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NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Super Bowl League:
Welcome to the NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Super Bowl League (the “Challenge"), where you can join a NFL-managed 10-team, head-to-head Fantasy league no matter what your skill level. The rules for the Challenge are explained fully in this document.
The League Manager: NFL.com
NFL.com will serve as the league manager and will coordinate and manage the NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Super Bowl League (and has the authority to resolve any disputes that arise regarding unbalanced trades, alleged rules violations or anything else pertaining to the Challenge).
The Challenge is open to persons who are all of the following: (A) registered users of NFL.com; and (B) legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia excluding Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Puerto Rico and all territories and possessions of the United States; and (C) who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older as of the date of registration. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of the NFL Enterprises LLC (hereafter, “Sponsor”), the NFL Parties (defined as NFL Enterprises LLC, NFL Properties LLC, the National Football League, its member professional football clubs, NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL International LLC, NFL Productions LLC and each of their respective affiliates, owners, subsidiaries, shareholders, officers, directors, partners, agents, representatives and employees, both individually and collectively) and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, suppliers, advertising and promotion agencies (hereafter collectively, “Released Parties”), and each such individual’s immediate family members (mother, father, sister, brother, child, husband, wife and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related, are not eligible to win a prize. Void in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Puerto Rico and all territories and possessions of the United States and where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply.
The Registration Period for the Challenge begins at 3:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on 5/30/12 and ends at 3:00:00 p.m. ET on 9/5/12 (hereafter, “Registration Period”).
The Challenge Period begins at Kickoff of the first 2012 NFL regular season game (scheduled for approximately 8:30:00 p.m. ET) on 9/5/12 and ends at the completion of the last 2012 NFL Week 16 game scheduled to take place on 12/23/12 ending approximately at 11:59:59 p.m. ET (hereafter, “Challenge Period”). The Challenge and participation in the Challenge are subject to these Official Rules. All registrations become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
A) Register:For purposes of these Official Rules, "Registered User" means a person who has successfully completed the registration form and has obtained a User Identification ("User ID") and associated password ("Password") on NFL.com. If you are not already a Registered User, you may become one by visiting www.nfl.com during the Registration Period, click on the “Register” link and complete and submit the registration form to obtain a User ID and Password from NFL.com. Once you are a Registered User, you may access the Challenge at any time during the Registration and Challenge Period by visiting www.nfl.com/fantasy and submitting your User ID and Password. Limit one (1) registration, per league (as defined below), per participant and email address. Registrations in excess of one (1) and/or multiple registrations in any one (1) league from any one (1) participant and email address thereafter will be void. The use of script, macro or any other device to automate or subvert the registration process is prohibited and all such registrations will be void. In the event of a dispute as to the identity based on e-mail address submitted, registration will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder (as hereinafter defined) of the e-mail address submitted at time of registration. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
B) Join the League: After you become a Registered User, you may join a Live Draft League (defined below) anytime during the Registration Period by doing all of the following: visit http://fantasy.nfl.com/registration/leagueDirectory?experience=1&leagueType=public, select the NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Super Bowl League from the provided list and then follow the prompts to complete the payment transaction using a valid authorized credit card. Payments to join a league from unauthorized or invalid credit cards or made with lost, stolen, or fraudulent credit cards are void. Only payments made with a credit card that is in good standing at time of payment and issued to an identifiable end user that are processed and submitted through transaction processing system during the Registration Period are eligible.
The league is required to have ten (10) participants, or team "owners" in order to draft (outlined below). If your league does not have ten (10) team owners at draft time, your league draft time will be rescheduled or the league will be disbanded and NFL.com will assign you to another league of equal cost at its discretion. If there are no available leagues of equal cost, you will be offered the opportunity to join a league of different cost (charged or refunded the difference accordingly) or you may choose to cancel your participation and be refunded in full. Refund will be applied to the credit card provided for league payment.
In order for your league's season to start with the first game of the 2012 NFL regular season scheduled for 9/5/12, you must register by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 9/4/12 and your draft (defined below) must be completed by 3:00:00 p.m. ET on 9/5/12. There will be no drafts held between 9/5/12 (other than the completion of drafts started the day before) and 9/9/12. For drafts held on or after 9/9/12, the league's start date will be the first complete NFL week of games after your completed draft.
