Rules: Rotowire Online Championship
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Contest: Rotowire Online Championship
Entry Fee: $350
Teams Per League: 12
Prizes: 1 in 6 Win League Prize
Max Entries in Contest: 300
Overview

The Rotowire Online Championship will consist of multiple leagues each comprised of 12 teams. There will be a 20-week regular season and a 4-week overall championship round for teams that qualify. (No contest the week of Jan 20-26 due to NHL All-Star Break)

In each of the 21 regualar season weeks, there will be an "All Play" format where the top 6 scoring teams get a Win and the bottom 6 scoring teams get a Loss. Ties can be awarded as needed. All-Play records can be used in determining a Wild Card berth to the overall Championship Round

League

League prizes are awarded to the top 2 teams in the following format:

1st Place: Most total points through regular season (Week 20)

2nd Place: Next highest total points team through regular season (Week 20)

The 2 league prize winners automatically qualify for the overall championship round. A 3rd league qualifier will be added to championship round if the team with the best weekly All-Play record is NOT one of the two league prize winners. Example: the two teams with the most points both finish with 12-8 "All-Play' records, but another team(s) in the league is 13-7, it would also advance. NOTE: only ONE extra team per league can advance (total points would be tie-breaker for this 3rd team if two or more have the best reeord), and only a team with a BETTER record will advance. A third team with a 12-8 record would NOT qulaify for championship round if not in top two of scoring.

League Management Web Address

You can access your team and league via the Internet by going to 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.

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Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded in U.S. dollars and are awarded to the principal owner of the team. Teams can split prizes among multiple owners by filling out the proper paperwork with SportsHub Games Network, Inc. accounting department before season's end. In the event of a tie, cash prizes are divided evenly among those who have tied.

League
League Prizes
1 $1,500
2 $700
Overall
Overall Prizes
The 2 league prize winners automatically qualify for the overall championship round. A Wild Card team from league can also qualify (see overview). Teams will carry DOUBLE their weekly scoring average from the 20 weeks of regular season competition (80 weekly avearge becomes 160) into the playoffs and then add their point totals from Weeks 21-24 (the 4-wk playoff round) to that initial total to determine the overall champion.
1 $7,500
2 $2,500
3 $1,000
4 $500
5 $400
6 $350
Setting Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) Preferences

The NFHC will use Kentucky Derby Style (KDS) preferences for draft preferences in all Rotowire Online Championship leagues. The Draft Preferences are listed as soon as you click on your team link. There you will see a list of 1 through 12 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 12 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:

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

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. NFHC 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.

Random League/Draft Spot Selections

The NFHC will set each Rotowire Online Championship 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 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.

Each league will be comprised of 12 teams, and each draft will consist of 20 rounds, with each team selecting players in each round in a serpentine fashion (team 1 through team 12 in odd-numbered rounds, team 12 through team 1 in even-numbered rounds).

If an NFHC participant inadvertently leaves the draft with an illegal lineup (for instance, was without two G's), then the NFHC will drop the last pick made by that team (or more picks if needed) and add the last player at that position on the NFHC's final Cheat Sheet on Draft Day to make that lineup legal. The NFHC participant could replace the player who was assigned after the error was discovered during the first FAAB period. All lineups must be legal before the season starts and the NFHC will correct all roster errors that may have been missed at the draft. All decisions by the NFHC commissioner involving final rosters are official.

Time Limit for Draft:
There will be a 1 minute time limit for each owner to make his/her pick during each round of the Rotowire Online Championship draft. 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 NFHC 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 NFHC commissioner are final. Tough decisions sometimes must be made about eligibility rules, lineups, etc., and NFHC participants must accept the unbiased ruling of the NFHC commissioner.

Roster Requirements

Maximum of 20 players at all times.

Starting Lineup Requirements

Starting lineups will consist of:

    * 2 Goalies

    * 3 Defensemen

    * 7 Forwards

Position Eligibility

Players will be eligible at one position during the season and designated for that position before the season by SportsHub Games Network, Inc.. All decisions made by the SportsHub Games Network, Inc. commissioner regarding eligibility are final.

