The object of MLB.com Home Run Derby Challenge (the "Contest") is to apply your skill and knowledge of Major League Baseball ("MLB") to select the correct order of finish (ranked from highest to lowest number of home runs) for each of the three rounds of the 2009 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby competition (the "Home Run Derby"), to be held at 8:00 PM Eastern Time ("ET") on July 13, 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. To enter, you must complete an online entry form and select for each round, the order you think the MLB players participating in the Home Run Derby will finish in each round of the Home Run Derby, as well as the answers to two tiebreaker questions.
The Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, Washington D.C., and Canada (excluding residents of the Province of Quebec) who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least 18 in the U.S.) as of the date of entry with a valid e-mail address and Internet access as of July 9, 2009. Excluded residents may participate in the Contest, but WILL NOT be eligible to win or receive any prizes. Void in the Province of Quebec and where prohibited by law, rule or regulation.
Employees or consultants of the MLB Entities (defined below) or any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (parent, sibling, child or spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and any person residing in their same households, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win a prize. The "MLB Entities" shall mean MLB Advanced Media, L.P. ("MLBAM"), the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, Major League Baseball Enterprises, Inc., Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., the Major League Baseball Clubs, Tickets.com, Inc., SportsOnEarth, LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliated entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Major League Baseball Clubs or the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, and the shareholders, parents, directors, officers, representatives, employees, agents, successors and assigns of the above entities.
How to Enter
By participating in the Contest and submitting an entry, each participants agree that MLBAM will solely resolve any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. All decisions by MLBAM regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Any incidence of collusion or cheating, as determined by MLBAM in its sole discretion, will be subject to disqualification from the Contest without limitation to any other rights or remedies available to MLBAM. If you have any questions regarding the Contest, please send an e-mail to MLB.com customer support.
How to Play
Making your picks
The eight (8) MLB players participating in the Home Run Derby will be posted by MLBAM at www.mlb.com after all participants have been confirmed. Your goal is to select the correct order of finish (ranked from highest to lowest number of home runs) for each round of the three rounds of the Home Run Derby. To do this, simply select the order of finish from the dropdown lists displayed in an online form on www.mlb.com.
For Round 1, you must rank the eight players, 1-8, in the order you think they will finish in Round 1. After completing Round 1, your top four (4) Round 1 choices will appear for Round 2. You must then rank the four players, 1-4, in the order you think they will finish in Round 2. After completing Round 2, your top two (2) Round 2 choices will appear for Round 3. You must then rank the two players, 1-2, in the order you think they will finish in Round 3.
In addition, you must also select an answer to each of the following tiebreaker questions:
1. Total number of home runs hit in the first round of the Home Run Derby (including any additional home runs that may be hit to break ties between players), by all eight players combined; and
2. Total number of home runs hit in the entire Home Run Derby (including any additional home runs that may be hit to break ties between players), by all eight players combined.
Only one entry may be submitted per valid e-mail address. If a user submits multiple entries using the same e-mail address, the most recent submission will be considered that user's submission for that valid e-mail address.
Player Selection Deadline
You will have until 8:00 PM ET on July 13, 2009 to submit your selections. MLBAM's computer shall be the official clock of the Contest.
Eight (8) MLB players will initially be selected to participate in the Home Run Derby. In the event that a MLB player drops out and is replaced by another MLB player, the following method will be used to determine replacements in MLB.com Home Run Derby Challenge:
If a player drops out of the HR Derby prior to the start of the event, a replacement player will be named. As soon as the replacement player is named, he will also be inserted into the Contest, replacing the player that dropped out.
In the event that two players drop out at the same time, and two replacements are announced at the same time, the replacements will be based off last name alphabetical order. Example: If Smith and Williams drop out at the same time, and Brown and Johnson are named as replacements, Brown would replace Smith and Johnson would replace Williams in the Contest.
Scoring in the Contest is as follows:
First round correct choice: Five (5) points for each correct first round choice
Second round correct choice: Ten (10) points for each correct second round choice
Third round correct choice: Twenty (20) points for each correct third round choice
Order of finish will be determined by:
Round 1: Total home runs hit by each MLB player in Round 1 (tiebreaker home runs may be necessary to determine the final order of finish if two players finish Round 1 tied)
Round 2: Total home runs hit by each of the remaining four (4) MLB players in Rounds 1 and 2 combined (tiebreaker home runs may be necessary to determine the final order of finish if two players finish Round 2 tied)
Round 3: Total home runs hit by each MLB player in Round 3 (tiebreaker home runs may be necessary to determine the final order of finish if two players finish Round 3 tied)
In an event of a tie between two MLB players in Rounds 1 or 2, the following tiebreakers will be used to determine final order of finish:
Tiebreaker #1: regular season home run total at All-Star break
Tiebreaker #2: distance of longest home run in Round One
Tiebreaker #3: career home run total at All-Star Break
Tiebreaker #1: most home runs in Round One
Tiebreaker #2: regular season home run total at All-Star break
Tiebreaker #3: distance of longest home run in Round One or Round Two
A perfect score would be one hundred and twenty (120) points if a participant correctly chooses the order of finish in all three rounds of the Home Run Derby.