C) Determine Rank List:After you join a Live Draft League, you will have the opportunity to make changes to NFL.com's default Rank List, which is a list of all NFL players that are eligible to be drafted, ranked from best to worst by our Fantasy experts. For auction draft leagues, this list also contains an auction value per player. You will be able to make changes to your Rank List up until thirty (30) minutes before your draft is scheduled to begin.
It is recommended that, prior to your Live Draft, you organize the Rank List according to your own player preferences. However, you are welcome to leave the Rank List in the order our experts have provided. NFL.com will use your Rank List (i) during the live draft as a backup in case your time limit expires before you make a pick (as explained below) or nominate/bid on a player (auction draft format only) (as explained below); or (ii) if you do not attend your live draft for any reason.
D) Draft Team Players: To acquire players for your team you must participate in a draft. All Challenge leagues use a Live Draft, in which you will select your players during a pre-scheduled online draft, which may take three (3) to four (4) hours to complete. Live drafts are offered in both standard and auction formats. Users who are beginners, cannot attend the scheduled live draft or are unable to schedule a block of three (3) or four (4) hours for a Live Draft, may have their team drafted via Autopick (as described below), based on their Rank List. The Rank List helps to ensure your team is selected based on your preferences of players, positions and rounds.
Live Draft Overview
During your Live Draft, you will be required to log in to an on-line "draft room" at the time/date scheduled by NFL/com, in its sole discretion. You will be sent your scheduled draft room date/time in an email (at the email address provided during registration) following your Live Draft League selection. The Live Draft is extremely fast-paced. You may join either a Standard or Auction draft format league; each draft format is described below:STANDARD DRAFT
Leagues with a standard draft format rely on a draft order with specified time limit per pick to draft a team of players.
On your scheduled draft day there will be an "Enter Draft" link on your League home page. This link will allow entry into the draft room. The order of the Live Draft will be randomly generated thirty (30) minutes before the Live Draft is scheduled to begin.
In the draft room, you will be able to place NFL players into a Draft Queue - which is simply a list of players, in order of priority, that you are interested in taking with your next draft pick. When it is your turn to pick, you will have ninety (90) seconds to draft a player. If the ninety (90) seconds pass and you have not manually selected a player, the player ranked highest in your Draft Queue will be automatically drafted. If the Draft Queue is empty, a pick will then be made from your Rank List. In such a case, the highest rated player from the Rank List will be drafted unless that position is filled – in which case the next best available option, at an available position, will be drafted. The draft order will "snake" at the end of each round, meaning that the team with the last pick in the current round will have the first pick in the next round.
You'll find more help with the live draft in the Fantasy Help section after signup.
Your league will be drafted at the specified time and once the draft is complete, you will be able to access your team by navigating to your League page and then My Team.
Please refer to the following table (each number in the table refers to each team's draft position for that round) for the draft order for the full 15 rounds of the draft. You'll see that the draft order will "snake" at the end of each round, meaning that the team with the last pick in the current round will have the first pick in the next round.
Autopick Draft Overview
If you do not attend your scheduled Live Draft, for any reason whatsoever, your roster will be processed following your originally scheduled Live Draft via the Autopick Draft. During the Autopick Draft, the highest-ranked player on your Rank List who is available, and fits the roster needs of your team, will be selected for you during each round of the Autopick Draft.AUCTION DRAFT
Leagues with an auction draft format rely on player nominations and an open bidding system to draft a team of players. Each team starts with a budget of $200 and must draft a full team of 15 players (see Roster Requirements below).
