Merry Madness Christmas Bracket Rules
Hallmark Channel®’s Merry Madness Christmas Bracket Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
ABOUT SWEEPSTAKES/SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY PERIOD: The Hallmark Channel®’s Merry Madness Christmas Bracket Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is a points-based challenge based on the outcome of Participants predicting the outcomes in the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Christmas Bracket, as defined below. Hallmark Channel Christmas movies will be presented in the form of a head-to-head bracket. Participants will earn points by correctly predicting, through their bracket selections, which movie in each match-up will be the most frequently selected among participants across all Merry Madness Christmas Brackets (the “Selections”). The number of points awarded for each correct pick of a winning match-up will increase with each round of the Merry Madness Christmas Bracket. The Sweepstakes begins at 2:00:00 PM Pacific Time (“PT”) on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and ends at 5:59:59 PM PT on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, outside the U.S., and wherever else prohibited by law. Employees of Crown Media United States, LLC (the "Sponsor"), US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Company (the “Administrator”) and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and marketing/prize providers, and the immediate family members of, and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to enter. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
ENTRY: During the Sweepstakes Entry Period, visit http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas/merry-madness-christmas-bracket (the “Sweepstakes Website”) and follow all entry instructions to complete your Selections from among the sixty-four (64) Christmas Movies (the “Christmas Movies”). The Christmas Movies will be listed in four (4) groupings (Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Hallmark Classics, Hallmark Movies Now), as determined by the Sponsor (the “Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Christmas Bracket”). Participants must enter their Selections for each of the Christmas Movies advancing to the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Round of 32 and on to the subsequent Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Round of 16, Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Round of 8, Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Semi Finalist Round, Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Finalist Round, and the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Champion (each, an “Entry Bracket”). Participants will be asked to register by including first name, last name and email address to submit the completed Entry Bracket.
In the event of a dispute, Entry Brackets 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. Any participant may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to Sponsor’s satisfaction.
Determining Points in the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Christmas Movie Bracket: At the close of each round of the Promotion per the Point Determination Chart below, the Sponsor will determine the winning movie in each match-up within the Merry Madness Christmas Bracket based on the number of predictions submitted for each movie in that matchup from the Entry Brackets received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. For the avoidance of doubt, only the predictions made for a movie during the current round will be used to determine the winning movie in each match-up; predictions for a movie in subsequent or previous rounds, if applicable, will not be used to determine the current round’s winning movies except in the event of a tie. In the event of a tie in a single round between the two movies in a match-up, the tied movie that received the most predictions throughout all rounds of the Sweepstakes Entry Period will be deemed the winning movie in the match-up. Points will be awarded to each individual Entry Bracket for correct predictions in each round in accordance with the chart below.
Determining Winners in the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Christmas Movie Sweepstakes: There are a total of one hundred ninety-two (192) points available to be earned. The eligible Participant with the greatest number of cumulative points in the Sweepstakes will be determined to be the potential Grand Prize Winner, the eligible Participant with the second highest number of cumulative points will be determined to be the potential First Prize Winner; and the eligible Participant with the third highest number of cumulative points will be determined to be the potential Second Prize Winner. If there is a tie between Participants for any of the prizes, a winner will be selected in a random drawing from among the tied Participants.
The outcome of the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Christmas Movie match-ups will be announced beginning on Monday, March 26 when the results of the Round of 64 match-ups will be announced. A round will be revealed each day through Friday, March 30 when the results of the Semi Finalist Round will be announced. The results of the Finalist Round will be announced by the Hallmark Channel on Monday, April 2, 2018.
Participants are prohibited from soliciting Entry Brackets naming any particular Christmas Movie as the winning Christmas Movie by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes, payments or other inducements to members of the public (including, without limitation, offering to trade votes), as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and all associated Brackets may be void and such Participant disqualified; provided, however, that Sponsor shall have no obligation to monitor such activity. All results are unofficial until verified by Sponsor.
ANY STANDINGS DISPLAYED ONLINE MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL UNTIL VERIFIED BY SPONSOR AND ADMINISTRATOR.
PrizeS/Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”)/Prize Conditions:
Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 cash to be awarded in the form of a check payable to the Grand Prize winner. ARV of the Grand Prize: $10,000.
First Prize: One (1) First Prize winner will receive $2,500 cash to be awarded in the form of a check payable to the First Prize winner. ARV of the First Prize: $2,500.
Second Prize: One (1) Second Prize winner will receive $1,000 cash to be awarded in the form of a check payable to the Second Prize winner. ARV of the Second Prize: $1,000.
