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The Gladiator
ENTRY FEE
SINGLE ENTRY: $50.00
CONTEST SIZE
TEAMS PER LEAGUE
PRIZES BASED ON ENTRIES
MAX ENTRIES
15
1,800
1,800
PRIZES
LEAGUE
Place Prize
1st $250
2nd $125
3rd * Free 2025 Gladiator Entry
OVERALL
Place Prize
1st $10,000
2nd $2,500
3rd $2,000
>> SEE FULL LIST OF PRIZES
FORMAT
LEAGUE PLAY
REGULAR SEASON
  • Weeks 1 - 27
  • Roto style scoring to determine the league winners
OVERALL PLAY
  • Weeks 1 - 27
  • All teams from all eligible leagues compete in a roto style overall competition for the overall prizes
ROSTERS
Position Count
C 2
1B 1
2B 1
SS 1
3B 1
OF 5
CI 1
MI 1
UT 1
P 9
FREE AGENTS
  • NO FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS
  • TRADES
    NO TRADING ALLOWED
    DRAFT
    STYLE
    SNAKE DRAFT
    PICK ASSIGNMENT
    KENTUCKY DERBY STYLE (KDS)
    Each player ranks their draft order preference, then a random choice order selects which team owners KDS will be used first.
    LOCATION
    ONLINE
    SCORING
    CATEGORIES - ROTO
    Statistics are accumulated each week for all players in your starting lineup and your team is ranked based on the following categories:
    • Runs
    • Home Runs
    • Runs Batted In
    • Stolen Bases
    • Batting Average
    • Strikeouts
    • Wins
    • Saves
    • Earned Run Average
    • WHIP
    The Gladiator - Game Information
    Entry Fee: $50.00
    Teams Per League: 15
    Scoring Style: Rotisserie
    Draft: 23 Rounds, Serpentine, Various Draft Speeds Available
    Prizes: $10,000 Overall Grand Prize
    Max Entries in Contest: 1,800
    Prizes Based on Number of Entries: 1,800
    Max Entries Per User in Contest: 54
    Highly Experienced Player Badges
    Has played in at least 500 contests
    Has played in at least 1000 contests
    Has won at least 3 contests with a payout of $1,000 or more OR has won at least 5 contests with a cumulative total payout of $2,500 or more
    Has played in at least 500 contests AND has won at least 3 contests with a payout of $1,000 or more OR has won at least 5 contests with a cumulative total payout of $2,500 or more
    Has played in at least 1000 contests AND has won at least 3 contests with a payout of $1,000 or more OR has won at least 5 contests with a cumulative total payout of $2,500 or more
    Team Owners # Teams Badge(s)
    Rick thomas 19
    Melvin Taveras 1
    Adam Howe 1
    aaron silver 3
    ANDREW DENINNO 3
    ANTHONY HAMLEY 10
    Michael Wright 1
    SHAWN LYNN 1
    ADAM GAMBOA 1
    ANDREW ELLIS 2
    Alan Gellin 1
    Kevin Despard 1
    Sam Thornton 6
    AARON MILLER 2
    Anthony Palavis 4
    ADAM PECK 1
    Elliott Landry 3
    Adam Warner 3
    Andy Splinter 1
    Andrew Sullivan 6
    Matt Ricci 4
    Dennis Spink 1
    Andrew Viglietti 5
    JOHN LAMPING 4
    Schuyler Schickel 7
    Josh Baker 3
    David Branick 10
    Brett Terry 2
    Andrew Carlson 1
    Brent Barbour 3
    Christopher Barley 1
    Richard Barry 2
    bart parry 5
    Andrew Liesch 8
    Chris Maher 1
    Sara Sanchez 4
    Christopher Phillips 1
    bruce gates 1