On your scheduled draft day there will be an "Enter Draft" link on your League home page. This link will allow entry into the draft room. The nomination order of the Live Draft will be randomly generated thirty (30) minutes before the Live Draft is scheduled to begin. If your league does not have ten (10) team owners at draft time, your league draft time will be rescheduled or the league will be disbanded and NFL.com will assign you to another league of equal cost at its discretion. If there are no available leagues of equal cost, you will be offered the opportunity to join a league of different cost (charged or refunded the difference accordingly) or you may choose to cancel your participation and be refunded in full. Refund will be applied to the credit card provided for league payment
In the draft room, you will be able to place NFL players into a Nomination Queue - which is simply a list of players, in order of priority, that you are interested in nominating with your next draft pick. When it is your turn to pick, you will have forty-five (45) seconds to nominate a player. If the forty-five (45) seconds pass and you have not manually selected a player, the player ranked highest in your Nomination Queue will be automatically nominated. If the Nomination Queue is empty, a nomination will then be made based on your auction value list and logic to help draft your team an ideal roster. In such a case, the highest rated player from the auction value list (which you updated prior to your draft being completed) will be nominated unless that position is filled – in which case the next best available option, at an available position, will be nominated. The nomination order will follow a linear pattern (as outlined in the chart below) throughout the draft, with no additional nominations made by teams once they have a full roster. Note that all players are nominated for an amount of $1, with bidding by all teams with sufficient funds to determine the player’s final bid amount. Note that it is possible for a team to fill their roster prior to their last nomination. In this case, they will no longer nominate players during the draft, instead giving up these nominations to teams still in need of players on their roster.
After a player is nominated, all teams have the option to put in a bid in an attempt to draft the player. You will have forty-five (45) seconds to bid on the player. If a new high bid is made in the last ten (10) seconds of the bid process, the clock will reset to ten (10) seconds. Once the clock has reached zero (0) seconds, the current high bidder wins the player. The amount that was bid is deducted from the team’s budget/bank and the next team according to the nomination order is now able to nominate a player.
You can find additional information on Auction Draft format in our Fantasy Help section at http://nfl.com/fantasy/help.
Autopick Draft Overview
If you do not attend your scheduled Live Draft, for any reason whatsoever, your roster will be processed following your originally scheduled Live Draft via the Autopick Draft. During the Autopick Draft, the highest-valued player on your Auction Value Rank List who is available, and fits the roster needs of your team, will be nominated by your team during each round of the draft. Your Auction Value Rank List will also be used to bid on players nominated by other teams in order to fill your roster per your auction value preferences per player.
Each League in the Challenge will consist of ten (10) teams (ten (10) Registered Users). Each roster will consist of fifteen (15) NFL players. Owners may select a starting lineup each week from these fifteen (15) players. The chart below lists the required number of players at each position for the 'starting lineup' and the 'draft'.
- Note: Individual defensive players are not drafted; rather, you will draft an NFL team's entire defensive/special teams unit. For the purpose of roster limits, each NFL defensive/special teams unit will count as one "player."
*You are allowed as many as nine (9) players in your starting lineup, according to the positional requirements listed in the table above. However the numbers in the "starting lineup" column represent the maximum number of players you may start at each position. You may use fewer players than the number listed at each position without penalty, although it is recommended you use the maximum number of players so that you can accumulate the most points.
** Team owners will be required to select a total of fifteen (15) players in a ‘Live Draft’ based upon the criteria defined in the 'Roster Requirements' table above. If a team owner is not available to participate in his/her scheduled Live Draft, his/her roster will be processed following the originally scheduled Live Draft via the Autopick Draft. For more information, please refer to the Live Draft Instructions listed above.
*** Team owners who’s roster was selected via 'Autopick Draft' will have their rosters populated according to the criteria listed in the 'Roster Requirements' table. Players will be drafted based upon their order within each team owner's Rank List and position within the draft. For more information, please refer to the Autopick Draft Overview above.
**** Please note that, throughout the season, your overall roster is not restricted to a specific number of players at each position. You can carry as many players in any one position that you choose, as long as your overall roster does not exceed fifteen (15) players.
Schedule & Playoffs:
For the complete 2012 NFL regular season weekly game schedule visit nfl.com/schedules.
The regular season of the Challenge (the “Fantasy Regular Season”), encompasses all 2012 NFL regular season games taking place during Week 1 through Week 14 of the 2012 NFL regular season. During these weeks, you will play against the other teams in your league. To see your team's specific schedule (developed by NFL.com in its sole discretion), click the Schedule tab on your league home page upon joining the league.