Lineup Submission

Starting lineup deadline is fluid. Each player will lock 5 minutes before HIS TEAM'S first game of that week. For instance, if the Oilers don't play until Thursday in a given week, Connor McDavid will not lock until 5 minutes before that Thursday game.

Special Rules for the All-Star Week. We will not play the Week of Monday January 20th-Sunday January 26th due to the NHL All-Star Break. Week 17 will commence on Monday January 27th per usual rules.

All lineups must be submitted on the league website.

Trades Between Managers

To minimize the possibility of collusion, there will be no trading allowed.

Scoring

Players can accumulate points in a number of ways:

OFFENSE
Type For Every Points
Goals 1 2.00
Assists 1 1.00
Power Play Goal 1 1.00
Short Handed Goal 1 1.00
Shots on Goal 1 0.25
Hits 1 0.25
Blocked Shots 1 0.25
Defenseman (D) Goal Scored Bonus 1 0.50
Defenseman (D) Assist Bonus 1 0.25
GOALIES
Type For Every Points
Win 1 4.00
Save 1 0.10
Goal Allowed 1 -1.00
Shutout 1 2.00
Overtime Loss 1 2.00
Shootout Loss 1 2.00
Scoring Periods
Week Period
Week 1 Oct 2 thru Oct 6
Week 2 Oct 7 thru Oct 13
Week 3 Oct 14 thru Oct 20
Week 4 Oct 21 thru Oct 27
Week 5 Oct 28 thru Nov 3
Week 6 Nov 4 thru Nov 10
Week 7 Nov 11 thru Nov 17
Week 8 Nov 18 thru Nov 24
Week 9 Nov 25 thru Dec 1
Week 10 Dec 2 thru Dec 8
Week 11 Dec 9 thru Dec 15
Week 12 Dec 16 thru Dec 22
Week 13 Dec 23 thru Dec 29
Week 14 Dec 30 thru Jan 5
Week 15 Jan 6 thru Jan 12
Week 16 Jan 13 thru Jan 19
Week 17 Jan 27 thru Feb 2
Week 18 Feb 3 thru Feb 9
Week 19 Feb 10 thru Feb 16
Week 20 Feb 17 thru Feb 23
Week 21 Feb 24 thru Mar 1
Playoff Week 22 Mar 2 thru Mar 8
Playoff Week 23 Mar 9 thru Mar 15
Playoff Week 24 Mar 16 thru Mar 22
Playoff Week 25 Mar 23 thru Mar 29
Free Agents

Free agent pickups during the season will include players who are on NHL rosters at the time or players who were selected on Draft Day and later dropped. Even players who were originally selected on Draft Day, cut and then sent to the minors are eligible during the regular season FAAB bidding period as once they are a part of that league they continue to be part of the free agent listing. If the players were good enough to be selected on Draft Day, they are then good enough to remain in that league's free agent pool.

Any player who is not on a team roster within your league and is on an NHL roster or once was on an NFHC team in your league is considered a free agent for that league. The player pool is deemed closed of new free agents each Sunday at 7 AM ET before the FAAB bidding deadline and a player must have played at least 1 NHL game to be added to the pool at that time. Once a minor-leaguer plays his first game in the majors, he remains in every NFHC FAAB pool whether he returns to the minors or not. Once in the NHL, he remains in all FAAB pools. Participants should also note that NHL unsigned veteran free agents at the time of Draft Day are eligible to be picked up or bid on in all NFHC leagues.

Free Agent Bidding Process: The free agent system will be a "blind bidding" process for each individual league. Each team will start with 1,000 free agent "dollars" for the season, and will be permitted to bid for free agents on a weekly basis with a minimum bid of $1 per player. Teams will not be able to see other team's free agent bids. The team with the highest bid on any given player will be awarded that player. The amount of the winning bid will be deducted from the winning team's free agent dollars. For each winning bid, the winning team must drop a player to make roster room for the free agent acquisition. If a team's free agent dollars go to zero, that team will no longer be allowed to bid for the rest of the season. No bid will be accepted that is larger than a team's available free agent dollars. All bids must be in increments of dollars (no cents). Only winning bids and the runner-up bids on each player will be shown after the FAAB bidding period for each NFHC league.