    BENJAMIN DOLVEN 4
    Darren Wan 3
    Blake Edwards 5
    Steve Saunders 1
    Brandon Gavett 18
    BEN BINGHAM 6
    Benjamin Meleras 1
    Bryan Ghio 2
    Steven Grey 2
    David Whilden 1
    Jason Duponte 33
    Scott Watry 1
    Tom Strassner 1
    DAVID CLAIRMONT 1
    Bill Macey 2
    Brian Komprood 2
    Brian Kurtz 1
    JAMES SWEENEY 1
    MICHAEL OROURKE 2
    Michael Allocca 1
    Jason Anthony 4
    Jody Ryan 9
    Brad Tomaski 3
    Don Brady 1
    BRENNAN LOGUE 4
    BRENT HERSHEY 1
    Ben Novak 7
    Brock Boner 10
    Philip Brubaker 2
    BRUCE ROE 2
    Brian Rudd 2
    Steve Brunn 7
    BRANDON SHEPARD 1
    BENJAMIN SORACE 1
    Melvin Stroud 1
    BRIAN HUENS 3
    Larry Cornick 1
    Kevin Carlson 5
    Matthew Burgei 3
    JOHN BURNSIDE 1
    Brian Sciacca 2
    Thomas Gates 2
    Jenny Butler 3
    Brian Welch 2
    BYRON COX 1
    Brett Ziter 1
    CALE MCHENRY 2
    Carl Knutsen 1
    VIRGIL JULES 1
    Brandon Johnson 1
    Christopher Colao 1
    Robert R Luise 1
    Clark Olson 8
    Thomas Durst 7
    Michael Armstrong 8
    Jeffrey Cianci 5
    Bradley Heles 1
    James Maples 3
    chad fleming 10
    carl knutsen 1
    Christopher Kuhlman 1
    Max Hogan 4
    Chet Lexvold 3
    Kevin Mark 3
    Michael Fuchs 6
    Doug Cochran 1
    Chris Uram 2
    carter gill 5
    Timothy Pamperin 12
    Conner DeLeon 1
    Steve Contris 1
    James Tomony 3
    Craig Williams 7
    scott yamamoto 2
    Gregory Smith 3
    Craig Clarke 2
    William Claybrook 2
    DALTON BROOKS 2
    Joe Shokatz 1
    Dane Nelson 2
    Dan Greenberg 2
    Daniel Martinez 1
    Dave Rhydderch 7
    DAVID SPEIDEL 2
    David Swan 2
    David Mirza 5
    David Boyd 1
    David Chenok 2
    David Ehsanipoor 2
    Dale Donmoyer 7
    Joseph Garner 1
    Derek DowDell 3
    DANIEL WILLIAMS 1
    Daniel Ellars 2
    dan Mitlof 1
    DAVID GRONSKY 1
    Donny Lucas 4
    Gary Durbin 6
    Devin Roell 1
    Dominic Rello 20
    Dave Sowa 2
    Drew Forte 2
    Jacob Halusker 1
    Eric Forslund 9
    Eric Albright 23
    AARON ASBURY 3
    Brian Edwards 18
    ERICH SCHMITT 14
    ERIC FLATOW 1
    Kyle Estes 3
    Erik Sviggum 1
    Bob Berger 1
    Samuel Parnell 2
    Chris Fernquist 1
    Clayton Courtney 1
    adam fisher 4
    John Fish 20
    Aaron Metcalf 1
    RYAN WELBORN 5
    kyle chorba 2
    Frank Stampfl 1
    GARY FRAZIER 2
    Dennis Gahry 2
    Bill Gaffney 3
    JASON LEON 3
    MICHAEL GAVIN 4
    Steven Petrar 1
    George Lowell 1
    Anthony Gialde 32
    Gandolfo aiosa 1
    Giovanni Companioni 1
    Gregg Martin 3
    RICHARD SWEENEY 1
    gp churchill 6
    GRANT GEISSLER 4
    SPENCER FARMERY 6
    COREY MALONEY 2
    Jason Griffin 1
    JONATHAN TORN 1
    Tony Messer 1
    Henry Williams 2
    Chris Read 9
    heath comstock 6
    fred linker 1
    RYAN HOFFMAN 1
    David Hinkel 3
    Ryan Holm 1
    Joe Green 4
    joel blasberg 2
    Nick Wolf 1
    JON CLAIRMONT 4
    Ian Fitzgerald 3
    Ian Hubbard 2
    Marc Rod 2
    John Vladu 1
    Gregory Doyle 1
    Jim Abline 1
    John Noeske 3
