Play the NFL Pick 'em Challenge for a chance to win weekly prizes

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 4:55 PM

2013 NFL Pick ‘em Challenge official rules

Play the 2013 NFL Pick ‘em Challenge for a chance to win weekly prizes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. YOU MUST HAVE INTERNET ACCESS PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF THE SWEEPSTAKES.

DEADLINES: Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. CST, Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The contest begins with the first regular season NFL game on Thursday, September 5, 2013 and concludes with the final game of the NFL regular season schedule (the “Contest Period.”) The Contest is intended for recreational purposes only and may not be used for any form of gambling. The Contest is administered by Dell Sports (The “Contest Administrator”) on behalf of KHOU 11 (“Contest Sponsor.”)  KHOU 11 is offering weekly and a grand prize and has rules to determine these winners.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Each participant must complete the registration process to become eligible to play. The registration is a simple process that involves submitting a user’s contact information, team name creation, and password selection. Once this process is completed, users will be directed to the home page where they can participate in the contest.

PLAYING THE GAME: Each week, the game operator will display the match-ups on the "make picks" page. The season starts with the first week 1 game and ends on the last week 17 game. All picks must be made prior to 1:00 pm ET on Sunday each week. Early games must be selected prior to the start of that early game. Players can save their early game pick and then make changes to Sunday games before 1:00 pm ET on Sunday.

TEAM PERFORMANCE: Each week the scores will be calculated and posted for viewing. The “Results” tab will detail a user’s weekly and cumulative performance.

SCORING: Correctly predicting a regular season matchup will entitle the player to earn points. The points scale will be as follows:

  • Monday Night Games: 200 Points
  • Any Other Weekly Regular Season Game: 100 points

WINNING THE GAME: Each week, every user’s score is posted on the standings page. Players with the most points are listed at the top. Tie-breaking rules will determine the rank for players with the same number of points. The “default game winner” is the player who has the most cumulative points at the end of the season after tie-breaking rules are applied. It is possible that the “default game winner” may not have a prize awarded by the media partner for their achievement. Check the “Prize” section to see what (if any) prizes are awarded and to see the requirements for winning that prize. If there are no prizes stated, then players are playing for bragging rights only.

TOP CUMULATIVE STANDINGS SCORE: If there is a tie for the Top Cumulative Standings Score (Best Cumulative Score), the following tiebreakers will apply:

  • Tiebreaker # 1 - Total number of correct picks for all weeks
  • Tiebreaker # 2 - Total number of correct picks for all Monday Games
  • Tiebreaker # 3 - Smallest tiebreaker absolute differential for the total score in the designated Week 17 tie-breaker game (calculated by: finding the absolute difference between the user predicted total score in designated Week 17 tie-breaker game and the actual score of the designated Week 17 tie-breaker game). The tie breaking will continue (week 16, then week 15, etc.) until a winner is determined.

In all cases, an entry that does not win a tiebreaker is eliminated from consideration. Odds of winning prizes depend on the total number of eligible entries received and the relative U.S. football knowledge of all Entrants.

WEEKLY STANDINGS SCORE: If there is a tie for the Weekly Standings (Best Score In A Given Week), the following tiebreakers will apply:

  • Tiebreaker # 1 - Smallest tiebreaker absolute differential for the total score in the designated week’s tie-breaker game (calculated by: finding the absolute difference between the user predicted total score in designated week’s tie-breaker game and the actual score of the designated week’s tie-breaker game).
  • Tiebreaker # 2 - Total number of correct picks for the given week
  • Tiebreaker # 3 - Correct predicted winner for the Monday night matchup
  • Tiebreaker # 4 – Random drawing

In all cases, an entry that does not win a tiebreaker is eliminated from consideration. Odds of winning prizes depend on the total number of eligible entries received and the relative U.S. football knowledge of all Entrants.

NOTE: Updated standings will be available every Tuesday, unless unforeseen problems arise.

PUBLIC OR PRIVATE GROUPS: Groups are available for any user who desires to form their own groups of their friends and coworkers. Any user can create or join a public group. Private groups can be created by any user and are password protected, allowing only users who know the password to join the group. Each user in a group will be ranked and sorted by their performance in their group. Private groups will have their own smack board, public groups will not. It is the private group creator’s responsibility to provide the password to users wishing to join their group.

