THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THE FIFTY UNITED STATES, EXCLUDING RESIDENTS OF ARIZONA, IOWA, LOUISIANA, MONTANA, VERMONT, AND WASHINGTON (COLLECTIVELY, THE "ELIGIBILITY AREA") ONLY AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.
DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF: (a) YOU ARE NOT AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE AS OF THE TIME OF ENTRY; and (b) YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN, AND A LEGAL RESIDENT OF, THE ELIGIBILITY AREA DURING THE ENTIRE TERM OF THIS CONTEST. SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS.
ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.
Take the field with Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues, a fantasy baseball game that gives you the chance to run your own team of professional baseball players from the first pitch through the late season battles for playoff positioning.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues ("Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues" or the "Contest"; each such league participating in the Contest is a "League") is a game of skill where you compete against other users to win prizes based on your knowledge and skill in assembling and managing a fantasy baseball team (your "Team"). Your goal is to get the best Team on the field each day, since the better your players perform in real-life games, the more value they bring to your fantasy Team.
In addition to these Official Rules, additional rules, help files, instructions and guidelines regarding game play and scoring (which are fully incorporated into these Official Rules by reference) are located at http://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?locale=en_US&y=PROD_SPORTS_FAN_BASE&page=content&id=SLN14228 (the "Game Instructions"). In the event of a conflict between the Game Instructions and these Official Rules, these Official Rules will control.
Your participation in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues constitutes your acceptance of the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues Additional Terms of Service (the "Additional Terms of Service") and these official Contest rules (the "Official Rules"), which are incorporated into the Additional Terms of Service by reference. Both the Additional Terms of Service and the Official Rules will be available at http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/proleagues (the "Contest Site") during the entire term of the Contest. In the event of a conflict between the Additional Terms of Service and these Official Rules, the Official Rules will control.
The Contest is void where prohibited. To be eligible for a prize in the Contest, you must be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of the District of Columbia or the fifty United States, except for residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, and Washington (collectively, the "Eligibility Area").
In addition, the following groups of persons are not eligible to win prizes in the Contest: employees and agents of Yahoo! Inc. (the "Sponsor"), its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, any other prize sponsor, and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of the Contest (all the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as "Contest Entities"), and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household as any of the above. Persons who meet the definition of Contest Entities under this paragraph are welcome to participate in the Contest, but will not be eligible to win any prizes.
For the 2013 season, payment of an entry fee of either $20 for a "PRO20 League" or $100 for a "PRO100 League" is required to register a team (a "Team"). If you are not an existing Yahoo! ID holder, you will also be asked to create a Yahoo! ID under which you will manage your Team. Follow the on-screen directions to completely fill out the entry form with your entry information. As part of your entry, you will be asked to provide valid contact information. This information is mandatory if you wish to be considered for a league prize at the end of the season. A user who has not provided valid registration information will automatically be deemed ineligible and will not be considered for a prize. A valid PayPal account is required to receive a prize.
Please note that individual Teams may only be played under the Yahoo! ID with which they were created, and may not be transferred to another Yahoo! ID or played by another person. Also, you may not share an account with another person or allow another user to play under your Yahoo! ID.
Sign ups begin on March 6, 2013, at 12:00 PM PST, and continue through July 7, 2013, at 11:59 PM PDT.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues runs in connection with the real-life 2013 U.S. major professional league regular season (the "2013 Season"), which begins at 12:01 AM PDT on March 31, 2013, and is scheduled to end at the conclusion of the final scheduled regular season game, tentatively scheduled for September 29, 2013.
Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues offer two different scoring options - "Head-to-Head Scoring" and "Rotisserie Scoring". See more details under Scoring, below.