When the Fantasy Regular Season ends, the four (4) teams in your league with the highest league standings (determined by NFL.com in its sole discretion) will advance to the Fantasy Playoffs. The Fantasy Playoffs encompass Week 15 and Week 16 of the 2012 NFL regular season. See Fantasy Playoff schedule below. Additionally, the teams who ranked fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth highest in the league’s standings will be offered the opportunity to continue to play through the Playoff period in the league’s consolation bracket, however, they will no longer be in the running for the opportunity to win the prize. Only the teams participating in the Fantasy Playoff (as outlined above) will be in the running for the opportunity to win the prize.
If there is a tie for the order of Fantasy Playoff seeds, the following tie-breakers will be used:
- Higher winning percentage (overall record of Wins) during the Fantasy Regular Season, as determined by NFL.com in its sole discretion; if a tie still exists then:
- Head-to-Head Record (win-loss-tie (“W-L-T”)) record between the tied teams); if more than two (2) teams are tied, compare the W-L-T records between all teams, then eliminate the team(s) with the worst W-L-T record until 2 remain, then compare the final two (2); if a tie still exists then:
- Highest number of points accumulated over the course of the Fantasy Regular Season; as determined by NFL.com in its sole discretion; if a tie still exists then:
- Highest number of points scored against team during the Fantasy Regular Season, as determined by NFL.com in its sole discretion; if a tie still exists then:
- Highest total points scored by the NFL player in the teams’ starting QB slot in the last week of the Fantasy Regular Season moving backward to the first week in the Fantasy Regular Season until the tie is broken; if a tie still exists then:
- Repeat number 4 above using the total points scored in the RB slot, followed by the WR, TE, WR/RB Flex, DEF and finally, K slots.
Each week your team will compete against another team in your league in a head-to-head matchup. For the purposes of this Challenge a week is defined as the NFL games held between Thursday and Monday with the exception of Week 1 which is defined as the NFL games held between Wednesday and Monday. Matchups are determined by NFL.com in its sole discretion. During a matchup, each of the players in your starting lineup (“active” players) for that week will earn points based on their actual statistics from their respective NFL games. The charts below list the statistics and their corresponding point values
Wins & Losses:
For each head-to-head matchup, the team with the greater number of points will earn a Win and the team with the lesser number will earn a Loss. During the Fantasy Regular Season, if two teams have the same number of points, each team will get a Tie.
During the Fantasy Playoffs, there are no ties. The Higher Playoff Seed will be deemed the winner.
- Offensive Scoring (QB, RB, WR, TE): An offensive player will receive points for any of the specified offensive statistics he accumulates. Scoring will be calculated according to the following example: If a QB throws for 200 yards and 2 TDs; rushes for 20 yards and 1 TD; and has 25 yards receiving, his point total for the week would be: 2 TDs Passing = 8 points, 1 TD Rushing = 6 points, 200 yards Passing = 8 points, 20 yards Rushing = 2 points,25 yards receiving = 2.5 points; or 26.5 total points for the week.
- Defensive / Special Team Scoring: Your defense/special team is awarded points when any one of its members generates a TD, INT, fumble recovery, safety or sack. Your defense/special team unit is also awarded points for a kickoff or punt return that results in a TD. For instance, if your active defense/special team is the Bears and Devin Hester returns a punt for a TD, you get 6 points. In the same situation, a team using Devin Hester as an active WR would NOT be awarded points.
- Fumbles Lost by a player will lose 2 points if they turn the ball over to the opposing team at any time such player is on the field (including special teams and defense). For instance, if you have Devin Hester active at WR and he fumbles the ball away at any time while he is on the field, your team will lose 2 points. This includes a fumble lost while returning a punt, kick, interception (if your WR were playing defense) or while on offense at WR.
- Offensive Fumble Recovery Touchdowns are any touchdowns resulting from a fumble recovered by an offensive skill player. For instance, if your active wide receiver is Larry Fitzgerald and he recovers a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, your team would be awarded 6 points.
- Defensive Points Allowedwill take into account only the points allowed by the team when the defense or special teams is on the field based on possession. For example, a touchdown scored by an opposing team’s offense while the defense is on the field would count towards defensive points allowed, but a touchdown scored against a team’s offense (TD from interception, safeties, etc.) would not count towards defensive points allowed. Also, note that points scored against a team’s special teams unit (punt or kick return for a TD) would count towards defensive points allowed.
