SimLeague™ Hockey Official Terms of Use

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. SimLeague™ Hockey is a skill game of hockey management that offers participants the ability to play in two types of leagues:  (1) Full-Season Leagues (comprised of 24 teams each) at a cost of US $9.95 per team, the winners of which will receive a prize (each, a "Contest"); and (2) Exhibition Leagues (comprised of 6 teams each) at no cost, with no prize.  Details on how to play SimLeague Hockey are set forth in the SimLeague Hockey Game Rules (the "Hockey Rules"), which are incorporated as part of these Official Rules. Click here to see the Hockey Rules.


ELIGIBILITY.  SimLeague Hockey is open to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Ineligible Locations (defined below)) who have reached the age of majority in their country, state, province or territory and had a valid e-mail account prior to the Start Date (as defined in paragraph 2 below), who are located in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) or Canada (excluding Ineligible Locations (defined below)) at the time of entry.  Residents of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Vermont, and the province of Quebec (collectively, the "Ineligible Locations") may participate in a Contest, but are NOT eligible to win prizes.  Any individual who is at least 13 years of age as of the Start Date, but has not reached the age of majority in his or her country, state, province or territory of residence, may register to participate in a Contest but will NOT be eligible to win prizes.  SimLeague Hockey is not open to employees, representatives and agents of the National Hockey League and its Member Teams, the National Hockey League Players' Association, the NHL Alumni Association, NHL Enterprises, L.P., NHL Enterprises Canada, L.P., NHL Enterprises B.V. or NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises (collectively, the "NHL Entities") or of the Sponsor, WhatIfSports.com, Inc., any advertising and promotional organizations related to SimLeague Hockey, the respective subsidiaries and/or affiliates of any of the foregoing, the Contest judges (collectively, the "SimLeague Hockey Parties"), and any person domiciled with, and/or an immediate family member (parents, sisters, brothers, children, spouse) of any of the SimLeague Hockey Parties.

SIMLEAGUE HOCKEY START DATE.  SimLeague Hockey begins at 12:00 p.m. on May 20, 2003 (the "Start Date"), after which individuals may register to play in a Contest and/or in an Exhibition League.  Sponsor will notify all registered WhatIfSports.com users (including, without limitation, Contest participants) of SimLeague Hockey's end date ("End Date Notification") via email, after which no entries into a Contest or Exhibition League will be accepted.  Any Contest or Exhibition League in progress as of the date of the End Date Notification will proceed until completed.

Contests:  After the Start Date, each Contest will start on the date identified in an email each registered entrant in the Contest will receive after the league becomes filled with 24 teams, and end when play in that particular league is completed (the "Contest Period").  Each Contest Period is 55 days from start to finish (including all playoff rounds) and each team in a Contest plays an 82-regular season game schedule consisting of 2 games per day, followed by playoff rounds for those teams that qualify in accordance with the Hockey Rules.  Each Contest is comprised of 2 conferences – 3 divisions in each conference with 4 teams in each division.  The regular season schedule for each Contest will be generated once that league is filled and will be e-mailed to registered entrants in the Contest at least three days prior to the start of that league's season.  Upon completion of the regular season schedule, the teams in each Contest which qualify in accordance with the Hockey Rules will participate in playoff rounds until such teams are eliminated.  No entries into a Contest will be accepted after the End Date Notification (see above).

Exhibition Leagues:  After the Start Date, each Exhibition League will start on the date identified in an email each registered entrant in the Exhibition League will receive after the league becomes filled with 6 teams) and end when play in that particular league is completed.  Each Exhibition League lasts five days from start to finish and each Exhibition League team plays a 10-game season consisting of two games per day.  No playoff rounds are played in Exhibition Leagues and there are no prizes.  Each Exhibition League is comprised of 1 division with 6 teams.  The season schedule for each Exhibition League will be generated once that league is filled and will be e-mailed to registered entrants in the Exhibition League prior to the start of that league's season.  No entries into an Exhibition League will be accepted after the End Date Notification (see above).

Sponsor reserves the right to not create one or more Contests and/or Exhibition Leagues, and/or to terminate one or more Contests and/or Exhibition Leagues, at any time for any reason without liability to the participants therein.  In the event that a Contest is not created or is terminated by the Sponsor, Sponsor will credit the applicable Contest participants for another Contest or issue a refund.  All times are local New York time.

HOW TO ENTER.  Visit the Sponsor's website at www.whatifsports.com or go to www.nhl.com (and click on Fantasy Games in the left menu), follow the links to the SimLeague™ Hockey web page, click on join WhatIfSports.com and complete the Account Member Information and Account Security boxes (the Account Security box is where you will be assigned a WhatIfSports.com username and password) (the "Registration Process").  Once you have completed the Registration Process, you may participate in one or more Exhibition Leagues for free.  You may participate in one Exhibition League only within a 30-day period.  To participate in one or more Contests, you must complete the Registration Process and follow the prompts to pay the entry fee of US $9.95 per team by credit card.  You may also play in one or more Contests by completing the Registration Process, and printing and completing an order form indicating that you wish to participate in one or more Contests (make sure you include your WhatIfSports.com username on the order form), and mailing it in a postage-paid, stamped envelope with a money order for US $9.95 per team (payable to WhatIfSports.com, Inc.) to P.O. Box 43494, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243.  Upon receipt of your money order, Sponsor will credit your account with the number of teams you paid for and you may then participate in one or more Contests as an owner of that number of teams.  For details on how to join and play in a Contest (i.e., Full-Season League), click here to see the Hockey Rules.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the entrant will be deemed to be the person in whose name the WhatIfSports.com account was registered on the date when registering to play SimLeague Hockey.

