Official Social Media Contest Rules
OFFICIAL RULES FOR @MLS or @dcunited SWEEPSTAKES ON TWITTER
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED FOR THE APPLICABLE SWEEPSTAKES. 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.
By participating in any Sweepstakes during the 2014 MLS Season (defined below) (each, a "Sweepstakes" and collectively, the "Sweepstakes") promoted by @MLS and/or @dcunited (each such Twitter account, an "Official Twitter Account"), you agree to these Official Rules, which are a contract, so read them carefully before participating. The details and requirements for entry or participation in a particular Sweepstakes shall be provided by the Official Twitter Account from time to time, in the discretion of Major League Soccer, L.L.C. or D.C. United ("Sponsor"). You must follow the directions provided by the Official Twitter Account and these Official Rules to be eligible to participate in, and receive a prize in connection with, any Sweepstakes.
HOW TO ENTER: To enter any Sweepstakes via Twitter, you must have a valid, public (i.e. not "protected") Twitter account and follow the applicable Official Twitter Account. If you do not have a Twitter account, visit www.twitter.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free Twitter account. From January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 (“the Calendar Year”), you will be provided with opportunities to enter Sweepstakes via Twitter. If you wish to enter a particular Sweepstakes, follow the instructions provided by the Official Twitter Account for that Sweepstakes in the manner and time period set forth by the Official Twitter Account (the "Entry Period") to receive one (1) entry in the applicable Sweepstakes. Failure to follow any instructions provided by the Official Twitter Account or to submit your entry within the applicable Entry Period may result in disqualification. The time of receipt of any valid Twitter entry shall be the time such valid entry becomes available to Sponsor on Twitter.com. Sponsor's computer shall be the official clock of each Sweepstakes.
ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of DC, Maryland, or Virginia who live within a seventy-five (75) mile radius from Washington DC (the “Territory”) who are of legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside (and at least 18 years old) at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, 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” or “Sponsor”), Soccer United Marketing, LLC (“SUM”), any MLS team (collectively, 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 Sweepstakes are not eligible to participate or win a prize. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, state, territory and local laws, rules and regulations.
RANDOM DRAWING: Promptly following the end of the applicable Entry Period, the potential winner(s) of the applicable Sweepstakes will be selected by random drawing from among all eligible entries received for the applicable Sweepstakes. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these Official Rules, the potential winner(s) will be declared the official winner(s) of the applicable Sweepstakes (each, a "Winner" and collectively, the "Winners"). The decisions of Sponsor are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received for the applicable Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) prize per person, family or household per Sweepstakes.
PRIZES: The prize(s) and quantity of such prize(s) to be offered in each Sweepstakes (each, a "Prize" and collectively, the "Prizes") shall be identified by the Official Twitter Account. The approximate retail value of each Prize shall be between $10 and $500. Exact Prize details shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. Prizes are 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. Each Winner is fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, provincial, state, territory and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses associated with Prize acceptance and use not specified by the Official Twitter Account as being provided as part of the Prize, 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. In the event that the Prize includes tickets to a Major League Soccer game, exhibition or other event, the specific date and time will be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor and/or the applicable Major League Soccer team, as applicable, and may be subject to change. Seat locations will be determined by Sponsor. The terms and conditions of any tickets awarded as a Prize will govern in the event a game, event or exhibition, as defined by Major League Soccer, is not played due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason. Winner and his/her guest(s) (if any) agree to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with a Prize. Sponsor and the applicable MLS Entities reserve the right to remove or deny entry to winner and/or his/her guest(s) (if any) who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at any game, event or exhibition. Released Parties (as defined below) will not be responsible for Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Soccer game, event or exhibition. 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).
NOTIFICATION: Each potential winner will be notified via Direct Message to the potential winner's Twitter account provided at the time of entry (the "Prize Notification") and will be required to privately (through Twitter direct message, email, or other secure, private means) provide his/her name, address, age and other personal information necessary to verify eligibility and receive the Prize. In the event that any potential winner does not respond to any such Prize Notification within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of issuance (or within the time specified by the Official Twitter Account, as applicable), fails to provide Sponsor all information necessary to verify eligibility and/or receive the Prize 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 for the applicable Sweepstakes. 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 (or, if a resident of Canada, a Declaration of Eligibility) and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of issuance (or within the time specified by the Official Twitter Account, as applicable). 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 any 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 for the applicable Sweepstakes.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY/PUBLICITY RELEASE: By participating in the Sweepstakes and submitting an entry, each entrant agrees (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including all entry requirements, (ii) to waive any and all claims against the MLS Entities, Twitter, Inc., 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 any Sweepstakes, 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 any Sweepstakes 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); and (iii) that neither Sponsor nor any of the Released Parties have made or make or are responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, relative to any Sweepstakes or a Prize, including but not limited to, its quality or fitness or merchantability, and all Prizes are tendered on an “as is” basis. By entering any Sweepstakes, each entrant gives his/her express permission to be contacted by Sponsor by telephone, email and/or postal mail for Sweepstakes purposes. Each Winner, by acceptance of a Prize, grants to Sponsor and its designees the right to publicize such Winner's name, address (city and state/territory/province 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, misdirected, lost, damaged, garbled, delayed, undelivered, inaccurate, postage-due or garbled entries, e-mail or mail. Entries generated by a script, macro or other mechanical or automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process will be disqualified. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with any Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of any Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Prize[s] or in any Sweepstakes-related materials, [IF APPLICABLE: 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 any Sweepstakes. 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 any Sweepstakes or downloading materials from, or use of, a website. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any advertising or promotion materials and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control.
Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of any Sweepstakes or website or attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of any Sweepstakes by cheating, deception or other unfair playing practices, or intend to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor’s representatives or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Any attempt to deliberately damage the content or operation of any Sweepstakes is unlawful and subject to legal action by the Sponsor, the other MLS Entities and/or their respective agents. Sponsor and the other MLS Entities shall have the sole right to disqualify any entrant for violation of these Official Rules or any applicable laws relating to any Sweepstakes, and to resolve all disputes in their sole discretion. All disputes will be resolved under applicable U.S. laws in the County of New York, state of New York without giving effect to choice of law or conflicted law principles (whether of the state of New York, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of New York. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any terms of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
The Sponsor and the other MLS Entities, as applicable, reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend any Sweepstakes for any reason, including should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of such Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor may elect to identify the Winner[s] and award the Prize[s] by way of random drawing 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 ANY SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH ENTRANT AND SPONSOR AND THE OTHER MLS ENTITIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
All online entries must include a valid e-mail address for the entrant. In case of multiple entries received from any person or e-mail address or household, only the first entry received from such person, e-mail address 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, 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. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of any Sweepstakes.
WINNERS' LIST: For a list of Winner(s), mail a request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to be received by December 31, 2014 to: @dcunited Twitter Sweepstakes Winners List 2400 East Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003. Vermont residents may exclude return postage.
SPONSOR: Major League Soccer, L.L.C. Trademarks and copyrights are proprietary to the MLS Entities. All rights reserved.