Wednesday, August 1, 2001
Updated: January 16, 11:52 AM ET
Beg, Borrow and Deal official rules
1. GAME DESCRIPTION:
"Beg, Borrow and Deal" is a reality/game show ("Program") produced by Broken Twig Productions, Inc. ("Producer") for initial telecast on the ESPN, Inc. ("ESPN") television network known as "ESPN" (the "ESPN Service") in 2001-2002. In the Program, two teams of four strangers will be participants in a competition (the "Game") in which they will be dropped off somewhere in New York without any money, credit cards or other resources - with only their driver's license and the clothes they are wearing. The goal of each team will be, using only money earned through minimum-wage employment or non-cash resources (as defined below) that a Contestant is able to obtain from third parties, to finish 12 tasks ("Tasks") chosen by the team from a list of approximately 50 Tasks. The Game will begin on or about September 17, 2001, and all 12 Tasks must be completed by October 31st. Each member of the winning team will receive two tickets to certain major sporting events, to be determined prior to selection of the Finalists. Further detailed information about the conduct of the Game and the Program is set forth below. Unless specifically so stated, all references in these Rules to the Program include the Game.
All decisions regarding the Program, including but not limited to, Rules, eligibility, Contestant selection, Program production, Game play, Tasks, validation and award of prizes, are at Producer's sole and exclusive discretion, are final and not subject to appeal.
The applicants must sign statements acknowledging that they have read, understood and will comply with all of the following eligibility requirements for "Beg, Borrow and Deal" :
A. Employees, officers, directors and agents of ESPN, Inc., ABC, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, the Hearst Corporation, Broken Twig Productions, Inc. and/or of any of their respective licensees, assigns, parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and the immediate family (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers, directors and agents are not eligible to be Contestants on "Beg, Borrow and Deal" or participate in this application process. In addition, any person closely acquainted with any person connected with the production or administration of the Program is not eligible, if in the Producer's sole discretion, the person's participation could create the appearance of impropriety.
B. Applicants may not presently be a legally qualified candidate for any type of political office ("Candidate") and may not become a Candidate from the time the application is submitted until one (1) year after telecast of the final episode of the Program in which the applicant appears.
C. All applicants must have a driver's license issued by one of the 50 United States valid through the end of the year 2001, automobile liability insurance covering applicant's use of non-owned motor vehicles and health insurance.
D. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
E. Applicants must never have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, other than minor traffic violations. Applicants must never have had a restraining order entered against them.
F. All applicants must be United States citizens and be living in the United States.
G. All applicants must be in good physical and mental health, and must be aware and sign releases attesting to the fact that the activities in the Program may involve risks and hazards, and that participating in the Program may expose applicant and other participants to the risk of death, serious injury, and property damage caused by the nature of the Program itself, the instruction by Producer, acts, omissions, recommendations or advice given by the Producer, ESPN, or their agents, employees, or other persons or entities concerning the Program; latent or apparent defects or conditions in any equipment used in the Program; the use or operation by applicant or others of said equipment; negligent or intentional acts of other people, including but not limited to other Contestants; weather or other natural conditions; the nature of travel including but not limited to latent defects, weather conditions, and human error; applicant's physical condition; applicant's own acts or omissions; first-aid, medical or emergency treatment or other services rendered to applicant or others; and/or consumption of food or drink. Applicants must understand and acknowledge that the above list of risks is not complete or exhaustive. Applicants must accept and assume all risks of, and release Producer, ESPN, and their parents, subsidiaries, related entities and their respective agents and employees, and other persons or entities connected with the Program from any liability for, death, injury, illness or disease, or other damage to themselves, to others, or to their property arising in any way from their participation in this Program.
H. Any applicant who has appeared on any national broadcast or cable network primetime television reality/game show (e.g., Survivor, Big Brother, Fear Factor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Greed, 21, Winning Lines, The Weakest Link, Bands on the Run, Blind Date, Boot Camp, Chains of Love, Eco-Challenge, Love Cruise, Making The Band, The Mole, Murder in Small Town X, Popstars, The Real World, Road Rules, Spy TV, Temptation Island, Ultimate Reality, Wanted, Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire, WWF Tough Enough, You Don't Know Jack, etc.; thus, appearances on non-primetime programs such as Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Hollywood Squares, Family Feud, etc. are not prohibited) that (i) has been telecast during primetime within one (1) year prior to the Application Deadline date or (ii) is intended to be telecast during primetime within one (1) year after the Application Deadline date is not eligible.
