“The Basketball Tournament”
OFFICIAL FAN CONTEST 2019 RULES & REGULATIONS
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

The following sets forth the rules and regulations (the “Fan Contest Rules”) that will apply to The Basketball Tournament’s Fan Contest (the “Fan Contest”) which is being produced by TBT Enterprises, LLC (“Producer”). The Fan Contest is being operated in conjunction with The Basketball Tournament (“the Tournament”). Note: The Producer shall have the power and authority to determine all matters with respect to the Tournament and its Rules and the Fan Contest and the Fan Contest Rules, including without limitation to make changes to the Rules and the Fan Contest Rules. The Producer will make all final determinations with respect to the applicability or compliance with any Rule and the right to suspend or waive the requirements of any Rule, all and in each case, as it may determine, from time to time, in the exercise of its sole discretion; provided, however, that the Producer reserves all rights and authority as described in the Rules of the Tournament. All references herein to any decision, election, determination, exercise of rights or other action by Producer means, in each instance, the exercise of such right or taking of such action in Producer’s sole, exclusive and non-reviewable exercise of its discretion.

  1. 1. For purposes of the Fan Contest, a “Fan” is defined as an individual who registers as a Fan on the Producer’s website (www.TheTournament.com) (“Website”) and selects a team to support in the Tournament. To win, and to be considered a Fan, an individual must register on the website by August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm NOON (ET) and select to support the team that ultimately wins the Tournament. Registration is absolutely free and is limited to legal residents of the United States of America and Canada who are 18 years of age, or the age of legal majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside, or older as of August 1, 2019.
  2. 2. ACCRUING POINTS
    1. a. Each Fan will receive five (5) points for registering as a fan on Producer’s website, www.TheTournament.com. FANS MAY ONLY REGISTER ONE (1) TIME. THE PRODUCER WILL CONSIDER ANY ADDITIONAL FAN ACCOUNTS NULL AND VOID and in its sole discretion, may deem ineligible any fan who is found to have created additional Fan accounts. Each Fan may receive a maximum of five (5) points for registering as a Fan.
    2. b. Each Fan will receive five (5) points for supporting a registered team on the Producer’s website, www.TheTournament.com. Supporting a team through the Producer’s website shall be the sole and exclusive means by which a Fan may formally register his or her support for a team. Each Fan may receive a maximum of five (5) points for supporting a team. Fans must be signed in to their official account on Producer’s website in order to receive points.
      1. i. A Fan shall be permitted to switch his or her support to a different team at any point prior to August 1, 2019 at 12pm NOON (ET).
    3. c. Each Fan will receive twenty (20) points for subscribing to the Producer’s email newsletter. A Fan MUST USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS WITH WHICH HE OR SHE REGISTERED AS A FAN IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR SUBSCRIBING TO THE NEWSLETTER. Each Fan may receive a maximum of twenty (20) points for subscribing to the Producer’s newsletter. Fans must be signed in to their official account on Producer’s website in order to receive points.
    4. d. Each Fan will receive fifty (50) points for following the Producer’s Instagram account, the.tournament. To receive credit, a Fan must click on a link to Producer’s Instagram account off his/her Fan Account Page on the Producer’s website, and then follow the Producer’s Instagram account, the.tournament. A FAN’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT MUST BE “PUBLIC” IN ORDER TO RECEIVE POINTS. PRODUCER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AWARD POINTS FOR A FAN’S ACCOUNT THAT IS SET TO “PRIVATE.” Each Fan may receive a maximum of fifty (50) points for following Producer’s Instagram account.
    5. e. Each Fan will receive five (5) points for “re-tweeting” certain posts by the Producer’s Twitter account, @thetournament, that include the hashtag #TBTFAN. The Producer shall make available at least thirty (30) posts for which a Fan may accrue points for re-tweeting posts bearing the hashtag #TBTFAN. A FAN’S TWITER ACCOUNT MUST BE “PUBLIC” IN ORDER TO RECEIVE POINTS. PRODUCER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AWARD POINTS FOR A FAN’S ACCOUNT THAT IS SET TO “PRIVATE.” Each Fan may receive a maximum of one hundred and fifty (150) points from re-tweeting posts from Producer’s Twitter account.
