NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
THIS IS A SKILL-BASED CONTEST.
ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.
SPONSOR OBTAINS RIGHTS FROM ENTRANTS TO POST AND USE ANY AND ALL CONTENT SUBMITTED AS PART OF THE CONTEST.
THIS CONTEST, INCLUDING ANY ENTRY METHOD OR PRIZE OFFERED, MAY BE CANCELED OR POSTPONED BY SPONSOR, IN FULL OR IN PART AT ANY TIME, DUE TO REASONS RELATED TO THE ONGOING PANDEMIC (E.G., CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19).
BY ENTERING THIS CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE A CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIS CONTRACT INCLUDES INDEMNITIES TO THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.
ELIGIBILITY: The Home Team Advantage Small Business Contest (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are at the time and date of entry: (1) legal U.S. residents (including D.C.); (2) eighteen (18) years of age or older (or the age of majority in their state of residence, whichever is older) (which is eighteen (18) in most states, but is nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, and twenty-one (21) in Mississippi); and (3) a principal owner of a U.S.-based small business (excluding the following business categories: affinity/banking/brokerage/financial services, airline, beer/cider/flavored malt beverages, credit card payment provider, dairy, family restaurant, footwear, frankfurter/sausage/bacon/deli meats/cheese/dinner ham, hospital/health care provider, hot/iced/frozen coffee/espresso, breakfast foods (sandwiches, donuts, muffins, bagels and hash browns), hot sauce, information infrastructure, in-park merchandise, insurance, annuities, mutual funds, lawn care, merchandise agency, paint supplier, pizza, radio, resort casino, soft pretzel, non-dairy frozen dessert, fried dough, sports (performance) beverages, thirst quencher, energy drinks, sports nutritional product, isotonic and recovery beverages, stroller/car seat, sunscreen, tire retail store, truck and domestic automobiles, university/college, used car retailer, and vehicle glass repair/replacement, with its primary office located in Boston, Massachusetts, that meets the definition of a small business described below (referred to herein as, “Entrants”). For the purpose of this Contest, a ‘small business’ means a business with an annual revenue of three million dollars ($3,000,000) or less in calendar year 2020 that is physically located in Boston, Massachusetts and is incorporated or otherwise considered a valid legal entity in good standing in its state of formation as of the start of the Contest through prize award. For purposes of the Contest, a small business can be organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or any other legal entity that employs no more than fifty (50) individuals on a full or part-time basis. Officers, directors and employees of Mastercard International Incorporated (“Sponsor”), teamDigital Promotions, Inc. (“Administrator”), Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., MLB Advanced Media, L.P., the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (“BOC”), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, The MLB Network, LLC, the Major League Baseball Clubs (“Clubs”) and each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity, which now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Clubs or the BOC and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, employees, directors, officers and agents of the foregoing entities (hereinafter, “MLB Entities”) and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, distributors, subsidiaries, prize providers, advertising/promotion agencies & the immediate family members (i.e., spouses, parents, children, grandchildren & siblings & their respective spouses) or those living in the same household of any of the foregoing are not eligible to enter or win a prize in this Contest. Sponsor, MLB Entities, Administrator, & each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, distributors, subsidiaries, prize providers, & advertising/promotion agencies are each a “Released Party” & shall hereinafter collectively be referred to as the “Released Parties”. The Contest is void to all businesses in the categories defined above and where prohibited by law. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS: The Contest will occur in two (2) phases as described below and includes a Submission Period (defined below) and a Virtual Business Pitch (defined below). At the end of the Submission Period, up to five (5) Finalists (defined below) will be identified, based on the judging procedure and criteria outlined below, to advance to the Virtual Business Pitch. At the end of the Virtual Business Pitch, the Finalist with the highest score will be declared the Grand Prize winner as outlined below. PHASE 1 - SUBMISSION PERIOD: The Submission Period begins on or about 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on 7/15/21 and all Entries must be received on or before 11:59:59 PM ET on 8/1/21 (the “Submission Period”). Sponsor’s servers are official Contest time clock for this Contest. PHASE 2 – VIRTUAL BUSINESS PITCH: The virtual business pitch will take place between 8/16/21 and 8/20/21 as outlined below (the “Virtual Business Pitch”).