For the purposes of those Leagues that use Head-to-Head Scoring, the U.S. professional major baseball season is divided into a series of 25 weeks (each a "Game Week"). In a Head-to-Head Scoring League, the League's fantasy regular season (its "Fantasy Regular Season") will be conducted in connection with the real-life games played during Game Weeks 1-22 of the 2013 Season. The first Game Week is currently scheduled to begin with the start of the 2013 Season on March 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM PDT, and end the following Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM PDT, or, if the last regularly scheduled game for that Sunday has not ended, at the conclusion of that game, whichever comes first. Subsequent Game Weeks then follow a seven day Monday-Sunday schedule, beginning each Monday morning at 12:00:00 AM PDT and ending the following Sunday evening at 11:59:59 PM PDT, or, if the last regularly scheduled game for that Sunday has not ended, at the conclusion of that game, whichever comes first.
For Leagues that use Head to Head scoring, the Fantasy Regular Season is followed by a three-week fantasy playoff, conducted in connection with the real-life games played during Game Weeks 22-25 of the 2013 Season (the "Fantasy Playoffs"). The final Game Week (Game Week 25) will end with the conclusion of the last game tentatively scheduled for September 29, 2013.
In Leagues that use Head-to-Head Scoring, if your League conducts its draft after a Game Week is already underway, your Team/League will not begin its season until the start of the following Game Week. Your League's fantasy season will also be shortened accordingly.
Leagues that use Rotisserie scoring do not offer any kind of fantasy playoffs. A Rotisserie League's season ends at the conclusion of the final regularly scheduled game of the 2013 Season.
In Leagues that use Rotisserie Scoring, your Team/League will begin its season on the next day following your League's draft.
Under either scoring format, please keep in mind that you will only receive credit for professional baseball games that begin and are played after your League's initial draft has taken place and your League's season is underway. Also, please bear in mind that the real-life North American major professional baseball playoffs have no bearing on any of the Leagues in this Contest. Statistics from real-life playoff games, and from any makeup games that may be played after the scheduled end date of the 2013 Season, will not be included in the scoring for any League in this Contest.
There is no limit to the number or type of Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues you are allowed to join. You may purchase as many teams as you would like for either $20 or $100 each (depending on whether you select the PRO20 League or PRO100 League).
All Leagues in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues are public leagues that use one of the two standard scoring systems, Head-to-Head and Rotisserie. Within each scoring system, all Leagues use the same standard settings. Refer to "Scoring" below for more information.
In each League, you are competing against a group of fantasy fans from around the country. When you sign up, you will be randomly placed in a League with other managers who have chosen the same type of League (i.e. PRO20 or PRO100), scoring system (Head-to-Head or Rotisserie), and draft time.
While other Yahoo! fantasy baseball games allow different league sizes, all Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues have exactly 12 managers per League. A League will not conduct a draft or begin League play until all 12 slots have been filled. If your League does not fill up before its scheduled draft time, the League will be cancelled, and all managers will be issued a credit that may be applied towards another Team in a different League. If you do not use your credit before Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues registration closes, you will be automatically issued a refund.
Once all 12 manager slots have been filled, your League is eligible to conduct a live online draft to determine the rosters for each Team.
In a live online draft, each manager selects a squad in a real-time, round-robin online meeting with the other managers in the league. During his/her turn each round, the manager selects one player to add to his/her squad, until the team's roster is full. The draft order reverses each round, so the manager that starts the first round ends the second, and the manager that ends the first round starts the second, and so on. Additional details and full instructions about how to participate in your League's draft can be found in the Drafting section of the Game Instructions.
Once your draft is complete, your team will have a full roster of starting and bench players for the first game of the season. If you make no changes, your team's initial day of scoring will be conducted with the players you chose as starting players in the League's initial draft. Throughout the season, it's up to you to make adjustments to your roster based on your knowledge and skill in evaluating how your players are performing in their real-life games. Refer to the Transaction Deadlines article for more information about making adjustments to your roster, including deadlines for when roster moves may be made.
You can also make changes to your roster through the waiver system, free agency, and trades with other managers. Refer to the Waivers, Free Agents, and Trades sections of the Game Instructions for more details.
Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues offers two scoring formats: Head-to-Head, and Rotisserie. All Leagues within each scoring format using the same standard settings for that format.
a. Head-to-Head Leagues
In a Head-to-Head League, your team squares off each Game Week in a matchup against another manager's team. During that Game Week's real-life games, the fantasy players on each Team accumulate statistics for their performances in a variety of real-life statistical categories (each statistical category is a "Category"). There are 10 Categories in Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues. Refer to the Standard League Configuration Settings article for details.
In Head-to-Head Scoring leagues, remember that if your League conducts its draft after a Game Week is already underway, your team/league will not begin its season until the start of the following Game Week.
Every player in an active position slot on your roster will accumulate statistics for all of your League's applicable categories. While we keep track of statistics for players in bench spots, you will not receive any scoring that counts toward your Team totals for the performance of players who were on your bench at the time those statistics were earned.
A new weekly matchup begins on the Monday of each new Game Week. In a Head-to-Head League, the two Teams in each matchup will compete in 10 fantasy "games," one for each Category. For example, if the fantasy players on your Team collectively hit 10 home runs in the real-life games they play in a given Game Week, and your opponent's players only hit 5 home runs in that Game Week, then your Team will be credited with a win for the "game" associated with that Category. Similarly, if both Teams score 30 runs in a week, then each Team earns a tie for the "game" associated with that Category. At the conclusion of the Game Week, if your Team won six out of 10 Categories against your opponent, and you and your opponent tied in one Category, then you are 6-3-1 for the week.
The win-loss-tie total for each Game Week is added to a cumulative season record. That cumulative record is used to determine the League standings at any given moment. At the conclusion of the Fantasy Regular Season, the standings are used to determine the seedings of the Fantasy Playoffs. So, to win the league championship in a Head-to-Head league, you must first qualify for the Fantasy Playoffs based on your league's regular season standings, and then win all of your Fantasy Playoff matchups. See "Playoffs and League Standings" below for more information.
For Head-to-Head Leagues, if a real-life game is rescheduled, players will accumulate statistics for the Game Week into which the real-life game was rescheduled, provided that the game is rescheduled for a date prior to the originally scheduled end of the 2013 Season. Any real-life games that are made up after the scheduled end date of the 2013 Season will not count towards the players' statistics. Yahoo! reserves the right to reschedule the Fantasy Regular Season, the Fantasy Playoffs, or the conclusion of Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues in the event that the 2013 Season schedule is changed for any reason.
b. Rotisserie Format Leagues
In a League that uses Rotisserie scoring, each Team in the League is ranked throughout the fantasy season from first to last in each of several statistical categories (each, a "Category"). Rotisserie points are then assigned to each Team based on their ranking in each Category ("Rotisserie Points"). The Team ranked first in the League in a Category will receive 12 Rotisserie Points, while the Team ranked last in the League in that Category will receive 1 Rotisserie Point. The sum of your Rotisserie Points in each Category equals your "Rotisserie Total Score," which, in turn, is used to determine your place in the League standings.
The most important thing to remember about Rotisserie scoring is that while the League standings are based on cumulative, season-to-date statistical totals, your current Rotisserie Point total - and your Rotisserie Total Score - are not cumulative.
Let's consider an example. At the end of the first day of the season, suppose your Team is ranked first in all 10 Categories. That is, your Team has earned the most runs, hits, lowest ERA, and so on, of any Team in your League. Based on your position as the top scorer in each Category, you would earn 12 Rotisserie Points for each of the 10 Categories, for a Rotisserie Total Score of 120 points after the first day of the Season.
Now suppose that at the end of the second day, though, your Team has been overtaken by another Team in every Category. That other Team's players, for example, over the course of the two days of the season played so far, have now cumulatively earned more runs, hits, etc., than your Team. As a result, you are in second place in every Category in the League. You now only have 11 Rotisserie Points per Category, and your Rotisserie Total Score drops to 110 points.