    6. f. Each Fan will receive twenty (20) points for each game the team he or she has formally supported wins in the Producer’s tournament. Each Fan may receive a maximum of one hundred and twenty (120) points for each game his or her team wins.
      1. i. A Fan may receive twenty (20) points for supporting a team that has won a game in the tournament and then switch his or her support to another team; however, by switching support to another team, that Fan shall not receive points for that new team’s win unless the win occurs in a subsequent round of the tournament.
      2. ii. A Fan shall not be permitted to switch his or her support after August 1, 2019 at 12pm ET. A FAN’S SUPPORT IS FINAL AS OF AUGUST 1, 2019 AT NOON (ET).
      3. iii. THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF POINTS A FAN MAY RECEIVE FOR HIS OR HER TEAM’S WINNING A GAME IN THE TOURNAMENT IS ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY (120).
    7. g. Each Fan will receive ten (10) points for registering AND COMPLETING a bracket on Producer’s website as a part of the Producer’s BRACKET CHALLENGE. In order to receive points for registering and completing a bracket, a Fan must use the same email address with which he or she registered as a Fan on Producer’s website. Each Fan may receive a maximum of ten (10) points for registering and completing a bracket on Producer’s website. Fans must be signed in to their official account on Producer’s website in order to receive points.
    8. h. Each Fan will receive twenty (20) points for “sharing” his or her completed bracket as a part of Producer’s Bracket Challenge on social media. Certain prepared and provided “social media share buttons” shall be the sole and exclusive means by which a Fan may receive points for sharing his or her completed bracket on social media. Each Fan may receive a maximum of twenty (20) points for sharing his or her completed bracket on social media. Fans must be signed in to their official account on Producer’s website in order to receive points.
    9. i. Each Fan will receive two (2) points for sharing certain content or “posts” on Producer’s website. A fan will be permitted to share up to twenty (20) news posts from Producer’s website. In order to receive points for sharing content and posts from Producer’s website, a FAN MUST USE CERTAIN PREPARED AND PROVIDED “SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE BUTTONS,” which shall be the sole and exclusive means by which a Fan may receive points for sharing Producer’s content. A fan may receive a maximum of forty (40) points for sharing Producer’s content. Fans must be signed in to their official account on Producer’s website in order to receive points.
    10. j. Each Fan will receive twenty (20) points each time her or she clicks on a hyperlink provided by Producer in an emailed newsletter sent by Producer to the Fan. In order to receive the points, a Fan must (1) be signed in to their official account on Producer’s website, (2) open the emailed newsletter email sent by Producer; (3) click on a hyperlink posted within the emailed newsletter. Producer shall not be responsible for undeliverable, unopened, or emailed newsletters that a Fan otherwise does not receive. Fans shall be solely responsible for ensuring that they have subscribed to Producer’s emailed newsletter and that they have set any and all email filters to allow and permit Producer’s emails to be properly received. Producer will make available sixteen (16) hyperlinks in emailed newsletters sent to Fans. Each Fan may receive a maximum of three hundred and twenty (320) points for clicking on hyperlinks provided by Producer in emailed newsletters.
    11. k. Each Fan will receive one (1) point for correctly selecting a winner in
    12. Round 1 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge. A fan will only receive points for correctly selecting winners in a fully completed and properly registered bracket in Producer’s Bracket Challenge, hosted on Producer’s website, as described above in Paragraph 2(h). ALL SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 18, 2019 AT 12PM NOON (ET). A fan may receive a maximum of thirty-two (32) points for correctly selecting the winning teams in Round 1 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge.
