D.C. United 2016 Heineken Rivalry Week Poster Contest Rules & Regulations


The object of the Contest is to submit an original Heineken Rivalry Week D.C. United v. Philadelphia Union Match Post (the “Submission”) via an official Rivalry Week “#.”  Participants must submit their Submission, as directed by @dcunited (the “Club Twitter Account”), via a tweet on Twitter.com that includes a yet to determined hashtag (the “Hashtag”). Staff members of D.C. United (the "Judges" or "Sponsor") will select the most compelling Submission in accordance with these Official Rules and based upon criteria set forth in the Judging section below.

CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: The Contest entry period begins on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET (the “Contest Entry Period”). 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Participants must submit their Submission as directed by the Club Twitter Account during the Contest Entry Period to be eligible. Submissions must include the Rivalry Hashtag and must not exceed one hundred and forty (140) characters in total, including the Hashtag. The Rivalry Hashtag will be revealed on or about May 6, 2016, upon the launch of the Contest via the Club Twitter Account.

JUDGING: The Judges will judge all eligible Submissions based on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality (60%) and Relevance to contest theme (40%). Promptly upon completion of the Contest Entry Period the most compelling Submission, as determined by the Judges, will be deemed the winning Submission (the "Winning Submission"). In the event of a tie for any potential Winning Submission, the score for Originality/Creativity will be used as a tiebreaker. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, the eligible participant(s) that submitted the Winning Submission, as determined by the Judges, will be declared the official winner of the Contest (the Winner). 

PRIZES: One (1) Prize To Be Awarded. The Winner will receive TWO (2) sideline tickets to the Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United soccer game scheduled to be played on August 6th, 2016 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (the “Prize”). Approximate Retail Value of the Prize: $70.00. 

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

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is D.C. United (the “Sponsor”) 

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, participants must follow the instructions provided by the Club Twitter Account to submit the their Submission along with the Hashtag pursuant to (a) the Submission Requirements, (b) the Content Restrictions (as set forth in the Content Restrictions section below), and (c) the Twitter Terms of Service and Twitter Rules available at www.twitter.com. To participate in this Contest, participants must have a valid Twitter account. If you do not have a Twitter account, visit www.twitter.com and register in accordance with the enrolment instructions for a free Twitter account.

By fully completing and submitting all required information as directed you will be entered in the Contest. Online entry only. No other method of entry will be accepted. Participants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any Submission. All information submitted online by entrants is subject to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, mlssoccer.com’s Terms of Service accessible at: http://www.mlssoccer.com/terms-service and Privacy Policy accessible at: http://www.mlssoccer.com/privacy-policy. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries are void. Limit one (1) entry per person and per Twitter account. In case of multiple entries received from any person or Twitter account, only the first entry received from such person or Twitter account will be considered. Submissions that do not comply with the Submission Requirements, 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 fifty (50) United States and Washington, D.C. who are eighteen (18) years of age or older (except in the case of legal residents of certain states where the legal age of majority is greater than eighteen (18) years of age, such legal age of majority) 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 the MLS Entities 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 “MLS Entities” shall mean the Office of the Commissioner of MLS, its Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, MLS SUM, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Major League Soccer Clubs or the Office of the Commissioner of MLS, and the directors, officers, employees and agents of the above 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: Exact Prize details, including game date and seat locations at the game, to be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE GAME AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. All costs and expenses associated with 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 the Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winners. Each Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). The Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Prize (or any portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. Winners’ 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 Soccer game, event, and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the Office of the Commissioner of MLS and/or the applicable Major League Soccer Club, as applicable, and may be subject to change. The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as prizes will govern in the event a legal game, event, or exhibition, as defined by Major League Soccer, is not played due to weather conditions, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance, or any other reason. Each Winner and his/her guest(s) agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Prize. Sponsor and the applicable MLS Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to any Winner and/or his/her guest(s) who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person at the game, event, or exhibition. Released Parties (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 Soccer game, event or exhibition. Major League Soccer game, event, and exhibition tickets awarded as prizes may not be resold or offered for resale. Any such resale may result in disqualification and prize forfeiture, 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. 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 a Submission, each entrant: (a) agrees that his/her Submission is an original work of authorship and that he/she owns all right, title and interest in the Submission 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 Submission to submit it for possible use as provided herein; (b) agrees that his/her Submission does not violate the mlssoccer.com’s Terms of Service 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 the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, license, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from his/her Submission throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for Sponsor, as applicable, to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use and exploit the Submission 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 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 MLS 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 Submission, 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 MLS 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 Submission: (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, tortuous or slanderous materials; (vi) content that denigrates, disparages or reflects negatively on the MLS 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 Submission is created. Any Submission that does not comply with the foregoing, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, will be disqualified and eliminated from consideration.

NOTIFICATION: Each potential Winner will be notified at the e-mail address, postal address, and/or telephone number (in the sole discretion of Sponsor) provided at the time of entry (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential Winner does not respond to any such Prize Notification within the Required Response Time or declines the 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 may be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries. Each potential Winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor 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. Failure to submit any identification required by Sponsor or to return the required documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, or the return of the Prize (or any portion thereof) or Prize Notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential Winner to be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries. 

WAIVER OF LIABILITY/PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to (i) be bound by these Official Rules, including all entry requirements, and (ii) waive any and all claims against the MLS Entities and each of their respective parents, affiliated companies, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, agents, licensees, distributors, dealers, retailers, printers, representatives and advertising and promotion agencies, and any and all other companies associated with the Contest, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, “Released Parties”) for any injury, damage, or loss that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in the Contest or from the receipt or use of any Prize (or any portion thereof) or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of any Prize (or any portion thereof). By entering this Contest, each entrant gives his/her express permission to be contacted by the Sponsor by telephone, e-mail, and/or postal mail for Contest purposes. Each Winner, by acceptance of Prize, grants to Sponsor, and each of their respective designees the right to publicize such Winner’s name, address (city and state of residence), photograph, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional, trade and/or any other purpose in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. 

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Released Parties are not responsible for stolen, late, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate, misdirected, lost, misrouted, scrambled, damaged, delayed, undelivered, mutilated, postage-due or garbled entries, transmissions, e-mail or mail; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, cable, satellite, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), wireless network, website, or other connections including those through and/or by any website, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cable or wireless transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in transmission, processing, or communication; non-delivery; misdirected, blocked, or delayed e-mail notifications; printing, typographical or other errors appearing within these Official Rules, in any Contest-related advertisements or other materials; or any other errors, problems or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network, computer, telephone, mail, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prize or in any Contest-related materials, or the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Soccer game, event or exhibition. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants' 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. 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 any representative of Sponsor and/or MLS who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to legal action by the Sponsor, MLS and/or their respective agents. Sponsor 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 its sole discretion. Released Parties (i) make no warranty, guaranty, or representation of any kind concerning any Prize (or any portion thereof), and (ii) disclaim any implied warranty. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. All disputes will be resolved under applicable U.S. laws in the District of Columbia. Sponsor and MLS reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Contest (or any portion thereof) should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes corrupt administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper operation of the Contest (or any portion thereof). In the event of cancellation, Sponsor may elect to identify Winners and award the Prizes by way of random drawing from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to the time of such cancellation. Sponsor and MLS also reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest. This Contest is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook. 


Entries generated by a script, macro, or other mechanical or automated means will be disqualified. In the event of dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any potential Winner based on an e-mail address, the winning 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. 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 e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. 

WINNERS LIST: For a list of Winners, mail a request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to be received by June 30, 2016 to: Winners List c/o Contest c/o D.C. United Marketing Department 2400 East Capitol St. SE Washington, D.C.20003. 

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