I. All applicants who are selected as Finalists must be available to travel to Bristol, Connecticut for approximately 4 days in or about September 2001 for further interviews and qualification procedures. All dates are subject to change at Producer's sole discretion.
J. All Finalists must complete and timely return the "Finalist Package," which will include, among other things, a Medical History Form, Medical Authorization, Name and Likeness Agreement, Release Forms and Waivers for Finalists and their family members, Medical Release Form, Release of Records Form, Questionnaire, Confidentiality Agreement, General Release and Indemnity Agreement, and any other authorizations, release forms and waivers as Producer may require (all forms will be furnished to the Finalists). In the Release Forms and Waivers, the Finalist agrees, among other things, to assume the risk of, and release Producer, ESPN, and their parents, subsidiaries, related entities and their respective agents and employees, and other persons or entities connected with the Program from any claim or liability for, any and all injury, illness, damage, loss, or harm to Finalist and Finalist's property, howsoever caused, resulting from or arising out of the selection of Contestants, Contestant's participation in the Program, and/or the production and/or exploitation of the Program.
K. All Finalists will be required to undergo physical and psychological examinations and testing (to be conducted in Bristol, Connecticut by trained personnel selected by the Producer) and meet all physical and psychological requirements, as set by Producer in its sole discretion.
L. All Finalists must authorize Producer to conduct a background check including, in Producer's sole discretion and without limitation, checks of employment history, driving record, criminal background, civil litigation and/or a credit check.
M. Upon Producer's request, all Contestants agree to sign any additional releases or authorizations that Producer in its sole discretion deems necessary.
N. Finalists shall treat all information and material received or acquired during participation in the Contestant selection process and Program, including without limitation, selection process, locations, tests, procedures, questions, materials, identity of other Finalists and Contestants as strictly confidential and shall not disclose any such information to any third party.
O. All Contestants selected must be available to travel and participate in "Beg, Borrow and Deal" for approximately six (6) consecutive weeks during September and October 2001. All dates are subject to change at Producer's sole discretion. Contestants will also agree to make a reasonable number of personal appearances and engage in other reasonable publicity activities on behalf of ESPN and affiliated entities, for which they will be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary travel, lodging and food, but will not otherwise receive any remuneration or consideration.
P. All Contestants must agree to live, work, travel, participate in Tasks and cooperate with the other Contestants on his or her team and the Producer prior to, during and for a reasonable period after the conduct of the Game. Contestants acknowledge that, except as specifically described below, they will be provided with no resources to accomplish the Tasks, to travel from the point of origin to the locations of the Tasks and to the location of final Task count and to otherwise participate in the Program. Thus, each Contestant must be able to travel for long periods of time under unpredictable and physically and mentally taxing conditions, must be adaptable to various living and working situations, and must enjoy working and living in close proximity with others of varied age, sex, race, background, and experience. Contestants are subject to search by Producer at any time for any reason including for illegal or inappropriate items and ESPN Standards and Practices purposes. All actions of Finalists and Contestants - including those that might be regarded as private - may be videotaped or otherwise recorded on a 24-hour per day, seven-day per week, basis throughout the application process and the Game.
Q. All Contestants must abide by all applicable laws. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following are not permitted: hitch-hiking; speeding or reckless driving; pan-handling in an aggressive or harassing manner or otherwise in violation of any law; trespassing; bribery; use or possession of illegal substances or weapons, assault or harassment, or acceptance of wages without proper withholding and completion of all necessary employment documentation. Contestants must wear seatbelts when traveling by car, bus or truck. Violation of any applicable law is grounds for the imposition of penalties (see Section 5.D., below) up to and including immediate disqualification from the Program. Disqualification of a Contestant for any reason will not void or otherwise affect any of the releases, waivers and other agreements previously executed by any such Contestant, and Producer and ESPN may continue to rely upon and enforce any of such releases, waivers and other agreements.