HOW TO ENTER THE SUBMISSION PERIOD: Visit mastercard.us/hometeamadvantage (the “Website”) during the Submission Period and follow the instructions provided to complete and submit the entry form. The submitted entry form, inclusive of all required business information, business-related questions and six (6) page presentation, will collectively be referred to as an “Entry” hereafter. Website’s server must receive all Entries by 11:59:59 PM ET on 8/1/21. Limit one (1) Entry per Entrant, per email address, per small business for the duration of the Submission Period. If Entrant submits more than one (1) Entry, all Entries received after the first Entry will be void. Once the Entry is completed and submitted, the Entry is final and may not be modified or edited. All Entries must meet the Entry Requirements set forth below. Those who do not follow all of the instructions, provide the required information in their entry form, or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Sponsor may be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Entries that are late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, destroyed, forged or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules may be disqualified from the Contest at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means and Entries by any means which subvert the Entry process are void. By registering, and clicking on the “Enter” button, you certify that you acknowledge and are in compliance with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, all eligibility requirements. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry that it determines, in its sole discretion, has violated any provision of these Official Rules as applicable, and its decision in this regard is final. Proof that you entered the Contest does not constitute evidence of receipt by Sponsor within the required deadline. All Entries and information become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Assurance of delivery of Entries is the sole responsibility of the Entrant. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any Entrant who submits an Entry, the Entry will be deemed submitted by the account holder of the email account from which it was sent but only if such person is otherwise eligible. The “account holder” is the person assigned an email address or username by the entity responsible for assigning it (e.g., Yahoo). Grand Prize winner may be required to show proof of being the registered account holder. If a dispute cannot be resolved to the Sponsor’s satisfaction, the Entry will be deemed ineligible. Sponsor, Administrator, and affiliated entities are not responsible for lost, misdirected, misplaced, stolen, tampered with, deleted, or invalid Entries.
In addition to that described above, all Entries must further meet the following criteria, as determined within Sponsor’s final sole discretion:
Sponsor reserves the right to void and disqualify any Entry not satisfying these requirements, as determined within Sponsor’s final sole discretion.
By submitting an Entry, you agree that: (i) the Entry does not violate any law or regulation or any right of any third party, including those laws, regulations, and rights related to copyrights, trademarks, publicity, or privacy, (ii) you have the right to grant the rights to the Entry as provided in these Official Rules, (iii) the Entry has not been published or submitted in any other competition; (iv) the Entry is your original work; (v) the Entry has not won previous awards; (vi) you have obtained permission from any person whose name or likeness is used in the Entry; and (vii) that publication of the Entry via various media, including, without limitation, social posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third party. You will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Released Parties from any claims to the contrary. Further, by submitting an Entry, you grant permission and a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, no-cost, worldwide, irrevocable right and license for the Released Parties to publish, post, adapt, edit, display, exploit and/or modify or otherwise use the Entry and all images, text, and materials included or depicted therein, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium now or hereafter known or devised (including, without limitation, CDs, streaming media, film, television, videocassettes, print, interactive devices, mobile media, Internet and on-line systems), throughout the universe and in any and all languages, including, without limitation, the right to display, reproduce, recreate, record, perform, exhibit, distribute, copy, edit, change, modify, add to, subtract from, re-title and adapt the same, to combine it with other material and otherwise use and exploit it without having to give any compensation or attribution to Entrants or any third party, except for the awarding of the prize(s) to the Finalists/Grand Prize winner in this Contest. Entrants agree that during the Submission Period, they shall not make, and shall not permit, any other public use, display or distribution of their Entry, and they shall maintain all rights without encumbrances so that, if Sponsor desires, Entrants can assign all rights in and to their Entry if selected as a winner. Sponsor, and each of its successors, assigns and licensees, will have the right to make unlimited derivative works of Entries, to assign or transfer any or all of Sponsor’s granted rights and to grant unlimited, multiple-level sublicenses. Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor will have the right to use the Entries submitted as part of the Contest, and all images, text and materials included or depicted therein (if any), in any merchandising, advertising, marketing, promotion or for any other commercial or non-commercial purpose. Entrants hereby forever waive and relinquish all “moral rights (droit moral)” now or hereafter recognized in connection with Entries submitted as part of the Contest. Entrants acknowledge that as a condition of participating in the Contest and/or being selected as a winner, Sponsor may request that the Entrant’s Entry, and any rights therein, be assigned to Sponsor and Entrants may be required to confirm such assignment by completing and submitting the Prize Acceptance Documents (defined below) (and any other documents reasonably required by Sponsor) or such Entrant will otherwise be disqualified from receiving his/her prize(s). Entrants must maintain the ability to assign all such rights to Sponsor free of any limitations, restrictions or third-party obligations. Entrants agree that Sponsor shall have the sole discretion in determining the extent and manner of use of Entries and are not obligated to use any Entry. Entrants agree that Sponsor, nor its agents, shall be responsible for return or preservation of the Entries submitted.
Entrant further agrees that submission of an Entry is gratuitous and made without restriction and will not place Sponsor and/or Released Parties under any obligation and that Sponsor and Released Parties are free to discuss or otherwise disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to Entrant. Each Entrant acknowledges that Entries are not being submitted in confidence or in trust to Sponsor and that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is intended or created. Each Entrant acknowledges that Sponsor and other Entrants may have created ideas and concepts contained in their Entries that may have familiarities or similarities to his/her own Entry, and that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with the Released Parties because of these familiarities or similarities. Notwithstanding any custom and practice in the industry to pay an individual for an idea (if any), nothing herein shall create an implied or express contract to compensate Entrants for their Entry and there is no obligation for any Released Party to pay or otherwise compensate Entrants for any of their ideas or materials in any communications with Sponsor, whatsoever. Entrant acknowledges that, by acceptance of its Entry, Released Parties do not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Released Parties, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than Entrant. Sponsor and/or Released Parties reserve the right to screen Entries, but may post Entries without editing or other prior review. Entrant acknowledges that Sponsor and/or Released Parties have no obligation to use or post any Entry that he/she submits. For all social media postings of Entries made by Sponsor and/or Released Parties, posting of such content is for entertainment purposes only and does not relate to winner selection. Entrant, by participating in the Contest, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor and its designees to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice, and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, trade, and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval. Sponsor reserves the right to request from Entrant at any time proof that Entrant maintains all necessary rights in their Entry in order to grant Sponsor the rights required herein in a form acceptable to Sponsor. Failure to provide such proof may lead to, among other things, the Entrant being disqualified from the Contest.
No correspondence about Entries will be entered into, nor will Entries be acknowledged or returned. Incomplete Entries, Entries not responding to the theme, Entries that do not comply with the Entry Requirements, and/or Entries which may contain obscene, offensive, or any images or language communicating messages inconsistent with the positive images to which Sponsor and/or Released Parties wishes to associate will be void. Entries whose work includes the names, images, or likenesses of third parties or contains elements not owned by the participant (such as, but not limited to, depictions of persons, landmarks, trademarks, or logos) must be able to provide legal releases for such use including Released Parties’ use of such Entry, in a form satisfactory to Sponsor, upon request. Proof of Entry does not constitute Sponsor’s proof of receipt. Entries that contain or otherwise infringe on any third-party names, trademarks, music, identities, copyrighted material, and/or other material subject to third party rights are prohibited. Subject to these Official Rules and except where otherwise prohibited by law, all winning Entries are deemed to be assigned to Sponsor and will not be returned. If required information is not included, Entry will be disqualified.