- Defensive Touchdowns are any touchdowns scored by the defensive team. This includes fumble returns and interception returns.
- Special Teams Touchdowns are touchdowns scored by punt returns, kickoff returns or returns of blocked field goals or punts. With NFL-Managed default scoring settings, special teams touchdowns are awarded to the Team Defense/Special Teams unit, not individual players. For example, if Devin Hester returns a punt for a touchdown, the Chicago Bears Defense/Special Teams receives 6 points for a special teams touchdown, but Devin Hester does not receive these points.
- Fractional points will be used when calculating points from statistics. For example, 49 yards rushing will result in 4.9 points.
Following the completion of each week's games, all statistics and point totals are verified, and corrections are made where necessary. However, all statistics and point totals for the week are considered FINAL as of 11:59:59 PM ET on the Saturday following the end of that week. If a stat correction is announced for the previous weekend's games after 11:59:59 PM ET on Saturday or later, it will not be included in our statistics and your official Fantasy score will be based on the original statistic.
Each week, owners have the opportunity to select their starting lineup for the coming week. If an owner doesn't set a lineup before the weekly lineup deadline (explained in the “Deadline to Change Status” section below), the owner's lineup from the previous week will be used. If an owner has a lineup that is not in compliance with these rules, their team will score zero points for the scoring period.
Deadline To Change Status:
An owner may change the status of the players on his/her team (i.e., "active" or "reserve") before a player's NFL team is scheduled to start as determined by NFL.com’s clock. NFL.com will not be responsible if your watch or clock and our system clock are not synchronized. Please note that, if nine (9) of your players were “active” and played on Sunday, you will not be able to change the status of one of your “reserves” to “active” on Monday even though the player has not yet played in the current week.
Adding and Dropping Players:
Throughout the season you may want to improve your roster by adding available free agents and dropping players who are not performing up to your expectations. You can submit a free agent request at any time. Any player who is not on Waivers (as described below) is considered a free agent and may be added to a team immediately on a first-come, first-served basis.
To provide an equal opportunity for all owners to add players to their roster, a Waivers process is used. Requests for players that are on Waivers are not executed immediately, but are put in a pending status.
Free Agent players will be placed on Waivers at the start of their weekly NFL game during the course of the NFL season, typically on Sunday at 1:00:00, 4:00:00, or 8:20:00 p.m. ET. Note that if there are NFL games scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday, the players from those teams will be placed on Waivers at the start of their respective games.
Any player that is new to the player pool will be placed on Waivers, and subject to the league’s Waiver process.
The Waiver process allows multiple teams to request the same players. Most weeknights between 12:00:00 a.m. ET and 6:00:00 a.m. ET, NFL.com will process all of the pending requests. The order in which these requests are processed is based on the Waiver Rank of each team. The table below lists when an NFL player is on Waivers and for how long.
During the waiver process, pending transactions are processed in an order determined by each team's waiver rank. The team with a waiver rank of 1, considered the highest, will get its first requested player. After the transaction is executed, the team's waiver rank is then set to 10 (last), and all other teams move up one. The waiver ranks are reset once each week after standings are updated on Tuesday morning. The last-place team (based on won/lost record) will be given the waiver rank of 1, down to the first-place team, which gets the waiver rank of 10. We'll use the following criteria to break any ties for waiver rank:
If a team's highest pending transaction becomes invalid because another team received the requested player, the transaction gets deleted and the team's next waiver request, if one exists, becomes that team's highest. If a team doesn't have any pending transactions because all players requested were taken by other teams, or the owner simply didn't request any players, there isn't any penalty and the Waiver Rank will not be changed for that week. Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round selections in the draft (e.g., the team selecting #10 in the draft will have the highest waiver priority and the team selecting #1 in the draft will have the lowest waiver priority).
The waiver process will run for the first time each week between 12:00:00 a.m. ET Wednesday and 6:00:00 a.m. ET Wednesday which is approximately 24 hours after the completion of Monday night's game. In a typical week the waiver process will run every night until the last waiver process is run on early Sunday morning.