    Drew Morris 17
    JACOB MAISH 4
    James Lewis 1
    James Goldberg 2
    JASON CHOJNACKI 2
    EVAN SATINOFF 1
    JAY BARRON 2
    Jason Wanic 1
    John Lyons 1
    Johnathan Roberts 1
    James Wilson 8
    Zach Larson 3
    Brad Adams 1
    Jean Carlo Torres 1
    Jeremy Sand 1
    Aaron Banach 1
    Jeff Tudor 3
    Jeremy Meloy 2
    MATTHEW MCGUIRE 1
    Allan Quis 3
    Jack Kitchen 7
    James Boyer 1
    JOSEPH GOTT 4
    Jeffrey Holbrook 4
    JIMMY VENTURA 1
    Benjamin Graff 3
    Scott Gilroy 1
    John Roberts 1
    Jonathan Kish 1
    Jerry Kirby 14
    J.R. Walsh 2
    Joseph Leo Toth 1
    Jeremy Maw 1
    James Gabal 2
    Jeff Mitseff 2
    Joshua Dawalt 8
    JOSEPH ADAMIEC 2
    Joe Orrico 1
    Joe Iwanski 5
    John Pappas 2
    Johnhenry Schroeder 1
    John Wilder 1
    Jon Anderson 3
    Josh Pettersen 2
    Jared Radbel 1
    Jeffrey Rubenstein 3
    Jonathan Reynolds 4
    JOSEPH SALTARELLI 1
    JARED STYLES 3
    Aaron Jones 1
    ANDREW BOERO 1
    Justin Salinger 3
    JOSHUA WAXMAN 1
    KADE STEWART 1
    Brian Entrekin 5
    Ken Croft 1
    KEVIN OTT 1
    Kevin O'Keefe 2
    Grant Taylor 1
    Mike Rothe 2
    Richard DiMondo 1
    Maurice Gregory 5
    Michael Kosmoski 2
    Seth Fox 1
    Patrick Gagne 5
    Jeff Brien 1
    KYLE JOHANSEN 6
    George Kleemann 2
    Eric Leggitt 2
    Daniel Beerhalter 3
    Len Warrington 1
    THOMAS HURLEY 1
    Logan Holland 2
    Brian Magnani 2
    Chris Costello 2
    Leonard Ringle 14
    Ryan Ireland 3
    LUKE PLANSKY 2
    ANDREW BAYARENA 5
    Marcus Stoiber 2
    Mark Bendar 1
    Matthew Crowson 2
    Marty Tallman 2
    Sean M 2
    Matthew Mattingly 12
    Matthew Ramon 14
    Matthew Davis 4
    DARREN MATUSEN 3
    Sean Chard 4
    Brad Wilt 4
    John Mazzoni 1
    Matthew McDonough 3
    Mike Palmer 2
    John Pacca 3
    Kenneth Morita 5
    Michelle Smith 4
    Marcia Donmoyer 10
    Perry Laskaris 1
    Bill Schwartz 1
    MATTHEW FERTEL 3
    Michael Hughes 6
    MICHAEL CECCHINI 2
    Mike Berends 1
    Mike Cameron 1
    Michael Lins 1
    John Miller 2
    Mike Burton 6
    Michael Kurland 3
    MICHAEL LIPCSEY 1
    MARK MITCHAM 1
    Mike Marshall 2
    Kristopher Carroll 6
    Monte Bogatz 1
    Les Dinsmore 5
    Ray Wright 2
    William Whitlock 9
    Matt Poole 3
    MICHAEL REGAN 3
    Matthew Latta 6
    Matt Hurley 3
    MARK BROWN 3
    Marc Siciliano 3
    Michael Campbell 1
    MARTIN SEKULSKI 1
    Mark Gannon 3
    Michael Gebby 9
    Zachary Carson 1
    Ryan Beck 19
    NATHANIEL ROBERTS 2
    Kellen Arneson 1
    Nathan Edmunds 4
    Mike Pinkerton 1
    Nicholas Pcholkin 1
    Cody Harsomchuck 2
    Nick Larsen 1
    ROBERT ORR 5
    Nicholas Perry 1
    Jimmy Easley 5
    David Burks 1
    MARK ORZECHOWSKI 2
    LAUREN STAMM 1
    STEVE PANDO 2
    ANDREW SHOKATZ 1
    Christian Papp 1
    Ron Kraus 24
    Paul Bruce 1
    Paul Heege 40
    Pierre Camus 1
    Paul Burant 1
    Dohn Terrell 2
    ADAM LAZARUS 2
    Paul Sporer 2
    Chas Nelson 7
    Hernan Cortes-Batista 1
    Paul Pierorazio 1