3. HOW TO ENTER:
A. No further applications for Contestants on Beg, Borrow and Deal are being accepted.
B. Producer reserves the right to make additions to and/or deletions from the application process above. Producer also reserves the right to contact applicants to ask additional questions and/or conduct phone interviews to gather additional information about applicants. Such phone interviews are at the Producer's sole discretion to assist in gathering information for Contestant selection (see CONTESTANT SELECTION below). Producer may record any or all of such conversations and such recordings become the sole property of Producer and, whether or not you are selected as a Contestant, may be used by Producer in any manner in any media.
C. Producer is not responsible for lost, stolen, or incorrectly mailed applications. Due to the high volume of applications Producer is anticipating, Producer will not be able to answer any questions about the receipt or status of any application or videotape. All applications and application materials become the sole property of Producer.
4. CONTESTANT SELECTION:
A. Based on all Applications, up to thirty-two (32) finalists will be selected ("Finalists"). The Finalists will be flown to Hartford, Connecticut and then brought by ground transportation to Bristol, Connecticut for final interviews for approximately four days in or about September 2001 (or if in or near the Bristol, Connecticut area, will travel via ground transportation). All dates are subject to change at Producer's sole discretion. Producer will provide round-trip economy airfare (or preapproved ground transportation expenses) and accommodations for each Finalist (see TRAVEL section below).
B. Each Finalist will receive a Finalist Package which will include, among other things, the following: Medical History Form, Medical Authorization, Name and Likeness Agreement, Release Forms and Waivers for Finalists and their family members, Medical Release Form, Release of Records Form, Questionnaire, Confidentiality Agreement, General Release and Indemnity Agreement, and any other authorizations, release forms and waivers as Producer may require (collectively, "Materials"). All Finalists must complete, sign and return all Materials and a photocopy or proof of a valid driver's license issued by one of the fifty United States, together with proof of automobile liability insurance covering applicant's use of non-owned motor vehicles and of health insurance, to Producer to be considered for selection as a Contestant. Finalists must assure that Producer receives all Materials prior to the date designated for travel to Bristol, Connecticut. Producer reserves the right to augment and/or change the Finalist Package prior to issue. Producer is not responsible for lost, stolen, or incorrectly mailed Materials. All Materials become the sole property of Producer.
C. Producer will decide, at its sole discretion, using the guidelines set forth herein, which applicants will be called back to attend Finalist interviews and other qualifying procedures for approximately four days in or about September 2001. All dates are subject to change at Producer's sole discretion. Producer will notify applicants by telephone when and if they are selected to be a Finalist. Producer or Producer's agents will interview all Finalists in person. All Finalists must present the results of a full physical examination conducted by their personal physician prior to travel to Bristol, Connecticut, and must also undergo physical and mental examinations in Bristol, Connecticut, conducted by medical personnel selected by the Producer. If a Finalist does not meet all physical and mental requirements, does not sign or have executed all Releases and documents in the Finalist Package, and/or does not meet all Eligibility Requirements, then that Finalist will not be eligible to be a Contestant. Eight (8) Contestants will be chosen at the sole discretion of Producer to participate in "Beg, Borrow and Deal" (referred to herein as "Contestant(s)"). The eight Contestants will be assigned to teams by the Producer. Contestants will not know their team members until they are dropped off at the point of origin, which will occur immediately after the selection of Contestants. The remaining Finalists will return to their point of origin and remain available, in an order of priority to be determined by the Producer in its sole discretion, as "alternate" Contestants.
D. Selection of Finalists and Contestants shall be made by Producer based on such criteria as Producer shall determine, which may be subjective. Producer is selecting Finalists and Contestants that it determines in its sole discretion to be, among other things, outgoing, adventurous, clever and resourceful, physically and mentally fit, and to have interesting and diverse life styles and personalities. Producer is not obligated to select someone, even if he or she meets all eligibility requirements and all criteria for selection. Producer's decision regarding the selection of Finalists and Contestants is final and not subject to challenge or appeal. Producer is not obligated to have any Contestant appear on the Program and Producer shall have the right at all times and in its sole discretion to remove or replace any Contestant in connection with the Program for any reason or no reason. Even if a Contestant participates on the Program or any part thereof, Producer is not obligated to telecast or otherwise use or exploit the Program or any part thereof. If a Finalist is not selected as a Contestant, or if a Contestant quits or is disqualified for any reason, this will not void or otherwise affect any of the releases, waivers and other agreements previously executed by any such Finalist or Contestant, and Producer and ESPN may continue to rely upon and enforce any of such releases, waivers and other agreements.