This process will continue each day throughout the season, with your Rotisserie Point total rising and falling based on the relative strength of your Team's performance versus the other Teams in your League.
Rotisserie Total Scores and the League standings are refreshed each night at approximately 2 AM PDT.
There are no playoffs in Rotisserie Leagues. So, to win the League championship in a Rotisserie League, you simply must finish the 2013 Season with the highest Rotisserie Total Score among all the Teams in your League.
For Rotisserie Leagues, if any real-life game scheduled to be played on a date during the 2013 Season is rescheduled to a later date for any reason, players participating in that game will only accumulate statistics for their fantasy teams if the game is made up before the originally scheduled end date of the 2013 Season. Any real-life games that are rescheduled after the originally scheduled end date of the 2013 Season will not count towards the players' statistical totals. As with Head-to-Head Leagues, Yahoo! reserves the right to reschedule the Fantasy Regular Season or the conclusion of Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues in the event that the 2013 Season schedule is changed for any reason.
See the Rotisserie Scoring section of the Game Instructions for more information on Rotisserie scoring and the statistical Categories in which you will be competing.
You can add and drop players from your team using one of the following methods:
In real life, professional baseball teams use waivers to make the rights to a player available to all the other teams in the league on an equitable basis. Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues features a comprehensive waiver system that builds upon the real-life waiver concept in a number of important ways. The waiver system ensures that all Team managers have a fair chance to add players to their Teams from among the pool of players that happen to be available at any point in the Contest. See the Waivers section of the Game Instructions for more information. b. Free Agents: All players who are not currently on any Team in your League, and who are not otherwise currently on waivers are considered free agents. Free agents may be acquired by any manager in the League on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Free Agents section of the Game Instructions for more information. c. Trades: A trade consists of one Team exchanging a player or players with another Team in the same League. For more information on how to conduct trades, deadlines for trading activity, and the process by which trades are reviewed, see the Trades section of the Game Instructions. In particular, please keep in mind that each League has a trading deadline. For the 2013 Fantasy Regular Season, the trading deadline is August 18, 2013 at 11:59 PM PDT. The trading deadline does not impact a manager's ability to add players via waivers or free agency.
a. Rotisserie League
In a Rotisserie League, the League's standings are a "snapshot" of how each Team is performing in each of the 10 Categories contested in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues. Your Team's standing will rise and fall each day throughout the season as your position relative to other Teams rises and falls in each Category. See Rotisserie Scoring, above, for more details.
There are no playoffs in Rotisserie Leagues. A Rotisserie League's season ends at the conclusion of 2013 Season. As such, the object of a Rotisserie League is to have the highest Rotisserie Total Score on the final day of the 2013 Season.
Similarly, Rotisserie Leagues do not include a tie-breaking method. If, at the end of the 2013 Season, two or more players in a Rotisserie format League finish tied in the standings, the Prize (see Prizes, below) will be divided evenly among such tied, verified players.
b. Head-to-Head League
In a Head-to-Head League, the Teams in each League are ranked on the basis of their winning percentage. See Head-to-Head Scoring, above, for more information.
The standings in a Head-to-Head League are updated once a week at the conclusion of the current Game Week. A Team's winning percentage for a given Game Week is calculated as:
(Wins + 1/2 of the number of ties) / 10 (i.e. the total games played)
If a Team plays a weekly matchup that results in a tie, it's counted as half of a win when determining the Team's winning percentage. For example, a Team that finishes a Game Week with a record of 5-2-3 will have a winning percentage of .650 for that Game Week, because 5 wins + 1.5 [that is, 1/2 times the number of ties, 3], divided by 10, the number of games played = .650.