    MARK BRITE 1
    PAUL WARMAN 2
    BEENA RAO 1
    Bob Catsiroumpas 3
    Cam Picyk 3
    Ross Berg 4
    Robert Kahn 5
    Robert Lorfink 4
    Dan Thompson 3
    Joe Tate 2
    Jeremiah Dugger 5
    MICHAEL BROWN 1
    ERIC DAVIS 3
    David Bone 2
    joan gahry 14
    Ryan Holewinski 3
    Russell Withers 13
    Richard Talley 5
    winston guest 5
    Ray Murphy 3
    Robert DiPietro 19
    Robert Dlugozima 3
    Robert Giese 1
    Roscoe Myrick 14
    Ron Spurgeon 2
    Tom Roseberry 1
    ROSS NEGLIA 2
    Vlad Sedler 6
    DALE VANDORN 1
    JORGE MONTANEZ 2
    Kevork Mahserejian 2
    Dan Fallon 3
    Robert Brendler 11
    Kevin Hasting 1
    RICHARD BRISKIN 4
    ROBERT WOOTEN 6
    Randall Haines 4
    RUSSELL STURTZ 3
    Matt Avramovich 3
    Ryan Bloomfield 3
    Ryan MacNeil 2
    Ryan Rizzio 1
    Ryan Boyd 1
    j v 3
    Robert Lester 2
    Ian Peterson 1
    Bob Saxton 2
    Michael Brenner 1
    Scott Kotchek 3
    Scott Waggener 4
    SCOTT SLEZAK 9
    Stephen Ruschak 6
    James Beatty 1
    Robert E Thompson III 1
    Scott Feschuk 2
    SCOTT GELLMAN 1
    Shelby Anderson 1
    Shelly Verougstraete 1
    Sherwood Farnham 2
    Mike Dirkman 2
    Anthony Cifelli 8
    Graham Blakelock 1
    Sid Bickle 1
    Ricky Yee 2
    brian leer 1
    Frankie Newton 3
    Tony Lemire 1
    STEVEN SCHWEITZER 1
    Scott Winhold 4
    MATT STRICKLER 6
    Steven Metzler 1
    Mathew Adams 8
    NEIL PETERS 1
    SEAN BRINLEE 2
    Jason Perkins 1
    John Malanga 6
    Scott Davis 3
    John OBrien 3
    SHANE PEEBLES 1
    Stephen Stoughton 9
    Steven Weimer 1
    Stephen Goodwin 2
    Spencer Thurmond 39
    STEPHEN ENG 2
    Alex Stillwell 1
    Damon Fleet 5
    David Bevis 1
    Brian Cerow 3
    Andrew Macuga 1
    Steve Holmlund 3
    Ian Swirka 1
    Thomas Della Croce 1
    Matt Dozier 1
    TIMOTHY HARRIS 1
    Thomas Olownia 1
    TOD BUCKALLEW 1
    TYLER COYNE 1
    JASON HELMAR 7
    TD Linhart 8
    David Lightfoot 3
    Luke Roman 5
    James Ferretti 1
    Shawn Knoche 1
    AARON KRUEGER 6
    Joe McHugh 5
    Cj Kaltenbach 6
    Timothy BRAULT 1
    Timothy Johns 3
    Tim Sansome 6
    TIM SOWELL 1
    TIMOTHY MICAL 2
    Todd Macey 5
    THOMAS DECOLA 2
    Tim Horne 3
    BRADLEY SUWINSKI 1
    tom agusti 1
    TONY LA 1
    TIMOTHY ALNWICK 1
    Tom Rodriguez 7
    Trevor Gobble 2
    TIMOTHY TUNKS 4
    Alan Holmes 1
    Carl Willingham 1
    Kenneth Easterling 4
    Jeff Whitely 1
    SEAN HLAVAC 2
    ADAM NAJEMY 2
    Casey Vercruysse 5
    Ryan Venancio 1
    Ted Vinson 3
    Keith Willingham 1
    Andrew Lucas 1
    David Broughton 2
    David Duffy 4
    JEFF MOROWCZYNSKI 1
    Arthur Tornabene-Zalas 2
    Andrew Powell 4
    Ryan Windram 1
    CHRISTOPHER SHELTON 5
    Matt McClure 2
    Smirlock Daniel Smirlock 1
    JAMIE YACKOW 2
    Sam Hatten 3
    Zach Charpentier 4
    MATTHEW ZAPPACOSTA 4
    Zachary Eckert 1
    Joe Gelsomino 1
    RICHARD ZITO 15
    Zachary Waxman 54
    robert cramutola 5
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    League Management Web Address