E. By entering, each applicant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless the Producer from all claims and damages arising out of his/her participation in the Program, and to authorize the use of his/her name, voice and likeness used at Producer's discretion as part of the Program, or as part of promotions for the Program in perpetuity, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised. Finalists will sign releases to this effect.
5. GAME PLAY:
A. Overview. In the Program, two teams each consisting of four strangers to each other, will be dropped off somewhere in New York without any money, credit cards or other resources - with only their driver's license and the clothes they are wearing. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Contestants shall not be permitted to have jewelry, including rings, necklaces or bracelets, personal effects such as toiletries or personal hygiene products, food or other nutritional items or cell phones, pagers or other communications devices. Contestants will be permitted to wear a wristwatch. Contestants may not trade, barter or otherwise dispose of for value any item on their person at the time they are dropped of. The goal of each team will be, using only money earned through bona fide employment or non-cash resources that a Contestant is able to obtain from third parties, to finish 12 Tasks chosen by the team from a list of approximately 50 Tasks which will be given to the team at the time they are dropped off. Of those 12 Tasks, each individual team member must complete or be involved in the completion of [if a team event] at least three. All 12 must be completed by October 31st. No Task may be completed after October 31st, and a team is not permitted to have completed and not forfeited more than 12 Tasks at any given time (e.g., if a team completes 12 Tasks, it may not complete any more unless it forfeits one or more Tasks, in which case it may then complete sufficient additional Tasks to get back to 12). Each Task will be given a point value by Producer, which point value will be included on the list of Tasks given to Contestants when they are dropped off. Teams must complete challenges in 3 of 4 regions of the country. Regions will be designated by Producer and given to Contestants at the time they are dropped off. Teams can complete a maximum of 1 Task in any given state. Producer's cameraperson must be present and videotaping in order for the Teams to be credited with completion of each Task. Producer will determine at the time of the attempted completion of any Task whether the Task has been successfully completed. Producer will advise a Team whether a Task has been successfully completed once that determination has been made. On or prior to 5:00 pm (PST) on October 31, 2001 (the "Deadline"), teams must appear at the designated final location (the "Final Location"), situated somewhere on the West Coast of the United States. Contestants will be notified of the precise whereabouts of the Final Location prior to commencement of the Game. A Team may not complete any further Tasks once it has presented itself at the Final Location. At the Final Location, Producer's designee will make a final count and verification of Tasks completed and related points (net of penalty deductions, if any) (see "Penalties," below). If both teams complete 12 Tasks, the first team to arrive at the Final Location on or prior to the Deadline is declared the winner (even if point totals are less than those of the other team). If only one team completes all 12 Tasks and appears at the Final Location by the Deadline, then that team is the winner. If neither team completes 12 Tasks, but both teams appear at the Final Location by the Deadline, the winner will be the team with the highest point total (even if arriving later than the other team and /or having completed fewer Tasks). If only one team appears at the Final Location by the Deadline, that team is the winner (even if that Team has not completed 12 Tasks and/or the other team has more points and/or has completed all 12 Tasks). If neither team appears at the Final Location by the Deadline, then there is no winner and no prizes will be awarded. The winning team will receive prizes as described below under "Prizes."
B. Conduct of Play: The Contestants will be required to travel together with all other members of the team. Contestants will also be accompanied at all times by one or more representatives of the Producer including, at a minimum, a cameraperson who will record some or all of the Contestants' activities - including those that might be regarded as private -on a 24-hour per day, seven-day per week, basis throughout the Game. These recordings are expected to form the basis of television programs in which the Contestants will have no ownership, equity or other interest of any sort whatsoever. Contestants may not be apart from members of their team at any time (although distances of up to 25 yards will generally be deemed appropriate unless in any particular case or cases the Producer's designee notifies the Contestant otherwise.) Contestants will not be permitted to work, to perform Tasks, to drive any vehicle or to otherwise engage in any activities designated by the Producer in its sole discretion unless he or she has rested (essentially remained immobile and inactive) at least six hours in the previous 24. Rest may be taken while traveling (as, for example, if one Contestant is driving while his or her teammates rest). Producer shall make determinations in its sole discretion whether any Contestant has attained the necessary rest. Producer may also require teams to refrain from traveling in order to permit the Producer representative(s) to rest.
