MiLB.com Beat the Streak -- Official Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN
The object of MiLB.com Beat the Streak (the "Contest") is to establish a virtual "hitting streak" and keep it going for as long as possible. You'll do this by selecting one Minor League Baseball ("MiLB") player each game day, from a list displayed on MiLB.com of MiLB players who are on a MiLB Club's active roster on that game day. If the player you select for that game day gets at least one hit in that day's games, your streak continues. If the player you select does not get a hit, you can still participate, but your streak is reset to zero. You must select a player each MiLB game day; however, you can make your daily player selections for up to ten (10) calendar days in the future. You can select any player as many times as you want over the course of the Contest Period (as defined below).
The Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, Washington D.C., and Canada (excluding residents of the Province of Quebec) who are of legal age of majority in their jurisdictions of residence (and at least eighteen (18) years of age in the U.S.) as of the date of entry with a valid e-mail address and Internet access as of March 28, 2011. Void in the Province of Quebec and where prohibited by law, rule or regulation.
Employees or consultants of the NAPBL Entities (defined below), the MLB Entities (defined below) or any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries or advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate family members (parent, sibling, child or spouse and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and any person residing in their same households, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate or win a prize. The "NAPBL Entities" shall mean National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Inc. (the "NAPBL" or "Sponsor"), each NAPBL Club, each NAPBL League, Professional Baseball Promotion Corp., Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. and all officers, directors, employees, representatives, partners, members and affiliates thereof. The "MLB Entities" shall mean the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, MLB Advanced Media, L.P. ("MLBAM"), Major League Baseball Enterprises, Inc., Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., the Major League Baseball Clubs, The MLB Network, LLC, Tickets.com, Inc., SportsOnEarth, LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries or affiliated entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Major League Baseball Clubs or the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, and the shareholders, parents, directors, officers, representatives, employees and agents of the above entities.
The Contest begins on April 4, 2011 and ends following the conclusion of the final game of the 2011 MiLB postseason (the "Contest Period").
How to Register
Registrations generated by script, macro or other automated means or utilizing any other method or means which, in MLBAM's sole discretion, impacts the integrity of the Contest or is in violation of these Official Rules will be void.
By registering and/or participating in the Contest, each participant agrees that MLBAM will solely resolve any disputes and rules violations that arise in connection with the Contest. All decisions by MLBAM regarding the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Any incidence of collusion or cheating, as determined by MLBAM in its sole discretion, will be subject to disqualification from the Contest without limitation to any other rights or remedies available to MLBAM. If you have any questions regarding the Contest, please send an e-mail to MiLB.com customer support at http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/info/feedback.jsp.
Selecting Your Players
Each day on which an MiLB game is played during the Contest Period (each a "Game Day"), you can select one (1) player from a list displayed on MiLB.com of MiLB players who are on a MiLB Club's active roster on that Game Day (the "Active Players List"). The Active Players List may change as a result of injury or other roster changes, so be alert. You may select any player from the Active Players List, including any player you have previously chosen. You will have until five (5) minutes prior to the start of the first MiLB game being played on that Game Day to make your player selection for that Game Day, after which you may not submit a player or change your selection; however, you can make your daily player selection up to ten (10) calendar days prior to any Game Day and may change your selection until five (5) minutes prior to the start of the first MiLB game being played on that Game Day. MiLB.com's computer shall be the official clock of the Contest.
Establishing and Maintaining a Streak
All participants start at zero. Your streak is measured by the number of consecutive Game Day(s) the player(s) you select are credited with a hit during the Contest Period.
If you select a player for any Game Day who does not get a hit during the Game Day for which you selected him, your streak ends and you must start to build your streak again from zero.
If a player you select does not play during the Game Day for which you selected him for any reason other than his MLB Club not being scheduled to play, your streak will NOT end. A hitting streak will also NOT end if each of the selected player's plate appearances (one or more) result in a base on balls, hit batsman, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. A hitting streak will end if the player has a sacrifice fly and no hit.
Except as set forth in the Suspended Games Section below, your streak will remain intact in the event of any cancelled or postponed MiLB game. The foregoing is based on official scoring as confirmed by MLBAM.
In the event that a player you select plays in a double-header, your streak will only continue if the player gets at least one (1) hit in both games in which he plays that Game Day unless all the selected player's plate appearances (one or more) result in a base on balls, hit batsman, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event that a player you select gets at least one (1) hit in both games of a double-header, your streak will continue, but your streak will only increase by one (1) hit for that Game Day, and not two (2) hits.
NOTE: Except as set forth in the Suspended Games Section below, your streak will remain intact in the event of any cancelled or postponed MiLB game. The foregoing is based on official scoring as confirmed by MLBAM.
The following shall apply in the event any 2011 MiLB game(s) is suspended during the Contest Period (each, a "Suspended Game"):
1) In the event any Suspended Game(s) is subsequently completed within three (3) calendar days immediately following the date on which any such game(s) was suspended, for purposes of this Contest all hits officially scored as hits for such Suspended Game(s) shall count as valid hits for the Game Day on which such Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled.