    You can access your team and league via the Internet by going to https://nfc.shgn.com. You will need an email address and a password to access the game site. Contact [email protected] if you are signed up for the contest and do not have log-in information.

    Gladiator Overview
    The The Gladiator 1 will consist of multiple leagues each comprised of 15 teams.

    The NFBC regular season will extend from the first game of the MLB regular season through the final game of the regular season.

    Owners can win league prizes and a separate $7,500 Grand Prize in this contest (see Prize Table for all prizes).

    Teams will compete for accumulative stats in five offensive and five pitching categories, with each category weighted equally.

    Categories include:

    Hitters
    Batting Average
    Home Runs
    RBIs
    Stolen Bases
    Runs

    Pitchers
    Wins
    Saves
    Earned Run Average
    Strikeouts
    WHIP Ratio (Walks plus Hits divided by Innings Pitched)

    **NOTE: The Gladiator has a 125 Innings Pitched minimum in order to correctly place in the ERA and WHIP categories. If a team does not meet this IP requirement, it will be awarded 1 point in each category. The other teams in the league will NOT move up.

    The team at the end of the year with the most Rotisserie rank points based on cumulative statistics for the season in each league wins the league title. Prizes will be paid to the top finishers in the league.
    League
    League Prizes
    1 $250
    2 $125
    3 * Free 2025 Gladiator Entry
    Overall
    Overall Prizes
    1 $10,000
    2 $2,500
    3 $2,000
    4 $1,500
    5 $1,400
    6 $1,300
    7 $1,200
    8 $1,100
    9 $1,000
    10 $900
    11 $850
    12 $800
    13 $750
    14 $700
    15 $650
    16 $600
    17 $500
    18 $450
    19 $400
    20 $350
    21 $300
    22 $250
    23 $200
    24 $150
    25 $100
    26 $50
    Random League/Draft Spot Selections
    The NFBC will set each The Gladiator league as they fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Once that league is filled for that date, the league will be closed or signups will continue for a second or third league for that date and time.
    Online Drafts
    All Online Leagues will hold their drafts at https://nfc.shgn.com. Once you have signed up, you'll find your team link for this league under MY TEAMS section. There you'll find a PRE-DRAFT RANK LIST link where you can rank the player default list for all online drafts and all of the players will show up in the draft room exactly as you have ranked them. If you do not setup a pre draft ranking, the player default list will appear as SportsHub Games Network, Inc. has it. Once the league has filled, the DRAFT ROOM link will appear and you'll be able to enter the draft room. There is a DRAFT BOARD link within the draft room that allows you to see colored stickers of every player being selected and to easily see the draft results.

    All lineups must be legal before the season starts and the NFBC will correct all roster errors that may have been missed at the draft. All decisions by the NFBC commissioner involving final rosters are official.

    Time Limit for Draft: There will be a 1 minute limit for each owner to make his/her pick during each round of the The Gladiator draft (see above). If a participant does not make a selection in the allotted time, the computer will select the top player from that owner's Player Queue and if no player is in the queue then the top available player from the player's default list will be selected. If there is a computer failure, an error made with a selection by an owner or any other type of technical malfunction, the draft moderator can stop the draft at any time and correct the error and then resume the draft. The NFBC reserves the right to allow the draft moderator to roll-back the draft if a technical error occurred, but if the desired player had already been selected before the draft was stopped, that player is no longer available to be drafted.

    Commissioner Decisions: All decisions made by the NFBC commissioner are final. Tough decisions sometimes must be made about eligibility rules, lineups, etc., and NFBC participants must accept the unbiased ruling of the NFBC commissioner.
    Moderated Drafts
    If there is a computer failure, an error made with a selection by an owner or any other type of technical malfunction, the draft moderator can stop the draft at any time and correct the error and then resume the draft. The NFBC reserves the right to allow the draft moderator to roll-back the draft if a technical error occurred, but if the desired player had already been selected before the draft was stopped, that player is no longer available to be drafted.
    Setting Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) Preferences

    The NFBC will use Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) preferences for draft preferences in all The Gladiator leagues. The Draft Preferences are listed as soon as you click on your team link. There you will see a list of 1 through 15 in order and an "Edit Preferences" link. Edit your list as often as you'd like and just save your preferences each time before the required deadline for this league.

    Here's what KDS does: The KDS process allows owners to rank their order of preference for Draft Day, ranking their preferences 1 through 15 BEFORE the leagues are randomly selected. Some owners would rather draft in the middle, if they are selected early in their league; others like to stay near the top and others like to move down to the lower end. KDS allows that if you are fortunate enough. A sample KDS from an owner could look like this:

    1
    12
    4
    9
    14
    11
    5
    3
    15
    10
    13
    6
    2
    7
    8

    If an owner wants the third pick and he is selected No. 1 overall in his league, he would choose 3 as his top option and he would then be moved to third in that league on Draft Day. NFBC officials will look at every owner's Draft Preferences after the leagues and orders are randomly selected, pick the highest available preference for each owner and then announce the draft orders for each league.

    Roster Requirements
    Maximum of 23 players at all times.
    Roster
    Position Count
    Catcher 2
    First Baseman 1
    Second Baseman 1
    Shortstop 1
    Third Baseman 1
    Outfielder 5
    Corner Infielder (1B,3B) 1
    Middle Infielder (2B,SS) 1
    Utility Player (DH,C,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF) 1
    Pitcher (SP,RP) 9
    Position Eligibility
    The NFBC will use the following position eligibility rules in 2024:

    a) Players who played at least 20 games at any position in 2023 will qualify at that position for the entire 2024 NFBC season. Players who play 10 games at a new position in 2024 will be eligible at that position after they have played there for the 10th time during the 2024 MLB regular season. Any player who missed all of the previous season to injury or retirement will qualify at the position he last was eligible for in the majors.

    b) If a player did not appear in 20 games at any position, he qualifies at the one position he played most frequently the prior season in the majors. Designated Hitter is considered a position for these purposes (pinch-hitting is not). A player who only qualifies as a DH may only be assigned to the UT position. If a player's most games played at a position is less than 20 and tied among more than one position, the NFBC commissioner will assign eligibility at one position only based on prior year minor league games played.

    c) Those players who only pinch-hit in the majors in 2023 will be position eligible according to their minor-league games played status in 2023. They would qualify at the position they played the most games in the minors.

    d) Players who played all of 2023 in the minor leagues will be awarded position eligibility for the 2024 NFBC season based on the most games played at all levels in the minors for the previous year. NFBC will determine that one eligible position before Draft Day and that will determine that player's status for 2024 once he is called up to the majors. Those players who only pinch-hit or DH in the minors will only be UT-eligible.