STANDINGS: There will be two pages for the different standings: Cumulative Point Standings and Weekly Scores (for each week in the season). View the prize section to see what prizes (if any) are being awarded. If there are no prizes stated, then players are playing for bragging rights only. Updated standings will be available every Tuesday, unless unforeseen problems arise.

WINNING STRATEGY: There is a great deal of strategy that goes into the game of Pickem Challenge. Some players wish to select their favorite teams to win, while other managers will spend hours researching the statistics for each match-up. There are many different strategies that have won. Football's a great sport, so whatever your strategy, remember to have fun and enjoy the game.

OTHER NOTES: All team selections must be completed prior to the kickoff each early game and by 1:00 pm ET on every Sunday for Sunday and Monday games.

  • Any team attempting to make selection changes close to the deadline, risks the chance of not getting in his/her changes on time.
  • We are not responsible for late entries, server congestion, faulty Internet connections, etc., which may cause your picks not to be made.
  • We will post the scores every Tuesday morning unless unforeseen complications arise.
  • Any scoring disputes must be called to our attention via customer support link on the contest navigation by Noon ET on Wednesdays within the week following the scoring dispute in question.
  • The game operator reserves the right to deny any scoring inaccuracies at any time due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any team caught or suspected of system tampering, game interference or breaking our terms and conditions, may be removed from the game at any time and without notice. We also reserve the right to pursue legal and criminal action upon those member(s).
  • All scores are final.

ELIGIBILITY: You must be a legal resident who is eighteen (18) years of age or older living within 100 miles of Houston City Hall in Houston, Texas as determined by Google Maps. Void where prohibited by law. Employees, temporary employees, independent contractors and interns of the Contest Sponsors, the Contest Administrator, and each of their respective subsidiaries, parents, partners, other sweepstakes sponsors, advertising and promotional agencies (hereinafter "Sweepstakes Providers") and the immediate family members of each, and any persons living with, any such employees are not eligible to enter or to win. The term "immediate family members" includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren. Winners of previous KHOU.com sweepstakes or contests are not eligible to win another KHOU.com sweepstakes or contest within a 90-day period. LIMIT one (1) entry (registration) per person and per e-mail address. Multiple entries per person or email address will be disqualified.  

ENTRY: Register by visiting http://www.khou.com/sports/houstontexans and following the on-line instructions to obtain a username and password ("log-in ID").  Please remember your log-in ID so that you may return to the site to enter the Contest, make changes to your selections (up to the Contest Entry Deadline) and check standings and updates during the Contest.  You may enter the Contest up until the Contest Entry Deadline eligible to enter the Contest. Each participant must complete the registration process to become eligible to play. Registration is free and is a simple process that involves submitting a user’s contact information, team name creation, and password selection. Once this process is completed, users will be directed to the home page where they can participate in the contest.

WINNERS AND PRIZES: One (1) grand prize winner will receive a 50-inch Smart LED TV with Wi-Fi. (Model Toshiba 50L4300U). Approximate retail value: $749.00. Grand prize winner will also receive 10 wings per week for one year from Brewingz. Retail value: $500.00. Total retail value of grand prize is $1,249.00. One grand prize winner will be determined by scoring specified above at the end of the seventeen week NFL regular season.

One (1) winner each week will receive a football feast food platter from Brewingz. A retail value of $89.99. Weekly winners will be determined by scoring specified in the FOOTBALL PICKem CONTEST RULES and contacted by a KHOU representative. There will be a total of seventeen (17) weekly winners.

All expenses not stated herein (including, but not limited to, taxes and fees on the prize and other personal expenses incurred in connection with the redemption, receipt and/or use of the prize or participating in any prize-related activity) are the responsibility of each winner.  An IRS Form 1099 will be issued for all prizes with a retail value in excess of $600. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash and no substitutions are allowed (except by the Contest Sponsor due to prize unavailability, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be substituted).  Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Entries will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, education, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.  Contest Sponsor and Administrator are not responsible for (i) entries not received due to lost, failed, delayed or interrupted connections, including Internet/Web-server/network/phone-line connections or miscommunications, or other electronic malfunctions, computer or telephone, hardware or software failures, malfunctions, or garbled or jumbled transmissions or (ii) for any incorrect or inaccurate information in the Contest or for any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of entries in the Contest. The Contest Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Contest should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Contest Sponsor or Administrator, that in the Contest Sponsor's sole opinion, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper operation or play of the Contest and, in any such event, select winners, either by highest scores achieved prior to event requiring such termination, cancellation or suspension or, if necessary, by random drawing from all eligible registrations received prior to event requiring such action. In the event that any legal or regulatory authority challenges the contest, the Contest Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. The game operator shall have no liability to any players who are disqualified due to such an action