Contestants may obtain money only through working at bona fide employment. Producer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine that particular employment is not bona fide. All money earned will be held and monitored through the representative(s) of Producer traveling with each team. Any amounts earned by Contestants in excess of minimum wage (defined as the minimum wage dictated by federal law and the law of the State in which applicable work is conducted,) will be held by the Producer and returned to the Contestant after completion of the Game. Producer will provide cash in exchange for wages paid in the form of checks. For purposes of these Rules, "money" will be deemed to include monetary equivalents, such as credit cards, ATM cards, checks, money orders, gift certificates, scrip, and any other specie or instrument with a recognized cash value. The Contestant that actually earned the money controls its expenditure.
Contestants may receive non-monetary contributions from any third-party source, including friends and relatives, and including in exchange for other non-monetary items (other than, as noted above, any item on the Contestant's person at the time he/she was initially dropped off). Contestants will not be permitted to retrieve any of their own personal property. All non-monetary contributions, however, must be completely utilized or disposed of (including in exchange for other items) within eight hours of receipt. For example, a Contestant may not use a donated car during a period longer then 8 hours after receipt (with the 8-hour period including time not actually using the car), nor may a Contestant stay in someone's house for longer then 8 hours. Clothing, however, may be kept longer than eight hours, but any clothing so kept may only be later discarded. It may not be traded or bartered for other items. Food must be consumed or disposed of within eight hours. Any item obtained in exchange for another may be kept for eight hours after the exchange. Contestants may exchange items among themselves, but any particular item may be held by all Contestants collectively no longer than eight hours after receipt by any Contestant. Thus, an item may not be traded among Team members to extend its useful life beyond 8 hours after its initial receipt by any Contestant. Items obtained for cash, but in an amount which the Producer, in its sole discretion, believes to be an inadequate exchange of value, will be deemed to have been obtained other than for cash and will be subject to the eight-hour rule. Producer will endeavor, but cannot assure, that it will notify Contestants when they are about to violate the 8-hour rule. If so notified, a Contestant must abandon the subject item unless to do so would be illegal, impossible or dangerous (e.g., cannot abandon a vehicle on a bridge, or disembark from a grounded flight). If so, the item must be abandoned at the first available opportunity. If the 8-hour rule is intentionally violated after Producer notification, the team forfeits all Tasks and related points accumulated up to that point. If the 8-hour rule is violated intentionally but prior to Producer notification, or is violated unintentionally or inadvertently, the Producer may impose any penalty it deems appropriate. Producer reserves the right to rule that a team has intentionally violated the 8-hour rule by intentionally placing itself in the position that it cannot abandon an item within eight hours (e.g., knowingly driving onto a 10-mile, no access causeway with a 30 mph speed limit with only five more minutes to use a car). Any non-monetary item that a Contestant finds or salvages during the Game will be treated as a third-party contribution and therefore subject to the eight-hour rule.
A team may receive non-monetary assistance only once from any particular person or entity, and may only use any particular item - even if owned by more than one person - no more than once. For example, a team may use a car jointly owned by a husband and wife only once. Contestant solicitation of non-monetary assistance must be done in person (e.g., not by phone, telegram, e-mail, wireless transmission or other device of any kind).
Contestants may make no promises, commitments or other representations of any kind purporting to bind ESPN, Producer or any other third party in exchange for employment or non-monetary assistance. For example, Contestants may not suggest that an employer or provider of non-monetary consideration will receive television exposure. Similarly, Contestants may not provide or facilitate television exposure for any third party (such as, for example, by wearing clothing with visible logos. Contestants may not provide "IOUs" or other promises of future consideration of any sort in exchange for employment or non-monetary assistance. Contestants may not receive advances or loans against unearned wages.