If there are Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday games, the players involved in those games will be placed on Waivers at the start of their game and will not be eligible to be added to a team’s roster until the first Waivers process of the following week runs.
Note: Waivers will continue to run for the current week, as scheduled, until the last waiver process is run on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
With only two exceptions, there are no limits to the number of Add/Drops you can request, nor are there any transaction fees.
- The first exception is when an owner drops his entire team or a significant number of players, also known as "team dropping". Team dropping has a negative impact on the league and as such, is prohibited and any owner who elects to drop his team shall be subject to immediate removal from the league. Players selected from waivers or added from free agency that were part of a team drop may be reversed at NFL.com’s sole discretion
- The second exception is abuse of the waivers process. This is when a team owner adds then drops a series of players, putting those players on waivers and making them inaccessible to other team owners. Such an action could result in forfeiture of points as well as that team owner being blocked from making any additional add/drops for the remainder of the season, as determined by NFL.com in its sole discretion.
If either of these situations occurs within your league, please contact NFL.com through Fantasy Help at http://fantasy.nfl.com/feedback as soon as possible.
Once a league's draft is completed, players can be added and dropped subject to the Free Agent and Waiver rules discussed above. The initial Waiver Rank after the draft will be the reverse of order in which teams selected in the draft. After the draft, all players not drafted will be placed on Waivers. The waiver process will run each night, 7 days a week, starting the day after the draft through 9/4/12.
Undroppable Players:To maintain the integrity of your league, you will be prevented from dropping certain star NFL players throughout the season. NFL.com will determine, in its sole discretion, which NFL players are undroppable. If there are players we've deemed undroppable on your roster, their undroppable status will be indicated on the Add/Drop page for your team. You may appeal to NFL.com for permission to drop an undroppable player; however, NFL.com will make the final decision on all undroppable player requests. To submit an appeal to drop an undroppable player, visit Fantasy Help at http://fantasy.nfl.com/feedback and follow the prompts to submit the names of the players you want to add and drop.
Throughout the season, owners can trade players with other teams in their league. In an effort to keep the integrity of the league, a deadline for trades will be imposed at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 11/23/12. No trades will be allowed after that time. Any trades accepted by two parties before the deadline will be subject to the trade approval process.
Trade Approval Process:
In an effort to prevent collusion among owners, and to ensure fair competition, the “NFL.com Approval” trade approval process is used. After two owners agree to a trade, it will be sent to a queue for NFL.com to review the trade. If a trade is deemed fair for both sides, it will be approved by NFL.com in their sole discretion. If a trade is deemed unfair for either side, it will be denied by NFL.com in their sole discretion. Upon approval of a trade by NFL.com, the trade will immediately be reflected on the team rosters of the two teams involved in the trade. Note that any player(s) acquired via trade are placed on a team’s bench and it is the responsibility of the user to place the player(s) in their weekly starting lineup. NFL.com does not make starting lineup decisions for individual teams or users.
All trades accepted by two teams within a league are processed as follows by NFL.com:
- If accepted Monday-Saturday: all trades accepted by 5pm ET will be reviewed on the same day.
- If accepted on Sunday: all trades accepted by 11am ET will be reviewed on the same day.
- If one of these criteria is not met, the trade will be reviewed the following day.
If you make a trade offer, be sure to monitor the status of that offer (link on the My Team page) as the weekly lineup deadline approaches, to ensure that acceptance of that trade does not cause your team to have an illegal lineup for the current week's games. NFL.com is not responsible for a team not being awarded the points from a player acquired in a trade if that player was not placed in the team’s starting lineup prior to rosters locking for the week
Owners can enter unbalanced multi-player trades such as a 3 player for 1 player trade, however, such owners will be required to enter the necessary transactions to balance your roster immediately. If your roster is not balanced by the weekly deadline, you will receive zero points for that particular week.
By participating, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship rules set forth in these Official Rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of NFL.com regarding all questions of sportsmanship. If an owner does not comply with the sportsmanship rules as defined in these official rules, or NFL.com determines (in NFL.com’s sole discretion) that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike manner, NFL.com reserves the right to disqualify the owner, void points and/or remove that owner from the league. All decisions by NFL.com in sportsmanship and related matters will be final.
