Golic & Wingo's 2020 CFP National Championship Sweepstakes Official Rules

Originally Published: October 30, 2019




November 18, 2019 CLARIFICATION: College Football Playoff, CFP Events Inc., CFP Administration, LLC or College Football Playoff Foundation, Inc. are not official sponsors, endorsers or administrators.


Sponsor: ESPN Radio, a division of ABC Radio Network Assets, One ESPN Plaza, Bristol, CT 06010 (hereinafter referred to as "Sponsor").

This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with the College Football Playoff, CFP Events Inc., CFP Administration, LLC, or College Football Playoff Foundation, Inc.

Promoter: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, One Mercedes-Benz Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (hereinafter referred to as "Promoter").


Golic and Wingo's 2020 CFP National Championship Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes") is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including the District of Columbia (EXCLUDING PUERTO RICO, OTHER UNITED STATES TERRITORIES, AND FOREIGN TERRITORIES), ages eighteen (18) and older at the time of entry. Employees of Sponsor, Promoter, their respective parent, its affiliates, subsidiaries, and each of their respective advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate. This Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted by law and is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Any individuals (including, but not limited to, employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six (6) months, performed services for ESPN Radio, a division of ABC Radio Network Assets, Promoter, or any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Sweepstakes or supplying the prize, and/or their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or play.

"Immediate family members" shall mean parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, siblings, stepsiblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three (3) months a year.


Listeners of Golic and Wingo may enter the Sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize by correctly submitting a particular day's "Winning Word", as mentioned by the hosts on that day's broadcast. The Sweepstakes runs each weekday that Golic and Wingo airs (Monday - Friday) between November 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM Eastern Time ("ET") and November 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET each day ("Entry Period").

Each day during the Entry Period, a unique word or phrase (the "Winning Word") will be introduced at some point during the Golic and Wingo broadcast. To enter the weekly drawing, entrants must text the correct Winning Word before 1:00 PM ET each day to 777000. Each properly-submitted text Sponsor receives after the Winning Word has been announced and before the daily broadcast concludes at 1:00 PM ET shall constitute a valid entry into the Sweepstakes. Each Friday during the Entry Period, after 1:00 PM ET, one (1) weekly winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries received for that week. Non-winning entries DO NOT roll over to subsequent weekly drawings.

Limit one (1) entry per person, per day, regardless of how many phones and/or phone numbers an entrant might have.

Only texts to the specified number can win. Standard carrier-messaging and data charges may apply to each text message sent and received. Text messaging is not supported by all devices and/or carriers and may not be available in all areas. Free text messaging may be available through online services. By entering via text message, entrant grants consent to: (1) text the cell phone used an acknowledgement message; and (2) call your cell phone should you be selected as a potential winner. Please consult your carrier for plan details and applicable charges. Text messages may be sent through an automatic telephone dialing system to the mobile number provided. Consent is not required to purchase goods or services. Sponsor is not responsible for any changes of an entrant's phone number.

By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Sponsor can provide no technical support and accepts no responsibility for insuring the receipt or successful submission of your entry. Mass entries or entries generated by use of automated methods will be disqualified. If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, or any combination thereof.

Caution: Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent of the law. Except as otherwise contemplated by these Official Rules, and to the extent entrants may otherwise elect at the time of Entry, information provided by you for these Sweepstakes is subject to Sponsor's privacy policy located at https://disneyprivacycenter.com/privacy-policy-translations/english. In the event of a dispute, any SMS entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the phone number submitted at the time of registration, provided that person meets all eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules. "Authorized Account Holder" means the natural person who is assigned to a phone number by their wireless carrier. Any entrant who attempts to participate with multiple phone numbers, or under multiple identities will be disqualified from participation in the Sweepstakes.


The odds of winning any drawing depends on the number of eligible entries received each week.

One (1) potential winner will be selected by random drawing each Friday from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period of that week's daily broadcasts of Golic and Wingo (two (2) winners in total). Random drawings will be conducted by Sponsor, whose decisions are final in each instance.