Example: A participant selects Jesus Montero to hit on the May 4th game that is suspended. Natale goes 0-for-2 in the first part of the game that is suspended on May 4th, but gets a hit in the portion of the Suspended Game that is resumed the next day, May 5th. In this case, although Montero hit took place on May 5th, for purposes of this Contest, the hit would count as a valid hit for May 4th, Game Day on which such Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled.
2) In the event any Suspended Game(s) is not completed within three (3) calendar days immediately following the date on which such game(s) was suspended, for purposes of this Contest, ONLY hits officially scored as hits in the portion of the game(s) that was played prior to the suspension will count as valid hits for the Game Day on which such Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled , provided either of the following conditions apply at the time such game(s) is suspended:
a. The MiLB team that is trailing in the portion of the game that was suspended (i) has made fifteen (15) or more outs in the game, and/or (ii) has completed all of its at-bats for five (5) innings; or
b. The home MiLB team (i) has made fifteen (15) or more outs, (ii) has completed all of its at-bats for five (5) innings, and/or (iii) has tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Under any of these circumstances, for purposes of this Contest, only hits officially scored as hits in the portion of the MiLB game(s) that was played prior to the suspension will count as valid hits for the Game Day on which such Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled. As such, any hits officially scored as hits from any portion of any Suspended Game(s) that is completed four (4) or more calendar days immediately following the date on which the game(s) is suspended will NOT count as valid hits for purposes of this Contest.
Example: A game started on Saturday, June 18th between the Mudhens and Tides is suspended with the score tied at 2-2 in the 7th inning. The game isn't resumed until Wednesday, June 22nd (i.e., four (4) calendar days later), and the Mudhens go on to win 3-2. In this case, all hits officially scored as hits from the first portion of the game (i.e., the portion played on June 18th, prior to the game being suspended) will count as valid hits for the June 18th game. Any hits officially scored as hits from the second portion of the game that was completed on June 22rd will NOT count toward either game played on June 19th or June 23rd.
3) In the event any Suspended Game(s) is not completed within three (3) calendar days immediately following the date on which the game(s) was suspended, any hits officially scored as hits in any portion of such Suspended Game(s) will NOT count as valid hits for purposes of this Contest provided either of the following conditions apply at the time such game(s) is suspended:
a. The MiLB team which is trailing has NOT (i) made fifteen (15) or more outs in the game, and/or (ii) completed all of its at-bats for five (5) innings;
b. An MiLB game is tied and the visiting MiLB team has NOT (i) made fifteen (15) outs or more in the game, or (ii) completed all of its at-bats for five (5) or more innings.
Under either of these circumstances, hits officially scored as hits for any portion(s) of any Suspended Game(s) will NOT count as valid hits for purposes of this Contest. In other words, such hits shall not apply to either the (1) Game Day on which the Suspended Game(s) was originally scheduled, or (2) Game Day on which the Suspended Game(s) was completed. Example: A game played on Saturday, June 18th between the Mudhens and Tides is suspended with the score tied at 4-4 in the 4th inning. The game isn't resumed until Wednesday, June 22 (i.e., four (4) calendar days later), and the Mudhens goes on to win 8-5. In this case, none of the hits officially scored as hits will count for either part of the game and accordingly, for either Game Day of a Contest participant's streak.
Your hit totals will not be updated to reflect official MiLB statistics corrections that occur more than three (3) calendar days after the completion of an entire Game Day's schedule of games. For example, for a game played on Tuesday, May 3, the official scoring change would have to be made on or before Friday, May 6, to count toward a user's streak. If a scoring change for the Tuesday, May 3 game were to take place on Saturday, May 7 (i.e., four (4) calendar days later), the scoring change would NOT be reflected in your hit streak.
Prize winner(s) are fully responsible for any and all applicable federal, state, provincial and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes). All costs and expenses not specified herein as being provided related to the acceptance and use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. Prizes are non-transferable and non-assignable, with no cash redemptions except in Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion. All prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
NO PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IF NO PARTICIPANT ACHIEVES A HITTING STREAK OF AT LEAST TWENTY (20) GAMES.
The eligible participant with the longest hitting streak greater than or equal to twenty (20) will win (a) one (1) 2011 MiLB Courtesy pass (the "Courtesy Pass"), and (b) one (1) Minor League Baseball Prize Pack that will include items determined in the sole and absolute discretion of NAPBL (the "Prize Pack") (the Courtesy Pass and Prize Pack collectively, the "Grand Prize") (Estimated retail price value of Grand Prize: US$850.00). The Courtesy Pass will admit the Grand Prize winner and one (1) guest, through the gate at any 2011 regular season MiLB game except any scheduled MiLB Opening Day game(s). It is not to be used for admission to any League or Classification All-Star Games or any MiLB postseason championship playoff games. Admission with the Courtesy Pass is at the sole discretion of the Minor League Baseball club and subject to the applicable admission policies, and guidelines of the Minor League Baseball club, and/or Minor League Baseball. It is subject to government tax, is not transferable, and is not an admission pass to Major League Baseball ballparks or ballgames.
