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Big Bang Theory Rules




Cedar Rapids Television Company dba KCRG-TV9 (“KCRG –TV9”) will conduct the KCRG-TV9 BIG BANG THEORY DVD Giveaway (the “Contest”) substantially as described in these Rules.  Participation in the Contest constitutes the full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Rules, by each applicant and contestant. All decisions of KCRG-TV9 are final and absolute and not subject to inquiry or appeal. The Contest may be temporarily postponed or discontinued by KCRG-TV9 at any time without prior notice.




Only one (1) entry per person per Contest segment (as described below) is allowed. Applicants and contestants must be legal US residents 18 years of age or older and reside in the Eastern Iowa television viewing area as defined by the Nielsen Company which includes the following Iowa counties: Allamakee, Benton, Blackhawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Tama, Washington, Winneshiek.

Employees of KCRG-TV9 or its affiliates, the Contest's participating sponsors and their advertising agencies, employees of other radio or television stations, and members of the immediate family of any such persons are not eligible to participate in the Contest and to win a prize. The term "immediate family" includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as "in-laws," or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.

If a selected winner is ineligible and disqualified, KCRG-TV9 reserves the right in its sole discretion to determine an alternate winner or not to award that prize.


The Contest Period will consist of six (6) separate Contest segments, one per day, that will occur between Monday, July 16, 2012 and Saturday, July 21, 2012.  Each separate Contest segment will begin during the 6:30 pm Central time television broadcast of the Big Bang Theory on KCRG-TV9 and end at 7:00 pm Central time that same evening, with the first Contest segment occurring on Monday, July 16, 2012, the second Contest segment occurring on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, the third Contest segment occurring on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the fourth Contest segment occurring on Thursday, July 19, 2012, the fifth Contest segment occurring on Friday, July 20, 2012, and the sixth and final Contest segment occurring on Saturday, July 21, 2012 (collectively, the “Contest Period"). KCRG-TV9 reserves the right to extend the Contest Period by adding Contest segments.


During each Contest segment, KCRG-TV9 will run a crawler message on the screen during the 6:30 pm Central time television broadcast of the Big Bang Theory directing the viewers to text a code appearing in the crawler message to text #45548.  The code will be different for each Contest segment.  Contestants can enter the Contest once during each Contest segment by texting the correct code for that Contest segment to text #45548 prior to 7 pm Central Time that evening.


Contestants may enter once per Contest segment, per phone number.  Multiple entries by means of software-generated or other automated processes will be disregarded.  Only one prize per person, household or phone number allowed through the Contest Period.

KCRG-TV9 will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, the malfunction of any telephone or communications network or equipment, or computer hardware or software, whether originating with sender or KCRG-TV9.  All entries become property of KCRG-TV9 and none will be returned.  Entry in the Contest constitutes an assignment to KCRG-TV9 of all intellectual property rights in the entry materials, if any.  In the event of a dispute about who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the phone number identified for the text submitted.  In the event that KCRG-TV9 cannot reasonably and promptly determine, in its discretion, the identity of the winner of a prize, the prize shall be awarded to an alternate winner.  Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted or the owner of an phone number account shall be determined by KCRG-TV9 in its sole discretion.  KCRG-TV9 reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest. KCRG-TV9 reserves the right to cancel the Contest if it becomes technically corrupted.


A total of 6 sets of Warner Home Video Blu-Ray DVDs of  The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season (DVD/BD/UV) (Suggested Retail Price $39.98) and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season (DVD/BD/UV) (Suggested Retail Price $54.97), will be awarded during the Contest Period, one set of each season for each Contest segment. 



Winners of the prize for each Contest segment will be selected by a random drawing from the total eligible entrants at the time of the drawing.  Winners will be notified of their prize via return text message, but will be required to call KCRG-TV within 12 hours of the text notifying them of being a winner to verify that they meet eligibility requirements.  Winners who do not respond to the text notification of winning within 12 hours forfeit their prize and a new winner will be selected randomly from all the remaining entries received during such Contest segment.

The winners of a prize for a Contest segment will be announced on within one (1) week following the end of the Contest segment. 

Once verified, winners will be notified via text message or e-mail regarding when, how and where their prize may be picked up.  All prizes must be picked up at the KCRG-TV9 office located at 501 Second Ave. SE, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during regular business hours which are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Prizes must be picked up within seven (7) days of when the winner is notified or the prize will be forfeited.  Winners will be required to display an original picture ID, and will be required to sign an eligibility, liability and publicity release affidavit acceptable to KCRG-TV9.

Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items by the winner(s).  The winner(s) cannot assign or transfer prize. KCRG-TV9 reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash, for any prize, for any reason.

Only one prize will be awarded per person, household or email account during the Contest Period.


By entering the Contest, each contestant and winner waives any and all claims of liability against, and agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless KCRG-TV9, its parent and subsidiary companies and affiliates, its advertising agencies, and the Contest's additional sponsors, and their respective officers, directors, agents and employees, from any and all claims, demands and/or causes of action, and all liability, losses or damages of any kind, including but not limited to personal injury, death or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, of any nature or kind whatsoever, whether based on contract, negligence or any other legal theory, whether presently known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, that arise out of the conduct of the Contest, the contestant’s participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or a winner’s ownership or use of any prize.



By entering the Contest, each contestant and winner grants KCRG-TV9,  its affiliates, its sponsors and its advertising and promotion agencies the right to use the contestant's name, address (city and state only), voice, likeness and performance, and any portion thereof, without prior notice or royalty or compensation for editorial, promotional or any other lawful purpose and in any media now known or hereinafter devised (including without limitation, print publications, television or radio broadcasts, and online publication via the Internet).  Such right shall be irrevocable, extend throughout the universe and inure in perpetuity. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, KCRG-TV9 shall own all rights, title and interest in and to all performances, recordings, videos and images rendered by contestants in connection with the Contest.

KCRG-TV9 disclaims all liability for any delays, misdelivery, loss, or failure in the delivery of any entry or item sent by telephone, mail, courier, express, email or other electronic transmission, or other delivery method. No photocopies or mechanical reproductions of entry forms are permitted. KCRG-TV9 is not responsible for mechanical, technical, electronic, communications, telephone, computer, hardware or software errors, malfunctions or failures of any kind, including: failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed transmission of online entries, traffic congestion on telephone lines, the Internet or at any website or lost or unavailable network connections which may limit an online entrant's ability to participate in the Contest, and any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in or downloading any information necessary to participate in the Contest.

KCRG-TV9 is not responsible for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware, or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry, winner(s) or other giveaway information by KCRG-TV9 or entrants for any reason whatsoever.  KCRG-TV9 is also not responsible for any injury or damage to any entrant's or any other person's telephone or computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any materials in the giveaway or for entries that are late, misdirected or incomplete.  All entries become the property of KCRG-TV9 and will not be returned.  CAUTION:  ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATIONS OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF THE CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE KCRG-TV9 RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.


Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to KCRG-TV9, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  All taxes, including federal, state and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of winner.  Each winner must provide KCRG-TV9 with valid identification and social security number before any prize will be awarded.



This Contest is void where prohibited by law.  By entering  the Contest, contestants agree: (a) to these Official Rules and to all decisions of KCRG-TV9, which shall be final in all respects; and (b) that KCRG-TV9, its affiliates, its advertising agencies, and the Contest's additional sponsors, and their respective officers, directors, agents, parent companies and subsidiaries and their officers, directors, agents and employees have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guaranty, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.  KCRG-TV9, its sponsors, and their advertising and promotion agencies are not responsible for cancellations, postponements, or delays.  KCRG-TV9 shall have the sole discretion to administer the Contest and interpret and apply these Rules.  Anyone using fraudulent means to participate in and/or win the Contest will be subject to disqualification.  KCRG-TV9, reserves the right to disqualify any contestant at any time, for any reason, including, without limitation, language, activities or behavior deemed inappropriate.

Other than the prizes received by the winners, no contestant shall be entitled to receive any wages, benefits, fees or other compensation whatsoever as a result of participating in the Contest.

Any expenses incurred by an applicant or contestant during the application process, including but not limited to, text charges, internet access, postage, shipping and materials preparation (videotape, photos, etc.) are the sole responsibility of each applicant and neither KCRG-TV9, nor any Contest sponsor will issue reimbursement for any expenses.  

The laws of Iowa shall govern this Contest, without regard to Iowa's choice of law rules. The state and federal courts located in Linn County, Iowa shall be the exclusive forum for any dispute regarding this Contest or any Rule or activity associated with the Contest, and all applicants and contestants consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts to resolve any disputes concerning the Contest.

Each applicant and contestant agrees to abide by these Rules. KCRG-TV9 may substitute prizes, amend rules or discontinue the Contest at any time.  KCRG-TV9 disclaims any responsibility to notify the contestants of any aspect related to the conduct of the Contest.

The Contest, and all Contest material, is © 2012 by Cedar Rapids Television Company. All rights reserved.

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