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Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

The College Football Pick’em (“Contest”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on 8/20/09 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 12/5/09 (Contest Entry Period). This Contest consists of Fourteen (14) Competition Periods. One (1) winner will be determined per Competition Period, and at the conclusion of the Contest, one Grand Prize winner will be determined based on the Contestant who earned the most total points throughout the Contest Entry Period.

  1. Eligibility: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and Canada (except for residents in the province of Quebec), who are members of FanNation.com and age 18 or older at time of entry. Employees of Sports Illustrated, a Division of Time Inc., (the “Sponsor”), FanNation.com, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, consultants, advertising and Contest agencies, and any other individual or company involved in the development or execution of the Contest, and members of their immediate families (parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and same households of each, whether or not related, are not eligible to play or win. All federal, state, local and provincial laws and regulations apply. Void in the province of Quebec and where prohibited by law.
  2. Objective of Contest: The College Football Pick’em is a free skill competition. There is no purchase necessary to participate or win. Each contestant (referred herein as “Contestant” or “you”) will be required to forecast which college football team will win each game identified by Sponsor on the Making Picks roster for the applicable Competition Period (refer to the “Making Picks” section within these Official Rules for additional details).
  3. How to Enter: To enter, visit www.SI.com/college_pickem (“website”) and complete the online registration located in the College Football Pick’ em section. Upon registering, you will receive a free User ID. You cannot compete in this Contest without a valid User ID. You may only register once for the Contest. Once registered, a Contestant will be able to play and submit his/her picks up to 10 minutes prior to the kick-off/start of each game. (Please see the Making Picks Section” for further instructions.) Limit: one (1) entry per person or e-mail address per Competition Period regardless if a Contestant has more than one email address. If a Contestant submits more than one entry within a given period, the last valid entry received will be used and all other entries from that Contestant will be disqualified. Every Monday, a new roster of games for the following weekend will be provided on the website during the Contest Entry Period.

    For purposes of these Official Rules, "receipt" of an entry occurs when FanNation.com’s server records the entry information resulting from Contestant clicking the "Submit Entry" button. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of entry) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by FanNation.com. Use of any automated entry software is prohibited. Online entries made with multiple e-mail addresses, under multiple identities or through the use of any other device or artifice to enter multiple times will be deemed invalid. Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a valid issued User ID will be disqualified. All entries and requests become Sponsor’s property and will not be returned or acknowledged.

  4. Making Picks: Every Monday during the Contest Entry Period, a new roster of games scheduled to be played on the following weekend will be provided at www.SI.com/college_pickem. To choose the team that may win a specific game, Contestant must check-off the check box next to the college team he or she feels will win the game. You must also enter your predictions for the Competition Period’s tiebreaker by predicting the home team score and the away team score in the designated tiebreaker matchup for the Competition Period (typically the last game on the roster). Once the Contestant has selected all his or her picks and made the predictions, the Contestant must click on Save Picks to save the picks. To be eligible to win a Competition Prize, your Competition Period entry must be received during the applicable Competition Period. You will be able to make or change your picks up to 10 minutes prior to the kick-off/start of each game. After that time, your picks will be locked and cannot be changed.
  5. Scoring: Each Contestant will be awarded 1 point for each correct pick received for a game listed during an applicable Competition Period of the Contest Entry Period. No points will be awarded for an incorrect pick or if a game is postponed or cancelled (for any reason). The maximum number of points that can be earned will depend on the number of games provided for each Competition Period.