ARV of all prizes being offered: $13,500.
Limit: One prize per person or household. If an Entrant has more than one Entry Bracket in the top three prize standings, such Entrant will only be awarded the prize associated with the highest-scoring Entry Bracket and Entrant’s other Entry Brackets will not be considered in determining the winner of the remaining prize(s).
Prize winner will be solely responsible for any other expenses associated with using the prize. Prize winner must accept the prize as stated or prize may be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate prize winner. Prize is non-transferable in whole or in part except at the discretion of Sponsor. No substitution except at the discretion of Sponsor, in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. Sponsor reserves the right, to substitute a prize (or component thereof) of equal or greater value in the event a prize is unavailable for any reason whatsoever. Prize winner shall bear all risk of loss or damage to prize upon being awarded to prize winner and Sponsor does not have any obligation or responsibility to replace prize if lost, damaged or stolen. Prize winner must accept the prize as stated or prize may be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner. Sponsor has not made nor in any manner is responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize thereof, including but not limited to its quality, condition, appearance, safety, performance. Sponsor is not responsible for any fees, costs, or additional charges resulting from a participant or prize winner entering and participating in the Sweepstakes and/or being awarded and/or receiving and/or using a prize.
Prize Notification/Odds: One (1) potential Grand Prize winner, one (1) potential First Prize winner, and one (1) potential Second Prize winner will be determined on or about Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from among all eligible Entry Brackets according to the process outlined in the ‘Determining Winners in the Hallmark Channel’s Merry Madness Christmas Movie Sweepstakes’ section of these Official Rules. Prize award is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules.
Each potential Grand Prize, First Prize, and Second Prize winner will be confirmed via email and/or phone and will be required to sign and return, within seven (7) days of notification, an Affidavit of Eligibility, an IRS Form W-9, a Liability Waiver, and where allowable, a Publicity Release (collectively, "the Releases").
If a prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if a potential winner cannot be contacted, if potential winner is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these rules, or if the selected winner cannot accept or receive the prize for any reason, that potential winner will be disqualified, and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner. Non-winning participants will not be notified.
If a winner is otherwise eligible under these Official Rules, but is nevertheless deemed a minor in his or her state of primary residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner's parent or legal guardian who will be required to execute and return the Releases on minor’s behalf, as applicable.
Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible Entry Brackets received and Sections submitted with each and across all Entry Brackets.
Winner Requirements: Each potential winner whose prize is valued at $600 or more will be required to furnish his/her Social Security Number in order for an IRS Form 1099 in the value of the prize to be supplied to each winner. All federal, state and local taxes resulting from acceptance and use of prize are the responsibility of the winner. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, an alternate winner may be selected in a separate random drawing. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify winner’s agreement and consent that Sponsor may use the winner’s name, city, state, likeness, and/or prize information in connection with the Sweepstakes, worldwide, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment or consideration, except where prohibited by law. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder. Winner will indemnify Sponsor, Released Parties (as defined below) and any licensee of Sponsor against all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and legal expenses) arising out of any breach of these terms.
Each prize will be awarded within approximately 45 days after the winner is verified.
Release: By participating, participant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor, US Sweepstakes & Fulfillment Co., and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising/promotion agencies, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.
General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes or for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by participant, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from participant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable entries or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical/other error in entries, selection announcement or for any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, accessing or downloading information in connection with this Sweepstakes. If for any reason a participant's Sweepstakes entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, participant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Sweepstakes, provided that, if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the Sweepstakes prizes offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.
Disputes: EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, AND EXCLUSIVELY BY THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA OR THE APPROPRIATE CALIFORNIA STATE COURT LOCATED IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY; (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, INCLUDING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS’ FEES; AND (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL PARTICIPANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND PARTICIPANT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN FOR ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES, AND ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED. ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTICIPANT AND SPONSOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SWEEPSTAKES, SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OR CONFLICT OF LAW RULES (WHETHER OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION), WHICH WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION OTHER THAN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. ALL PRIZES ARE AWARDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.
WINNER CONFIRMATION: For a written confirmation of the winner (available after 04/04/18), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope (no later than 05/02/18) (postage not required for VT residents), to: Hallmark Channel®’s Merry Madness Christmas Bracket Sweepstakes, Winner Confirmation Request, PO Box 25466, Rochester, NY 14625-0466.
SPONSOR: Crown Media United States, LLC, 12700 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604