Each team, with the unanimous consent of its members, will have the opportunity twice during the Game to elect to obtain a cash stipend. The team may elect to either (i) forfeit a completed Task and all related points in exchange for a cash stipend of $300, or (ii) forfeit the right to engage in work, travel or Tasks for a period of 48 hours after the election in exchange for a cash stipend of $300. In each case, the team members must act unanimously, but the cash stipend will be divided equally among all of the members of the team, and the divided amount held by the Producer as though minimum wage earnings.
Contestants must abide by all applicable laws. Violation of any applicable law is grounds for immediate disqualification from the Program. IN PARTICULAR, CONTESTANTS MUST BE AWARE THAT THIRD PARTIES WITH WHOM THEY INTERACT IN AN EFFORT TO COMPLETE A TASK HAVE NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED IN ANY FASHION OF THE PROGRAM OR ANYTHING RELATED THERETO. CONSEQUENTLY, THEY MAY BE UTTERLY UNWILLING TO COOPERATE. IF ANY CONTESTANT IS TOLD, EITHER BY PRODUCER OR BY A THIRD PARTY, THAT HIS OR HER ACTIONS. WORDS OR BEHAVIOR IS VIOLENT, THREATENING, HARRASSING, INFRINGING, TORTIOUS OR OTHERWISE UNACCEPTABLE, SUCH ACTIONS, WORDS OR BEHAVIOR MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY. "NO" MEANS "NO."
Contestants are subject to search by Producer at any time for any reason including for illegal or inappropriate items and ESPN Standards and Practices purposes. All actions of Finalists and Contestants - including those that might be regarded as private - may be videotaped or otherwise recorded on a 24-hour per day, seven-day per week, basis throughout the application process and the Game.
C. Task Completion: The Producer will determine at its sole and exclusive discretion whether a Task was successfully completed and whether any Contestants violated any Game or Task rules. The decision of the Producer regarding Task completion, rule violations and penalties will be final. No appeals will be accepted under any circumstances. Cameras and other production equipment may be present at any and all times during the production of the Program, and must be present and videotaping during completion of a Task in order for the affected team to receive credit for such Task. Such cameras and equipment are an integral and expected part of all aspects of the Program including, without limitation, any Tasks or other production events of the Program. The presence or absence of such cameras and/or equipment shall not be deemed to create an advantage or disadvantage to any participant(s). The Producer reserves the right at any time to stop the Contestants from performing any Task if, in Producer's sole discretion, life, health or property is threatened, there is risk of any law, rule or regulation being broken or any private or public right being violated or infringed or for any other bona fide reason. Producer may, in its sole discretion, rule that the applicable Task has or has not been completed.
D. Penalties: If a Contestant violates a rule it will be within the sole discretion of the Producer to determine whether such Contestant receives a "yellow card" (i.e., a warning) or a penalty, which may include, without limitation, mandatory periods of inactivity (e.g., no work or Tasks), point or Task deductions or immediate disqualification. If a Contestant is disqualified, his or her team forfeits all Tasks and related points earned by the team until then. If a Contestant quits the game, Tasks in which such Contestant was involved, individually or as part of a group, and all related points, are forfeited. Contestants suffering injuries, illnesses or other exigencies that require them, or in the judgment of the Producer (which it may exercise in its sole discretion) make it dangerous or ill advised for a Contestant to continue, will be removed from the Game and will be deemed to have quit. An alternate, if available, will be appointed to substitute for any expelled or quitting Contestant, but the team may continue as such, including the performance of Tasks, while an alternate is being sought and until an alternate, if any, joins the team. Tasks and related points lost will not be restored if an alternate joins a team. If a team is left with fewer than four Contestants and there are no available alternates, the team will be permitted to complete the Game with fewer than four members, including completion of 4-person Tasks with fewer than four people (subject to the Task and point deductions described above). If a Contestant is disqualified for any reason or quits, this will not void or otherwise affect any of the releases, waivers and other agreements previously executed by any such Contestant, and Producer and ESPN may continue to rely upon and enforce any of such releases, waivers and other agreements.
E. Termination of Game: ESPN reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Game for any reason including, without limitation, if the Producer, in its sole discretion, believes such action is necessary for reasons of safety or health or if the fairness or integrity of the Game is compromised in any manner. If the Game is ended prior to a winner being named, ESPN may elect to award or not award prizes or substitutes therefor.
Contestants will not be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages, including but not limited to, beer, wine or whiskey, during the Game.
