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    TODAY’S Golden Ticket  Official Rules

    December 22, 2015—January 8, 2016

     

    PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:  No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. The TODAY’s Golden Ticket Contest (“Contest”) will begin on December 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM ET and end on January 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET (“Contest Period”).  All times in the Contest refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  Contest is subject all applicable federal, state and local laws.

    ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal U.S. residents who are physically residing in one (1) of the forty-eight (48) continental United States or the District of Columbia (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and other United States territories), and who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of the start of the Contest Period.  Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest.  Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include NBCUniversal Media, LLC, located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10023 (“Sponsor”) and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest. 

    HOW TO ENTER: As part of your Entry (as defined below), you will be required to submit a photo (“Photo”) and a one hundred word (100) essay (“Statement”) on the following theme: “why you’re the biggest Golden Globes fan”. Photo must have been taken by you, or you must have permission from the person who took the photo to use in the Contest. You must have permission of any person who appears or is identified in Photo. If any minors appear in Photo, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian. Professional Photos with watermarks are not eligible.

    To enter the Contest, during the Contest Period visit www.today.com (the “Website”), click on the Contest banner, and follow the provided instructions to complete and thereafter submit the entry form, which includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, Photo, Statement, and date of birth (the “Entry”).

    All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. You must submit the Photo and Statement (collectively referred to herein as the “Submissions”) as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest.  By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsor the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Submissions and to incorporate the Submissions in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity.  Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsor and that the Sponsor' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Submissions will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract.  If any Submissions contain material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Submissions do not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsor’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion, such Submissions (and the related Entries) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration and/or deleted from the Website. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.  Sponsor shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Submissions.

    Entries must be received before December 25th, 2015 at 3:00PM ET to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsor’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest.  You may enter once during the Contest Period. Multiple entries received from any person or email address beyond this limit will void all such additional entries. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including but not limited to illegible handwriting, are void and will not be accepted.  Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval. 

    SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF FIRST ROUND FINALISTS, SECOND ROUND FINALISTS AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER: There will be two (2) rounds of judging: round 1: initial judging to determine the Finalists; round 2: trivia questions live on TODAY to determine the Grand Prize Winner (defined below).

    Round 1: Initial Judging for the First Round Finalists: On or about December 30th, 2015, one (1) or more qualified judges selected by Sponsor (“Judges”) will review all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select up to three first round finalists (“First Round Finalists”, each a “First Round Finalist”) based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): originality, appropriateness to theme and creativity. The three (3) First Round Finalists will be then be pre-interviewed on the phone. The selection and review process of the First Round Finalists may occur on a rolling basis as Entries are received. In the event of a tie, the Initial Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Initial Judges for Originality to advance to Round 2: Trivia Question to determine the Grand Prize Winner. Sponsor reserve the right to pick fewer than three (3) First Round Finalists (or none at all) or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion. First Round Finalists will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability, and, except where prohibited, Publicity Release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) as a condition as their continued eligibility in the Contest.

    Round 2: Trivia Question for Grand Prize Winner. On or about January 8, 2016, each First Round Finalists will appear on the TODAY Show. Each First Round Finalist will face-off each other in a trivia contest for points. Trivia questions will be based off the entertainment category. The First Round Finalist who answers the most trivia questions correctly will be the potential grand prize winner (“Grand Prize Winner”), subject to verification of eligibility. Grand Prize Winner will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign Contest Documents within one (1) days of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification. If the potential Grand Prize Winner cannot be reached or if it is found ineligible, if it cannot or does not comply with the foregoing requirements and these Official Rules, if its prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if it does not satisfactorily execute all of the Contest Documents, potential Grand Prize Winner will be disqualified and Sponsor will award the Grand Prize (defined below) to the runner-up First Round Finalist.          