FINALIST JUDGING PROCEDURE AND CRITERIA: All eligible Entries received during the Submission Period will be judged on the following criteria by Sponsor and its designees: 1) Viability and strength of business (0-25 points), 2) Level of creativity in the overall submission (0-25 points), 3) Potential for digital growth (0-40 points), and 4) Level of impact that COVID-19 has had on the business (0-10 points). The five (5) Entries with the highest scores, as determined by the judges, in their sole discretion, will be deemed potential Finalists and will advance to the Virtual Business Pitch, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules (see “Finalist Notification” section below). Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than five (5) Finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries.
In the event of a tie, the tied Entries will be re-judged based on: Potential for digital growth (0-100 points). If there is still a tie, Sponsor will bring in a tie breaking judge to apply the same judging criteria to break the tie and determine the Finalists.
By participating, Entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.
FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Potential Finalists will be determined approximately three (3) business days following the completion of the Submission Period and will be notified by Administrator by telephone and/or email. Potential Finalists will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and (where legal) Publicity Release (collectively, “Prize Acceptance Documents”) and any other documents and third-party consents as may be required by Sponsor within two (2) business days of date of issuance of notification.
Finalists will be required to submit to a confidential criminal check to confirm eligibility & ensure that advancement to the Virtual Business Pitch, as well as Trip attendance, if selected as the Grand Prize winner, by such person, or the use of any such person in advertising, promotion or publicity, will not pose a security threat or bring Released Parties (or, with respect to the Game (as defined below), the game of baseball) into public disrepute, contempt, scandal, or ridicule, or reflect unfavorably on Released Parties (or, with respect to the Game, the game of baseball) as determined by Sponsor or the other Released Parties in their sole discretion, &, in such event, may result in disqualification. Noncompliance with any of the foregoing, failure to respond within the designated timeframe, the inability to contact a potential Finalist within a reasonable time period, or any notification being returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion and time permitting, a runner-up being chosen. Finalist status is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Released Parties are not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in Entrant’s email account to receive email messages. Should a potential Finalist decide to decline his/her prize for any reason whatsoever or not respond to the prize notification by the applicable response deadline, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to that potential Finalist and an alternate Finalist may be selected based on the selection process above, if time permits.
VIRTUAL BUSINESS PITCH: Upon verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, each Finalist will take part in a scheduled (and recorded) Virtual Business Pitch between 8/16/21 and 8/20/21. The interviewer(s) hosting the Virtual Business Pitch will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and the interviewer(s) will judge each Finalist individually based on the judging criteria as outlined above. The Virtual Business Pitch with each Finalist will be approximately the same length of time, and the questions asked of each will be the same.
Finalists are prohibited from inducing the interviewer(s) by fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements and/or using any websites or online forums designed to induce the interviewer(s) to judge their answers higher or differently than the other Finalists, as defined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
All Virtual Business Pitch details, including, without limitation, the time and duration of the session, will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Each Finalist will be required to attend the Virtual Business Pitch and make a professional appearance answering each of the questions presented by the interviewer(s) to the best of their ability and will be judged on their ability to answer the questions in a responsive and engaging manner. The Virtual Business Pitch will be recorded by Sponsor and may be distributed live by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion and used for commercial and/or marketing purposes. All Finalists who participate in the Virtual Business Pitch irrevocably grant to Sponsor all footage rendered by them, and all ideas, content and materials provided