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USA FOOTBALL PLAYMAKER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL 16

2015-2016 Official Rules

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This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Electronic Arts Inc. (“EA” or “Sponsor”), 209 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065.

1.  To Enter. 

To enter the USA Football Playmaker of the Year presented by EA SPORTS Madden NFL 16 Contest (the, “Contest”) beginning 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturday, October 10, 2015 through 12:00 p.m. EST on January 6, 2016 (the “Contest Period”). Regional Tournament Selections: USA Football will host eight (8) NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments across the United States, featuring the top NFL FLAG teams in the nation. At each NFL FLAG Regional Tournament, USA Football will identify one standout athlete and name them as an official finalist for the USA Football Playmaker of the Year award (the Finalist). The eight (8) total NFL FLAG Regional Tournament finalists will consist of four (4) boys and four (4) girls.

Tournament dates are as follows:

  1. October 10, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN
  2. October 17, 2015 – New Orleans, LA
  3. October 24, 2015 – Oakland, CA
  4. November 8, 2015 – Washington, D.C.
  5. November 14, 2015 – Boston, MA
  6. November 21, 2015 – New York, NY
  7. December 5, 2015 – Houston, TX
  8. December 12, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ

 

At-large: For NFL FLAG coaches and administrators to nominate an athlete, visit www.usafootball.com/playmakers (the “Site”), follow the links and instructions provided to register and nominate your NFL FLAG team’s Playmaker of the Year (the Nominee). The nomination and all supporting submissions, including any video, is an “Entry.” Any video submission must be limited to footage of the athlete during competition (i.e., during a game).  No other video footage will be considered in this contest.  Nominees will be contacted by USA Football and asked to complete an online questionnaire to allow for USA Football to further review the nominated athlete. Nominees who complete and return the requested information to USA Football within the time period provided will be eligible to move on to the next phase of the contest.

An Entry must be submitted according to the schedule below to be eligible. NFL FLAG coaches and administrators are eligible to nominate multiple players from their leagues, but no more than one (1) boy or one (1) girl from a single organization will be selected as an official “at-large” nominee for the award. Entries generated by script, macro, or other automated means or practices, or by any means which subvert the entry process will be void.

USA Football will select a total of ten (10) official nominees per week, based upon the below schedule. 

NOTE: All times are in E.S.T.

Contest Period

From

To

Contest Component

Weekly Contest Period 1 (MALE GROUP 1)

9:00 a.m. on 10/26/2015

11:59 p.m. on 11/23/2015

Submission by NFL FLAG coaches and administrators (Entrants)

12:00 p.m. on 11/24/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/20/2015

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists        (Male Group 1)

5:00 p.m. on 12/21/2015

Male (Group 1) Nominee Announced

Weekly Contest Period 1

(FEMALE GROUP 1)

9:00 a.m. on 10/26/2015

11:59 p.m. on 11/23/2015

Submission by NFL FLAG coaches and administrators (Entrants)

12:00 p.m. on 11/24/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/20/2015

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists   (Female Group 1)

5:00 p.m. on 12/21/2015

Female (Group 1) Nominee Announced

Weekly Contest Period 2

(MALE GROUP 2)

9:00 a.m. on 10/26/2015

11:59 p.m. on 11/31/2015

Submission by NFL FLAG coaches and administrators (Entrants)

12:00 p.m. on 12/1/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/20/2015

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists         (Male Group 2)

5:00 p.m. on 12/21/2015

Male (Group 2) Nominee Announced

Weekly Contest Period 2

(FEMALE GROUP 2)

9:00 a.m. on 10/26/2015

11:59 p.m. on 11/31/2015

Submission by NFL FLAG coaches and administrators (Entrants)

12:00 p.m. on 12/01/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/20/2015

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists   (Female Group 2)

5:00 p.m. on 12/21/2015

Female (Group 2) Nominee Announced

Weekly Contest Period 3

 

(MALE GROUP 3)

9:00 a.m. on 10/26/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/07/2015

Submission by NFL FLAG coaches and administrators (Entrants)

12:00 p.m. on 12/08/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/20/2015

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists        (Male Group 3)

5:00 p.m. on 12/21/2015

Male (Group 3) Nominee Announced

Weekly Contest Period 3

(FEMALE GROUP 3)