Subject to their compliance with these Rules and all materials in the Finalist Package, each member of the winning team will receive two tickets (with no representation being made as to seat location or quality or whether the affected event(s) will actually be conducted) to certain major sporting events, to be determined prior to selection of the Finalists, as well as round-trip coach air transportation from the major airport closest to Contestant's home to the major airport closest to the applicable event (or ground transportation if the Contestant's home is within 250 miles of the applicable event), lodging at the site of each event for one night and the sum of $40 for other expenses. Subject to their compliance with these Rules and all materials in the Finalist Package, each member of the losing team will receive ESPN-branded merchandise with a retail value of approximately $500. Selection of merchandise is at ESPN's sole discretion. Federal, State, local and other taxes payable in respect of the award of prizes are the sole responsibility of the Contestants.
A. Finalists: Up to Thirty-two (32) Finalists will be brought to Bristol, Connecticut from their nearest major airport for final interviews for approximately four days in or about September 2001. All dates are subject to change at Producer's sole discretion. The trip consists of: (i) roundtrip economy air transportation to Hartford, Connecticut and from the major airport closest to Finalist's home plus ground transportation from Hartford, Connecticut to Bristol, Connecticut, or ground transportation, if the person lives within a 250 mile radius of Bristol, Connecticut, (ii) hotel accommodations for up to four nights (iii) ground transportation in Bristol, Connecticut to and from hotel/studio, and (iv) per diem of forty ($40) dollars per full day's stay in Bristol (not to include travel days). Actual length of stay, number of hotel nights and per diem, if any, are at Producer's sole discretion.
B. Contestants: Eight (8) Contestants will be selected from the Finalists. The Contestants will be taken from Bristol, Connecticut to a location in New York to begin the Game. The remaining Finalists will serve as alternates and will return to their point of departure when the Contestants are selected. If an alternate is chosen to be a Contestant, Producer will transport such person to his or her team by the method or methods of transportation deemed by Producer to be most appropriate. At the conclusion of the Game, Contestants will be returned to their original point of departure prior to commencement of the Game via economy class from the then nearest major airport, or ground transportation if the Contestant is then within 250 miles of his or her point of original departure.
Void where prohibited. This Program is being conducted under the supervision of Producer. By applying, each applicant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of Producer which are final and binding on all matters relating to all aspects of the Program, including, but not limited to whether rules have been violated, and Tasks successfully completed, as well as the imposition of penalties up to and including disqualification. Producer reserves the right to modify these Official Rules and any other rules or regulations at any time, including but not limited to changing the number of Tasks.
Producer reserves the right to disqualify any Contestant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Game, acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to accuse, threaten or harass another person, colluding with other Contestants to share prize winnings, or in violation of these Official Rules or other rules then in effect. Further, Producer reserves the right to terminate or modify any Task.
9. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES:
Neither ESPN, Broken Twig Productions, Inc., "Beg, Borrow and Deal" production personnel, participating advertisers and/or sponsors, nor any of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, and their respective officers, directors, or employees ("Released Parties") shall be responsible for any technical, mechanical, or electronic malfunctions, any war, riot or any acts of God (i.e. inclement weather, earthquake, etc.) which affect the application process, Contestant selection, Program production, Game play including without limitation Tasks, or Program telecasts.
The website containing these rules may be temporarily or permanently unavailable due to reasons beyond the Released Parties' control including, but not limited to, unavailability due to heavy use. Released Parties shall not be liable for any individual's inability to apply to be a part of the Program in the event of such unavailability.
If a technical difficulty, mechanical failure, human error, act of God or other abnormality affecting the Program or the conduct of the Game occurs during the taping of the Program, the Producer will review the situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action in its sole discretion to preserve the integrity of the Program and the Game.
10. RULE REQUIREMENTS:
For a copy of this set of Official Rules, visit espn.com or send a written request by postcard or letter to:
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11. PROGRAM PRODUCER:
This Program is produced by Broken Twig Productions, Inc. Any questions concerning this Program should be directed to: Broken Twig Productions, Inc., ATTN: Beg, Borrow and Deal, 7060 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 1205, Hollywood, Calif. 90028. Rules and eligibility are subject to change without notice.