by Finalists, in connection with the development, production and/or exploitation of print, graphic, audio and/or visual or other content, projects, productions, campaigns and/or programs. Without limiting the foregoing, Finalists further irrevocably give and grant to the Sponsor the right to adapt, change, edit, modify, add to, delete, combine with other materials, record, reproduce, distribute and otherwise exploit the same by any means now known or hereafter devised and irrevocably waive all so called “moral rights (droit moral) (where enforceable)”. The Virtual Business Pitch may not include any matter or material that violates these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right (in its sole discretion) to immediately disqualify and remove any Finalist who does not comply with these Official Rules. Sponsor will provide any additional details to Finalist at the time of Finalist notification about specifically what will be expected of each Finalist at the Virtual Business Pitch and any additional rules and procedures that will be applicable to the competition that will take place at the Virtual Business Pitch. All decisions by interviewer(s) at the Virtual Business Pitch, including interpretation of these Official Rules and related documents, are within the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor and are final.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER SELECTION: At the conclusion of the Virtual Business Pitch, the one (1) highest ranked Finalist with the highest number of votes from the interviewer(s) will be determined the Grand Prize winner. Grand Prize winner is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. In the event of a tie during the Virtual Business Pitch, such tied Finalist Entries will be re-judged (by a separate panel of judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) based on their potential for digital growth. If a tie still exists, from among the remaining pool of tied Entrants, Entrants with highest score in the level of creativity in the overall submission and then in the level of impact that COVID-19 has had on the business (if and as necessary to break tie), will be declared the applicable winner (collectively, “tiebreaker”). If there is still a tie, Sponsor will bring in a tie breaking judge to apply the same judging criteria to break the tie and determine the Grand Prize winner.
All interviewer vote counting will be conducted at the direction, and in the sole discretion, of the Sponsor. Neither Sponsor, nor anyone acting on its behalf, is required to enter into communications with any Entrant regarding the Contest other than to notify the potential Finalists and/or Grand Prize winner.
Grand Prize will be awarded to the principal owner of the small business, as submitted in the Entry. If prize award is in conflict with small business policy or not feasible after Sponsor’s good faith effort to obtain verifiable small business principal owner contact details, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion and time permitting, a runner-up may be selected. Neither Sponsor, nor anyone acting on its behalf, is required to enter into communications with any Entrant regarding the Contest other than to notify a potential Grand Prize winner.
One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive Ten Thousand U.S. Dollars (US $10,000) awarded in the form of a check, a 2-night trip for winner and one (1) guest to attend a 2021 MLB® World Series® game (hereafter “Trip”) designated by Sponsor (scheduled to take place in October 2021), and a Sponsorship (as described/defined below). Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is $20,035.
Five (5) Finalist Prizes: Each Finalist winner will receive an invitation for winner and four (4) guests to attend an in-person group dinner (“Dinner”) at Fenway Park (in late-August/early-September) for a business session with Mastercard executives and Boston Red Sox past and/or present players/alumni. ARV of each Finalist Prize is $500.
A “Sponsorship” consists of a Digital Doors Tool Kit (inclusive of Mastercard’s Digital Diagnostic and one-on-one mentorship to review the results of the Digital Diagnostic, as well as resources from Mastercard Trust Center, Jobble, Microsoft, SimplyPayMe and Zoho), one (1) half ½ inning rotation digital advertisement on a terrace level LED screen at one (1) Boston Red Sox regular season home baseball game during the 2021 season (between 9/14/21 and 10/3/21), one (1) pre-game videoboard graphic at one (1) Boston Red Sox regular season home baseball game during the 2021 season (between 9/14/21 and 10/3/21), and one (1) opportunity to host up to twenty-two (22) guests in a suite at a Boston Red Sox regular season home baseball game during the 2021 season. Exact marketing assets, as well as overall execution, of the Sponsorship is subject to change based on winning Entrant’s ability to deliver proper materials for execution in a timely manner.