9:00 a.m. on 10/26/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/07/2015

Submission by NFL FLAG coaches and administrators (Entrants)

12:00 p.m. on 12/08/2015

11:59 p.m. on 12/20/2015

Public Voting on 10 Weekly Finalists   (Female Group 3)

5:00 p.m. on 12/21/2015

Female (Group 3) Nominee Announced

 

FINALISTS

9:00 a.m. on 12/22/2015

11:59 p.m. on 1/1/2016

Video Submission period by 16 Finalists

12:00 p.m. on 1/2/2016

11:59 p.m. on 1/5/2016

Judging

5:00 p.m. on 1/6/2016

Grand Prize Winner Announced

 

A Nominee who is chosen as one of fourteen (14) finalists, eight (8) from NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments and six (6) from Weekly Contests, will be required to submit a valid authorization to use name, likeness and voice (executed by the Weekly Contest Finalist’s parent or legal guardian as Finalist is a minor) and consent to be a Nominee in this Contest that acknowledges receipt of these rules. Nominees must provide any requested information to USA Football within the time period provided by USA Football.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification of Nominee.

The fourteen Nominees who are selected as Finalists must also submit an essay or a video for consideration for the Grand Prize. Videos must: (1) be original, (2) feature footage from organized competition  (3) less than 4 minutes long and edited to highlight the reasons that the player is the “Playmaker of the Year,” (4) be in keeping with Sponsors’ image, (5) not have been previously published, won another competition or contest or been used for advertising or promotional purposes, (6) produced in 2015, and (7) not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Parents and legal guardians may enter video(s) on behalf of their minor child.

No other methods of entry will be accepted.

  1. Limit. Multiple “at-large” entries may be accepted, but only one grand prize will be awarded.
  2. Entry Requirements and Restrictions. By entering, Entrants warrant that their Entries contain only their own, original creations. Entrants further warrant their Entries do not contain any third party copyrighted materials, and otherwise do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party. Sponsor grants Entrants a limited, non-exclusive, non-commercial license to use the Contest Assets solely in connection with, and as a part of, the Contest. Entrants shall otherwise have no right, title or interest in or to any Contest Assets, and any use of the Contest Assets (including use of the Entry that contains Contest Assets) other than as permitted by these Official Rules may constitute copyright and/or trademark infringement.  Entries must feature footage from organized competition (i.e., game footage).  Entries must not have been submitted in other contests or been previously published. Entries must be suitable for publication and appropriate for all audiences. Entries must not contain any racial, religious or ethnic slurs, explicit language, obscene, pornographic, violent, or sexual content, libel, hate speech, reference to alcohol, drugs or other illicit substances or otherwise unlawful, inappropriate, objectionable, offensive or illicit content, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that does not follow these requirements and/or incorporates prohibited content.  Disqualified entries will not be eligible to win any prize.

Completed entries must be sent electronically during the Contest Period and received by 12:00PM EST on January 1, 2016.  All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, incomplete, incorrect, or misdirected entries. Proof of submission of Contest Entry is not considered proof of delivery or receipt of such Entry by Sponsor. Sponsor and its Agents (defined below) assume no responsibility for lost, late, intercepted, incomplete, incorrect, or misdirected entries, or Entries not otherwise received by Sponsor. Use of a false email account will disqualify an Entry. Sponsor and its Agents (defined below) are not responsible for technical, hardware or software malfunctions, misdirected entries, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, lost, late, illegible, misdirected, garbled, damaged or delayed electronic or other communications or other technical problems related to emailed Entries. Any communication or information transmitted to Sponsor and/or the Site by electronic mail or otherwise, is and will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, further reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers with the entry process or the operation of the Site, or who otherwise violates these Official Rules. By entering, Entrants accept and agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules.

  1. Eligibility. This Contest is only open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are participants of NFL FLAG organizations. This Contest is void in Canada. Employees of Electronic Arts Inc. (“Sponsor”) and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies (“Sponsor and its Agents”) and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household of each are not eligible. Contest is void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations apply.
  2. Entry Judging And Posting For Public Voting.

