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Subscriber Contest Rules



Eligibility
The Contest is open to individuals who have reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction. Individuals who have not reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction can enter only with permission of a parent or legal guardian. Void where prohibited by law. Employees and immediate family members of Footballguys.com, its sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to win prizes.

You must be a subscriber and 21 years of age or older to enter. The Subscriber contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, Washington D.C., and Canada (excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec). Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Vermont and the province of Quebec may play and have their places noted in the standings, but are not eligible to win any prizes. Persons residing in any other jurisdictions may enter (unless this contest or entry into this contest is prohibited by applicable local law), but will not be eligible to win any prizes. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Full Time employees of Footballguys.com and members of their immediate families are not eligible to play. (Immediate family is defined as parent, sibling, or any other person residing in the same household as employee). Contestants must have and supply their own access to a computer and the Internet to manage their teams.

Note: You may enter the contest only once. The name and/or email address from the Contest submission must match a subscriber record in the Footballguys.com database. Multiple entries against one subscriber account will be disqualified and inelgible for any prizes.

Game of Skill
The Contest is a game of skill. Winners are determined by the objective criteria set forth below. From all entries received, winners are determined by the individuals who use their skill and knowledge of relevant professional football information and fantasy football rules to accumulate the highest point totals during the Contest according to the official Contest rules.

Entry
The deadline to register for this contest is 2pm ET, September 1st.

Contest Term
Begins three days before the first 2005 NFL regular season game and ends five days after the last game of NFL Week #16 (spanning the first 16 weeks of the NFL season).

NFL Scheduling
If for any reason, the National Football League amends any portion of its regular season schedule, Footballguys.com reserves the right to determine prize winners based on an amended Subscriber finals system. Footballguys.com reserves the right to make any and all reasonable scheduling and finals changes if the NFL alters its schedule. In the event that the NFL cancels any part of its regular season schedule, Footballguys.com reserves the right to determine prizes based on the NFL games already played.

Tournament Structure
Each participant will be randomly assigned to his/her bracket. Participants will be notified of their bracket placement in advance of the start of the NFL regular season. Notification will be made by email and/or by posting the brackets on the official FFTOC website (www.fftoc.com).

Tournament Management/Commissioner
The Contest will utilize tournament software by Pieracle, Inc. and run from the FFTOC website (www.fftoc.com). The FFTOC tournament management software was designed to keep track of tournament reporting, starting lineup submissions, fantasy point calculations, bracket and overall standings, and finals rankings. All NFL player statistics will be provided by a third party and will serve as the standard for all scoring. Pieracle Inc. will serve as the Commissioner of the 2005 FFTOC as it relates to decisions and rulings regarding the tournament.

Scoring Discrepancies Any and all scoring discrepancies affecting a team must be noted and submitted via email to dodds@footballguys.com by midnight ET on the Tuesday following the completion of that week’s games. After 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday of any given week, all scores will be considered final. It will be up to the sole discretion of Footballguys.com as to whether a change in the official statistics of a player can reasonably be applied to amend the FFTOC rankings or scoring of any or all teams potentially affected by the change in a player’s statistics.

Disputes/Appeals Regarding Rules
Any disputes or appeals regarding the Contest Rules will be decided by Footballguys.com using its interpretation of the rules. Footballguys.com will consider the intent and spirit of the rules; the integrity of the Contest; as well as the feasibility of accommodating any appeal. Any and all disputes or appeals must be submitted via email to dodds@footballguys.com. The deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal is by midnight ET on the Tuesday following the completion of that game or games in which the dispute has occurred. Please include a detailed and lucid account of the dispute and resolution requested. All rulings made by Footballguys.com are final and binding.

Proprietary Information
Any proprietary information given to the Contest, including but not limited to an internet password to access the tournament website, shall be kept confidential by both the Contest and the participant. Footballguys.com will not be responsible for any changes made to account information, or the roster or starting line up by third parties or co-team managers who access the FFTOC website.

Team Management Disclaimer
Footballguys.com is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction which impedes or interferes with the transmission or receipt of any team transaction, including but not limited to starting lineup submissions. Footballguys.com is not responsible for the failure of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant's computer related to or resulting from participation in the Contest.

Collusion
Footballguys.com believes unlike old-fashion drafting and other similar on-line fantasy football games, the unique and exciting elements of Tournament-Style play make Collusion a non-issue in the Contest. That said, any participants who collude or attempt to collude in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals will be prohibited from winning any prize money and will have their teams disqualified. Any participant who attempts to bribe, coerce, blackmail or otherwise influence an officer, agent, affiliate, vendor or surrogate of Footballguys.com in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals will be prohibited from winning any prize money and will further have his or her team disqualified. Any criminal behavior by a participant which attempts to corrupt or alter the fairness of the Contest will result in civil and/or criminal prosecution.