Over the course of the Fantasy Regular Season, the League standings in a Head-to-Head League will be determined by each Team's cumulative winning percentage over the course of the season played thus far. So a Team's "Overall Winning Percentage" will be calculated as:
[Sum of all wins + 1/2 of the number of ties for each Game Week] / Total games played
The Overall Winning Percentage will be used to determine the seedings for the Fantasy Playoffs. At the end of the Fantasy Regular Season (i.e., at the conclusion of Game Week 22), the top six Teams in a League ranked according to their respective Overall Winning Percentages will compete against each other in a three-week, single elimination head-to-head playoff bracket, conducted in connection with Game Weeks 23-25 of the 2013 Season (the "Championship Bracket"). The League's first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place finishers will be determined from the win/loss results at the conclusion of the Championship Bracket.
Similarly, to determine the final standings for 7th-12th place, a second group comprised of the 7th through 12th place Teams by Overall Winning Percentage in the League Standings as of the conclusion of the Fantasy Regular Season will participate in a similar three-week, single elimination head-to-head consolation bracket (the "Consolation Bracket"). The Consolation Bracket will also be held in connection with Game Weeks 23-25 of the 2013 Season. There are no prizes associated with the Consolation Bracket, and the outcome of the Consolation Bracket has no bearing on the Championship Bracket.
In the event of a tie in the Overall Winning Percentages of two or more Teams at the conclusion of the Fantasy Regular Season, or a matchup tie between two Teams during the Fantasy Playoffs, the tie will be broken using the tiebreak formulas described in the Regular Season Tiebreak Rules and Playoff Tiebreak Rules articles, respectively.
Note that the Fantasy Playoffs do not include any real-life professional baseball playoff contests, and the real-life playoff contests have no bearings on the Fantasy Playoffs. All Fantasy Playoffs will conclude by the end of the real-life professional baseball regular season.
The matchups for Fantasy Playoffs are as follows:
(In the table below, P1, P2, etc., refer to the Championship Bracket, while C1, C2, etc., refer to the Consolation Bracket.)
|Six Team Playoff with Six Team Consolation:||First Week|
|P1: #1 seed vs. bye (no game)|
|P2: #4 seed vs. #5 seed|
|P3: #3 seed vs. #6 seed|
|P4: #2 seed vs. bye (no game)|
|C1: #7 seed vs. bye (no game)|
|C2: #10 seed vs. #11 seed|
|C3: #9 seed vs. #12 seed|
|C4: #8 seed vs. bye (no game)|
|P5: #1 seed vs. Winner P2|
|P6: #2 seed vs. Winner P3|
|C5: #7 seed vs. Winner C2|
|C6: #8 seed vs. Winner C3|
|Fifth Place: Loser P2 vs. Loser P3|
|Eleventh Place: Loser C2 vs. Loser C3|
|Championship: Winner P5 vs. Winner P6|
|Third Place: Loser P5 vs. Loser P6|
|Seventh Place: Winner C5 vs. Winner C6|
|Ninth Place: Loser C5 vs. Loser C6|
If, at the end of the Fantasy Regular Season, two or more Teams in a Head-to-Head League finish tied by Overall Winning Percentage in their League's Standings, the tie will be broken in favor of the Team, among those tied, with the highest winning percentage in Game Week 22. If the tie is still not broken, Yahoo! will next look at which of the teams, among those still tied, had the highest winning percentage in Game Week 21. If the tie is still not broken, this process will continue with the next previous Game Week, and so on, as necessary, until the tie is broken.
Unlike the Fantasy Regular Season, ties are not allowed during the Fantasy Playoffs. In the event that a Fantasy Playoff matchup ends in a tie, the deadlock will be broken by awarding the win to whichever Team had the higher winning percentage against the other Team during the Fantasy Regular Season. If the tie is still not broken, the win will be awarded to whichever Team was the higher seed during the Fantasy Playoffs.
At the conclusion of the Contest, Yahoo! Sports awards prizes to the top three eligible Teams in each League based on: (a) in the case of a League that uses Head-to-Head Scoring, the results of that League's Fantasy Playoffs; or (b) in the case of a League that uses Rotisserie Scoring, to the Team in the League with the highest Rotisserie Total Score as of the conclusion of the 2013 Season.