In order to keep the league as competitive as possible, owners will only be allowed to have one team in a league. If it is discovered that two (2) or more teams are being operated by one owner in a league, NFL.com reserves the right to disqualify that owner from participating in the Challenge.
NFL.com does not permit two or more owners in the same league to work together to better one team at the expense of the other (for example, making one-sided trades, one team dropping highly-rated players so the other team can pick them up). If it is discovered that two or more owners are colluding, NFL.com reserves the right to disqualify all involved owners from participating in any NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience League.
Inappropriate League Communication:
The Fantasy and League Discussions, League News area, League Email Address, Game Center Discussions and Live Chat are available for you to communicate with other league owners. We ask that you refrain from posting or sending messages that could be construed as offensive to other owners. If NFL.com determines, at NFL.com's sole discretion, that someone is engaging in inappropriate league communication, NFL.com reserves the right to disqualify that person from participating in any NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience League.
The Registered User (team owner) in this Challenge who accumulates the highest number of points in the final Fantasy Playoff matchup taking place during Week 16 of the 2012 NFL Regular Season, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, will be deemed the potential Grand Prize winner.
In the event of a tie, the Registered User (team owner) who was the higher seed coming into the Fantasy Playoffs will be determined the potential Grand Prize winner.
The tabulation of points and identification of the potential winner will be conducted by Sponsor whose decisions are final and binding on these and all other matters relating to the Challenge. By participating, participants agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the Sponsor.
A five (5) day/ four (4) night trip for winner and one (1) guest to New Orleans, LA to attend Super Bowl XLVII currently scheduled to take place on February 3, 2013. Trip includes a) round trip coach air transportation from a major U.S. gateway airport nearest winner’s residence in the U.S. to LA; b) one (1) standard hotel accommodations (one (1) room, double occupancy) for four (4) nights; c) round trip ground transportation to and from airport in LA and to and from the game; d) two (2) tickets to each of the following: Super Bowl XLVII, Tailgate Party and NFL Experience. Super Bowl, Tailgate Party and NFL Experience shall hereafter be referred to as the “Events”. Approximate Retail Value = $9,250. All prize details, including, but not limited to, exact seat locations, any Event activities, and date, time and duration of Events are Sponsor’s sole discretion. Actual value may vary based upon location of winner’s residence. If winner resides within a 100-mile radius of destination city, ground transportation (or other form of transportation) may be provided in lieu of air transportation, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, and no compensation or substitution will be provided for difference in prize value. Trip must be taken on dates designated by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and, at Sponsor’s discretion and time permitting, awarded to an alternate winner. Dates subject to change. In the event the Super Bowl is postponed and rescheduled, trip will be rescheduled around the dates of the rescheduled game. In the event the Super Bowl is postponed and not rescheduled or otherwise cancelled, no compensation or substitution for Super Bowl, Tailgate Party, NFL Experience portions of the prize will be provided; however, the remainder of prize package will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to winner. In the event the Tailgate Party or NFL Experience is postponed and not rescheduled or otherwise cancelled, no compensation or substitution for such portion of the prize will be provided; however, the remainder of prize package will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to winner. Travel and accommodation restrictions and other restrictions may apply. Grand Prize winner and guest must travel together on same itinerary and are responsible for obtaining all required travel documents. All travel arrangements must be made through travel agent of Sponsor’s selection on a carrier of Sponsor’s choice. Released Parties are not responsible for travel delays or cancellations, or for the cancellation of any Event or activity. All costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of the prize not specified herein as being awarded, including, but not limited to, all federal, state and local taxes, any ground transportation (other than as outlined above), food, beverages, souvenirs, gratuities, airline luggage charges, and other miscellaneous travel expenses are winner’s sole responsibility. Winner and guest must comply with all Sponsor’s and venue rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of such portion of the prize and removal from venue. The Released Parties reserve the right to remove or to deny attendance to any winner and/or any guest who engages in a non-sportsmanlike, disruptive or inappropriate manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person during any Event. Unused tickets cannot be refunded, exchanged or applied towards tickets for any subsequent events in any subsequent years. If unused, tickets cannot be returned, refunded or exchanged for cash value or substitute tickets. Guest must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age unless the child or legal ward of winner and must execute and return a Liability/Publicity Release prior to travel. If a guest is the child or legal ward of winner, winner must execute and return such Liability/Publicity Release on behalf of such child or legal ward.
