Official Rules: Washington Blade & MLB® All-Star Week™ Sweepstakes

Washington Blade & MLB® All-Star Week™ Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

NOTICE TO ENTRANTS

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sponsor and the MLB Entities are not responsible for (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer or mobile device related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes. By participating in the Sweepstakes, you (a) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (b) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the independent judging organization, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to (1) permanently disqualify from any Sweepstakes it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (2) cancel the Sweepstakes if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Sweepstakes), and to select the winner from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation.

LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE, DESTROY, TAMPER OR VANDALIZE ANY WEB SITE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES OR INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR AND MLBAM RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

The Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, administered, executed or produced by any MLB Entity.

Eligibility: Washington Blade & MLB® All-Star Week™ Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia (U.S.), age twenty-one (21) or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees, officers, and directors (including immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and members of the same household, whether or not related) of Washington Blade (the “Sponsor”), the MLB Entities (defined below) and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to enter. The “MLB Entities” shall mean the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball (“BOC”), its Bureaus, Committees, Subcommittees and Councils, MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (“MLBAM” or “MLB.com”), Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., The MLB Network, LLC, the Major League Baseball Clubs (“Clubs”), 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, directors, officers, employees and agents of the foregoing entities.  Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.

Entry: The Sweepstakes entry period begins on June 11, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on June 29, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). Online entry only. No other method of entry will be accepted. Limit one (1) entry per email address. Additional entries beyond the specified limit will be void.

During the Sweepstakes Entry Period, visit https://www.washingtonblade.com/allstar/ and follow all entry instructions to complete and submit the online entry form. Entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. All information submitted online via the entry form is subject to all notices posted online at https://www.washingtonblade.com/allstar/ including but not limited to, and will be treated in a manner consistent with, the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Entries generated by a script, macro or other mechanical or automated means will be disqualified.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of any potential winner based on an email address, online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” means the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

Prizes/Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”)/Odds: Ten (10) prizes (each, a “prize” and collectively, the “prizes”) will be awarded as follows:

One (1) winner will receive two (2) tickets for winner and one (1) guest for the 2018 MLB® All-Star Game® presented by Mastercard played on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C.. TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. The prize does not include tickets to or for any game, event or exhibition during the 2018 MLB® All-Star Week™ other than as specifically set forth herein.

One (1) winner will receive two (2) tickets for winner and one (1) guest for the 2018 MLB® Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby held on Monday, July 16, 2018, in Washington, D.C.. TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. The prize does not include tickets to or for any game, event or exhibition during the 2018 MLB® All-Star Week™ other than as specifically set forth herein.

Two (2) winners will each receive two (2) tickets for winner and one (1) guest for the 2018 MLB® All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game held on Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Washington, D.C..  TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. The prize does not include tickets to or for any game, event or exhibition during the 2018 MLB® All-Star Week™ other than as specifically set forth herein.

Six (6) winners will each receive two (2) tickets for winner and one (1) guest for the 2018 MLB® GEICO All-Star Fanfest on Friday, July 13, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.. TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. The prize does not include tickets to or for any game, event or exhibition during the 2018 MLB® All-Star Week™ other than as specifically set forth herein.

Odds of winning will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.


Random Drawing: The potential winners will be selected in a random drawing, taking place on or about Thursday July 5, 2018, from among all eligible entries received. The drawing will take place at the offices of the Washington Blade. Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, the potential winners shall be declared the official winners of the Sweepstakes. The decisions of Sponsor are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Limit one (1) prize per person, family or household.

Notification: The potential winners will be notified at the email address, postal address and/or telephone number (in the sole discretion of Sponsor) provided at the time of entry (the “Prize Notification”). In the event that a potential winner does not respond to any such Prize Notification within three (3) days of the date of issuance or declines the applicable prize for any reason, a disqualification will result, such prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, an alternate potential winner may be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries.  Each potential winner may be required to submit his/her valid social security number and/or other identification to Sponsor and may be required to execute, have notarized and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release of Liability and, unless prohibited by law, Publicity, within three (3) days of the date of issuance.  Failure to submit any identification required by Sponsor or to return the required documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules or the return of the prize (or any portion thereof) or Prize Notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and prize forfeiture and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion and time permitting, may cause an alternate potential winner to be randomly selected from among all remaining eligible entries.