NOTE: Only home runs officially scored as home runs in the Home Run Derby will be counted in the Contest.
The Grand Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except in MLBAM's sole and absolute discretion. MLBAM reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. The winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided including, but not limited to, lodging, all transportation costs, meals, gratuities, souvenirs and all other expenses incurred by accepting the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the MLBAM.
The eligible participant with the most points greater than or equal to fifty (50) points will win two (2) tickets to the 2010 MLB All-Star Game to be played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. (the "Grand Prize") (Estimated retail value of Grand Prize: US$300).
NOTE: GRAND PRIZE WILL ONLY BE AWARDED IF AN ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANT ACCUMULATES AT LEAST FIFTY (50) POINTS.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE 2010 MLB ALL-STAR GAME NOT INCLUDED. Seat locations at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game shall be selected by MLBAM at its sole and absolute discretion. Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and may be subject to change. Grand Prize winner's companions must be of legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence, unless traveling with a parent or legal guardian. Grand Prize does not include tickets to All-Star Sunday, Home Run Derby, All-Star Workout Day, MLB All-Star FanFest or any other event or exhibition during the 2010 MLB All-Star Week apart from the 2010 MLB All-Star Game. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as prizes will govern in the event the 2010 MLB All-Star Game 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 Grand Prize. The applicable MLB 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. The MLB Entities and each of their respective parent companies, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, affiliates, licensees, agents, independent contractors and advertising and promotional agencies and each of their respective officers, directors, agents and employees (collectively, the "Released Parties") 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 Baseball game, event or exhibition.
In the event of a tie for any prize, tiebreakers will be used among the remaining tied participants in the following order:
1. Participant whose selection is closest to the total number of home runs hit in the first round, by all eight players combined;
2. Participant whose selection is closest to the total number of home runs hit in the entire Home Run Derby, by all eight players combined; and
3. MLBAM will administer a timed baseball trivia quiz, testing the tied participants' knowledge of Major League Baseball, until the tie is broken.
Each potential winner will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone (in MLBAM's discretion) and may (in MLBAM's discretion) be confirmed by postal mail, return receipt (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential winner does not respond to any such Prize Notification within five (5) days of date of issuance, a disqualification will result and prize will be forfeited and, at MLBAM's sole discretion, awarded to the runner-up (if applicable). Each winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to MLBAM and shall be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility (or, if a resident of Canada, a declaration) and Release of Liability and, where legal, Publicity within five (5) days of date of issuance. Failure to submit any identification required by MLBAM or to return the required documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules or the return of any prize or Prize Notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and prize will be forfeited and, at MLBAM's sole discretion, awarded to the runner-up(if applicable).
Participants agree to allow MLBAM and its designees to use their names and likenesses in any and all mediums now or hereafter known for advertising and publicity purposes throughout the world in perpetuity, without any compensation, notification or permission unless prohibited by law.
All applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. This Contest and these Official Rules will be governed by the laws of the State of New York. Any court of competent jurisdiction sitting within the State of New York, New York County will be the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest or these Official Rules. MLBAM's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, garbled, delayed, undelivered or misdirected entries or selections, 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 or selections, 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 prize winners or the distribution of the prizes. MLBAM reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.
The Released Parties make no warranties, express or implied, relative to the use or enjoyment of any prize or portions thereof, including without limitations, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each participant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action and liabilities for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by participation in the Contest or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of any prize, or any portion of any prize, including any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any prize.
MLB.com Home Run Derby Challenge 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.
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, cancellation of games or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, MLBAM reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, to determine the winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect scores achieved up to the point of termination.
The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Contest.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, MLBAM WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
All entries must include a valid e-mail address for the participant. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a participant, an entry will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable Internet service provider or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, MLBAM 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 participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
For winner information (available after December 1, 2009) or an additional copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: MLB.com Home Run Derby Challenge c/o Melissa Wester, MLB Advanced Media, L.P., 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Specify "Rules" or "Winner List." Requests must be received by September 30, 2009. Residents of VT and Canada may omit return postage on rules requests.
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