Potential winners will be contacted at the phone number listed upon submission of the entry text message. Failure to respond to the initial verification phone call or message within forty-eight (48) hours after initial notification to the potential winner or return of the notification as undeliverable after two (2) attempts may result in disqualification and award of the prize to an alternate winner. The potential winners will be required to sign and return within three (3) business days: 1) an affidavit of eligibility; 2) a validly executed IRS Form W-9, because winner is responsible for any and all taxes due on the prize 3) a verification of age and 4) a publicity release where permitted (collectively, the "Prize Claim Documents") before being certified as a winner. Refusal to fully complete, execute and return the Prize Claim Documents within the specified time will result in disqualification and forfeiture of prize. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner chosen randomly from the same pool of eligible entries (time permitting).

The awarding of a prize is at Sponsor's sole discretion and subject to winner's compliance with any and all verification requirements set forth by Sponsor.


The two (2) winners will each receive a prize package to attend the 2020 CFP National Championship football game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday, January 13, 2020, include the following (collectively, the "Prize"):

• Roundtrip economy-class airfare for two (2) persons (winner and guest) to/from a major U.S. airport near winner's residence and New Orleans, LA (exact route to be determined by Sponsor). Travel dates tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 through Tuesday, January 14, 2020;

• Double-occupancy hotel accommodations (i.e., one (1) hotel room with a maximum capacity of two (2) persons) for three (3) nights (exact hotel to be determined by Sponsor);

• VIP access to the ESPN Hospitality suite from January 11 - 13, which includes complimentary food and beverage throughout the day;

• Two (2) tickets to ESPN's VIP parties on January 11 and January 12;

• VIP seating for two (2) to the Golic and Wingo live broadcast the morning of the National Championship on Monday, January 13, including a private meet & greet with the hosts;

• Access to ESPN's VIP Tailgate prior to kick-off on Monday, January 13;

• Two (2) tickets to the 2020 CFP National Championship football game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, January 13.

Approximate retail value ("ARV") of each Prize: $11,600

Total ARV of all Prizes awarded: $23,200

No cash equivalents (unless explicitly stated), substitutions or transfer of Prizes will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of equal or greater value if a Prize or any portion thereof is unavailable for any reason. No more than the advertised number of Prizes will be awarded. Limit one (1) Prize per household.

Travel companions must be eighteen (18) years of age or older, or if a minor, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Travel companions will be required to sign and return a travel liability/publicity release prior to awarding of the Prize to winner. All travelers must travel together on the same itinerary and possess all required travel documents prior to awarding of travel prizes. If a winner elects to travel without a guest, no additional compensation will be awarded.

All aspects of the travel portion of the Prizes must be conducted on dates to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If a winner cannot take a trip on the dates determined by Sponsor the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. The dates of departure and return are subject to change at Sponsor's sole discretion. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Travel arrangements are subject to availability and must be roundtrip. Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services or accommodations. Sponsor shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage. Air transportation may not include government taxes, Passenger Facility Charge or September 11th Security Fee. Airline tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable and are not valid for upgrades and/or frequent flyer miles. Airline and hotel blackout dates may apply. All airline tickets are subject to the vagaries of flight variation, work stoppages, and schedule or route changes. ARV for travel prize may vary depending upon points of departure and destination and fare fluctuations. Sponsor reserves the right to structure travel route and select hotels in their sole discretion. If the closest airport to a winner's home is in close enough proximity to Prize destination city so that, as Sponsor may determine in its sole discretion, a flight is unnecessary, such winner will receive alternate ground transportation from the Sponsor with no further obligation to the winner. Winners will not receive cash or any other form of compensation if actual travel costs are less than the stated ARV in these Official Rules. The roundtrip air transportation element for Prize begins and ends at the point of departure.

