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Playboy.com's 2013 Bracket Challenge (the "Challenge") begins at 12:01 AM EST on Monday March 4, 2013, and ends at the completion of the 2013 NCAA Championship Game on April 8, 2013.
How the 2013 NCAA Tournament Works
Following the regular college basketball season, 68 teams are selected to compete for the National Title. 31 of these teams receive automatic berths for winning their respective Conferences with 37 teams awarded at large bids. Prior to the start of the tournament, four play-in games are held to determine the remaining four slots. These games are not included in the Challenge. Each team is then 'seeded' one through sixteen throughout four regions. First round match ups are determined by seed number with the #1 seed in each round playing the #16 seed, #2 playing the #15 seed, #3 playing the #14 seed and so on.
How To Enter
Pre-registration for the Challenge for regular updates on start times as well as exclusive offers and content is encouraged. To pre-register, go to http://www.pbbracket.com/blog/ and click PRE-REGISTER FOR THE CHALLENGE.
Entry is available beginning , March 4, 2013, at 12:01 AM EST and ending Thursday, March 21 at 1:00 PM EST. (the "Entry Period"). To enter, go to www.pbbracket.com and click on "SIGN-UP".
Any individual signing up for the Challenge per these Official Rules shall be referred to as an "Entrant" and, by doing so, agrees to the use of his or her name as provided in the Entry Form in connection with the Challenge. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an Entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the person to whom the email address attached to the entry has been assigned by an Internet access provider, an on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses (the Authorized Account Holder").
Only one (1) entry per person and per e-mail address will be accepted. Any person who attempts to participate with multiple email addresses, multiple identities, or uses any device or artifice to enter multiple times will be disqualified. All materials submitted become the property of Playboy Plus Entertainment, Inc. ("PBP") and will not be acknowledged or returned Challenge signup will be locked at the end of the Entry Period, and all brackets and sign up information must be submitted by this time to be eligible. Upon close of Entry Period, all brackets will be locked.
The official tournament bracket will be updated as games are played and points will be awarded to Entrants accordingly
How To Play
Once signed in, Entrants will be presented with a bracket consisting of all 64 teams (with play-in games to have both teams until result is determined). Entrants will fill out their bracket in full, selecting one team per game to advance to the next round until all rounds are completed and a National Champion is selected. Entrants will then be asked to submit a final score for the Championship Game in case a tie-breaker is necessary. In the event of a tie the Entrant with the lowest point differential for both combined teams will be declared the winner (the "Winner"). Example: If "Entrant A" selects the final score to be 64-61, and "Entrant B Selects 72-71, and the final score is 65-63, "Entrant A's" point differential would be 3 while "Entrant B's" would be 15, making "Entrant A" the Winner.
Scoring per round will work on an exponential sequence (2-3-5-8-13-21) + (seed number x round number) in order to reward underdog picks.
*Example: #10 Kentucky wins in the first round. A correct pick is awarded with 2 points + (10 Points x 1 point) for a total of 12 points. If they win in the second round a correct pick would be awarded 3 points + (10 points x 2 points) for a total of 23 points. Similarly if #1 Florida won both rounds they would be awarded 2 points + (1 point x 1 point) for a total of 4 points in the first round and, 3 points + (1 point x 2 points) for a total of 5 in the second.
Scoring system per round is as follows:
Round 2: 2 Points + (1 Point x Seed Number)
Round 3: 3 Points + (2 Points x Seed Number)
Round 4: 5 Points + (3 Points x Seed Number)
Round 5: 8 Points + (4 Points x Seed Number)
Round 6: 13 Points + (5 Points x Seed Number)
Round 7: 21 Points + (6 Points x Seed Number)
Teams are selected on Sunday, March 17, 2013, and shortly afterwards (about 9 PM EST) brackets will unlock and Entrants will be able to make their selections. The selection process runs until the first game begins on Thursday, March 21st at 1 PM EST, the end of the "Entry Period", at which time all brackets will lock again in preparation for the first game.
Eligibility: The Challenge is open only to legal residents of 49 (Rhode Island is excluded) Hawaii of the United States and is void in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and all other U.S. territories and possessions and overseas military installations, and wherever else prohibited by law (the "Eligibility Area") who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry.
Employees, directors, and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, siblings, and each of their spouses regardless of where they live) or members of households of PBP and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, or advertising, design, print production and publicity agencies and anyone connected with the production and distribution of the Challenge (collectively, the "Challenge Entities"), are not eligible to enter or be awarded a prize. The Challenge is void outside the Eligibility Area and/or where prohibited, restricted, licensed or taxed.
One (1) Framed Larry Bird (Boston Celtics) Autographed Jersey with Certificate of Authenticity
Approximate Retail Value: 0.00
Awarded at random to Entrants at the completion of each round (March 24th, March 31st, April 6th)
March 24th: Sony - PlayStation 3 500GB Classic White Instant Game Collection Bundle Approximate Retail Value: 9.99
March 31st: Nikon - D3200 24.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens - Approximate Retail Value: 9.99
April 6th: Samsung - 43" Class (43" Diag.) - Plasma - 720p - 600Hz - HDTV - Approximate Retail Value: 9.99
Thirty (30) 3-Month Playboy Plus Memberships to be awarded at random per the below:
Fifteen (15) to be awarded during the first weekend of play (March 21-24);
Fifteen (15) to be awarded during the second weekend of play (March 28-31)
Approximate Retail Value: 30 x .95 = ,798.50
SOCIAL JERSEY GIVEAWAY
Two (2) Limited Edition Playboy.com Custom Basketball Jerseys will be given away between March 11 and March 15
To Enter: Tweet your #PBBracket ID name to #win a #Playboy jersey
Approximate Retail Value: 2 x .00 = .00
Winners will be chosen by PBP whose decisions are final and binding. Winners will be notified by email (the "Winning Notification Email") per the below schedule and a response must be received within forty eight (48) hours of receipt. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification and an alternate Winner may be selected in the sole discretion of PBP.