    Competition Period Deadlines Competition Period Game Dates
    Monday 8/20/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #1 1 Thursday 9/3/09
    Friday 9/4/09
    Saturday 9/5/09
    Sunday 9/6/09
    Monday 9/7/09
    Tuesday 9/8/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #2 2 Thursday 9/10/09
    Friday 9/11/09
    Saturday 9/12/09
    Sunday 9/13/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #3 3 Thursday 9/17/09
    Friday 9/18/09
    Saturday 9/19/09
    Sunday 9/20/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #4 4 Thursday 9/24/09
    Friday 9/25/09
    Saturday 9/26/09
    Sunday 9/27/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #5 5 Wednesday 9/30/09
    Thursday 10/1/09
    Friday 10/2/09
    Saturday 10/3/09
    Sunday 10/4/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #6 6 Tuesday 10/6/09
    Thursday 10/8/09
    Friday 10/9/09
    Saturday 10/10/09
    Sunday 10/11/09
    Monday 10/12/09 from 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #7 7 Tuesday 10/13/09
    Wednesday 10/14/09
    Thursday 10/15/09
    Friday 10/16/09
    Saturday 10/17/09
    Sunday 10/18/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #8 8 Wednesday 10/21/09
    Thursday 10/22/09
    Friday 10/23/09
    Saturday 10/24/09
    Sunday 10/25/09
    Monday 10/26/09 from 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #9 9 Tuesday 10/27/09
    Thursday 10/29/09
    Friday 10/30/09
    Saturday 10/31/09
    Sunday 11/1/09
    Monday 11/2/09 from 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #10 10 Tuesday 11/3/09
    Thursday 11/5/09
    Friday 11/6/09
    Saturday 11/7/09
    Sunday 11/8/09
    Monday 11/9/09 from 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #11 11 Tuesday 11/10/09
    Wednesday 11/11/09
    Thursday 11/12/09
    Friday 11/13/09
    Saturday 11/14/09
    Sunday 11/15/09
    Monday 11/16/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #12 12 Wednesday 11/18/09
    Thursday 11/19/09
    Friday 11/20/09
    Saturday 11/21/09
    Sunday 11/22/09 from 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #13 13 Tuesday 11/24/09
    Thursday 11/26/09
    Friday 11/27/09
    Saturday 11/28/09
    Sunday 11/29/09 at 12:00:01 a.m. ET to ten (10) minutes prior to each game listed in the Game Dates Column for Competition Period #14 14 Thursday 12/3/09
    Saturday 12/5/09
  6. Prize Level Criterion: One (1) Grand Prize Winner: The eligible registered contestant who earns the most total points during the entire Contest Entry Period will be declared as the Grand Prize winner (subject to verification). In the event of a tie at the Grand prize level, the contestant who earned the highest point total in Competition Period #14 will be declared as the Grand Prize Winner. If still tied, the contestant who earned the highest point total in Competition Period #13 will be declared as the Grand Prize Winner. In case of a further tie, the contestant who earned the highest point total in Competition Period #12 will be declared as the Grand Prize Winner. The tie-breaker will continue in the above fashion until the tie is broken. There will be Fourteen (14) Competition Period Prizes: The eligible registered Contestant who earns the most points for the applicable Competition Period will be declared a Competition Period Winner (subject to verification).  In the event of a “tie” for any Competition Period (where more than one contestant has correctly picked all the answers to the specific games corresponding to the applicable Competition Period; or if no contestant picked the correct answers; or more than one contestant has the highest number of correct answers picked), the winner will be determined via tie-breaker questions that correspond to the last game within each Competition Period.  In the event of a tie, the winner (subject to verification), will be determined based on which tied contestant is closest to the home team score. In the event of a further tie, the winner (subject to verification), will be determined based on which tied contestant is closest to the away team score. In the event of a further tie, the winner (subject to verification), will be determined based on which tied contestant is closest to the total combined number of first downs between both teams.

    Prizes and their Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): One (1) Grand Prize: One (1) PS3 System and 2010 NCAA Football Game (ARV: $358.99). Fourteen (14) Competition Period Prizes (one prize awarded per Competition Period): One (1) 2010 NCAA football game (ARV: $59.99 each). Maximum ARV of all prizes: $1,198.85. Limit: One (1) Competition Period prize per household. Winners acknowledges that the Sponsor and all other businesses concerned with this Contest and its agents do not make, nor are in any manner are responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of prize except that any merchandise prize shall be subject to manufacturer’s standard warranty.

