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Updated: July 8, 2008, 12:52 PM ET

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Andy Roddick Video Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Eligibility: The Andy Roddick Contest ("Contest") is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of 7/8/08. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of ESPN/Starwave Partners d/b/a ESPN Internet Venture ("Sponsor"), Project Support Team, Inc. ("P/S/T") ("Administrator") and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising/promotion/fulfillment agencies, anyone else connected with the production and distribution of this Contest (hereafter "Released Parties") and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Contest is void where prohibited by law. To enter the Contest, entrant must be a member of ESPN.com or one of our family of sites (ABC.com, ABCNEWS.com, Disney Online, EXPN.com, Family.com, Movies.com). Registration is free. If entrant is not a member, entrant may register by clicking on the link as indicated on the Contest entry page and following the instructions. Entrant will be asked to provide his or her name, physical address, email address, telephone number, birth date, gender and to select a password. Entrant will also be asked to consent to receive promotional emails. Consenting to receive promotional emails is optional and does not have to be agreed to in order to become a member or to win a prize. As a member, entrant may enter the Contest by first logging in to the system with entrant's current username and password. Entrant may then be asked to answer survey questions or to consent to receive promotional emails from the Sponsor. Answering survey questions or consenting to receive promotional emails is optional and does not have to be agreed to in order to be eligible to enter the Contest or to win a prize. Entrants are responsible for insuring that all contact information is up-to-date and accurate.

To Enter: Visit www.ESPN.com between 12:00:00PM Eastern Time ("ET") on 7/8/08 and 12:00:00PM ET on 8/26/08 ("Promotion Period"), complete the ESPN.com member sign-in, search for keywords "Roddick Contest" and fully complete the online entry form, following the directions provided, and click on the "submit" button to complete the entry process. All entries must: 1) Include an original video of entrant's interpretation of a great moment in sports history (in English); 2) Be in one of the following video types: avi, .dv, .mov, .qt, .mpg, .mpg2, .mpeg, .mpeg2, mpeg4, .mp4, 3gp, 3g2, .asf or .wmv; 3) Be no more than 3 minutes in length; 4) Be the original creation of the entrant; 5) Not have won previous awards; 6) Not have been previously published; 7) Not infringe on any third-party rights; and 8) Be suitable for publication. Modification of an existing work does not qualify as original. In order to be entered into the Contest, contestants must comply with registration instructions. The entry must be complete and meet all criteria set forth in these Official Rules to be eligible. Videos that are deemed by the judges in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor's image or in violation of these rules will be void. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. Limit one (1) entry per person for the duration of the Promotion Period. The name of the "authorized account holder" associated with any given email address will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. The authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, an online service provider, or another organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. Proof (to Sponsor's satisfaction) of being the authorized account holder may be required by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, incomplete, late, damaged, or misdirected entries or videos; failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems or other communications malfunctions; interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections including those through www.espn.com; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion on the Internet or for any technical problem, including but not limited to any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in this Contest; printing or other errors appearing within these Official Rules or in any Promotion-related advertisements or other materials; or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, technical, electronic or otherwise; or the processing or judging of entries or videos or the tabulation of votes. The use of automated entry or similar devices as specifically set forth above, is prohibited and entries through such prohibited devices are void. By entering this Contest, entrants give their express permission to be contacted by Sponsor by telephone, email and/or postal mail for promotional purposes only.

Finalist Judging: Based on the criteria outlined below, four (4) Finalists will be determined on or about 8/8/08 from among all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. A panel of qualified independent judges selected by Sponsor, whose decisions will be final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest, will judge each video based on the following criteria: 1) Entertainment Value: 0-30 points; 2) Creative Execution: 0-30 points; 3) Overall Quality of Video: 0-30 points, 4) Incorporation of a Frying Pan: 0-10 points. In the event of a tie, the videos of such tied entries will be re-judged based on the following criteria: Entertainment Value: 0-100 points.

Peer Voting: Beginning on 8/18/08, the four (4) Finalist videos selected by Sponsor's panel of judges will be posted online for peer voting. To vote for the video you like most, visit www.ESPN.com between 12:00:00PM ET on 8/18/08 and 12:00:00PM on 8/26/08, complete the ESPN.com member sign-in, search for keywords "Roddick Contest" and follow the instructions provided to submit your vote. Limit one (1) vote per person or valid email address per day. Additional votes received from any person or email address in any given day or generated by script, macro or other automated means or with the intent to affect the integrity of the voting process will be void. The video that receives the most votes will be deemed the Grand Prize winning video and the entrant who submitted such video will be deemed the Grand Prize winner. Potential winner will be contacted by telephone, mail and/or overnight mail and required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release of Liability and (where legal) a Publicity Release within ten (10) days of the date of issuance of notification. In the event of a tie, such tied entries will be judged by a "tie-breaking" judge based on Entertainment Value. Noncompliance with the foregoing or with these Official Rules, or any notification not being successful or being returned as non-deliverable, may result in disqualification of the potential winner and, at Sponsor's discretion, the next runner-up being notified.

