SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2017 MATCHDAY POSTER CONTEST
The Seattle Sounders FC 2017 Matchday Poster Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Seattle Soccer, LLC d/b/a Seattle Sounders FC, a Washington limited liability corporation (the “Sponsor”). No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Entrants may submit more than one entry throughout the entire Contest period. To enter, you must meet the eligibility requirements and participate in accordance with the rules set forth herein, including those regarding the digital file submission and availability during the required dates. The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by applicable law, and all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Winners are responsible for any taxes, customs, duties and like amounts in respect of the Contest prizes. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest at any time.
Sponsor will select fan artwork submitted during the Contest Period to become the official Matchday Posters associated with each Matchday scheduled in the MLS regular season. Contest winners will have their artwork produced for sale as Official Matchday Posters, with a portion of the proceeds from those sales funding Sponsor’s charity partners and community initiatives. Contest winners will also be eligible to receive additional prizes as specified herein.
This Contest shall begin at 9:00 AM PST on February 16, 2017 and conclude at 5:00 PM PST on the date of the last Sounders FC match of the 2017 season or December 15, 2017 whichever is earlier (“Contest Period”). During the Contest Period, each eligible match date identified on the Contest website shall constitute a separate opportunity for an Artwork Submission to be selected and to be awarded the Contest prize, each with its own submission deadline (“Review Period”). All entries must be received by the then current submission deadline in order to be considered in that Review Period. To participate in this Contest for a chance to win the Prize listed below, eligible individuals will design an original work of art in any medium created by them commemorating one of the Seattle Sounders 2017 MLS regular season match days (the “Artwork”), and upload a digital copy of that Artwork in the file format identified at www.soundersfc.com/posters (the “Submission”). An individual may submit more than one piece of Artwork during each submission window throughout the Contest Period. All Submissions must include the following:
- Full Legal Name of the submitting artist
- Acknowledgement and agreement to these official Contest Terms and Conditions, including the transfer of all right, title and interests, including copyright in the Artwork to Sounders FC upon Submission
- Contact information for the submitting artist, including a valid phone number and email address
- The Artwork content must be directly associated with a selected match day, however Sponsor reserves the right to select the Artwork for any match day during the Review Period in which the Submission is made or any subsequent Review Period
- Submitter must submit an electronic digital copy of their Artwork (including all requested file formats)
Entrants must fully complete and submit all non-optional data requested on the online entry form to be eligible. Incomplete entries are void. Online entrants to the Contest will be given the option to receive commercial e-mails from MLS Entities; however, eligibility to participate in the Contest is not dependent upon entrant’s consent to receive such e-mails and consenting to do so will not increase your chances of winning.
The Submission deadline for any specific match date shall be 5:00 PM PST on the date that is three weeks prior to that scheduled match. For example, for the home opener scheduled March 19, 2017, the Submission deadline shall be 5;00 PM on or before February 26, 2017. The Review Period for any specific match will begin once the Submission deadline has lapsed.
Sponsor in its sole and exclusive discretion shall determine which entries received by the then current Submission deadline, if any, are eligible to be reviewed during the Review Period for the award of the Prize. Sponsor in its sole and exclusive discretion may elect not to select any Submission from a Review Period in the event that (a) no Submission received is eligible, (b) no Submission meets the Selection Criteria; and/or (c) no Submission otherwise qualifies for selection.
All Submissions must be created and authored by the applicant and must be original Artwork, previously unpublished, and cannot have been submitted in connection with any other like contest, promotion or application. By entering an Artwork, each entrant warrants that (a) the Artwork and Submission is original to and was created solely by the entrant and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from a copyrighted or proprietary work belonging to someone else, (b) the Artwork and the Submission do not violate any copyright laws, and does not plagiarize, libel, slander, defame, disparage, or otherwise infringe on or violate the rights of any third parties in copyright or otherwise, (c) entrant is legally entitled to submit the Artwork and Submission in the Contest, or is a parent or guardian who is legally entitled to submit the Artwork and Submission on behalf of their minor, ward or child; and (d) the distribution, reproduction, display and any other uses of the Artwork and/or Submission by Sponsor as permitted herein will not infringe any third party rights.
By entering, each entrant further warrants and represents that he/she owns all right, title and interests in and to the Artwork and. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of authorship, as it is commonly understood under United States and International copyright law and conventions, in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any entrant at any time. Failure to provide such proof may, if requested, render the relevant Submission null and void. All Submissions must comport with the Seattle Sounders FC brand and public image and may not be offensive or inappropriate as determined by Sponsor in its sole and exclusive discretion, in order to be eligible to be selected and receive a prize. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Submission and to prevent a submitted Artwork from being displayed at www.soundersfc.com, that in its sole and exclusive discretion is offensive, inappropriate, not keeping with the Sponsor’s image or that is otherwise abhorrent to these Official Rules.
All Artwork and/or Submissions must not defame or invade publicity or privacy rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any person’s personal or property rights. If the Artwork includes a picture, photograph or likeness of any person, by entering each entrant acknowledges and agrees that he or she has obtained the written consent of any such person to include such person’s picture, photograph or likeness and to use such picture, photograph or likeness for the purposes described herein.
CRITERIA AND JUDGING
All Submissions which are received during a Contest Period by a Submission deadline and that are otherwise deemed eligible will be judged by a panel convened by Sponsor, at its sole and exclusive discretion. All eligible Submissions will be judged during each Review Period upon the following criteria:
- Subject matter of Artwork, pertaining to Seattle Sounders FC, its players, fans and opponents. NOTE: Submissions containing player likenesses, logos, trademarks or any other proprietary intellectual property of any third party, including but not limited to Supporter’s Groups and/or other MLS franchises shall not be eligible entries.