PRO20 League Prizes:
1. First Place: $120
2. Second Place: $70
3. Third Place: $30
Total value of all Prizes in an individual PRO20 League: $220.
PRO100 League Prizes:
1. First Place: $600
2. Second Place: $360
3. Third Place: $140
Total value of all Prizes in an individual PRO20 League: $1100.
There are no prizes associated with 4th-12th places in any League.
The overall total value of all prizes awarded in the Contest will depend on the number of eligible Leagues in the Contest. The awarding of any prize in any League in the Contest is subject to the tiebreak rules, if applicable, set forth above. In the event that a potential prize winner is deemed ineligible for any reason, the prize will be awarded to the next eligible participant in the League's final standings. Should such a substitution be necessary, the prize positions will be shifted proportionally. For example, if a potential Second Place prize winner is deemed ineligible, the third place finisher, if eligible, will be awarded the Second Place prize, the fourth place finisher, if eligible, will be awarded the Third Place prize, and so on. No winner will receive double prizes as the result of a higher-ranked participant being deemed ineligible.
Please note that even if your fantasy Team is listed in a prize-winning position in the Standings for your League as of the close of the Contest, you have not yet won a prize. All potential winners are subject to verification by Yahoo!, and must meet all eligibility requirements before a prize will be awarded. In addition, you MUST provide valid contact information during the registration process to be considered for a prize. A participant who finishes in a prize-winning position in his/her League but who has not provided valid registration information will be deemed ineligible, and the prize will be awarded to the next eligible participant in the League's final standings using the same process described above. If there are no further eligible participants remaining in the League, the prize(s) will not be awarded.
Potential prize winners will be notified by U.S. mail, email, telephone and/or overnight courier within thirty days after the conclusion of the Contest. If you are a potential prize winner, and Yahoo! is unable to reach you for five days after first attempting to contact you, you may be disqualified. An alternate winner may then be selected according to the standings in your League, and, if necessary, subject to the same tiebreaker requirements and prize position shifting described above.
If you are a potential prize winner, you may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, provide a valid PayPal account name, and provide any additional information that may be required by Yahoo!. You will be required to provide this information within ten days after Yahoo! first attempts to contact you. If you fail to comply with this deadline, or if a prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if you fail to provide a valid PayPal account name, Yahoo! may disqualify you and select an alternate winner. If Yahoo! cannot find an eligible winner for a prize, or if a winner fails to claim a prize, that prize will not be awarded.
Winners will be paid via PayPal or such other means as Yahoo! determines in its sole discretion. If paid via PayPal, PayPal will notify winners via email when payment has been made. Within thirty days, each winner must log into his/her PayPal account to confirm receipt of payment, or prize may be forfeited.
All prizes offered in connection with this Contest cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer and may not be separated. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned except by Sponsor. Only listed prizes will be awarded and no substitutions, equivalents or redemptions will be made. Expenses not specifically stated in these Official Contest Rules, together with the reporting and payment of all applicable taxes, fees, and/or surcharges, if any, arising out of, or resulting from, acceptance or use of a prize, are the sole responsibility of the winner of that prize. Each winner may receive an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize awarded. Contest Entities expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of the prizes awarded. Contest Entities make no representations or warranties concerning the appearance, safety, or performance of any prize awarded. Any unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations apply. Contest Entities will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.
By entering this Contest, Contestants agree to be bound by the decisions of the Contest Entities, which are final and binding in all respects. Yahoo! reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or any Yahoo! website; (b) violating the Official Contest Rules, the Game Instructions, the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues Additional Terms of Service, or any of the guidelines of the Contest; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any other Yahoo! property or service; or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner (including, without limitation, in violation of the Fair Play and Sportsmanship guidelines in these Official Contest Rules), or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE THE USER'S ACCOUNT, IF ANY, AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Even though fantasy games are meant to be a competitive experience for all involved, it is important to us that our users not lose sight of the rules of fair play and good sportsmanship.