Awarding of Prizes
No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted. All prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability for a particular purpose). All taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. A 30% U.S. income tax withholding will be applied to all non-U.S. prize winners. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, Footballguys.com reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes.

Taxes
Winners receiving $600.00 or more agree to submit their valid and legal social security number to Footballguys.com and winners understand that their social security numbers will be used to report income to the Internal Revenue Service. All taxes associated with the receipt of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. A form 1099 will be issued to all prize winners receiving $600.00 or more.

Notification
Winners are notified by email or regular mail within 14 days after the official results (and associated winners) are posted at the conclusion of the Contest. Winners are also posted on the Contest web site. Winners must return via email or regular mail an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) within 15 days following attempted notification. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disqualification. Any prize notification returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

By accepting any prize, the winners grant permission to Footballguys.com to use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation, unless prohibited by law, and agree to execute a written consent. In the event of dispute about the identity of any entrant, entries made online are declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A potential winner can be required to provide the sponsors with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning entry.

Release
By participating in the Contest, you release and agree to hold harmless Footballguys.com, its sponsors, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agencies from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or acceptance, possession, or use of any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries and losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

Disclaimer, Consent
Footballguys.com and any subsidiary or affiliate of any of the foregoing will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries; (b) any game disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Footballguys.com; or (c) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the game. By entering the Game, the entrant grants Footballguys.com the right to use and publish the entrant's proper name, state or province of residence, score, and ranking online and in any other media in connection with the Contest, unless prohibited by law. In the event that the National Football League season is postponed, terminated early, or cancelled for any reason (such as a strike or lockout), Footballguys.com reserves the right to award prizes based on scores at the time the season is disrupted, or to cancel, modify or suspend the game at its discretion.

Internet/Technology Problems
If, for any reason, the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Footballguys.com, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this game, Footballguys.com reserves the right at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who violates these Legal Restrictions or the associated Official Rules referenced herein, tampers with the entry process, or engages in any conduct detrimental to Footballguys.com, the $15,000 Contest, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Footballguys.com's sole discretion), to lock out any individual whose eligibility is in question, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest at any time. Released Parties assume no responsibility for, and will not be liable 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. No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or garbled transmissions. None of the Released Parties are in any way responsible or liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Footballguys.com 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 of any materials in this Game. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GAME IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, FOOTBALLGUYS.COM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK FROM ANY SUCH PERSON DAMAGES AND ANY OTHER REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

OK. enough of the lawyer stuff...Here is the meat you need to know about.

Overview
The 2005 Subscriber Contest will consist of one giant league broken into 600 team brackets. It is free to subscribers. The regular season will extend from NFL week 1 through NFL week 12. The top 600 highest scoring teams those first 12 weeks will advance to the Finals, which will run from NFL week 13 through NFL week 16.

Available Players

Prior to week 1 of the NFL regular season the Player Pool will be populated. This Player Pool will include approximately 500 NFL players that are on current NFL team rosters. No practice squad players will be included and all players will be assigned a position based on their official NFL designated position.

Once Play Begins, Any player in the Player Pool who has to-date not been started by a team manager is available to that team manager for their starting lineup. Once an NFL player has been started by a team manager that player is no longer available to that team manager to use in his starting lineups for the remainder of the Contest regular season and Finals. While software is provided to aid each Manager, it is each manager's responsible for making sure they do not start a player more than once a season. If a manager starts a player more than once and the system determines this after NFL action starts that week, all players started more than once will receive a zero score for that manager for that week.

Weekly Play
Starting in NFL week 1, all team managers will fill out their starting lineup by selecting from the initial Contest Player Pool of NFL players. After the start of the NFL regular season, if a player is added to an NFL team roster, they will be added to the official Player Pool and made available the following Tuesday. Beginning in NFL week 2 and for all successive NFL weeks, team managers will continue to select from the Contest Player Pool any player they want as starters but will be unable to choose any NFL player that they have already used.

Lineups Requirements: Starting lineups will consist of the following

1 Quarterback
2 Running Backs
3 Wide Receivers
1 Tight End
1 Place Kicker
1 Team Defense/Special team

League Management Web Address
You can access your team via the internet by going to http://www.fftoc.com.

Lineup Submission
Lineups must be submitted via the "My Team" web page at http://www.fftoc.com

Submission Time
Starting players must be submitted into your starting lineup 10 minutes before their game kicks off.