Prize & Date of Winning Notification Email
Grand Prize - On or about April 10, 2013
March 24th Round Prize - On or about March 25th
March 31st Round Prize - On or about April 1st
April 6th Round Prize - On or about April 7th
Social Jersey Giveaway - On or about March 16th
Prize Fulfillment: Arrangements for Prize Fulfillment will be made by and PBP in its sole discretion. PBP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute Prize of greater or equal value. PBP reserves the right, in its sole discretion to suspend, modify, or terminate the Challenge. Should the Challenge be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, PBP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award Prize based on the entries received before the termination date, in its sole discretion.
Challenge administration, Winner selection and Prize claim verification will be conducted by PBP. By participating in the Challenge, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of and PBP, whose decisions are final and binding. All materials submitted become the sole property of PBP and will not be returned. Return of "Winning Notification Email" as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate Winner may be selected in PBP's sole discretion. Winner must sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release within five (5) business days of receiving the "Winning Notification Email" if requested. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification and an alternate Winner may be selected in PBP's sole discretion. PBP reserves the right to cancel/terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge if, in and PBP's sole determination, the integrity of the Challenge has been, or could be, compromised or the Challenge is not capable of running as planned or fairly, including, but not limited to, fraud or force majeure or any other causes beyond PBP's control.
By entering the Challenge, you explicitly release, discharge the Challenge Entities, their successors, estates and assigns and all their respective shareholders, directors, officers and employees, one and all, from any and all liability, actions, causes of action, damages, actual, incidental or consequential, claims and demands whatsoever in law or equity, which he/she now has or may acquire, by reason of any personal injury, death, loss of or damage to property, or any reason, occurring during or arising out of his/her participation in the Challenge and the acceptance and use or misuse of Prize. By accepting Prize, Winner waives the right to 1) assert as a cost of winning Prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem Prize, and 2) claim any liability (including attorneys' fees and costs) which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem Prize (including any travel related thereto). The right to receive Prize is non-assignable and non-transferable and, no Prize substitution, exchange or cash equivalent will be allowed except by PBP who reserves the right to substitute Prize (or portion of Prize) of equal or greater value in case of unavailability of Prize or force majeure.
If any provision of the Challenge shall be deemed to violate any federal, state or municipal law, it shall be amended to conform to such law and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. This offer may not be reproduced, reprinted or published elsewhere in any format without the written permission of PBP. All taxes are the responsibility of Winner. An IRS Form 1099 MISC, as applicable, will be issued to Winner for the applicable year for the approximate retail value of Prize.
Acceptance of Prize constitutes permission to use Winner's name, town and state, voice and likeness and any and all identifying characteristics including, but not limited to, the taking of photographs and/or videos by Challenge Entities' photographers or videographers for publicity purposes, in perpetuity, in all media, without further consent or compensation, unless prohibited by law and Winner agrees to execute any and all documents requested by Challenge Entities to convey such rights to own all the results thereof. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to obligate any of the Challenge Entities to make use of any of the rights granted herein and Winner waives any right to inspect or approve any such use of any and every nature and kind.
Limitations of Liability: None of the Challenge Entities is responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, incorrectly addressed, stolen, incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, destroyed entries, nor for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction nor unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry materials by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. Sponsor is also not responsible for technical issues of any kind which interfere with or prevent Sponsor from notifying the Winner. Any person attempting to damage any website, defraud or in any way tamper with the Challenge will be ineligible for Prize and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. None of the Challenge Entities shall be responsible for technical, pictorial, typographical or editorial errors or omissions in any marketing materials or these Official Rules. The Challenge shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, USA, without regard to its conflicts of laws or provisions. Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge or the award of Prize and all issues and questions concerning the validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction sitting in Los Angeles County, California. Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Challenge and never shall include consequential, incidental or punitive damages and, in no event, attorneys' fees. Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above may not apply to you.
PBP shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel or terminate this promotion, or any part thereof, at any time, for any reason, without notice or further obligation.
Winner's List: Name of Winners will be available on or about April 12 2013, Date, Year For a copy of the Winner's List, send a self-addressed, stamped, #10 business envelope to Winners - Playboy.com's 2013 Bracket Challenge, c/o Playboy Plus Entertainment, Inc., 2300 West Empire Avenue, 7th Floor, Burbank, CA 91504, to be received by June12, 2013, Date, Year. This address is not valid for entries, and any entry mailed to this address will be discarded. Vermont residents are not required to include return postage.
In the event of a conflict between these Official Rules and the Legal Notices of PBP or any of its affiliated companies, these Official Rules will govern and control.