    e) In random cases, such as being injured or out all season, resulting in ZERO GAMES being played at any professional level, a player's position eligibility will default to what it was entering the previous season.

    f) The NFBC commissioner will rule on player eligibility prior to the draft as he deems necessary. Those eligibility lists are final and will be available to all owners prior to Draft Day.
    Lineup Submission
    The weekly deadline for setting your NFBC starting lineup is on Mondays with the following exception(s):

    In the NFBC, you don't have to lock in your entire starting lineup on Mondays if you have players who don't play their first game of the week until Tuesday. You are allowed to lock in your starters on Monday 5 minutes before their scheduled games that day and also 5 minutes before their games on Tuesdays if that is their first game of the week.

    Example 1: If you have East Coast teams starting at 7:05 pm ET on Monday, you have to lock them into your starting lineup by 7 pm ET.

    Example 2: If you also have West Coast players who don't play until 10:05 pm ET, you then have until 10 pm ET to lock those starters in.

    If you have two outfielders playing their first games on Tuesday and you have one OF spot open in your starting lineup, you have until Tuesday night to finalize who you want in your starting lineup.

    On Fridays, the same flexible Set Lineup procedure is in place for hitters where you can lock in your starters 5 minutes before their scheduled starting time for that day. Those players lock 5 minutes before their SCHEDULED STARTING TIME and do not change based on weather or any other matters.

    NFBC team owners are also allowed to switch out any hitter (or hitters) from their starting lineup and replace him with a hitter from their reserve roster on Fridays. The deadline for doing that is 5 minutes before the start of that player's game on Friday or 5 minutes before Saturday's start time if that player's team is off on Friday. Pitchers will not be allowed to be moved out of your starting lineup at any time during the season; what is set on Monday remains for the remainder of the week for all pitchers. If there is an MLB tie-breaker game or games at the start of a new week, NFBC owners are allowed to reset their starting lineups for that game or games.

    If a game is cancelled on Monday or Friday and once NFBC receives official notice, players for those teams (hitters only on Fridays) would lock 5 minutes before their first game on Tuesday or Saturday.

    First Lineup Deadlines for Week 1: The MLB season starts on Wednesday, March 20 and 21st, 2024 with the two games in Seoul, South Korea between SD - LAD.. Those two games plus the March 28 - March 31st - slate of games will be included in Week 1 in the NFBC. Mid week bench switches for hitters only can be made for the first week of the contest on Friday, March 29th.

    All lineups must be submitted on the league website.
    Trades Between Managers
    To minimize the possibility of collusion, there will be no trading allowed.
    Free Agents
    There are no free agent pickups in The Gladiator Leagues. The 23 players you draft is all you have the entire season. All rosters remain intact from Draft Day through the end of the season.

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    Scoring

    Statistics are accumulated each week for all players in your starting lineup and your team is ranked based on the following categories:

