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Official Rules And Regulations of The National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) Post-Season Hold'em Tournament

1. Overview

The National Fantasy Baseball Championship Post-Season Hold ‘Em Tournament will begin with the first Wild Card games scheduled for October 4th and continue through the completion of the World Series. Points will be accumulated throughout the playoffs and the team with the most total points will win the grand prize. Second through 15th place prizes will also be paid based on total points. At the end of each round the number of points that an MLB player earns for a team will be multiplied by the number of consecutive rounds he has been on a roster, rewarding owners who correctly predict the top players on this year’s World Series teams. This multiplier scoring system will give MLB players the potential to double their scoring totals in the League Championship Series and triple their scoring totals in the World Series.

2. Player Selection

Owners must manage a team of 16 players throughout the playoffs to accumulate the most points. Owners will initially create a 16-man roster before the first Wild Card game, and they will be able to change their rosters after the completion of one round and before the start of the next one. Owners build their rosters by choosing any player from the available playoff pool for each of the required 16 positions in each round.

3. Roster Requirements

Owners can create a roster with a maximum of 16 players for all rounds. The following are the roster requirements for each round:

Round 1: Wild Card and Divisional Games
  • Minimum of one player from each team
  • Maximum of three players from one team
Round 2: League Championship Series
  • Minimum of one player from each team
  • Maximum of six players from one team
Round 3: World Series
  • Maximum of 10 players from each team and minimum of 6 players from each team

4. Starting Lineup/Position Requirements

The starting lineup/positions will consist of 10 hitters and 6 pitchers, with the same positions and position eligibility of standard NFBC leagues, except for one less catcher. The starting lineup/positions for all rounds will consist of:

  • 1 Catcher
  • 1 First Baseman
  • 1 Second Baseman
  • 1 Shortstop
  • 1 Third Baseman
  • 1 Utility Hitter (any position or DH)
  • 4 Outfielders
  • 6 Pitchers (any combination of starters and relievers)

Note: All 16 players on a roster for a round are considered "active." There are no bench positions.

5. Scoring

The NFBC Post-Season Hold ‘Em Tournament is a points-based league designed to approximate the relative contribution value of batter and pitcher outcomes in standard NFBC rotisserie leagues. Players can accumulate points in the following ways:

Hitters:
1B = 1 point
2B = 2 points
3B = 3 points
HR = 4 points
RBI = 1 point
R = 1 point
BB = 1 point
SB = 2 points
HBP = 1 point
Out (calculated as at bats - hits) = -.25pt

Pitchers:
W = 4 points
Save = 4 points
ER = -1 point
SO = 1 point
1/3 IP = .34 point (1 IP = 1.02 points)*

*1 IP = 1.02 points (.34 + .34 + .34 = 1.02)

The site will provide Live Scoring for all players during the playoffs and Live Standings for all teams entered into the Post-Season Hold ‘Em Tournament.

Scoring is automatic, with each team’s 16 starting players receiving points throughout the playoffs.

Scoring Multipliers
At the end of each round the number of points that an MLB player earns for a team will be multiplied by the number of consecutive rounds he has been on the roster, rewarding owners who correctly predict the top players on this year’s World Series teams. This multiplier scoring system will give MLB players the potential to double their scoring totals in the League Championship Series and triple their scoring totals in the World Series. Owners are allowed to make replacements in Rounds 2 and 3 for players who have been eliminated from the playoffs, but each time players are added, they start out with just their scoring totals for that Round (no multiplier). However, players who are added to a roster in the League Championship Round and advance to the World Series will have their scoring totals doubled in the World Series.

For example, if an owner chose Madison Bumgarner for his roster at the start of the 2017 postseason and kept him for all three rounds, then Bumgarner's point total would have been doubled in Round 2 and tripled in Round 3 if the Giants made it all the way to the World Series.

6. Free Agent Acquisitions

After each round of the playoffs, owners can pick up new players to replace any players on their rosters, as long as the players meet the roster requirements described in section 3. Owners are not permitted to replace players while a round is in progress.

7. Roster Time Frame

All starting rosters for each round must be finalized five minutes before the scheduled start time of the first game for each round. No starting lineup/roster changes will be allowed after the lock time passes for each round. The following are the rounds for the NFBC Hold 'Em Postseason Contest:

Round 1: Wild Card and Divisional games
Round 2: League Championship Series
Round 3: World Series

8. Roster Changes

There is no limit to the number of changes owners can make to their rosters prior to the lock time of each round.

9. League Structure

All teams are entered into one contest with a $150 entry fee and a $25,000 grand prize for the top scoring team. The top 15 finishers at the end of the post-season will earn cash prizes. The prize breakdown is set forth in Paragraph 10 which follows.

10. Prize Breakdown

  1. First Place = $25,000
  2. Second Place = $5,000
  3. Third Place = $4,000
  4. Fourth Place = $3,000
  5. Fifth Place = $2,000
  6. Sixth Place = $1,500
  7. Seventh Place = $1,000
  8. Eighth Place = $900
  9. Ninth Place = $800
  10. Tenth Place = $750
  11. Eleventh Place = $700
  12. Twelfth Place = $650
  13. Thirteenth Place = $600
  14. Fourteenth Place = $550
  15. Fifteenth Place = $500

11. National Guarantee

Once a participant signs up online and submits valid payment, no money will be refunded to participants or co-managers unless the Hold ’Em Post-Season Tournament is canceled. A team spot is considered filled when the entire entry fee is paid. There also is no limit to the number of entries an owner may have in the contest. The NFBC is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participant or co-managers due to cancellation of The NFBC Hold ’Em Post-Season Tournament, including but not limited to time taken off from employment, etc.