Trip consists of round-trip coach air transportation from the major U.S. airport nearest winner’s residence and the host city of the MLB® World Series game (hereafter “Game”), one (1) standard double-occupancy hotel accommodation in the host city at a hotel determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, a $100 Mastercard Prepaid Card® (for winner only) and two (2) tickets for use by winner and his/her one (1) guest for the applicable Game. Trip details not specifically set forth herein, including, without limitation, exact seat locations at the games/events, will be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. Mastercard Prepaid® card restrictions apply: https://prepaidcardtermsandconditions.com. Prepaid card will not be replaced or replenished if it is lost, stolen, damaged, destroyed or used without winner’s permission and will be voided if altered or defaced. Trip must be taken on date(s) specified by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited & the next runner-up will be notified, if time permits. Actual value of prize will vary depending on winner’s city of departure & final travel requirements & activities; any difference in value will not be awarded. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to provide ground transportation in lieu of air transportation. Released Parties are not responsible for travel delays or cancellations. If any prize-related activity(s) is canceled or postponed for any reason, before or after Trip arrangements are made, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award the balance of the prize or to award an alternate prize of equal or greater value in full satisfaction of prize award. Lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers or certificates or similar items, once they are in the winner’s possession, will not be replaced. If, for any reason whatsoever, winner and/or guest are unable to travel or participate in the Trip after all Trip-related travel arrangements have been made, Sponsor (and, for the avoidance of doubt, the other Released Parties) shall have no further obligation to winner and/or guest & no alternate winner will be selected. Trip prize & prize elements may not be separated or redeemed for cash. Travel and hotel restrictions apply. Winner & guest must travel on the same itinerary, must be eighteen (18) years of age or older & are responsible for obtaining & possessing all required valid photo ID & travel documents prior to travel. Trip is subject to supervision & security & other policies designated by Sponsor. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules and those set forth and detailed in Sponsor’s passenger ticket contract. In the event the winner and/or his or her travel guest engage in behavior that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Trip or other applicable experience early, in whole or in part, and send winner and/or his or her travel guests home with no further compensation. Unused components of the prize have no redeemable cash value. Itinerary is at the discretion of Mastercard & are subject to change. Winner & his/her respective guest agree to comply with all applicable venue and/or hotel rules & regulations in connection with the prize. Sponsor, the MLB Entities, & the applicable onsite representatives reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to remove or to deny entry to winner and/or his/her guest who engage(s) in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person during Trip/at any event associated with the prize. Winner & his/her guest will be escorted out of the hotel, venue, and/or any other Trip aspect by Sponsor, the applicable onsite representatives, or their designated agent(s) for improper conduct and/or violation of federal, state or local laws (including, but not limited to, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, unlawful drug paraphernalia, & alcohol) &, in the case of any such infraction, Sponsor (and, for the avoidance of doubt, the other Released Parties) will have no further obligation to winner & winner & his/her guest will forfeit the balance of prize. The Released Parties will not be responsible for weather conditions, Acts of God, pandemic, epidemic, contagion, or any other issue concerning public health or safety, quarantine, government orders, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any elements of Trip, the Dinner, the Sponsorship, or any other elements of a prize. All costs & expenses associated with the acceptance & use or misuse of the prize not specified herein as being awarded, including, but not limited to, all federal, state & local taxes, additional air & ground transportation, food, beverages, souvenirs, gratuities, airline luggage charges, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges & other misc. travel expenses are winner’s sole responsibility. Trip winner & guest are responsible for obtaining travel insurance (& all other forms of insurance) at their option & hereby acknowledge that Sponsor and the other Released Parties have not & will not obtain or provide travel or other form of insurance. Use of any Major League Baseball game/event/exhibition ticket is subject to the standard terms, conditions, and health and safety policies applicable to the ticket; see mlb.com/ticket back for details. Seat locations at the game/event/exhibition and, unless otherwise stated in the applicable prize description, exact game/event/exhibition date shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Major League Baseball game and event dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the BOC and may be subject to change. Winner and his/her guest agree to comply with all applicable ballpark and venue regulations in connection with the prize. The Released Parties will not be responsible for weather conditions; acts of God; acts of terrorism; civil disturbances; local, state, or federal regulation, order, or policy; work stoppage; epidemic, pandemic, or any other issue concerning public health or safety; or any other event outside of their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Baseball game/event/exhibition. Major League Baseball game/event/exhibition tickets awarded as prizes may not be resold, offered for resale, or used for any commercial or promotional purpose whatsoever. Any such resale or commercial or promotional use may result in disqualification and prize forfeiture and may invalidate the license granted by the game/event/exhibition ticket. The Released Parties are not responsible for and will not replace any lost, mutilated or stolen prize(s) or any prize that is undeliverable or does not reach a winner because of an incorrect or changed address. If a winner does not accept or use the entire prize, the unaccepted or unused part of the prize will be forfeited and the Released Parties will have no further obligation with respect to that prize or portion of the prize.
Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. Prize winners are required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state, and local laws, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize he/she receives, including transportation to/from the Dinner. Prize winners will be solely responsible for all federal, state, and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize(s) they receive, regardless of whether they, in whole or in part, are used. All details surrounding the opportunity to host guests in a suite and the Dinner, including the executives and/or players/alumni to be present and the duration, to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Event may be changed to a digital/virtual event depending on COVID or other restrictions. Prize winners will be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number before the prize will be awarded for tax reporting purposes. An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of winners for the actual value of the prizes received. The value of the prize awarded will be reported for tax purposes, as required by law. No transfer, assignment, or substitution of prize except by Sponsor, at its sole discretion, due to causes otherwise determined solely by Sponsor, and then for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes, if legitimately claimed, will be awarded.
ADDITIONAL TERMS: Except as provided herein, no transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prize(s) except by Sponsor, at its sole discretion, due to prize unavailability or causes otherwise determined solely by Sponsor, and then for a prize of equal or greater value. Grand Prize winner’s guest will also be required to sign & return a Liability Release & (where legal) Publicity Release prior to the issuance of travel documents. By participating, Entrants agree: 1) to be bound by these Official Rules; 2) agree that the Released Parties, and each of their respective agents, successors, assigns and other designees, shall have the right and permission (unless prohibited by law) to use Entrant’s name, business name, photograph, city/state of residence, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and/or prize information for any and all public relations, advertising, promotional purposes and/or any forms of media and by all manners (now and hereafter known), worldwide, including the Internet, in perpetuity, without notice, consent, review or approval or further compensation, except where prohibited by law; and (3) the Released Parties shall have no liability and Entrant will defend, indemnify, release, and hold harmless Sponsor and the other Released Parties from and against any liability, loss, injury, or damage of any kind (including attorneys’ fees) to any person or entity, including, without limitation, personal injury, death, or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of: (i) Entrant’s entry/participation in the Contest; (ii) any materials he or she may submit in connection herewith; (iii) the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in any activities associated with the Contest or any prize awarded in connection herewith; (iv) the Released Parties’ violation of rights of publicity or privacy, claims of defamation or portrayal in a false light or based on any claim of infringement of intellectual property; and (v) any typographical, human or other error in the printing, offering, selection, operation or announcement of any Contest activity and/or prize. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void any and all Entries of an Entrant who Sponsor believes has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Contest and to modify, suspend, and/or terminate this Contest (or portion thereof) should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest and, in the case of termination, at its discretion award the prize in accordance with same judging criteria set forth above (with or without the interviewer(s) scores, as determined by the Released Parties in their sole discretion) from among all non-suspect Entries received prior to suspect event requiring such modification, termination, or suspension. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest by any event beyond its control, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, pandemic, epidemic, contagion, or any other issue concerning public health or safety, quarantine, government orders, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, communications or equipment failure, utility or service interruptions, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared), interference with the Contest by any party, or any federal, state, or local law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest or prize. Sponsor additionally reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion: (a) to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest should causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt or interfere with the administration, integrity, operation, security or proper play of the Contest; or (b) to disqualify any Entrant found to be, or suspected of: (i) tampering with the Entry process or the operation of the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of these Official Rules; or (iii) acting in an un-sportsmanlike manner.