    13. l. Each Fan will receive two (2) points for correctly selecting a winner in
    14. Round 2 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge. A fan will only receive points for correctly selecting winners in a fully completed and properly registered bracket in Producer’s Bracket Challenge, hosted on Producer’s website, as described above in Paragraph 2(h). ALL SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 18, 2019 AT 12PM NOON (ET). A fan may receive a maximum of thirty-two (32) points for correctly selecting the winning teams in Round 2 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge.
    15. m. Each Fan will receive four (4) points for correctly selecting a winner in
    16. Round 3 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge. A fan will only receive points for correctly selecting winners in a fully completed and properly registered bracket in Producer’s Bracket Challenge, hosted on Producer’s website, as described above in Paragraph 2(h). ALL SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 18, 2019 AT 12PM NOON (ET). A fan may receive a maximum of thirty-two (32) points for correctly selecting the winning teams in Round 3 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge.
    17. n. Each Fan will receive eight (8) points for correctly selecting a winner in
    18. Round 4 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge. A fan will only receive points for correctly selecting winners in a fully completed and properly registered bracket in Producer’s Bracket Challenge, hosted on Producer’s website, as described above in Paragraph 2(h). ALL SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 18, 2019 AT 12PM NOON (ET). A fan may receive a maximum of thirty-two (32) points for correctly selecting the winning teams in Round 4 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge.
    19. o. Each Fan will receive sixteen (16) points for correctly selecting a winner in
    20. Round 5 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge. A fan will only receive points for correctly selecting winners in a fully completed and properly registered bracket in Producer’s Bracket Challenge, hosted on Producer’s website, as described above in Paragraph 2(h). ALL SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 18, 2019 AT 12PM NOON (ET). A fan may receive a maximum of thirty-two (32) points for correctly selecting the winning teams in Round 5 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge.
    21. p. Each Fan will receive one-hundred (100) points for correctly selecting a winner in
    22. Round 6 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge. A fan will only receive points for correctly selecting the winner in a fully completed and properly registered bracket in Producer’s Bracket Challenge, hosted on Producer’s website, as described above in Paragraph 2(h). ALL SELECTIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 18, 2019 AT 12PM NOON (ET). A fan may receive a maximum of one hundred (100) points for correctly selecting the winning team in Round 6 of Producer’s Bracket Challenge.
  3. 3. In the 2019 Fan Contest, all Fans will start with zero (0) points, irrespective of how many points an individual may have accrued in previous Fan Contests or Sweepstakes.
  4. 4. All Fans who have successfully completed all requirements of registration and who have selected a team to support by 12:00 pm NOON (ET) on August 1, 2019 will be ranked by team on the Website in the order of how many Points each Fan has accrued on the Website.
  5. 5. A registered Fan must have selected a team to support before August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm NOON (ET) to be eligible to win. A FAN WHO HAS NOT SELECTED A TEAM TO SUPPORT WILL NOT APPEAR ON ANY TEAM’S RANKINGS UNTIL HE OR SHE SELECTS A TEAM AND WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ANY PRIZES UNTIL HE OR SHE SELECTS A TEAM.
  6. 6. As described in the tournament’s Rules, Fans are considered members of the team they have chosen to support as of August 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm NOON (ET). REGISTERED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE NOT SELECTED A TEAM BY AUGUST 1, 2019 AT 12:00 PM NOON (ET) WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ANY PRIZE.
  7. 7. PRIZES, TIES, AND DISTRIBTION OF PRIZES Up to $200,000 shall be awarded to the Fans of the winning team as follows:
    1. a. The Fan of the winning team who accrues the most points as of August 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm (ET) will be eligible to receive $10,000; Fans ranked 2-9 (8 total Fans) will be eligible to receive $5,000 each; Fans ranked 10-27 (18 total Fans) will be eligible to receive $1,000 each; Fans ranked 28-62 (35 total Fans) will be eligible to receive $500 each; Fans ranked 63-199 (138 total Fans) will be eligible to receive $250; Fans ranked 200-1000 (800 total Fans) will be eligible to receive $100.