Prize Conditions: All prize details shall be determined in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. The prizes are not redeemable for cash. The prizes are non-transferable and non-assignable. Any other incidental expenses on prize not specified herein, including but not limited to lodging, transportation costs, meals, gratuities and other expenses incurred by accepting a prize, are the sole responsibility of each individual winner. Except where prohibited by law, entry and acceptance of prize constitute permission for Sponsor and the applicable MLB Entities to use the winners’ name, prize won, hometown, likeness for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity (including online posting) in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

Winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, if applicable. Entry and acceptance of a prize by a winner constitutes permission for Sponsor, its agents and the applicable MLB Entities to use such winner’s name, prize won, hometown and likeness for online posting and promotional purposes without further compensation, except where prohibited by law. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize (or any portion thereof) with a prize of comparable or greater value at its sole and absolute discretion.

Seat locations at the game, event or exhibition shall be determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor. Each winner’s guest must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.  Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition dates and times are determined in the sole discretion of the BOC and/or the applicable Club, as applicable, and may be subject to change.  The terms and conditions of the tickets awarded as part of any prize will govern in the event a legal game, event or exhibition, as defined by Major League Baseball, is not played or held, as applicable, due to weather conditions, an act of God, an act of terrorism, civil disturbance or any other reason.  Each winner and his/her guest agree to comply with all applicable ballpark and venue, as applicable, regulations in connection with the prize.  Sponsor and the applicable MLB Entities reserve the right to remove or to deny entry to any 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 at the game, event or exhibition.  Sponsor and the MLB Entities will not be responsible for weather conditions, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any Major League Baseball game, event or exhibition.  Major League Baseball game, event and exhibition tickets awarded as prizes may not be resold or 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 or exhibition tickets.

Each winner acknowledges that the Sponsor and all other businesses affiliated with this Sweepstakes and their agents and the MLB Entities do not make, expressly, and are in no manner responsible for any warranty, representations, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the quality, conditions, fitness or merchantability of any aspect of any prize being offered. Entry and acceptance of a prize by a winner constitutes permission for Sponsor or its agents and the applicable MLB Entities to use such winner’s name, prize won, hometown and likeness for online posting and promotional purposes without further compensation, except where prohibited by law. The prizes are guaranteed to be awarded.

General: Participating entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, and release the Sponsor, the MLB Entities, Facebook, Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”), Apple, Inc.  and each of their respective affiliated companies, and all other businesses involved in this Sweepstakes, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each (“Released Parties”) from all claims and liability relating to their participation in the Sweepstakes, and the acceptance and use/misuse of any prize (or any portion thereof) offered. Each winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Sweepstakes or use/misuse or redemption of any prize (or any portion thereof). Released Parties are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prizes. By entering this Sweepstakes, each entrant gives his/her express permission to be contacted by Sponsor by telephone, email and/or postal mail for Sweepstakes purposes. 

As a condition of entering this Sweepstakes, each entrant agrees that (i) any and all disputes, claims, controversies or causes of action arising out of or relating to this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded (each, a “Claim”), shall be (1) arbitrated on an individual basis only, and shall not be consolidated or joined with or in any arbitration or other proceeding involving a Claim of any other party, and (2) settled by binding arbitration in New York County, New York before a single arbitrator appointed by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its then governing rules and procedures, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof; and (ii) under no circumstance will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses.  These Official Rules shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A, applicable to contracts entered into and performed exclusively in that State.

Privacy: By entering and providing the required entry information, entrants acknowledge that they have read, understand and agree to the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

Winner Confirmation: For a written confirmation of the winners (available after Friday, July 6, 2018), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than August 13, 2018), to: Washington Blade, PO Box 53352, Washington, DC 20009.

Sweepstakes Facts

All entries have the same chance of winning. No one will know who the winners are until after the Sweepstakes ends, the random drawing is held and the potential winners are declared the official winners.


Entry Is Free. You don’t have to buy anything to enter. Just fill out the fields on the online entry form and submit.


Buying Won’t Help You Win. Chances of winning without making a purchase are the same as the chances of someone who buys something.

Apple, Inc. is not a sponsor of, or responsible for conducting, the Sweepstakes. All entry data provided online is provided to Sponsor and not to Facebook or Twitter. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. TWITTER, TWEET, RETWEET and the Twitter logo are trademarks of Twitter, Inc. or its affiliates.


Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Sweepstakes is Washington Blade, 1712 14
th Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20009.

Major League Baseball trademarks, service marks and copyrights are proprietary to the MLB Entities. All rights reserved.

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