In the event a winner and/or his or her travel companion engage in behavior that (as determined by Sponsor in Sponsor's sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the trip or other applicable experience early, in whole or in part, and send such winner and/or his or her travel companion home with no further compensation.

Potential winners and their travel companions may have to submit to a background check. Such background check may include (but is not limited to) investigation of employment history, criminal or other arrest or conviction record, and any other factor deemed relevant by the Sponsor. If requested, the potential winners and/or guests agree to sign waiver forms authorizing the release of personal and background information. Such background information may include, without limitation, civil and criminal court records and police reports. If the potential prize winner and/or travel companion do not authorize the background check, prize is subject to forfeiture and disqualification.

In the event a winner is able to participate in the trip during the dates designated by Sponsor but planned activities do not or cannot take place as scheduled or at all, for reasons including, but not limited to, scheduling conflicts, cancellations, postponement, or for any other reason, then the Sponsor reserves the right to award the remainder of the Prize with no further obligation to the winner. Except as stated in the preceding sentence, no cash alternatives, prize substitutions or transfer of Prize will be allowed, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of comparable value if a prize listed or any portion thereof is unavailable for any reason. All other expenses relating to acceptance of the Prize not explicitly stated herein, including, but not limited to, taxes, meals and beverages, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities are responsibility of winner and his/her eligible guest. Complete terms and conditions of prize trips will be furnished with prize notification.

All applicable federal, state, and local taxes on Prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. Unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. Recipients of prizes valued at over $600 will receive a 1099 tax form from Sponsor (ESPN Radio) for the actual retail value of the prize no later than the January following awarding of Prize.

Prize is subject to availability. Sponsor is not responsible for cancellation or preemption of Prize-related events or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill an element of the Prize. Such element of the Prize has no approximate retail value, and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this element, Sponsor's only obligation will be to provide the remainder, if any, of the Prize.


All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Acceptance of a prize shall be construed as and signify the prize winners' agreement and consent that Sponsor and Promoter may use the winners' names, voices, addresses (city and state only), likenesses, written statements, oral statements, biographical information and/or prize information, without limitation, for promotional purposes without further consideration, review, approval or payment, except where prohibited by law. Winners shall have no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration, or use in composite form of his or her names, voices, addresses (city and state only), likenesses, written statements, oral statements, biographical information and/or prize information. By participating in this Sweepstakes, Listeners agree to be bound by the Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding in all respects.

Sponsor and Promoter provide no warranty, representation, or guarantee of any kind for any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical, computer, or other error in the printing, the conduct of, the offering, or the announcement of Prizes.

Participants, by entering the Sweepstakes, agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless ESPN Radio, a division of ABC Radio Network Assets, the College Football Playoff, CFP Events, Inc., CFP Administration, LLC, College Football Playoff Foundation, Inc., Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, and their affiliates, parents, and subsidiaries; their respective advertising, promotion and production agencies; and the employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of each of the foregoing (collectively, "Releasees") from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property, including but not limited to property damage, negligence of any Releasee, personal injury and/or death, which may be sustained in connection with the Promotion, the receipt, ownership or use of, or travel associated with Prizes or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to or from any Prize-related activity.

In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Sweepstakes as contemplated herein or by any event beyond its control, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, natural or man-made epidemic of health of other means, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, public health crisis, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor's control (each a "Force Majeure" event or occurrence), then subject to any governmental approval which may be required, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Sweepstakes. In the event the Sweepstakes is terminated for any reason, Sponsor will award the Prize(s) via random drawing from among all valid entries received up to the time of the action taken by the Sponsor.


This Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States and the State of Connecticut, without respect to conflict of law doctrines. As a condition of participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Sweepstakes, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Connecticut having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys' fees, other than entrant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. costs associated with entering), and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.


For names of winners or an additional copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed envelope by 11/30/19 to: Golic and Wingo's 2020 CFP National Championship Sweepstakes, 8050 Rowan Rd, Suite 200, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.

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