    PRIZE:  There will be one (1) prize awarded (“Prize”) to the Grand Prize Winner. Prize consists of a trip for Grand Prize Winner and one (1) guest (“Guest”) to Los Angeles, CA (“Trip”). Trip includes: two (2) roundtrip airfare tickets to a major airport near Los Angeles, CA; three (3) night hotel stay at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; one (1) hair and makeup appointment for Winner at the Sofitel Spa; shopping spree at the Beverly Center to five hundred dollars ($500); dinner for two (2) at Sofitel’s Esterel French Restaurant, up to two hundred and fifty dollars ($250); ground transportation worth up to two hundred and eighty dollars ($280); two (2) tickets to the Golden Globes Official viewing party, scheduled to take place on January 10, 2016  red carpet walk for Winner and Guest before the Event.

    Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of the Prize is three thousand three hundred and sixty dollars ($3,360).  Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between ERV and ARV will not be awarded. If Prize includes a Trip, ARV may vary based on, among other things, availability, existing rates at time of booking, dates of travel, and point of departure.

    Sponsor will determine all details of Prize in their sole discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute Prize (or portion thereof) with a similar prize (or prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsor, as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsor’ sole discretion. 

    First Round Finalists must be able to travel from January 7, 2016 through January 11, 2016 (or on such other dates designated by Sponsor), or the Prize will be forfeited. If a First Round Finalist is unable to travel from January 7, 2016 –January 11, 2016, Sponsor may choose an alternative First Round Finalist, at their sole discretion. Travel arrangements must be made through Sponsor’s agent, on a carrier of Sponsor’ choice. Certain travel restrictions and black-out dates may apply. Grand Prize Winner will depart directly from TODAY and Guest will depart from nearest local airport with the same return date, and must have valid travel documents (e.g., valid government-issued photo ID and/or passport) prior to departure, and failure to do so will result in forfeiture of Prize. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers, or certificates. Hotel arrangements will be determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion. Sponsor shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations and/or delays or any change by the air carrier(s), lodging facilities, or other company or any other persons providing any of the Prize elements for the Grand Prize Winner and Guest due to reasons beyond Sponsor’ control.

    Once travel commences, no unscheduled stopovers are permitted; if an unscheduled stopover occurs, full fare will be charged from stopover point for the remaining segments, including return, of the trip. Sponsor is not liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence of flight cancellation/delay. Trip may not be combined with any other offer, and travel may not qualify for frequent flyer miles. All travel and lodging will be at the risk of Grand Prize Winner and Guest. Grand Prize Winner is solely responsible for all expenses and costs associated with acceptance and/or use of Prize not specifically stated herein as being awarded, including, without limitation any and all taxes or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize, travel insurance, ground transportation (other than as described above), security and airport fees, meals, gratuities, and souvenirs. Sponsor shall have the right, but not the obligation to make any deductions and withholdings that Sponsor deem necessary or desirable under applicable federal, state, and local tax laws, rules, regulations, codes, or ordinances.

    If Grand Prize Winner chooses to attend the Event or take the Trip with no Guest, the remaining elements of Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsor’ Prize obligation to Grand Prize Winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. Guest, if any, may be required to execute and return releases of liability and, except where prohibited, publicity releases (collectively, “Guest Documents”), which must be returned with the Contest Documents, or Guest portion of the Prize will be forfeited.

    CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by Prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsor, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

    ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsor reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules.  Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsor, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsor to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsor (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules.  Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsor reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules).  In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsor reserve the right to select Winners in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension.  Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted at Website.  Sponsor may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsor, or Sponsor’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion).  Sponsor reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.

    DISPUTESThe Contest is governed by, and will be construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, and the forum and venue for any dispute shall be in New York, New York. If THE controversy or claim is not otherwise resolved through direct discussions or mediation, it shall THEN be resolved by FINAL AND binding arbitration administered by JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., in accordance with its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures or subsequent versions thereof (“JAMS Rules”).  The JAMS Rules for selection of an arbitrator shall be followed, except that the arbitrator shall be experienced and licensed to practice law in new york.  All proceedings brought pursuant to this paragraph will be conducted in the County of new york.  THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF.

    WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the name of the Winner, available after January 10, 2016, visit Today.com, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by February 19th, 2016 to: Today’s Golden Ticket Contest , Today Show, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NY NY 10112.

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