as defined below) and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest are not eligible to participate or win a Prize. The "MLB Entities" shall mean the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball ("BOC"), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, the Major League Baseball Clubs ("Clubs"), MLB Advanced Media, L.P. ("MLBAM" or "MLB.com"), Major League Baseball Enterprises, Inc., Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Clubs or the BOC and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing entities. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law, rule or regulation.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: All Prize details, including the Game(s) date and seat locations at the Game(s), shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of MLBP. The Prizes are non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except at MLBPs sole and absolute discretion. MLBP reserves the right to substitute any Prize (or any portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. 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 any Prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided including, but not limited to, lodging, transportation costs, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting any Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. The flight selection will be at the discretion of MLBP. MLBP, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to provide ground transportation in lieu of air transportation if the Grand Prize Winner resides within one hundred (100) miles of the Host City (and no additional compensation or substitution will be awarded for difference in prize value). Trip must be taken on dates specified by MLBP or the Grand Prize will be forfeited and, at MLBP's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential Grand Prize winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible First Place Submissions. If the Game(s) or any other Prize-related activity is canceled or postponed for any reason, travel prize will be awarded less applicable Prize-related activity(s) and MLBP will substitute that activity(s) with an item(s)/activity(s) of comparable or greater value as determined solely by MLBP. Travel and hotel accommodation restrictions apply. Travel arrangements must be made through MLBP's agent and on a carrier of MLBP' choice. Grand Prize Winner is responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents (e.g., valid photo I.D and/or passport or visa if applicable) prior to travel. Tickets are subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuers. Each Winner's companions must be of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least eighteen (18) years of age), unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the BOC and/or the applicable Major League Baseball Club, as applicable, and may be subject to change. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as part of any Prize will govern in the event a legal game, event or exhibition, as defined by Major League Baseball, is not played due to weather conditions, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Each Winner and his/her Guest agree to comply with all applicable ballpark regulations in connection with any Prize. MLBP and the applicable MLB Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to any Winner and/or his/her 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 game, event or exhibition. Released Parties (defined below) will not be responsible for weather conditions, 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 Baseball game, event or exhibition. Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition tickets awarded as part of any Prize may not be resold or offered for resale. Any such resale may result in disqualification and forfeiture of the Prize, and may invalidate the license granted by the game ticket(s).

CONTEST ADMINISTRATION: Sponsor will be responsible for resolving any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. MLBAM's computer will be the official clock of the Contest. All decisions by Sponsor regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects.

PUBLICATION, LICENSE AND RELEASE: By entering the Contest and submitting an Entry, each Participant: (a) agrees that his/her Entry is an original work of authorship and that he/she owns all right, title and interest in the Entry as of the date of submission or has all necessary rights and authorizations to submit it and the express permission of all individuals, content and materials embodied in the Entry to submit it for possible use as provided herein; (b) agrees that his/her Entry does not violate the MLB.com Terms of Use or infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (c) grants to Sponsor, MLBAM, and other MLB Entities and each of their respective designees the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, license, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from his/her Entry throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for Sponsor, MLBAM, and/or other MLB Entities, as applicable, to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use and exploit the Entry via the Internet or any other interactive media, in stadium, on television, in print and/or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without limitation and without payment of any compensation to the participant 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 MLB 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; and (d) 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 Entry, and the use thereof as permitted hereunder, including, but not limited to, claims of false endorsement or infringement of rights of publicity or privacy. Nothing herein will obligate the MLB Entities to make any use of any of the rights set forth herein.

CONTENT RESTRICTIONS: Participants must not include any of the following content (the "Content Restrictions") in any Entry: (i) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material; (ii) materials relating to lotteries or gambling; (iii) explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities; (iv) content in violation of intellectual property rights or laws; (v) libelous, defamatory, disparaging, tortious or slanderous materials; (vi) content that denigrates, disparages or reflects negatively on the MLB Entities, their owners and employees, or the game of baseball; (vii) tobacco, alcohol or drugs; (viii) dangerous stunts; (ix) 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, or local law, ordinance, or regulation; (xi) individuals under legal age of majority without providing a signed release from parent or legal guardian; (xii) audio and/or visual content owned by any third party (e.g., recorded music; pre-produced video, etc.); and (xiii) material that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Entry is created. Any Entry that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.

NOTIFICATION: The potential winners will be notified via Instagram and/or email by Sponsor and/or MLBAM (the "Prize Notification") and will be required to privately (through email, or other secure, private means) provide his/her name, address, age and other personal information necessary to receive any Prize. In the event that any potential winner does not respond to such Prize Notification within the Required Response Time or fails to provide Sponsor all information necessary to receive any Prize or declines any Prize for any reason, a disqualification will result, the Prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential winner shall be chosen from among all remaining eligible Entries for the applicable Entry Period. The potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor and MLBP, authorize a full background check, and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within the Required Response Time. In addition, the Guest may be required to execute, have notarized and return a Release of Liability, and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within the Required Response Time. A disqualification and Prize forfeiture will result and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all remaining eligible Entries for the applicable Entry Period if any required documents are not properly executed and returned within the specified period of time and/or if a potential winner does not pass a background check to the satisfaction of Sponsor, in its sole discretion. Refusal or return of such documents as non-deliverable or any potential winner's noncompliance with these Official Rules will also result in disqualification, Prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor's sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential winner to be chosen from among all remaining eligible entries for the applicable Entry Period.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: By participating in the Contest, each Participant (a) accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, the MLB.com Privacy Policy and MLB.com Website Terms of Use; and (b) gives his/her express permission to be contacted by Sponsor, MLBP and/or its representatives for Contest administration purposes.

All applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

The MLB Entities and each of their respective parent companies, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, assignees, affiliates, licensees, sponsors, agents, independent contractors, telecasters, sponsors, licensees and advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective general and limited partners, members, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, employees, representatives and contractors and Instagram (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 a participant, 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, 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 the Winners or the distribution of the Prizes. Sponsor reserves 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 any portion thereof) including, without limitation, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each Participant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action and/or liabilities for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by participation in, or preparation for, the Contest, Contest-related activity, Participant’s Entry, or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of any Prize (or any portion thereof) including any travel or activity related thereto.

 If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason including, without limitation, as a result of 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 and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and, if terminated, to determine the Winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries submitted 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, wireless, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, malfunctions of wireless devices, wireless service problems, cellular tower equipment, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or wireless service congestion, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to Participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest.

Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a background check, including but not limited to, criminal history, on any potential winner. To the extent required by law, each such potential winner shall authorize such background check. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any potential winner based on the background check.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT, AND SPONSOR, MLBAM AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any potential winner based on an Instagram account, the Winning Entry will be declared made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the Instagram account that submitted the Entry 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 assigned to an Instagram account by Instagram.

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, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any Participant who is disqualified due to such an action.

As a condition of entering this Contest, each Participant agrees that (A) any and all disputes, claims, controversies or causes of action arising out of or relating to this Contest, or any prizes awarded (each, a "Claim"), shall be (1) arbitrated on an individual basis only, and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party, and (2) settled by binding arbitration in the District of Columbia before a single arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its then governing rules and procedures, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof; and (B) under no circumstance will Participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses.  These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, U.S.A, applicable to contracts entered into and performed exclusively in the District of Columbia.

The Contest is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Major League Baseball and MLB.com, the Official Site of Major League Baseball. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling.

Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are proprietary to the MLB Entities. All rights reserved.