Bidding Time Frame: The NFHC bidding process will start the week before Opening Night and run for the first time on Sunday, Sep 29. FAAB will run every week from prior Week 1 through prior Week 20 (last FAAB run will be Sunday, March 1st). Bids will be accepted on the league website from Monday at 3 PM ET until Sunday at 10 PM ET (the deadline each week) in each of these weeks. Rosters will be updated shortly after 10 PM ET on Sunday with the results of all successful bids.

First and Last Free Agent Bidding Deadlines: The first free agent bidding deadline is Sunday, September 29, at 10 PM ET. The last free agent bidding deadline is Sunday, March 1, at 10 PM ET.

Conditional Bids: Conditional bids can also be offered. In the event you may lose out on a player, you can place conditional bid(s) for other players during the bidding time frame. Subsequent conditional bids will become relevant only if the previous conditional bid fails. Bids do not require conditional bids. Bids may have several sequential conditional bids. Participants should note that the computer takes the HIGHEST BIDS and processes each bid in that order if you have multiple FAAB acquisition bids. ALL BIDS WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER OF DOLLAR VALUE ASSIGNED TO THOSE FREE AGENTS, highest to lowest.

Example:

  • Acquire Jason Zucker, $19, cut Mikko Koivu
  • Acquire Jason Zucker, $6, cut Mikko Koivu
  • Acquire Jason Zucker, $2, cut Mikko Koivu

Number of Bids Limit: There is no limit to the number of bids that may be submitted each week in which bids are permitted.

Tied Bids: If there is a tie bid during the season, the team that receives the player will be determined in order by

  • Worst league standing at the time FAAB was run (Sunday night using Saturday's standings).
  • Lowest standing the previous week.
  • Lowest draft position from Draft Day.

Any tied bids during the first FAAB period will be given to the team with the lowest draft order from Draft Day, whether there were a few games played before then or not.

Commissioner Review of Player Drops: All player drops for free agents are subject to review by the NFHC commissioner and can be revoked if the dropped player is deemed too valuable to be offered to that league's free agent pool, thus damaging the credibility of the overall contest. In the case of a "star" player being dropped in a league for a valid reason, the NFHC commissioner reserves the right to allow the cut but keep the player out of that league's free agent pool for any length of time, possibly the entire season. All decisions by the NFHC commissioner will be final.

Taxes

If the principal team owner's prize winnings are $600.00 or greater (or any other threshold subsequently established by the IRS), the NFHC 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 NFHC 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. After 12 months, any unclaimed prize will be forfeited.

Eligibility & Registration

The NFHC is open to individuals who are at least 18 years of age or older (19 years in Nebraska and Alabama, and 21 years in Massachusetts) and are a resident of the United States of America or Canada. Notwithstanding the foregoing, residents of Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Vermont, and Washington State are not eligible to register or play in the NFHC. 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).

Official Rules

Registration for, and continued participation in, the NFHC 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 NFHC are final and binding.

Refunds

Once a participant submits valid payment, no money will be refunded unless the NFHC 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 NFHC game or event and/or participate in any NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC game, event or league (including the NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC season, and during use of any NFHC website, including, but not limited to comments posted on any NFHC message board. Additionally the NFHC 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 NFHC/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 NFHC 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./NFHC, or who otherwise attempts to sabotage the league, in an effort to alter the results or outcome of any NFHC game will be disqualified and will be prohibited from winning any prize award. If a participant is banned from participation in a current NFHC 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./NFHC will not be held liable for any errors in entering lineups, trades or free agent moves, and SportsHub Games Network, Inc./NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC 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 NFHC 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. with its principal offices located at 323 Washington Ave N Ste 320 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 NFHC. 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 NFHC or questions regarding entry fees or other charges, please contact NFHC at telephone number (888)-636-7559 or by writing NFHC 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.

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