The SimLeague Hockey Parties and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, governors, representatives, agents and employees (the "SimLeague Hockey Parties and their Agents") are not liable for: lost, late, stolen, illegible, delayed, garbled or misdirected entries, WhatIfSports.com usernames and passwords; technical hardware or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; failed, incomplete, or damaged entries; or for garbled or delayed computer transmissions even if the foregoing limit a user's ability to participate in a Contest and/or Exhibition League in any way or to win.  The SimLeague Hockey Parties and their Agents are not responsible for any problems or the technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail on account of technical problems or traffic congestion, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer or other property related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in connection with any Contest and/or Exhibition League.

PRIZES.   Each Contest winner will be awarded 3,000 Reward Points that can be redeemed online at the WhatIfSports.com Reward Center. (approximate retail value is US $20.00). (The "Prize"), subject to the verification and confirmation requirements (as applicable) set out below.  Each potential Contest winner will be notified by e-mail only, unless he/she is required by the Sponsor in its sole discretion to complete and return a Release (as defined below), in which case he/she will also be notified by mail.

Anything not explicitly indicated as part of the Prize, including but not limited to taxes, fees and insurance, is solely the responsibility of each Contest winner.  The Prize will automatically appear in each winner's WhatIfSports.com Rewards Center account after the Contest has fully completed. The Prize must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash, substituted or exchanged except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute any Prize with another prize of equal or greater approximate value if the advertised Prize is unavailable.  All amounts are expressed in US dollars.

VERIFICATION OF POTENTIAL WINNERS.  Each potential winner is subject to verification of compliance with these Official Rules.  Each potential winner may, at the option of the Sponsor, be required to complete and return a declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release ("Release") within fourteen (14) days of the date on the notification, and otherwise comply with these Official Rules, or the Prize will be forfeited and another potential winner will be selected by the Sponsor in accordance with these Official Rules.    If any prize notification is returned as undeliverable or if the entrant does not respond within fourteen (14) days, that potential winner will be disqualified, will not receive a Prize, and an alternate potential winner will be selected by the Sponsor in accordance with these Official Rules.

COLLECTION OF INFORMATION. Collection of any personally identifiable information will be in accordance with the privacy policy of WhatIfSports.com and the privacy policy of NHL.com. (collectively, the “Privacy Policy”).

GENERAL.  By entering a Contest, each entrant agrees that (except in Tennessee and where otherwise prohibited by law) each of the SimLeague Hockey Parties may use the name, address, comments, likeness of the entrant if she/he becomes a winner of a Prize, in publicity or advertising in any medium now known or hereafter devised (including the Internet or other interactive network) in perpetuity throughout the universe without further compensation or right of review.  All Contest entrants are subject to and agree to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules, the Privacy Policy and the decisions of the judges of the Contest, which are final and binding on all entrants for all aspects of the Contest.  Non-compliance with any provisions of these Official Rules, use of foul, racist, abusive or offensive language, including within a team name, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion; cheating (whether directly or indirectly) or arranging or attempting to arrange wins with other players within a league; or any attempt to damage the Contest or its community in any way will be grounds for disqualification of the potential winner, forfeiture of any Prize, and selection of an alternate entrant in accordance with these Official Rules.  Each Contest winner is responsible for all federal, state, provincial and local taxes.  All national, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply.

The SimLeague Hockey Parties and their Agents are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of any Contest, including but not limited to errors in advertising, these Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the winners, or the distribution of any Prizes.  The SimLeague Hockey Parties and their Agents:  (i) make no warranty, guaranty, or representation of any kind concerning any Prize, (ii) disclaim any implied warranty or condition, and (iii) are not liable for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting form the acceptance or use of any Prize or from participation in a Contest including, without limitation, any error(s) in scoring and/or administering a Contest.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify a Contest at any time, without notice if fraud, technical failures, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor destroy the integrity of the Contest as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion, and may award the Prize to the entrant with the team with the most points in each league at the time of termination.   In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined in accordance with the same procedure used to determine division winners under the Hockey Rules.  If there is still a tie, duplicate Prizes will be awarded.  Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of a Contest (including, but not limited to, any violations of these Official Rules) may be a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to:  (i) disqualify any such entrant from the Contest or any further participation therein (after which, Sponsor will not acknowledge communications from such entrant); and (ii) seek damages from such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law.  In the event that one or more Contest participants are disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will, if practicable, use reasonable efforts to replace such participant(s) with one or more WhatIfSports.com registered users selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

All Contests are governed by the laws of the state of New York, with venue in New York, NY and all claims regarding one or more Contests must be filed in the appropriate court in this venue.

WINNERS' LIST:  The names of Contest winners are available by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to WhatIfSports.com, P.O. Box 43494, Cincinnati, OH  45243.

SPONSOR: WhatIfSports.com

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