Weekly Contest Nominees (60): Each week of the Contest Period (“Weekly Contest Period”), USA Football and EA Sports Madden NFL 16, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest, will announce 20 (10 male, 10 female) eligible “Playmaker of the Year” Weekly Nominees based on the subjective criteria of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­athleticism, tenacity and unique ability, as well as the objective criteria of on-field play. Prior to announcement, Nominees will be contacted by USA Football and asked to complete an online questionnaire to allow for USA Football to further review the nominated athlete. The questionnaire requires the signature of the Nominee’s parent/guardian consenting to the Nominee’s participation in the Contest and a release to use the Nominee’s name, likeness and image. Questionnaire’s, consents and releases that are not returned by the deadline provided may result in disqualification of the Nominee.

 

The Top Entries will then be posted on the USA FOOTBALL website at www.usafootball.com/playmakers, for public voting based on the same criteria above.

  1. Tabulation Of Public Voting Results; Winner Selection and Notification.

Public Voting Phase: During the Voting Phase, members of the public will be invited to vote for the Weekly Contest Nominee. Each person may vote 1 time per 24 per hours per voting device (i.e. 1 vote on smartphone, 1 vote on smartphone, 1 vote on tablet, etc., per 24 hours) during the Public Voting Phase. Multiple votes received from any person or email address in excess of the stated number will be void. Any attempt by any Weekly Contest Nominee or voter to obtain more than the stated number of votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, by using any automated program, by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods, may void those votes for the Weekly Contest Nominee and the Weekly Contest Nominee may be disqualified as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Finalists (14): Subject to each Regional Tournament Selection’s compliance with these Official Rules, the Regional Tournament Selection from each NFL FLAG Regional Tournament will be deemed a “Finalist.”

Subject to each Weekly Contest Nominee’s compliance with these Official Rules, the Weekly Contest Nominees who receive the highest number of valid votes on the Playmaker of the Year micro-site (the “Voting System”) during each Weekly Contest Period will be deemed a “Finalist.” In the event of a tie, the Nominee who received the highest score for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­athleticism, tenacity and unique ability, as determined by the qualified judges at USA Football in their sole discretion, will be deemed the potential Finalist from amongst the tied Nominees. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to select alternate Finalists should the voting appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way. Each Finalist will receive a copy of the video game “EA Sports Madden NFL 16” for the game console of their choice (the “Finalist Prize”). Entries for the At-Large Nominees must be submitted by the dates and times specified in the chart above to be eligible for the applicable Weekly Contest Period.

Grand Prize Winner (1): After the selection and announcement of all Finalists on December 21, 2015, each Finalist (collectively, the “Finalists”) will be required to submit an essay or a video for consideration by 11:59 p.m., E.T. on Friday, January 1, 2016 to be named the Playmaker of the Year award winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”). The Grand Prize Winner will be determined by USA Football and EA Sports Madden NFL 16 based on the subjective criteria of video quality and best Entry exemplifying playmaking such as ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­athleticism, tenacity and unique ability, for the EA Sports Madden NFL 16 Playmaker of the Year. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (subject to change). The Grand Prize Winner will receive an all-expenses trip for two (2) to San Francisco, CA, a player gift bag, two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience in downtown San Francisco, a feature article/story in NFL FLAG player book, an XBOX One gaming console with copy of EA Sports Madden NFL 16 video game, a USA Football Playmaker of the Year trophy, and be honored on the field during the NFL FLAG National Championship Event where he/she will be recognized as 2015 Playmaker of the Year Grand Prize Winner.  

USA Football will contact the Finalists by phone, mail, and/or e-mail within one day of the conclusion of the final Weekly Contest Period. The Finalists must acknowledge the communication within 72 hours. USA Football will then provide the Finalists with an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, an IRS W9 form, and a Liability/Publicity Release. The Finalists will accept the Finalist Prize by signing and returning the Affidavit no later than 72 hours after receipt. No Finalist Prize will be awarded until such documentation is received by USA Football. The Finalists are responsible for any taxes associated with the award of the Finalist Prize. In the event that a Finalist cannot be contacted, USA Football will offer the Finalist Prize to the Entry receiving the next highest amount of votes on the Voting System during the applicable Weekly Contest Period, and he/she will be contacted as set forth above. The Finalist Prize for each Finalist will not be awarded until the completion of the Contest Period. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded.