  7. THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO ALL OF THE ABOVE: Competition winners will be determined within 10 days from the end of each Competition Period and the Potential Grand Prize winner will be determined on or about 12/14/09 under supervision of Sponsor’s agent whose decisions are final and binding. Winners will be notified by mail and/or email. The contact information (name, address, telephone number(s), email address) provided by each contestant during the Contest’s entry process shall serve as the contact information of record in respect of all communications with each contestant. If any winner is not reachable at the address, email and/or phone number provided [on entry] or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable or any non-compliance with these Official Rules, if winner cannot accept or receive prize, or if a Competition Period winner wins more than one Competition Period prize, such winner will be disqualified and the corresponding prize will be awarded to Contestant with the next highest score. If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, prize will be awarded to the parent or legal guardian on minor’s behalf. Prize awarded within 30 days after winner verification. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are non-assignable or transferable. No substitution by any winner is permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value in the event offered prize is unavailable. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein are the sole responsibility of each winner. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entry and acceptance of prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) for Sponsor and its designees to use each winner's name, prize won, city and state of residence, photograph and likeness for purposes of advertising, Contest and publicity (including website posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

    The Sponsor, FanNation, their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, advertising and Contest agencies, prize suppliers and any other individual or company involved in the development or execution of the Contest, and all of their respective shareholders, employees, directors, officers, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for lost, damaged, destroyed, stolen, late, mutilated, delayed, undelivered, inaccurate, misdirected or garbled entries, and all such entries shall be ineligible and void. By participating, Contestants agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor’s and judges, which will be binding and final; (b) to Sponsor’s use of information supplied by Contestants for marketing purposes as allowed by law. The Sponsor’s privacy policies can be located at http://www.si.com/privacy, and consent given herein; (c) to indemnify and hold harmless Released Parties from any and all liability, claims, law suits, costs, expenses, fees, injuries (including death), losses, and damages which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of a prize, or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to any prize-related activity and/or from Contestant’s fraudulent or wrongful acts or omissions; (d) not to sue Released Parties for any damages arising from a winner’s acceptance of or use of the prize; and (e) anything related to the Contest. Sponsor shall have the sole right to disqualify any Contestant 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 are not responsible for hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures or faulty transmissions or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, or entry not received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, or at a Website, or any combination thereof or for any other errors of any kind relating to or in connection with the Contest, whether technical, mechanical, computer, network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials. Released Parties further disclaim any responsibility for any injury or damage to contestant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from entering the Contest or downloading any material for the Contest, or other telecommunications malfunctions which may limit an contestant's ability to participate. Sponsor in its sole discretion may disqualify any contestant from participating in the Contest, refuse to award points or prizes, and require the return of any prizes, if contestant engages in any conduct Sponsor deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Contest or detrimental to other contestants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Contest registration or prize claim, violating any Official Rules stated herein, accumulating points or prizes through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the contestant’s personal information for the purpose of accumulating points or prizes, tampering with Sponsor's administration of this Contest, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this web site. Contestant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of a prize and/or return of a prize shall in no way prevent Sponsor from pursuing other avenues of recourse such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct. Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest (or portion thereof) and, if terminated, to award the applicable prize(s), if applicable, from among all eligible and non-suspect entries received up to time of such action. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account used to enter the Contest at the actual time of registration will be deemed to be the participant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is deemed to be the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization which is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the potential winning entry. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A CONTESTANT OR ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH CONTESTANT OR PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

    In the event that any legal or regulatory authority challenges the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, Sponsor shall have no liability to contestants who are disqualified due to such an action.

  8. The Contest will be governed under the law of the State of New York without regard to principles of conflicts of laws. All claims or actions in connection with this Contest must be brought in a federal or state court in New York County, New York without recourse to class actions suits.
  9. For a winners list (available by February 8, 2010), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by February 8, 2010 to: College Football Pick’ em Winners, c/o: Ventura Associates, Inc., Attn: DT-TIME3051, 1040 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018.
  10. SPONSOR: Sports Illustrated, a Division of Time Inc., 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

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