PRIVACY AND OPT-IN: Your participation by your Entry constitutes your consent to participate in this Contest and consent for the Released Parties to obtain, use, and share your Entry, name, business name, address, email and other details (collectively, “Contest Data”) for Contest administration purposes. For information regarding Sponsor’s privacy practices, please visit https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/about-mastercard/what-we-do/privacy.html.
ADDITIONAL TERMS: The Released Parties are not responsible for late, lost, stolen, illegible, incomplete, misdirected, delayed, garbled, damaged, inaccurate or undelivered emails, Entries, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of Contest Data, defect/delay in transmission or communication, including, but not limited to, recording failures, or for telephonic, human or computer failures, problems or errors, interruptions in service leveraged to create an Entry, whether due to system upgrades, repairs, modifications or other causes, defect or delay in transmission, connections, satellite, network, cable, Internet Service Provider (ISP), phones, phone lines or telephone systems, recording/filming systems, electronic equipment, computer hardware or software failures, inaccurate Entry information, traffic congestion on the internet, technical or mechanical malfunctions, or other malfunctions, errors or delays, whether caused by equipment, programming, human error, acts of God or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Entries, Contest Data processing, the tabulation of judging points, the announcement of the prizes and winners, the cancellation or postponement of the Contest, for any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer or other device relating to or resulting from participation in this Contest, or for printing, typographical, human, or other errors appearing in these Official Rules, in any Contest advertisements or other materials. Use of any device to automate or subvert Entry is prohibited and any Entries received by such means will be void. No software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated Entries are permitted and any Entries received by such means will be void. Any Entrant determined to be involved in such prohibited activity will not be eligible to receive a prize in this Contest.
CAUTION: Any attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made; the Released Parties reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys’ fees) and/or other remedies from any such person(s) responsible for the attempt to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Released Parties make no warranty, guaranty, or representation of any kind concerning any prize (or any portion thereof), and disclaim any implied warranty. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Entrants agree that the Released Parties: (a) maintain no control over the personnel, equipment or operation of any air, water or surface carrier, ship line, bus or limousine company, transportation company, hotel, manufacturer or other person or entity furnishing services, products or accommodations (“Suppliers”) as a part of the prizes provided in connection with the Contest; and (b) will not be responsible or liable for any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or other irregularity that may be caused or contributed to: (i) by the wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of the Suppliers or any of their agents, servants, employees or independent contractors, (ii) by any defect in or failure of any vehicle, equipment, instrumentality, service or product that is owned, operated, furnished or otherwise used by any of those Suppliers, (iii) by the wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other person or entity not an employee of the Released Parties, and (iv) by any cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of the Released Parties. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Except where prohibited by law, Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the state of New York. 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 the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. The remedy for any claim shall be limited to actual damages, and in no event, shall any party be entitled to recover punitive, exemplary, consequential, or incidental damages, including attorney’s fees or other such related costs of bringing a claim, or to rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Official Rules. Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, and/or the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
WINNERS LIST: For the Finalists and Grand Prize winner’s names, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by 10/1/21 to: Home Team Advantage Small Business Contest Winners (Boston Red Sox), 211 Greenwood Ave. 2-2, Promo 501, Bethel, CT 06801.
The Contest is in no way sponsored, administered, executed or produced by any MLB Entity. Major League Baseball trademarks, service marks and copyrights are proprietary to the MLB Entities. All rights reserved.
Mastercard & Mastercard Prepaid are registered trademarks, & the circles design is a trademark, of Mastercard International Incorporated.
All third-party trademarks belong to their respective owners.
The use of any non-Sponsor trademarks, service marks, logos, or other marks in connection with this Contest or any prize is not meant by Sponsor to imply the endorsement of the respective owner(s) of such marks, or any affiliation of the respective owner(s) of such marks with Contest advertisements or the Contest.
SPONSOR: Mastercard International Incorporated, 2000 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577.
ADMINISTRATOR: teamDigital Promotions, 6 Berkshire Blvd, Bethel, CT 06801.