State of the U Bracket Challenge

Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

March Madness is a wonderful time, and to help you celebrate the Canes amazing run, State Of The U has put together a sweet contest. Join our Bracket Challenge, have the most accurate picks, and win a pretty fantastic prize!

March Madness, also known as the most wonderful time of the year, is upon us once again, and we here at State of the U would like to invite you to join us in our first annual March Madness bracket challenge!

To make matters interesting, we’ve decided to offer a prize to the person who wins our group.

What’s the prize, you ask?

You know the hat Stacy Coley wore to his signing day ceremony? Well we found one. And it can be yours.

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And The best part? The whole thing is absolutely free!

All that we ask of you is that you follow all of the following rules:

1) You must be signed up for the blog to be eligible for the prize.

2) You must have a Twitter or Facebook account linked to your SB Nation profile to be eligible for the prize.

Editor's Note: it was brought to my attention that the permissions that one must agree to when linking your Twitter or Facebook accounts may be a bit off-putting. Rest assured that those are absolutely standard permissions when linking your social networks to any app or site. Neither SOTU nor SB Nation would ever compromise your accounts, or use your info in any way other than what you intend. So don't worry, it's normal.

3) You must either follow our Twitter account @TheStateOfTheU and/or Like our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/TheStateOfTheU to be eligible.

4) One bracket entry per person is allowed. Anyone who enters more than one bracket will be disqualified from the prize. (Don't try it, we will know)

5) Your bracket entry must be named after your SB Nation profile name. This is to provide verification that you are a member of the blog, and to make it easier to notify you in case you win.

6) Once the tournament concludes, the winning bracket will be checked to verify that it meets all of the above criteria. If it does, the winner will be notified. If it does not, the second place person will be verified, and so on until a winner is located.

7) Once notified, you will have 48 hours to respond in order to lay claim to the prize. If a response is not received within 48 hours, the second place person will be notified, pending verification, and the same rule will apply.

8) All brackets must be received by the deadline placed in the ESPN group. If your bracket is not received and 100% complete by that deadline, you won't be eligible for the prize.

To join the group, click here. If you have any questions / concerns, leave a comment below and I’ll reply.

I’ll be live tweeting throughout March Madness and will be providing updates on the group on my personal account ...

Note: The staff of State of the U are not eligible to win the prize.

UPDATE - OFFICIAL RULES BELOW

No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.

  1. Eligibility: The e.g., NCAA College Basketball Brackets Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) who, at the time of entry, are at least eighteen (18) years of age and are registered members of www.nameofyoursite.com (the “Contest Site”). Employees, independent contractors, interns, officers, directors, and agents Sponsor, other companies associated with the Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children, and their respective spouses) and household members of any of the foregoing, are not eligible to enter.

  2. Sponsor: The Contest is sponsored by Vox Media, Inc., d/b/a SB Nation, 1740 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (“Sponsor”).

  3. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Contest, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

  4. Entry Period: The Contest beings at e.g. 12:01 pm ET on e.g., March 18, 2013 and ends prior to the scheduled tip-off time of the first game in the second round of the tournament (currently scheduled for the morning of Thursday, March 21, 2013) after which all selections must be finalized and may not be revised (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.

  5. How to Enter: To enter the Contest, you must (i) be a registered member of the Contest Site, (ii) be a registered member of the e.g. ESPN Tournament Challenge or YahooSports Tourney Pick'Em (the “Tournament Site”), (iii) be a registered member of the league entitled “e.g. name of your League, like "SB Nation"” (the “League”), and (iv) create and submit an entry for the League on the Tournament Site.

  1. Becoming a Registered User of the Contest Site. Visit the Contest Site and if you are not already a registered user of the Contest Site, click “Sign Up” and register as a member of the Contest Site.

  2. Becoming a Registered User of the Tournament Site. Visit the Tournament Site to register for a Tournament Site account.

  3. Becoming a Member of the League. Locate the League in the Tournament Site’s Group Directory and click to join.

  4. Creating and Submitting an Entry. Once signed up to participate in the League on the Tournament Site, an entrant must submit his or her “selections” in accordance with the rules of the Tournament Site to predict the outcome of all games in the 2013 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament (an “Entry”). There is a limit of one (1) entry per person/e-mail address. Entries will not be acknowledged. The use of an agency or any automated system to enter is strictly prohibited and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries received through such methods, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.

  1. Selection of Winners: Entrants will earn points for correctly guessing the outcome of each game in the 2013 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, as explained in the Official Rules on the Tournament Site. At the end of the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament, entrants will be ranked by the Sponsor, according to accumulated point scores. The Grand Prize winner will be the entrant that accumulates the greatest total number of points on the Tournament Site, from among all members of the League. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen based on the Tournament Site’s tie-breaking procedures. For additional information on scoring, visit the Tournament Site to review scoring guidelines: include link to Official Rules for ESPN or Yahoo game. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received and the performance of each entrant.

  2. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winners: Sponsor will attempt to notify potential winners within three (3) business days of the date of selection. If a potential winner does not respond within three (3) business days after the notice is sent, the Sponsor will select an alternate potential winner in his/her place according to the Judging Criteria. Only three (3) alternate potential winners will be contacted. Except where prohibited, a potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place according to the Judging Criteria. Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted.

  3. Prize(s): Quantity of Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize winner Grand Prize: e.g., $100 gift certificate to Modell's. ARV of Grand Prize: $ USD; $ CAN. A winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any and all other costs and expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. You may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

  4. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, or other technical problem, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; or (b) award the prize(s) according to the procedures set forth above from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest 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. Failure by Sponsor to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to any online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the participant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.

  5. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (b) technical errors related to computers, servers, providers, or telephone, or network lines; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

  6. Privacy and Publicity: Any information you submit as part of the Contest will be used for purposes of this Contest and treated in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes an entrant’s consent to Sponsor’s use of his/her name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.

  7. Disputes: Except where prohibited, you agree 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 Washington, DC. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Washington, DC, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Washington, DC or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Washington, DC.

  8. Third Party Platforms: If this Contest is hosted, administered, or operated on a third party platform, including without limitation a social media platform (e.g. Facebook or Twitter) (“Third Party Platform”), then by participating in this Contest, entrants hereby release and agree to hold harmless such Third Party Platform from any and all liability, loss or damages arising from or in connection with the awarding, receipt, and/or use or misuse of prizes or participation in any prize-related activities. Unless otherwise stated to the contrary in these Official Rules, this Contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, any Third Party Platform.

  9. Results: To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Vox Media, Inc. 1740 N. Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, Attn: 2013 Men’s Basketball Tournament Contest. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the end of the Entry Period.

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