One (1) Grand Prize: A trip for winner and one (1) guest to attend the Andy Roddick Charity Tournament in Boca Raton, FL in December 2008. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for two (2) from major U.S. gateway airport nearest winner's primary residence in the U.S. to Florida, 2-night standard double-occupancy hotel accommodations (one room), ground transfers to/from the airport/hotel/tournament and the opportunity (for winner only) to play a tennis match with Andy Roddick. Approximate Retail Value: $2,000. Actual value of prize may vary depending on winner's city of departure and final itinerary. Travel, hotel and other arrangements to be determined by Sponsor. If the tournament is postponed for any reason, trip will be rescheduled for the date on which the tournament will take place. In the event that Andy Roddick is unavailable due to circumstances beyond Sponsor's or Andy Roddick's control, an athlete of like stature, as determined by Sponsor, will participate in the tennis match in his absence. Winner and his/her guest must travel together on the same itinerary and are responsible for obtaining any/all necessary documents (including but not limited to valid photo I.D.) prior to departure. If winner chooses not to take a guest, then the guest elements will be forfeited and the remaining elements shall constitute full satisfaction of the prize. Other travel/accommodation restrictions may apply. Trip must be taken on dates designated by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited in its entirety and may be awarded to the next runner-up. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to provide ground transportation in place of air transportation if winner lives within a reasonable driving distance of Boca Raton, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and to award no additional compensation in such event. Sponsor is not responsible for travel delays. Grand Prize winner and his/her guest agree to comply with all tournament rules and regulations and, in accordance therewith, agree not to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of prize.

Miscellaneous: All costs, including federal, state and local taxes and other expenses not specifically identified as included in the individual prize, are the sole responsibility of the winner. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of prizes (or portion of prize) except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability and then for a prize (or applicable portion of prize) of equal or greater value as determined by Sponsor. Grand Prize traveling companion must be eighteen (18) years of age or older as of 8/8/08 and will be required to sign and return a Liability Release and (where legal) Publicity Release prior to the issuance of travel documents. Non-compliance with the foregoing may result in disqualification. By participating, each entrant warrants and represents that his/her video does not violate any federal, state or local laws or ordinances. Entrants further warrant and represent that (1) Sponsor & its designees shall own the video (and all material embodied therein); (2) that by entering, the entrant irrevocably assigns to Sponsor and its designees any and all rights, title and interest in the video including but not limited to all intellectual property rights; and (3) that Sponsor and its designees shall have, without limitation, the perpetual, right worldwide to edit, adapt, modify, publish, exploit and use the video in any way and in any media for trade, advertising, promotional and/or other purposes as Sponsor and/or its designees may determine without further consideration, notification or permission of entrants, winner or any third parties. Entrants further agree that: (1) they agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges which are final and binding in all respects; (2) videos (and all components thereof) will not be acknowledged; (3) Released Parties and their designees shall have the right and permission to use (unless prohibited by law) entrant's name, voice, city and state of residence, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose in any media now or hereafter known without further compensation, permission or notification to entrants or any third parties; and (4) the Released Parties shall have no liability and will be held harmless by entrants for any liability, loss, injury or damage to participants or any other person or entity, including personal injury or death to participants or any other person or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of entrant's participation in this Contest, the use of any video or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void suspect entries or to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Contest (or any portion thereof) should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor, including but not limited to war or armed conflict (whether or not officially declared), labor controversy or threat thereof, and/or acts of God, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest and, in the event of such cancellation, suspension or termination, at its discretion, as applicable, select (i) entries to qualify for judging from all non-suspect, eligible videos received prior to event requiring cancellation, termination or suspension; (ii) Finalists from among all eligible entries received; and (ii) Grand Prize winner from among all non-suspect, eligible votes received up to time of such action.

Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a background check of any and all records of the Grand Prize winner, including without limitation, civil and criminal court records and police reports. To the extent necessary under law, Grand Prize winner shall authorize this background check. Sponsor may also take all steps necessary to corroborate any information provided to Sponsor by Grand Prize winner in his/her interview. In that regard, Grand Prize winner will be obligated to provide necessary contacts and information so that Sponsor may conduct such investigation. Sponsor reserves the right (at its sole discretion) to disqualify Grand Prize winner from any prize element, based on the background check.

Email Change of Address Policy: It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to notify Sponsor if his or her email address changes. To do so, click on the help link at the bottom of any ESPN.com page, then click on the Change Personal Information link and follow the instructions.

Disputes/Choice of Law: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (i) all issues and questions concerning these Official Rules shall be governed by New York law without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest or any prize awarded shall be (A) resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (B) filed only in the state or federal courts situated in New York County, New York state, i.e., Manhattan, and entrant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such disputes, claims or causes of action; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

Privacy: Personally identifiable information that is submitted by entrants as part of this Contest will be used to administer the Contest, select the prize winner and fulfill the prize, and will be treated in accordance with Sponsor's privacy policy accessible on its website at www.espn.com.

Winner's Name: For the winner's name (available after 9/26/08), send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by 10/3/08 to: Andy Roddick Contest Winner, P.O. Box 13031, Bridgeport, CT 06673-3031.

The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright 2008 ESPN/Starwave Partners d/b/a ESPN Internet Venture.

Sponsor: ESPN/Starwave Partners d/b/a ESPN Internet Venture 19 E. 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Administrator: Project Support Team, Inc., 6 Berkshire Blvd, Bethel, CT 06801/www.projectsupportteam.com.