    2. b. Any fan who accumulates one thousand (1,000) total points during the course of his or her entry in the 2019 Fan Contest will be entered into to a drawing out of which one fan will receive fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).
    3. c. Producer reserves the right to determine the exclusive manner and means through which any prize money shall be distributed to winning Fans.
    4. d. Any ties in Fan rankings will be broken by the Fan who selected the winning team first in time.
  8. 8. PRODUCER WILL ATTEMPT TO NOTIFY ANY WINNING FAN OF HIS OR HER PRIZE ELIGIBILITY NO MORE THAN TWICE, EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH EMAIL. A winning Fan will forfeit his or her right to a winning prize upon failing to respond to Producer’s email(s) within seven days (7 days). Producer shall have no responsibility for undelivered or undeliverable emails.
  9. 9. Fans of a team that has entered as a Charity under Section III of the tournament Rules will be eligible to receive the prize money as described above in Paragraph 8(a) and elsewhere.
  10. 10. In an effort to ensure the legitimacy of the winner selection process, the Producer retains the sole and exclusive authority to exercise its discretion in its review of Fan accounts and the points that Fans accrue. In its discretion, Producer may eliminate or delete Fan accounts that it deems to be fraudulent or created in an effort to deceive or manipulate the application process. In its discretion, Producer may also eliminate any individual Fan from receiving a prize if Producer deems that the individual has attempted to in any way manipulate, cheat, or otherwise falsify any element of the Fan registration or voting process or violates or acts in any manner inconsistent with these official Fan Contest Rules.
    1. a. Fan and Participant accounts MUST BE CREATED WITH TRUE, CURRENT, AND ACCURATE FIRST NAMES AND LAST NAMES AND ALL OTHER BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED MUST BE ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE. PRODUCER RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS DISCRETION TO ELIMINATE OR DELETE ANY ACCOUNT THAT IT IS UNABLE TO VERIFY AND CONFIRM AS LEGITIMATE.
      1. i. The Website will only display a Fan’s First Name and Last Initial.
    2. b. A GM, PLAYER, BOOSTER, OR COACH MAY NOT ALSO BE A FAN OF HIS OR HER TEAM. ANY GM, PLAYER, BOOSTER, OR COACH WHO IS FOUND TO HAVE CREATED FAN ACCOUNTS IN VIOLATION OF THESE RULES OR THE TOURNAMENT RULES RISKS ELIMINATION FROM THE TOURAMENT, SUSPENSION, OR ANY OTHER PUNITIVE ACTION WITHIN PRODUCER’S DISCRETION.
    3. c. A FAN MAY NOT CREATE MORE THAN ONE ACCOUNT IN SUPPORT OF HIS OR HER TEAM OR ANY OTHER TEAM. Producer reserves the right in its sole discretion to eliminate duplicate accounts, but does not warrant or ensure that all duplicate accounts will be discovered and eliminated.
  11. 11. By creating a Fan account, an individual assents to being contacted by the Producer, through whatever means available to Producer in order to verify the veracity and legitimacy of the Fan’s account.
  12. 12. Any expenses, costs or fees that are involved with or incurred by the entry in this Fan Contest or the receipt or use of any prize that is awarded in the Fan Contest and that are not specified above are the sole responsibility of the applicable winner and are not included as part of the prize. Any other details of the prizes in the Fan Contest that are not specified above will be determined by the Producer in its sole discretion. All prizes in the Fan Contest are provided “as is”; neither Producer, nor Administrator, nor any third party makes any representation, warranty or guarantee with respect to any prize in the Fan Contest. Each and any prize that is awarded in the Fan Contest is non-transferable, non-resalable, non-refundable, non-returnable, non-exchangeable and not redeemable for cash, and each and any prize in the Fan Contest must be accepted as awarded. No cash substitution(s) or other substitution(s) for any prize in the Fan Contest may be made, except by Producer, who reserves the right, exercisable in Producer’s sole discretion, to substitute a prize (or component(s) thereof) with another prize (or component(s) thereof) of substantially equal or greater value if the prize (or any component(s) thereof) is not available for any reason. Each prize that is awarded in the Fan Contest may be reported as income to the recipient thereof, and such individual shall bear sole and full responsibility for the prompt payment and prompt reporting of any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes that may be associated with the receipt and/or use of such prize. In this regard, an IRS Form 1099 may be issued to the recipient of any prize in the Fan Contest.