NOTE: Grand Prize will only be awarded if an eligible participant achieves a hitting streak greater than or equal to twenty (20), as determined by MLBAM.
Seat locations at 2011 MiLB games shall be selected by Sponsor and/or the applicable MiLB Club, as applicable at its their sole and absolute discretion. TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM GAMES AND/OR LODGING ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NOT INCLUDED. 2011 MiLB games dates and times may be subject to change. The terms and conditions of the Courtesy Pass awarded as prizes will govern in the event any 2011 MiLB game is not played due to weather, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbances or any other reason. Winner agrees to comply with all applicable stadium regulations in connection with the Grand Prize. The MiLB Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to winner and/or guest who engages in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at any game.
Tiebreakers for Grand Prize
In the event two (2) or more eligible participants are tied for the Grand Prize, tiebreakers will be used among the remaining tied participants in the following order:
1. Total number of hits during the streak of all the players the participant selected;
2. Total number of hits by the player the participant selected on the most recent Game Day of the streak, going back one Game Day at a time until the tie is broken;
3. Total bases during the streak of all the players the participant selected;
4. Total bases by the player the participant selected on the most recent Game Day of the streak, going back one Game Day at a time until the tie is broken; and
5. MLBAM will administer a timed baseball trivia quiz, testing the tied participants' knowledge of Minor League Baseball, until the tie is broken.
Each potential winner will be notified by e-mail and/or telephone (in MLBAM's discretion) and may (in MLBAM's discretion) be confirmed by postal mail, return receipt (the "Prize Notification"). In the event that any potential winner does not respond to any such Prize Notification within five (5) calendar days of date of issuance, a disqualification will result and prize will be forfeited and, at MLBAM's sole discretion, awarded to the runner-up (if applicable). Each potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to MLBAM and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility (or, if a resident of Canada, a declaration) and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity within five (5) calendar days of date of issuance. Failure to submit any identification required by MLBAM or to return any required documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules or the return of any prize or Prize Notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and prize will be forfeited and, at MLBAM's sole discretion, awarded to the runner-up (if applicable).
Each participant agrees to allow MLBAM and its designees to use their names and likenesses in any and all media or format(s) now or hereafter known for advertising and publicity purposes throughout the world in perpetuity, without any compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.
All applicable federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. This Contest and these Official Rules will be governed by the laws of the State of New York. Any court of competent jurisdiction sitting within the State of New York, New York County will be the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest or these Official Rules. MLBAM's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The NAPBL Entities, the MLB Entities and each of their respective parent companies, trustees, subsidiaries, franchisees, affiliates, licensees, agents, independent contractors and advertising and promotional agencies, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents and employees (collectively, the "Released Parties") are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, garbled, delayed, undelivered or misdirected entries, selections or registrations, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a participant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions.
Minor League Baseball game dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and/or the applicable Minor League Baseball Club, as applicable, and may be subject to change. The Released Parties 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 Minor League Baseball game, event or exhibition.
Released Parties are not responsible for any technical, computer, network, typographical, printing, human or other errors relating to or in connection with this Contest, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the offer or administration of this Contest, the processing of entries, selections or registrations, the tabulation of streaks, the cancellation of games or any errors appearing in any Contest related-materials, including, but not limited to, errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the prize winners or the distribution of the prizes. MLBAM reserves the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.
The Released Parties make no warranties, express or implied, relative to the use or enjoyment of any prize or portions thereof, including without limitations, its quality, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. By entering the Contest, each participant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless and fully release the Released Parties from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action and liabilities for any injuries, losses, death, or damages of any kind caused , directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by participation in, or preparation for, the Contest or resulting from the acceptance, possession, quality, use or misuse of any prize, or any portion of any prize, including any travel or any activity related to the receipt or use of any prize (or any portion thereof).
MiLB.com Beat the Streak is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in Minor League Baseball and MiLB.com, the Official Site of Minor League Baseball. This Contest may not be used for, or in connection with, any form of gambling.
For winner information (available after December 1, 2011) or an additional copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: MiLB.com Beat the Streak c/o Melissa Wester, MLB Advanced Media, L.P., 75 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Specify "Rules" or "Winner List." Requests must be received by September 30, 2011. Residents of VT and Canada may omit return postage on rules requests.
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, cancellation of games or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, MLBAM reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and, if terminated, to determine the winners, if any, from among all eligible, non-suspect hitting streaks achieved up to the point of termination.
The Released Parties assume no responsibility 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. The Released Parties are not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, wireless, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, malfunctions of Smartphones, iPhones or other wireless devices, wireless service problems, cellular tower equipment, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or wireless service congestion, 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 any materials in this Contest.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT A PARTICIPANT, TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, MLBAM WILL DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT AND RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON OR PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a participant, an 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. "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.
In the event that the Contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, MLBAM reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Released Parties shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
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