    Runs
    Home Runs
    Runs Batted In
    Stolen Bases
    Batting Average
    Strikeouts
    Wins
    Saves
    Earned Run Average
    WHIP
    Scoring Periods
    Period Start End Deadline(s) Status
    1 Wednesday, 3/20/2024 Sunday, 3/31/2024 - Complete
    2 Monday, 4/1/2024 Sunday, 4/7/2024 - Complete
    3 Monday, 4/8/2024 Sunday, 4/14/2024 - Complete
    4 Monday, 4/15/2024 Sunday, 4/21/2024 - In Progress
    5 Monday, 4/22/2024 Sunday, 4/28/2024 - -
    6 Monday, 4/29/2024 Sunday, 5/5/2024 - -
    7 Monday, 5/6/2024 Sunday, 5/12/2024 - -
    8 Monday, 5/13/2024 Sunday, 5/19/2024 - -
    9 Monday, 5/20/2024 Sunday, 5/26/2024 - -
    10 Monday, 5/27/2024 Sunday, 6/2/2024 - -
    11 Monday, 6/3/2024 Sunday, 6/9/2024 - -
    12 Monday, 6/10/2024 Sunday, 6/16/2024 - -
    13 Monday, 6/17/2024 Sunday, 6/23/2024 - -
    14 Monday, 6/24/2024 Sunday, 6/30/2024 - -
    15 Monday, 7/1/2024 Sunday, 7/7/2024 - -
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    Disclaimers
    NFBC is not responsible for delays or failure to perform if the delays or failure to perform is caused by the occurrence of an act, omission, or condition beyond its control, whether or not foreseeable, including without limitation, acts of God, riots, terrorists' acts, war, fire, flood, or power failure. In addition, is not responsible for any late, lost, garbled, misdirected, incomplete, or damaged entries or for printing or typographical errors in any materials and content associated with the Contest. Neither the Contest nor the Contest website are sponsored or endorsed by either.
    Compliance with Official Rules
    The Contest is subject to applicable United States laws, and these official rules, and cannot be used in connection with any form of gambling. By entering the Contest, you agree to the terms of the official rules (including the legal restrictions) and the Terms of Use applicable to the Contest website, and you agree to abide by the decisions of NFBC, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest. NFBC reserves the right to change the official rules, in its sole discretion. No waiver of any provision of the official rules at any time shall be deemed to be a further or continuing waiver of such provision or any other provision.
    Legal Restrictions
    THE CONTEST AND ALL SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONTEST ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. NFBC MAXIMUM LIABILITY TO ANY PARTICIPANT IN THE CONTEST FOR ANY CLAIM (INCLUSIVE OF ATTORNEYS' FEES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY THE PARTICIPANT IS LIMITED TO THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF ALL FEES PAID BY THE PARTICIPANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST. IN NO EVENT SHALL NFBC, ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, RELATED PARTIES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MANAGERS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, CONTRACTORS, LICENSORS, OR CONTEST SPONSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
    Internet/Technology Problems; Tampering
    If, as a result of viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes beyond the control of NFBC, the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest is corrupted or compromised, NFBC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. NFBC is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant's computer related to or resulting from participation in this Contest. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF LAW. NFBC reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process or Contest operation, provides false entry information, or disseminates false or misleading information about the Contest. NFBC reserves the right to seek recovery of damages from such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law.
    Prizes
    Winners are determined and prizes are awarded as provided in the official rules of the Contest. Prize winners will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release and may be required to provide a certification for tax withholding (including, without limitation, a W-9). Prize winners may also be required to provide evidence that the information in the entry for the Contest is accurate. The prize will only be paid to the person who is identified by NFBC as having submitted the entry for the Contest. Failure to submit accurate and complete information at any time may result in forfeiture of prizes. All taxes associated with the receipt or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. You are advised to consult your tax advisor for tax advice concerning your prize winnings. In the event that the awarding of any prizes to winners of the Contest is challenged by any legal authority, NFBC reserves the right, in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes. If NFBC determines that a team is owned indirectly by a customer in order to circumvent the Eligibility Requirements, NFBC reserves the right, in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award prizes or disqualify the team.

    Cash prizes are awarded in U.S. dollars. In the event of a tie, cash prizes are divided evenly among those who have tied. In the event that a league does not contain 15 teams, NFBC reserves the right to cancel the league and entry fees from that league will be refunded.

    Please allow 2-3 weeks, from the time your signed affidavit and release (and certification for tax withholding, if applicable) is returned to NFBC, to receive your prize. All prizes are awarded regardless of the number of entrants or amount of entry fees received. No substitution or transfer of prize is permitted.
    Prize Notification
    Winners are notified by email or regular mail within ten (10) days after the official final results (and associated winners) are posted at the conclusion of the Contest. Winners are also posted on the Contest website. Winners are required to complete an affidavit and release and certification for tax withholding, if applicable. There forms must be completed and returned via the website, email or regular mail, within 15 days following attempted notification. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in disqualification and forfeiture of prizes. Any prize notification returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. After six (6) months, any unclaimed prize will be forfeited.
    Complaints And Requests To Be Removed From Mailing Lists
    The Contest operator is SportsHub Games Network, Inc./NFBC with its principal office located at 333 Washington Ave N Suite 104 Minneapolis, MN 55401. Please contact NFBC at its principal office if at any time you wish to be removed from any mailing list (including any email list) or have any complaint regarding products or services provided by NFBC.
    Taxes
    If the principal team owner's prize winnings are $600.00 or greater (or any other threshold subsequently established by the IRS), the 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. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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, SportsHub Games Network, Inc. reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine whether or not to award such prizes.
    Eligibility & Registration
    The NFBC is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age or older (19 years in Alabama and Nebraska, and 21 years in Massachusetts). By entering an NFC contest, you are further representing and warranting that:

    -- you are a citizen or resident of the United States of America or Canada and that you have an address in the United States of America or Canada;

    -- at the time of contest entry, you are physically located in the United States of America or Canada in a jurisdiction in which participation in the NFC is not prohibited by applicable law;

    -- at the time of contest entry, you are not physically located in of any of the following U.S. states or Canadian Provinces: Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Vermont, Washington, Ontario;

    -- when entering an NFC contest, you are not an employee or operator of another fantasy sports website that charges entrance fees or offers cash prizes;

    -- you are not listed on any U.S. or Canadian Government list of prohibited or restricted parties;

    -- you are not subject to backup withholding tax because: (a) you are exempt from backup withholding, or (b) you have not been notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you are subject to backup withholding as a result of a failure to report all interest or dividends, or (c) the IRS has notified you that you are no longer subject to backup withholding;
    Official Rules
    Registration for, and continued participation in, the NFBC constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to these official rules ("Official Rules") and to SportsHub Games Network, Inc. decisions relating thereto. SportsHub Games Network, Inc.' decisions in regards to these Official Rules and all matters pertaining to the NFBC are final and binding.
    Refunds

