Playoff Contest Rules (2012 Season)
By David Dodds
January 2nd, 2013

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Legal Restrictions

Eligibility
The Contest is open to individuals who have reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction. Individuals who have not reached legal age in their respective jurisdiction can enter only with permission of a parent or legal guardian. Void where prohibited by law. Employees and immediate family members of Footballguys.com, its sponsors, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to win prizes.

You must be a subscriber and 18 years of age or older to enter. Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont and the province of Quebec may play and have their places noted in the standings, but are not eligible to win any prizes. This game is open to legal residents of all other states of the United States, and provinces of Canada. Persons residing in any other jurisdictions may enter (unless this contest or entry into this contest is prohibited by applicable local law), but will not be eligible to win any prizes. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Game of Skill
The Contest is a game of skill. Winners are determined by the objective criteria set forth below. From all entries received, winners are determined by the individuals who use their skill and knowledge of relevant professional football information and fantasy football rules to accumulate the highest point totals during the Contest according to the official Contest rules.

Entry
The deadline to submit/edit your contest entry is 4:20pm (ET) Saturday, January 5th, 2012.

Contest Term
The Contest begins with games on Saturday, January 5th, 2012, and ends on Sunday, February 3rd, 2012 (the Super Bowl).

Awarding of Prizes
No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted. All prizes are awarded "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability for a particular purpose). All taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. A 30% U.S. income tax withholding will be applied to all non-U.S. prize winners. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, Footballguys.com reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes.

Notification
Winners are notified by email or regular mail within 14 days after the official results (and associated winners) are posted at the conclusion of the Contest. Winners are also posted on the Contest web site. Winners must return via email or regular mail an affidavit of eligibility and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) within 15 days following attempted notification. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disqualification.

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OK. enough of the lawyer stuff...

Contest Rules

There will be no draft. A subscriber simply chooses a team from the pre-determined values. Roster selection can be changed until the deadline passes (4:20pm (ET) Saturday, Jan 5th) at which point it will be frozen. No roster moves are permitted once the contest starts.

Each participant will be able to choose any player from the pulldown lists as long as the team is at or below the cap value of $250. Players not on the pull down lists are not available.

Each selection has a different cap value, but all teams must remain at or under the $250 cap. Note: Even though the software should show you if you are within the cap, it is your responsibility to ensure you have a team that is valued at $250 or less. Teams that have spent more than the $250 will be disqualified.

Each submision is tied in with your login so you can edit and tweak all the way until 4:20pm ET January 5th. Your last submit will be your final roster.

Contest will be Survivor style. By survivor style, we mean that only the high scores for JUST THAT WEEK advance to the next round. Scores reset each week.

The weekly cutoffs are as follows:

Wildcard week: trim to 4,000 teams (all advance if we have less entries)
Divisional week: trim to 2,000 teams
Championship week: trim to 1,000 teams

The contest winner will be the team, of those still alive after Championship Week, which scores the most total points in the Super Bowl.

In the first three rounds, ONLY YOUR TWO HIGHEST-SCORING PLAYERS FROM EACH NFL TEAM WILL COUNT TOWARD YOUR SCORE. In the Super Bowl, ALL your players count toward your score.

EXAMPLE. suppose you have three Ravens on your team: Flacco, Rice, and Boldin. In the first round of the playoffs, Flacco scores 18, Rice 12, and Boldin 14. For this round, only Flacco and Boldin would count toward your team's score. Rice's points are wasted. Suppose that the next week, in the divisional playoff, Flacco scores 22, Rice 14, and Boldin 7. Then only Flacco and Rice (not Boldin) would count toward your score for that week. Finally, if the Ravens make the Super Bowl and your team is still alive, then Flacco's, Rice's, and Boldin's scores will ALL count toward your score in the Super Bowl.

Also note that, except as noted in the scoring system below (TEs, WRs, and RBs get different numbers of points per reception), positions are irrelevant in all rounds. Positions play no role in determining which players' scores count.

Ties in the first three rounds will advance. For final standings, tiebreakers are as follows.

1st tiebreaker - greatest number of players on your roster (each D/ST counts as one player).
2nd tiebreaker - total combined score of all players on your roster for all weeks of the contest. This includes all scores, even those that did not count in the first three rounds.
3rd tiebreaker - greatest number of $2 players on roster.
4th tiebreaker - greatest number of $3 players on roster.
5th tiebreaker - greatest number of $4 players on roster.
etc.

Scoring:

Scoring will be calculated to two decimal places (no rounding).

Player Scoring (QB, RB, WR, TE)
Passing TDs = 6 points
Interceptions Thrown = -1 points
Rushing TD = 6 points
Receiving TD = 6 points
Passing Yardage = .05 points per yard
Rushing Yardage = .10 points per yard
Receiving Yardage = .10 points per yard
Receptions for RB = 0.5 points
Receptions for WR = 1.0 points
Receptions for TE = 1.5 points
No points scored for 2 point conversions

Kicker Scoring (PK)
Field Goal Made (0-29 yards) = 3 points
Field Goal Made (30-39 yards) = 4 points
Field Goal Made (40-49 yards) = 5 points
Field Goal Made (50+ yards) = 6 points
Extra Point Made = 1 point

Def/ST Scoring (Def/ST)
Sack = 1 point
Interception = 2 points
Fumble Recovery = 2 points
Safety = 2 points
Defensive/ST TD = 6 points (Kickoff return, punt return, blocked FG return, blocked punt return, interception return, fumble recovery return, etc. Note: ALL fumble recoveries and non-offensive TDs will count)

All scoring is determined final at 11:59pm on Tuesday regardless if the NFL later changes the data. Preliminary weekly results will be published on Monday morning following the completion of all games.

Prizes:

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

1st place: $1,000 + lifetime subscription
2nd place: $250 + lifetime subscription
3rd place: $200 + lifetime subscription
4th place: $100 + 2013 subscription
5th place: $75 + 2013 subscription
6th place: $50 + 2013 subscription
7th - 12th place: $30

Ties will share prizes. For example if 4th and 5th place tie, each would receive $87.50 + their subscription.

Staff entries will be highlighted in red and tracked through the contest, but are not eligible to win any prizes. Staff entries will not count toward the weekly cutoffs.

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