Committed Starting Players
A starting player is considered "committed" to your lineup as of 10 minutes before their game kicks off. Non-committed players in a starting lineup can be changed up to 10 minutes prior to their game kicking off. For example, players committed by a Contest team manager at kickoff of a Thursday game can not be changed, but the non-committed starting lineup players can be up until 10 minutes before their game kicks off (e.g. Sunday morning). This rule applies to non-committed players in a Monday night game also. For example, non-committed starting lineup players following Sunday’s games may be changed to another available player up until 10 minutes before kickoff of the Monday night game.

No Starters Submitted
Failure to submit a lineup will result in zero points.

Scoring

Calculations: Scoring will be calculated out to the hundredth for all players (e.g. 23.15).

NFL Players: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends and Place Kickers may score from any position on the field in the following manner:

  • 6 points for touchdowns scored passing, receiving, rushing, fumble recovery, punt or kick return.
  • 0.04 point for each yard passed. (e.g. 200 yards passing equals 8.00 fantasy points)
  • 0.1 point for each yard rushed or received. (e.g. 83 combined yards equals 8.3 fantasy points)
  • 2 points for each 2-point conversion passing, receiving, rushing or fumble recovery.
  • 3 points for each field goal kicked.
  • 1 point for each extra point kicked.

    Note: To clarify, all NFL Players are graded out using the following formula.

    Points = rushyds/10 +recyds/10 +passyds/25 +6*fumtd +6*intTD +6*kickretTD +6*puntretTD +6*passTD +6*runTD +6*recTD +6*othertd +xpm +3*fgm +2*2ptrun +2*2ptrec +2*2ptpass

    In other words, all players get credit (+/-) for their stats.

    Team Defense / Special Team

  • 6 points for touchdowns scored on kick returns, punt returns, interception return, fumble return, blocked field goal return, missed field goal return, blocked punt return. (NOTE: touchdowns scored on "fake" field goals or "fake" punts do NOT count as a defense/special teams score. Touchdowns scored by the offensive team after a blocked field goal or blocked punt do NOT count as a defense/special teams score)
  • 1 point per turnover.
  • 1 point per sack.
  • 2 points per safety.

    Varying points for points allowed by team defense: equal to 15 points MINUS the amount of points the defense allows, regardless how scored by the opponent. Please see table below for exact scoring breakdown.

    Points Defense Allows Fantasy Points Scored
    0 = 15
    1 = 14
    2 = 13
    3 = 12
    4 = 11
    5 = 10
    6 = 9
    7 = 8
    8 = 7
    9 = 6
    10 = 5
    11 = 4
    12 = 3
    13 = 2
    14 = 1
    15 and above = 0

    Regular Season Bracket Winners
    At the end of NFL week 12, the team that has the highest total points within their bracket will be deemed the bracket winner for purposes of prize awards.

    Finals Qualification
    NFL week 12 signals the end of the Contest Regular Season and the brackets are then disbanded. The top 600 highest scoring teams from the regular season advance to play for four more weeks during the Finals (week 13-16). In the event of a tie in total points scored for the determination of the top 600 of contestants, all tying teams will share the same ranking.

    The Contest Finals
    The Contest Finals will exist for NFL weeks 13, 14, 15 and 16. During those four weeks, the resulting total scores of each team will be used to determine the final rankings based on highest total points scored. All points accumulated by teams during the first twelve weeks of the season have no bearing on the Contest Finals other than determining the contestants who qualify to advance to the Finals. During these four weeks, team managers will still only be able to start players that they have not yet used in the Regular Season or Finals.

    Contest Finals Winners
    At the conclusion of the FFTOC Finals, teams will be ranked based upon total points scored during the four Finals weeks.

    Prizes

    Winners for Weeks 1-12 (all brackets combined): $125 cash + 2006 FBG subscription
    Bracket winner - $200 + lifetime subscription
    Bracket 2nd place - $125
    Bracket 3rd place - $75
    Bracket 4th place - $50
    Overall Winner - $10,000 + shirt + hat + lifetime subscription + $250 entry into 2006 FFTOC
    Overall 2nd - $1,200 + shirt or hat + $50 entry into 2006 FFTOC
    Overall 3rd - $400
    Overall 4th - $200
    Overall 5th - 16th - FBG Shirt or hat

    Ties for Prizes
    In the event of a tie in total points scored for the determination of bracket winners, all tying teams will share equally in the prize award for winning the bracket. In the event of a tie among teams in the Finals (based on highest total points scored weeks 13-16), the tying teams will share equally in the final prize awards for their rankings.

    Stats Service
    All official statistics for the FFTOC will be provided by SportsTicker®.




    Sportsguys, LLC is licensed through JBDD, LLC to offer this contest

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