The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any participant.  Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and/or civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the entrant and seek damages and other remedies to the fullest extent permitted by law. By participating, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and further agrees that: (i) notwithstanding any contrary provision in Contest Sponsor or Contest Administrators privacy policies, if legally permissible, the Contest Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries and affiliate have the right to publicize his or her name, voice, city/state of residence, photograph and/or likeness for advertising, trade and/or any other purpose in any media or format now or hereafter known without further compensation, authorization or remuneration; and (ii) the Contest Sponsor and the Contest Administrator and their respective parents, affiliates and subsidiaries and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss, injury, or damage to entrant or any other person or entity, including personal injury, death, 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 the prize or participation in this Contest.  All federal, state and local laws apply.  Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.

IMPORTANT WINNER INFORMATION: It is the responsibility of the Entrant to keep all mailing and e-mail information up-to-date and accurate. Winners should allow up to 6-8 weeks after they return their signed, notarized affidavit to receive their prize.

Contest Sponsor reserves the right to award the actual cash equivalent of any prize in lieu of the prize itself. Prizes returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within fourteen (14) days after being sent will be forfeited (and the Contest Sponsor will have no further responsibility to the initially selected winner) and awarded to an alternate winner.  Contest Sponsor is only obligated to contact a single alternate. In all instances in which Contest Sponsor notifies, or seeks to deliver a prize to or otherwise attempts to contact an alternate winner, if such alternate winner is unavailable or disqualified or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, within the time frames otherwise allotted for the initially selected winner, then Contest Sponsor may choose either not to award the prize or to donate it to another person or entity, in its sole discretion.

Entrants acknowledge that Contest Sponsor, Contest Administrator and their respective agencies have neither made nor are in any manner responsible for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, including but not limited to its quality. Except for a standard limited warranty that the prize manufacturer may include with the prize, the prize is awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). For an additional copy of the official rules, please click on the terms and conditions link at the bottom of our web site. This may be printed and read at your convenience.

NOTIFICATION: One grand prize winner will be determined by scoring specified in the FOOTBALL PICKem CONTEST RULES at the end of the seventeen week NFL regular season. Weekly winners will be determined by scoring specified in the FOOTBALL PICKem CONTEST RULES. All winners will be contacted by a KHOU representative. There will be a total of seventeen (17) weekly winners.

The winner’s address must be within the stated mileage requirements as determined by Google Map results. Winner selection shall be final. In order to be named a winner, potential winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Prize Acceptance Form/Release of liability upon accepting a prize. Noncompliance will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected.

EMAIL CHANGE OF ADDRESS POLICY: It is the sole responsibility of the Entrant to notify the Sponsor in the event of his or her email address changing. To do so, click on the “Account” sub section under the “main” navigation. Failure to maintain a valid email address may result in that user’s disqualification and the forfeiture of any prizes won in conjunction of this contest.

WINNERS LIST: Official Rules and the name of the winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope to: KHOU TV, 1945 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019. Indicate “KHOU NFL PICK EM CHALLENGE” Rules Request or Winner’s List on the outside of the envelope as applicable. Limit one (1) request per envelope. The request must include the name of the Contest. Winners List will be available 5 days after the winners are confirmed. Questions regarding this Contest may be addressed to: KHOU TV, 1945 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019.

INTERNET PROBLEMS: If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, terrorism, work stoppage, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the game operator, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, the game operator reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. In such event, the game operator further reserves the right to award prizes to the player with the most points as of the termination date.

TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS: The game operator assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries or transactions. The game operator is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email entry or transaction to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this contest.

CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the game is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the game operator reserves the right to seek damages from any such contestant to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "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. In the event that any legal or regulatory authority challenges the contest, the game operator reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Contest, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. The game operator shall have no liability to any players who are disqualified due to such an action.

FALSE REGISTRATION: The game operator reserves the right to disqualify any user who has registered with non valid or false information. To qualify for any prize, users must have valid registration information by the contest ending date. Any information that is inaccurate or misleading will result in that users disqualification and the forfeiture of any prizes won in conjunction of this contest.

DISCLAIMER: The game operator is in no way connected with, affiliated with the NFL, or any of its affiliated teams, players, or players union. All references to any professional football name or term is purely nominative and not intended to imply connection affiliation or endorsement.

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