12. Prize Winnings

If the principal team owner's prize winnings are $600.00 or greater (or any other threshold subsequently established by the IRS), the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (“NFBC”) must file a Form 1099 with the IRS at the end of this calendar year. We will request your social security number and signature on this form. The form contains the amount paid to you and you will receive a copy of the form for tax purposes. STATS pays the principal team owner of each NFBC team that was submitted on the entry form and you are responsible for paying any taxes that result from your cash prize; please consult your income tax advisor for filing advice. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, STATS reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes. After 12 months, any unclaimed prize will be forfeited.

13. Ties

In the case of teams tying for prize money, the money will be split evenly between the tied teams. For example, if first and second place finishers end in a tie, we will split the total prize money of those two places between tied owners. This is the same for any of the money finishes. There are no tie-breakers involved; teams will just split the prize money.

14. Eligibility; Registration

The National Fantasy Baseball Championship Post-Season Hold ‘Em Tournament is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age (or the age of majority in your state of residence) and are a resident of the United States of America or Canada. Notwithstanding the foregoing, residents of Washington State, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Virginia and Iowa are not eligible to register or play in the NFBC. All registrations must be in the full legal name of the primary team owner, though owners will have the option to add a co-manager(s).

15. Official Rules

Registration for, and continued participation in, the National Fantasy Baseball Championship Post-Season Hold ‘Em Tournament constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to these official rules (“Official Rules”) and to STATS’ decisions relating thereto. STATS’ decisions in regards to these Official Rules and all matters pertaining to the National Fantasy Baseball Championship are final and binding.

16. Code of Conduct

All participants and co-managers are expected to behave in lawful, respectful and sportsman-like fashion in all online drafts, throughout the NFBC season, and during use of any NFBC website, including, but not limited to comments posted on any NFBC message board. Additionally the NFBC events, games and/or leagues may not be used for any form of gambling. Any conduct or message board post by a participant, co-manager or other person which is deemed by STATS, in its sole discretion, to be unlawful, or to have the effect of intimidating, harassing, offending or otherwise harming any other participant, co-manager, guest, or NFBC/STATS representative, is strictly prohibited. STATS reserves the right, in its sole discretion to ban any person from current and/or future participation in the NFBC and/or from use of the message boards if such person engages in any such prohibited conduct or is otherwise in violation of any of these Rules. In addition, any person engaging in such conduct forfeits any rights to a refund, as well as any potential rights to a prize award. STATS shall not be responsible or held liable to any person for damage to property or personal injury or death arising from the acts or omissions of any third parties. Any participants or co-managers who collude, or attempt to collude, or who attempts to blackmail, bribe or otherwise influence any representative of STATS/NFBC, or who otherwise attempts to sabotage the league, in an effort to alter the results or outcome of any NFBC game will be disqualified and will be prohibited from winning any prize award. If a participant is banned from participation in a current NFBC game, then STATS reserves the right, to take those actions which it sees fit, in its sole discretion with respect to such banned participant’s team. Any criminal behavior may be referred to the appropriate authorities.

17. Errors

The deadline for submitting any dispute or claim regarding the operation of any league draft is one hour after the conclusion of the draft itself; further, leaving any live draft event without submitting any dispute or claim regarding the draft constitutes your waiver of any right to challenge any aspect of the draft. You are strongly urged to double-check your lineups, trades, and free agent moves throughout the season, as STATS/NFBC will not be held liable for any errors in entering lineups, trades or free agent moves, and STATS/NFBC will not intervene or alter a transaction after lineups, trades or free agent moves are due.

18. Prize Splitting

Prize splitting amongst the principal registrant and co-managers is available, provided that the principal registrant has authorized payment to his co-managers in writing and in advance of the completion of the season. In order to authorize prize-splitting, the principal registrant must completely fill out and sign the authorization form designated by STATS (including the name and address of the co-manager(s) and the applicable prize percentage to be paid to each co-manager(s)). Both the principal registrant and each co-manager designated on a prize-splitting form will be required to fill out a W-9. No prize money will be distributed until all necessary forms have been received by STATS. Both the principal registrant and the co-manager(s) will receive IRS Form 1099 reflecting the prize money paid to each. If STATS deems, in its sole discretion, that the appropriate documentation and/or authorization has not been received, or has not been received in a timely fashion, then STATS will pay prize payments only to the principal registrant.

19. Communication and Access

All NFBC team owners must have internet access and a valid e-mail address for communication. STATS is not responsible for any issues which impede or interfere with the transmission or receipt of any transaction, including but not limited to, draft selections, trades, free agent moves and lineups. STATS is also not responsible for the failure of any telephone networks/lines, internet connections, software/hardware, or internet congestion/transmission rates.

20. Hold Harmless

Each participant and co-owner hereby releases and holds harmless STATS and its parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives from and against any and all liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind to person (including death) and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from participation in any NFBC event, game or league, as well as acceptance or use of any prize award.

21. Disputes; Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer

Each participant and co-owner agrees that (i) all issues and questions regarding the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or your rights and obligations in connection with the NFBC shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules; and (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the NFBC or any prize awarded will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, or the appropriate state court located in Cook County, Illinois; and (iii) in no event shall STATS liability to you for any and all damages, losses or causes of action exceed $250; and (iv) in no event shall STATS, its parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives, be liable for any punitive, incidental and consequential damages. If your jurisdiction does not allow limitations or exclusions of liability for incidental or consequential damages, the above may not apply to you. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, EACH NFBC GAME, EVENT, LEAGUE,WEBSITE, AND BULLETIN BOARD/FORUM IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. IF YOUR JURISDICTION DOES NOT ALLOW FOR THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

22. Player Eligibility

Players will have their eligibility for the post-season contest based on the 2016 season. Players who qualify at multiple positions can be used at any of those positions. All decisions made by the NFBC commissioner regarding eligibility are final.

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