To this end, each fantasy Team manager agrees that, by joining the game, he/she will abide by the following regulations:
While Yahoo! does not remove Teams from Leagues after they have drafted, any failure to follow all of the items listed above might result in the limitation or removal of playing privileges for the offending participant(s). These restrictions might include:
It is unfortunate for the other managers in a League if a manager abandons his/her Team or otherwise lets his/her account go dormant during the season. Despite this, Yahoo! Sports cannot take any action against a dormant team (including, without limitation, reassigning a dormant team to a new Yahoo! ID, taking ownership of the dormant team, or managing the dormant team on the user's behalf) to restore that Team to active status.
It is the responsibility of Team managers to monitor activity within their League(s). As a manager, if you notice any suspicious or collusive activity in your League(s), please notify us at once so that we can investigate and take the appropriate action - if any is deemed necessary - against the offending Teams and accounts.
If you have a dispute, please first use your League's message board to try resolve it.
Yahoo! acts as commissioner in public leagues throughout all Yahoo! Fantasy sports games, including all Leagues within the Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues. As such, managers can be assured that our Fair Play and Sportsmanship guidelines will be enforced in all public leagues. Please note that a violation of the official rules, terms of service, conditions of use, these Fair Play & Sportsmanship rules, and/or the general guidelines of any Yahoo! property or service may be enforced against all other activities associated with the offending Yahoo! ID. In other words, if your Yahoo! ID is found to be in violation of the official rules of another Yahoo! game or property, that violation is grounds for Yahoo! to suspend or terminate your access to all games played under your Yahoo! ID - including Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues. See Conduct, above.
The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. This Contest may not be used in connection with any form of gambling or wagering. By entering, each participant: (a) releases and holds harmless the Contest Entities, including, without limitation, the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of each, from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to persons, including death, or property damage resulting in whole or in party, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize, participation in this Contest, or while traveling to, preparing for, or participating in any prize-related activity; and (b) grants to Contest Entities the right to use and publish his/her proper name, city/state of residence, score, and Contest ranking, whether online, in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.
Contest Entities assume no liability for lost, late, misdirected or garbled entries, or for theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to, entries. Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions or game transactions in connection with the Contest. Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, failures, or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players, or browsers, whether on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing, that may occur (including but not limited to any such problems which may result in the inability to access the Contest Site or to process any game transaction(s) in connection with the Contest). Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to participants or to any computer related to or resulting from participating in, or downloading materials in connection with, this Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Contest Entities which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. In addition, should the North American major professional baseball season be postponed, shortened, interrupted, modified or cancelled for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to award prizes at the time the season is affected, or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest.
Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, or the determination of winners shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant's actual out-pocket expenses (e.g., costs associated with entering this Contest), and Entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions rights and obligations of Entrant in connection with this Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of California, County of Santa Clara.
The parties waive rights to trial by jury in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules and/or this Contest. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or this Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of California, County of Santa Clara, and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof.
If any provision of these Official Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by any court having competent jurisdiction, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Official Rules and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining provisions. The failure of Contest Entities to insist upon or enforce any of the provisions of these Official Rules, or to exercise any rights or remedies under these Official Rules, will not be construed as a waiver of Contest Entities' right to assert or rely upon any such provisions, rights or remedies.
While potential winners may be posted on the Contest Site at the conclusion of the Contest, all potential winners are still subject to verification and must meet all eligibility requirements before a prize will be awarded. The list of verified prize winners may be obtained after winner confirmation is complete and within 90 days after conclusion of the Contest by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues, Winners List Requests, 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.
For a copy of the Official Contest Rules, print these web pages or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Baseball Pro Leagues, Official Contest Rules Requests, 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. Requests received after the end of the 2013 Season will not be honored.
The Contest and all of the related pages, contents and code are copyright ©1994-2013, Yahoo! Inc. and/or the Contest Entities. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited. This Contest is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, Major League Baseball or any of its member teams.
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