Potential Prize winner (the ”Prize Winner”) will be notified via email on or about 1/3/13. Potential Prize Winner (i) may be required to submit valid identification (in a form determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to the Released Parties; and (ii) will be required to execute and return, within five (5) days of issuance, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law). Any of the following may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor discretion and time permitting, the prize may be awarded to runner up (as applicable): failure to return such documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, the return of any prize or prize notification and if potential winner declines a prize for any reason.
By entering the Challenge, each participant accepts and agrees to accept and be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of prize is permitted except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value as determined by Sponsor.
Except where prohibited by law, Prize Winner's acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor to use Prize Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Prize Winner agrees to Released Parties’ use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.
The Released Parties and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for lost, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled, late, delayed, undelivered or misdirected registrations, User ID’s, submissions, fantasy points, NFL player selections, transactions and submissions, third party credit card transaction classification or processing; theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, submissions or registrations; failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems; interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion on the Internet or for any technical problem, including, but not limited to, any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in this Challenge; errors or ambiguity in these Official Rules, in any Challenge-related advertisements or other materials; the selection or announcement of potential winner or the distribution of prize; the cancellation, suspension or preemption of NFL games for any reason, including work stoppage and lock out, injuries or other unavailability of players, scoring tabulation or timing errors or other problems or errors of any kind whether mechanical, human, electronic, typographical, printing or otherwise. By participating, each participant agrees that the Released Parties and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies shall have no liability and will be held harmless by participant for any claim, action, liability, loss, injury or damage (1) to participant or any other person or entity, including, without limitation, personal injury or death to participant or any other person or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and any travel or travel-related activity thereto (including, but not limited to, attendance at the game or any Event) or participation in this Challenge, and (2) any and all taxes and other fees applicable to the prize received by the Prize Winner. The Released Parties, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to: 1) disqualify any person (and void his/her points) who tampers with the submission process, the operation of the Challenge, or any other component of this Challenge, or who is otherwise in violation of these Official Rules; and 2) modify, suspend or terminate this Challenge (or any portion thereof) should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes, including but not limited to war, strikes, lock outs, and/or acts of God, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of this Challenge. The Released Parties reserve the right to halt or modify the Challenge at any time during the Challenge Period if events beyond its control compromise the Challenge’s fairness or integrity. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CHALLENGE IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, RELEASED PARTIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
The Released Parties reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Challenge. This is a Challenge designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the Released Parties’ service.
This Challenge may not be used for any form of gambling.
Any registration or transaction that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID will be void.
In the event that the Challenge is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, Released Parties reserve the right to discontinue or modify the Challenge, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, the Sponsor shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.
In the event of any ambiguity(s) or error(s) in these Official Rules, the Released Parties reserve the right to modify these Official Rules for clarification purposes or to correct any such ambiguity or error(s) without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Challenge.
Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties:
IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES AND/OR THEIR PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES AND RELATED COMPANIES, THEIR ADVERTISING OR PROMOTION AGENCIES OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND/OR THE CHALLENGE, DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM THE SERVICE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED $100. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EVERYTHING ON THE CHALLENGE AND THE SERVICE INCLUDING THE PRIZE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
The parties, including all participants, waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules or the Challenge. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Challenge shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York, in the City of New York, County of New York.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction:
THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Challenge, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the New York state and federal courts located in the City of New York, County of New York, and State of New York. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.
For winner information or an additional copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by March 1, 2013 to: NFL Fantasy Ultimate Experience Super Bowl League, P.O. Box 17009, Bridgeport, CT, 06673-7009. Specify "Rules" or "Winner Name".
Administrator, Sponsor and Prize Provider:
NFL Enterprises LLC, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154.