  13. 13. PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY: All information submitted by Fans into the Fan Contest will be treated according to Producer’s Privacy Policy, available at www.thetournament.com/privacypolicy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Fan Contest constitutes an entrant’s consent, irrevocably and without restriction, to Producer’s use of his/her name, likeness (photographic and/or simulated), voice, quotes, statements, opinions, biographical information, and city and state of residence for any and all advertising, marketing, promotional, publicity and other trade purposes, in any and all media (whether now known or hereafter devised) throughout the world, in perpetuity, without any further payment, consideration or approval. Promotion entries will be neither acknowledged nor returned and will become the exclusive property of Producer.
  14. 14. GENERAL CONDITIONS: In the event that the operation, fairness, safety, security or administration of the Fan Contest is impaired or compromised in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to, actual or perceived fraud, virus, bug, worm or other technical problem, then Producer may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Fan Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Fan Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; (b) terminate the Fan Contest and award the above-listed prizes at random from among the eligible entries attained, by eligible entrants in the Fan Contest, up until the time of the impairment; or (c) modify the Fan Contest in any manner that Producer reasonably deems fit under the particular circumstances. Producer reserves the right, exercisable in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process, the “fan” designation process, or the operation of the Fan Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an abusive, harassing, threatening, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Fan Contest may be a violation of criminal and/or civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Producer reserves the right (among other remedies) to seek damages from and against any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Producer to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision, or of any other provision(s) hereof. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the individual submitting an online registration entry form, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the participant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
  15. 15. RELEASE AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Fan Contest, each entrant agrees irrevocably to discharge, release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless, in perpetuity, Producer, Administrator, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, shareholders, agents, successors and assignees (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, and causes of action arising out of participation in the Fan Contest or the receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to, any: (a) technical error(s) that may prevent an entrant from submitting, or Producer from receiving, (i) a registration into the Fan Contest, (ii) an entrant’s invitation to a Recruit to register for the Fan Contest, or (iii) an entrant’s request to become a “fan” of or to select a certain basketball team participating in the Tournament; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Fan Contest; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, indecipherable or undeliverable mail or email; (e) errors in the administration of the Fan Contest or in the processing of (i) registration entries, (ii) an entrant’s invitation to a Recruit to register for the Fan Contest, or (iii) an entrant’s request to become a “fan” of or to select a certain basketball team participating in the On-Court Tournament; or (f) injury, death or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from an entrant’s participation in the Fan Contest or receipt or use of any prize. Each entrant further agrees that in any claim, demand, action, or cause of action, the Released Parties’ aggregate liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Fan Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for any attorneys’ fees. Each entrant forever waives the right to claim, seek or collect any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, exemplary, special, consequential, incidental, direct or indirect damages. For the avoidance of doubt, the Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Fan Contest, (2) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctions, interruptions or disconnections in phone lines or network, hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Fan Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Fan Contest or the processing of entries; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property, including but not limited to entrant's computer, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Fan Contest, receipt or use or misuse of any prize, or from downloading any material from Producer’s website(s), regardless of whether the material was prepared by Producer or a third party, and regardless of whether the material is connected to Producer's website by a hypertext link.
  16. 16. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited by applicable law, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Fan Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in Suffolk County in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and each entrant agrees irrevocably to submit to the exclusive personal and subject matter jurisdiction and exclusive venue of such court. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Producer in connection with the Fan Contest, shall be governed exclusively by, and construed exclusively in accordance with: (a) the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or principles (whether of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or of any other jurisdiction) which would result in the application of the laws of any state jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and (b) the federal laws of the United States of America.