- Overall artistic impression including a strong visual and creative concept that draws the viewer’s eye
- Represents the integrity and value of the Seattle Sounders FC brand; something the Club would be proud to put its name on
At the conclusion of each Review Period, a winner may be selected from all of the eligible Submissions. Sponsor reserves not to select any Submissions during a Review Period, at its sole and exclusive discretion. All Artwork and/or Submissions may be posted to Sponsor’s social media platforms and websites. Each winning Submission will be selected to represent a specific match day during the 2017 MLS regular season. All non-winning Submissions from any Review Period shall still be eligible for consideration during all remaining Review Periods during the Contest Period. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding on all matters related to this Contest.
Eligibility to participate in the Contest or to win prizes is limited to persons who are legal residents of the State of Washington, less those who live within a seventy-five (75) mile radius around the city limits of Portland, Oregon, that extends into the State of Washington. Entrants who are under the age of eighteen (18) on the date of Submission must supply parental permission in order to be eligible to participate. Any effort by an entrant to misrepresent their eligibility will disqualify that entrant. Entrants who disregard these Official Rules are not eligible to participate or win.
The Winners (minimum of one and maximum of sixteen) will have their Artwork and Submission selected to become the Official Matchday Poster for one Seattle Sounders FC regular season home match and will receive a limited edition chromaprint of their Matchday Poster, a $100.00 gift card for use at Museum Quality Framing and four (4) club level tickets to the home match of the match day poster design including a pre-match on-field experience, with an Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of $450.00 (the “Prize”). Official Matchday Posters will be sold to the general public with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Seattle Sounders FC official charitable arm, the RAVE Foundation.
Each entrant in the Contest agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final, and to accept delivery of any prize won based upon availability. In addition, each entrant represents and warrants that all information contained in his/her Submission entry is true and accurate. The Sponsor is not responsible for any printing errors in these Official Rules, in the Application questions or otherwise in any materials available at the Contest Site. By uploading a Submission, each entrant for himself or herself and on behalf of their heirs, successor and assigns hereby grants to Sponsor, its agents and others working on its behalf the right to use the entrant name, likeness, voice, image and the Artwork and Submission, and any additional audio, video or photographs taken by the Sponsor or its affiliates or representatives during the Contest for advertising and marketing purposes, including on the Contest website, without additional compensation. Sponsor shall not be responsible for lost, late, misidentified or misdirected Submission entries, or telecommunication or computer hardware or software performance, errors, delays or failures. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Submission process or the administration of the Contest.
The winners of the Prize will be notified by email or telephone within two (2) weeks of the closing of the then current Review Period. In order to accept the Prize, Sponsor may require the winner to execute an affidavit of eligibility, publicity release (except where prohibited), confidentiality agreement, release of all copyrights or other right, title and interest in the Artwork and Submission, and other documentation precedent to the delivery of the Prize ( collectively “Releases and Affidavits”). If any Prize winner does not respond to the notification within two (2) business days, is found to be ineligible, fails to execute the Releases and Affidavits or other documentation required by the Sponsor, the Sponsor may consider said Prize winner to have forfeited the Prize, however, his/her artwork may still be selected as the Match day poster. The Prize is not transferrable and not substitutable with cash or a cash equivalent.
All entrants acknowledge and agree that the publicity associated with the selection of Artwork and use as an official match day poster is sufficient consideration in exchange for the transfer of all rights related to the Artwork upon Submission to Sponsor. All entrants agree that Artwork and Submissions shall be construed “works made for hire” under the Copyright laws of the United States, and all rights therein, including without limitation the exclusive copyright thereto shall become the property of Sponsor. The Prize is not consideration for the Artwork.
Prize winners assume sole responsibility for all costs associated with the any component of the Prize not explicitly outlined above, including without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes incurred as a result of being awarded the Prize. The Prize may be substituted by Sponsor at its sole and exclusive discretion. The Prize winners shall have no right to receive any additional cash or income from the sale of Official Matchday Posters by Sponsor.
Each entrant hereby releases, and agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, Major League Soccer, L.L.C. and Soccer United Marketing, LLC, those working on its behalf, and each of their respective officers, members, managers, directors, representatives, employees, agents, successors and assigns (collectively “Released Parties”), from any damage, injury, death, loss or other liability, either at law or equity, whether known or unknown, asserted or non-asserted, that may arise from or in any way relate to participation in this Contest or the awarding, acceptance, use or misuse of the Prize or any other substitute prize. Any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Contest shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. This Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the internal laws of the State of Washington. Any action or litigation concerning this Contest shall take place exclusively in the federal or state courts sitting in King County, Washington, and each entrant expressly consents to the jurisdiction of and venue in such courts and waives all defenses of lack of jurisdiction and inconvenient forum with respect to such courts. ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND/OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS PROMOTION. ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS OR CLAIMS TO ATTORNEY'ʹS FEES, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ENTRANT WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND WHETHER BASED UPON NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE.
Released Parties are not responsible for stolen, late, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, lost, damaged, garbled, delayed, undelivered, inaccurate, or garbled Submissions. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (“ISP”), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties occurring in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of Submissions, or in any Promotion-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to Entrant’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or from use of the online configurator tool.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY TAMPER WITH, ABUSE, DAMAGE THE ONLINE CONFIGURATOR OR UNDERMINE THE CONTENT OR LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST, OR INTEND TO ANNOY, ABUSE, THREATEN OR HARRASS ANY OTHER ENTRANT OR SPONSOR’S REPRESENTATIVES IS A VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
The Sponsor and the other MLS Entities, as applicable, reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the Contest for any reason, including should virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper operation of the Contest.