    Once a participant submits valid payment, no money will be refunded unless the NFBC event for which such participant has registered has been canceled. A team spot is considered filled when the entire entry fee is paid. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any entries which are not part of a full league. In addition, SportsHub Games Network, Inc. retains the right to deny, at its sole discretion, eligibility of any individual to register for any NFBC game or event and/or participate in any NFBC game or event, even after the registration fee has been paid, but in such case, the entry fee will be refunded. Under no condition shall SportsHub Games Network, Inc. be held responsible for any loss or liability related to any expenses incurred by a denied entrant or any person affiliated with that denied entrant. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event that any participant or co-manager is banned from the NFBC as the result of any violation of the Official Rules, then no refund will be given.

    Cancellation

    At its sole discretion, SportsHub Games Network, Inc. reserves the right to terminate any NFBC game, event or league at any time prior to the completion of the season due to any acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, change in applicable law, interruption of the season (including strikes, lockouts and/or use of replacement players), or any other situation beyond the control of SportsHub Games Network, Inc.. In the event of any such termination by SportsHub Games Network, Inc., all entry fees will be refunded, with the exception of any live event fees (if such live event has already occurred).

    At its sole discretion, SportsHub Games Network, Inc. reserves the right to terminate any NFBC game, event or league (including the NFBC Main Event) if there are an insufficient number of teams prior to the scheduled start of the league. In this unlikely event, SportsHub Games Network, Inc. will refund all entry fees within 48 hours of cancellation notice and/or provide a new application form with the newly stated prize figures. In this situation, all pre-registered applicants have the right to a full refund or to agree to play for the newly announced prize structure. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participant or co-managers due to cancellation of any NFBC game, event or league, including but not limited to travel or hotel expenses, time taken off from employment, etc.

    Code of Conduct

    All participants and co-managers are expected to behave in lawful, respectful and sportsman-like fashion at all live draft events, 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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc., 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/SportsHub Games Network, Inc. representative, is strictly prohibited. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc./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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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.

    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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc./NFBC will not be held liable for any errors in entering lineups, trades or free agent moves, and SportsHub Games Network, Inc./NFBC will not intervene or alter a transaction after lineups, trades or free agent moves are due.

    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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc. (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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc.. Both the principal registrant and the co-manager(s) will receive IRS Form 1099 reflecting the prize money paid to each. If SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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 SportsHub Games Network, Inc. will pay prize payments only to the principal registrant.

    Communication Access

    All NFBC team owners must have internet access and a valid e-mail address for communication. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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. SportsHub Games Network, Inc. is also not responsible for the failure of any telephone networks/lines, internet connections, software/hardware, or internet congestion/transmission rates.

    Hold Harmless

    Each participant and co-owner hereby releases and holds harmless SportsHub Games Network, Inc. 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.

    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 U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, or the appropriate state court located in Hennepin County, Minnesota; and (iii) in no event shall SportsHub Games Network, Inc. liability to you for any and all damages, losses or causes of action exceed $250; and (iv) in no event shall SportsHub Games Network, Inc., 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.

    Notice To California Users

    Per California Code Section 1789.3, please be advised that the provider of services is SportsHub Games Network, Inc./NFBC with its principal offices located at 333 Washington Ave N Suite 104 Minneapolis, MN 55401. Entry fees and other charges for participation in the Contest vary and are subject to change from time-to-time in the sole discretion of NFBC. Please review the official rules of the Contest for all fees and other charges which may be applicable. If you have a complaint regarding any services provided by NFBC or questions regarding entry fees or other charges, please contact NFBC at telephone number (888)-636-7559 or by writing NFBC at the above office address. For complaints, you may also contact the Complaint Assistance Unit of the Division of Consumer Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs in writing at 1625 North Market Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95834, or by telephone at (800) 952-5210.

    Notice To Ohio Users

    From time to time, certain prizing elements may change although never below the guaranteed prize amounts listed on each NFBC contest page. Contest participants entering from the state of Ohio are eligible only for the stated guaranteed prize amounts listed on each NFBC contest page at the time registration for the contest opens.

    Highly Experienced Player Badges
    Has played in at least 500 contests
    Has played in at least 1000 contests
    Has won at least 3 contests with a payout of $1,000 or more OR has won at least 5 contests with a cumulative total payout of $2,500 or more
    Has played in at least 500 contests AND has won at least 3 contests with a payout of $1,000 or more OR has won at least 5 contests with a cumulative total payout of $2,500 or more
    Has played in at least 1000 contests AND has won at least 3 contests with a payout of $1,000 or more OR has won at least 5 contests with a cumulative total payout of $2,500 or more

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