USA Football will contact the Grand Prize Winner by phone, mail, and/or e-mail within one day of the conclusion of the Contest Period. The Grand Prize Winner must acknowledge the communication within 72 hours. USA Football will then provide the Grand Prize Winner with an Affidavit of Eligibility/Ownership, an IRS W9 form, and a Liability/Publicity Release. The Grand Prize Winner will accept the Grand Prize by signing and returning the Affidavit no later than 72 hours after receipt. The Grand Prize will not be awarded until such documentation is received by USA Football. The Grand Prize Winner is responsible for any taxes associated with the award of the Grand Prize. In the event that a potential Grand Prize Winner cannot be contacted, USA Football will offer the Grand Prize to the Finalist receiving the next highest score based on the subjective selection criteria set forth in Section 6, and he/she will be contacted as set forth above. The Grand Prize for the Grand Prize Winner will not be awarded until the completion of the Contest Period. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded.

  1. 7. Prizes. There are 15 prizes. Odds of winning any prize depend upon the number of eligible entries in the Contest.

Fourteen (14) Finalist Prizes: Each Finalist will receive a copy of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 16 for the game console of their choice. Total First Prize Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $60.

One (1) Grand Prize: The Grand Prize Winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip for two (2) to San Francisco, CA – site of the NFL FLAG National Championship and Super Bowl host city (includes airfare, hotel transportation and meals; meals will be the same as provided to NFL FLAG teams participating in National Championship), a player gift bag, two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience in downtown San Francisco, a feature article/story in NFL FLAG player book, XBOX One gaming console and copy of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 16, USA Football Playmaker of the Year trophy, and be honored on the field during the NFL FLAG National Championship Event where he/she will be recognized as 2015 USA Football Playmaker of the Year Grand Prize Winner. Total Second Prize ARV: $4500.

Prizes are not transferable. No substitution of prizes for cash or other goods and services is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of approximately equal or greater value if an advertised prize becomes unavailable. Software and video games, including platform and/or versions to be awarded as prizes are within the sole discretion of Sponsor and subject to availability. Platforms/consoles are not included in prizes except as otherwise stated in these Official Rules. All taxes, including, without limitation, all federal, state, provincial, and local taxes, and international tariffs, are the sole responsibility of the individual winner.

  1. License.  By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly grants to both USA Football and Sponsor, their affiliates and agents a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, complete, sub-licensable and irrevocable right to quote, re-post, publish, use, adapt, translate, archive, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, syndicate, license, print, sublicense, distribute, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise communicate, and publicly display and perform the Entry, or any portion thereof, in any manner or form and in any medium or forum, whether now known or hereafter devised, without notice, payment or attribution of any kind to entrant or any third party.  Entrant further waives and agrees not to assert any moral or similar rights entrant may have in such Entry. Except if Entrant is a resident of TN or otherwise where prohibited by law, Entrant agrees that Sponsor, its affiliates and agents, have the right to use the entrant’s first and/or last name, user or screen name and hometown on Sponsor’s and/or its Agents respective websites and in any and all media in and in connection with promotion, publicity, marketing and advertising for the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 16 videogame franchise, existing or future EA SPORTS Madden NFL 16 video games, this Contest or other promotions by Sponsor and/or its Agents without any further attribution, notification or compensation to entrants.  USA Football and Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any of the Entries, including the winning Entries and Entrants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason of USA Football and/or Sponsor’s use or non-use of any entry
  2. General Conditions. By participating in the Contest, participants assume sole liability for and agree to indemnify and hold both USA Football and Sponsor, their affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents, harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, injuries, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) claimed to be caused from participating in this Contest or the acceptance, possession, shipping and handling, loss, use or misuse of any prize awarded.  Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, computer virus, bug, tampering, or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  Sponsor has the right to select winners from eligible entries at any time before the termination of the Contest.  If terminated Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above.  By participating in this Contest, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Contest Judges and to be contacted by Sponsor or its agents by telephone, mail and/or email regarding this Contest.  If there is a dispute regarding the identity of an entrant, the Entry will be deemed submitted by the person in whose name the email account is registered.  The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States and all claims must be resolved in the United States.
  3. Winners list. A winners list will be available at www.usafootball.com/playmakers after all winners are determined and verified, and posted for approximately two (2) weeks and is also available by sending a stamped, self addressed envelope to USA FOOTBALL Playmaker of the Year,” Electronic Arts Inc., c/o Moya Dacey, 209 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA.  94065 for receipt by January 31, 2016

© 2015 Electronic Arts Inc.  

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