The object is to score points based upon the scoring system
described below by accurately picking the winners of the NCAA College Basketball
tournament. Each pick can score points for you, and the player with the most
There will be a winner for each division of 20 to 25 entries.
There will also be 3 overall winners (1st - 3rd). For each round of the tournament
there will be a high score winner. See the Prize page for more details.
2. MAKE YOUR PICKS (Unique Bracket Method)
After Sunday, March 14, 2010, when the brackets are announced;
you can make picks for the first round of the tournament. After each round is
completed, you can enter your picks for the next round of the tourneyment. Since
each round has a high score winner, you are never "out of it" at AntSport!
You can change your selections at anytime before the cooresponding game begins.
There are actually 65 NCAA tournament teams. The game to determine which of two small schools
get to be the 64th team will not be used in the Basketball Bracket Challenge.
You can change your picks anytime up until that game begins.
Once that game starts, your selections are locked for that round.
Entries not submitted will by default
get the higher seed for their selection. If the seeds are the same (final 4)
the default selection will be the first team in alphbetical order (based on
the team names AntSports uses).
When creating the scoring system for AntSports Basketball
Bracket Challenge, I wanted to reward underdog selections. The Underdog
Bonus is based on seed postion. Since, you make your selections only 1
round at a time, I felt the early, mid, and final rounds scoring should
be reasonally balanced. I wanted to place an equal importance on
the first round as well as the mid and final rounds. Notice (below) that
excluding the Underdog Bonus, Round 1 has a maximum of 64 total points.
Round 2 also has 64 points. Rounds 3-6 added together has a maximum
of 76 points. The last 2 rounds are worth more because the Underdog
Bonus points in those rounds are unlikely.
Underdog Bonus : If you select a team with a lower seed, and they
win, you receive Underdog Bonus points. The bonus is calulated
as follows, subtract seed values, divide by 2, round down to the
nearest whole number. The website has these values precalulated for
you. The points for selecting either team is very clear. Example
Underdog Bonus points :
Example 1 :
Team A (1 seed), 2 pts
Team Z (16 seed), 9 pts
(16 seed - 1 seed = 15; 15/2 = 7.5; Round down to 7 + 2 points for a win = 9 pts)
Note that a 16 seed team has never beaten a 1 seed.
Example 2 :
Team E (8 seed), 2 pts
Team F (9 seed), 2 pts
(9 seed - 8 seed = 1; 1/2 = 0.5; Round down to 0 + 2 points for a win = 2 pts)
So, a 8 vs 9 seed does not award an Underdog Bonus.
In case of a tie based on the bracket scoring, you need to
predict the total number of points scored for the rounds selected tie-breaker
game (that's both teams points added together). See the Prize page for tie-breaker
AntSports Basketball Bracket Challenge is open to anyone 13 years of age
or older with a valid internet e-mail address. You must be able to pay the $25
entry fee by credit card. For this game, personal checks and money orders will not
be accepted. Children younger than 13 years of age may not play.
AntSports employees and members of the immediate families their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries,
advertising agencies, third party developers and promotional agencies are not
eligible to play.
7. PLAYING OVER THE INTERNET
If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not
capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs,
tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other
causes beyond the control of AntSports.com which corrupt or affect the
administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this
contest, AntSports.com reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to
disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel,
terminate, modify or suspend the contest. In such event, AntSports.com
further reserves the right to award prizes to the players with the most points
as of the termination date.
AntSports.com assumes no responsibility 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 transactions. AntSports.com is not responsible
for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines,
computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software,
failure of any e-mail entry or transaction to be received on account of
technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or
any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any
other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or
downloading any materials in this contest.
In the event of a dispute, the ruling of AntSports is final.
In the event that the contest is challenged by any legal or regulatory
authority, AntSports.com reserves the right to discontinue or modify the
Contest. In such event, AntSports.com shall have no liability to any players
who are disqualified due to such an action. Any entry disqualified for any
reason will have their entry fee returned.
AntSports will run this game reguardless of the number of entries.
8. GENERAL CONDITIONS
By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these
rules and by the decision of the judges, which shall be final and binding in all
respects. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. No
substitution or transfer of prizes permitted except by AntSports.com.
Contestants agree to AntSports.com use of their names and likeness
for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless
prohibited by law.
AntSports.com is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line
entries, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether
caused by a contestant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human
error, technical error or malfunctions. AntSports.com reserves the right
to halt or modify the contest at any time during the contest period if events
beyond their control compromise the contest's fairness or integrity. In the
event that a scheduled event is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points
will be awarded for that game.
AntSports.com is not responsible for typographical or other human or
technical errors in the offer or administration of this contest, including but
not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and
announcement of the winner or the distribution of the prizes.
AntSports.com, Inc. reserves the right to modify these rules for
clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of
the contest. This contest is not affiliated with or endorsed by the NCAA or any
This is a skill contest designed to increase consumer awareness of
and interest in the AntSports.com services.
This contest may not be used for any form of gambling.