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The 2014 McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up


Official Rules

KCBS COMPETITION REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. USE OF MCCORMICKS'S MONTREAL STEAK SEASONING IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST. THE BEEF AND MONREAL STEAK SEASONING MUST BE PURCHASED AT SPECIFIC RETAILEaaaaaaaR, DETERMINED BY EVENT DIRECTORS TO ENTER OR WIN. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. Eligibility. The McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up contest (the "Contest") is open only to legal adult residents of the 50 United States and registered participants ("Competitor") in at least one (1) of the Kansas City Barbeque Society ("KCBS") sanctioned barbeque competition events (as outlined below in these official rules) in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up at the time of entry (each such person, together with members of their respective competition team, shall collectively hereafter be an "Entrant"). Participation in the Contest is subject to the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up competition rules and winner judging process(es) (collectively, the "KCBS Competition Rules") as defined by the KCBS for each of the four (4) regional KCBS events (each an "Event") as described in the schedule further below (the "Event Schedule"), and otherwise meet the criteria specified in these Rules. Specific start and end times for each Event in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up will be as published by KCBS.

2. Sponsor and its Agents: This Contest is sponsored by McCormick Grill Mates ("Sponsor") with onsite administration by Sponsor and certain agents of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and/or MMA Creative, Inc., (collectively, "Sponsor and its Agents"). This Contest is void where prohibited, restricted or taxed by law. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3. Agreement to these Official Rules: Entrants accept and agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, the KCBS Competition Rules, which are incorporated herein by reference and the decisions of Sponsor and/or its Agents (the "Judge" of the Contest). Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

4. Timing: The Contest starts on June 20, 2014, at 12:00 a.m. EST with the first Event listed on the Event Schedule and ends on November 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST with the announcement of the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up winners at the annual KCBS banquet (the "Contest Period"). Any points accumulated by Competitors in other KCBS sponsored events not listed below in the " Event Schedule" shall not be considered for the purposes of awarding a prize in this Contest.

5. Entry: To enter this Contest, each team will need to register with the individual Events in the schedule further below. A team can register until the day of an event via the KCBS website for the additional category. Upon arrival to the actual event, teams will need to provide an approved retailer receipt as proof of purchase of the beef product and Montreal Steak Seasoning used in competition. First through third place winners must complete a recipe card for use by sponsor.

6. Contest Format; Scoring System: At the conclusion of each Event on the Event Schedule, KCBS officials will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Event winners ("Competition Winners") in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up category. All Competition Winners will be selected under the auspices of the KCBS, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up. For purposes of this Contest, once Competition Winners have been determined by KCBS officials, MMA Creative will allocate points for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Place for the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up points chase is based on the scoring system outlined in the table below.

McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Event

Presented after each event:

1st Place 20 points

2nd Place 19 points

3rd Place 18 points

4th Place 17 points

5th Place 16 points

6th Place 15 points

7th Place 14 points

8th Place 13 points

9th Place 12 points

10th Place 11 points

Participation 5 points

Entrants' point standings will be recorded and announced onsite at the conclusion of each Event and an official running tally of Entrants' points will be published on the KCBS website.

If an Entrant is disqualified at any level, any time and for any reason by KCBS officials from participation in a McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Event, the Entrant will likewise be automatically disqualified from further participation in this Contest. If the Entrant is one who previously competed in a McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Event and was allocated points in this Contest, then the Entrant's accumulated points (up to the time of disqualification) will remain in the official Contest point tally and the Entrant will still be eligible for prize consideration.

By entering, each Entrant acknowledges that Sponsor's administration of this Contest, and awarding of all prizes, is wholly dependent upon KCBS officials' independent and timely administration of all activities, including determination of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up additional beef category winner for each Event.

By entering, each Entrant further acknowledges that, apart from its reliance on McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up officials to identify winners at each of the Events for purposes of Sponsor's apportioning of points to Entrants and ultimate selection of winners in this Contest, Sponsor has no control in the outcomes, or responsibility for cancellations of McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up events. In the event of a cancellation by KCBS of an Event in the McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up, that particular Event, and all corresponding Entries and potential prizes, are voided for purposes of this Contest.

Regardless of whether an Entrant participates in one or more of the Events, all points will be apportioned and potential winners determined based on an Entrant's cumulative point standing as of the conclusion of a McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Event and prizes awarded as described in section 8 below. All Entrants must follow Sponsor and/or its Agents' directions. All decisions and rulings of Sponsor and/or its Agents are final. Sponsor and or its Agents reserve the right to disqualify any Entrant from participation in this Contest at any level, any time and for any reason.

7. Prizes; Winner Selection: There are three (3) McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up cash prizes at each event and three (3) McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up points chase Grand Champion Prizes in this Contest. Subject to the compliance with these Official Rules and verification of Entrant's cumulative point totals, prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of Regional Events as follows:

Three (3) McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up champion cash prizes: At the conclusion of each Event, 1st Place Competition Winners/Teams in the additional beef category will each receive a check in the amount of nine hundred dollars ($900 USD), 2nd Place Competition Winners/Teams in the additional beef category will each receive a check in the amount of seven hundred dollars ($700 USD) and 3rd Place Competition Winners/Teams in the additional beef category will each receive a check in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500 USD) paid by each Event. Entrants must have returned completed recipe card before they will receive compensation from event. MMA Creative will send each Event a check to cover the additional prize money.

Three (3) McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Points Chase Grand Champion Prizes: At the conclusion of the fourth (4th) and last Event, the Entrant/Team with the highest cumulative point total from all Regional Events will be determined. The McCormick Grill Mates KCBS Match-Up Points Chase Grand Champion will receive a check in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000 USD), the Reserve Grand Champion will receive a check in the amount of twenty-five hundred dollars ($2,500 USD) and 3rd Place Champion will receive a check in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000 USD) at the 2014 KCBS Banquet.

In the unlikely event of a tie for the Grand Champion Prize, the winner among the tying Entrants will be determined based on the Entrant with the most 1st Place wins in the additional beef category over the course of the four Events (inclusive). If after this process a tie still remains, then the winner among the tying Entrants will be determined based on the average ancillary category KCBS score received across every Event participated in.

Regardless of the number of persons comprising a winning team or Entrant, only one (1) prize will be delivered to the Team Contact on behalf of his/her team members and it will be the sole responsibility of the Team Contact to distribute prizes equally among his/her team members.

Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prize for cash or other goods and services is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of approximately equal or greater value if the advertised prize becomes unavailable. Only the advertised number of prizes will be awarded. All expenses not specified above, including, without limitation, gratuities, unspecified expenses and all applicable federal, state and local taxes, are the sole responsibility of the individual winners/teams. Winners/teams assume all liability for use of the prize.

8. Winner Notification: Potential winners will be notified onsite following the conclusion of the day's Event activities. MMA Creative & KCBS will notify the Grand Champion winners prior to the 2014 annual banquet.

9. Right to Use Participant Name and Likeness: By entering this Contest, each Participant agrees to the posting and use of his or her name, hometown and/or photograph on Sponsor's and/or its Agents' websites, and in any and all media in and in connection with promotion, publicity and advertising for McCormick Grill Mates, this Contest, or other promotions by Sponsor without any further attribution, notification or compensation, except where prohibited by law. Completed recipe card is the property of the Sponsor and will be used without further attribution or notification at the discretion of the Sponsor and it's Agents.

Sponsor and/or its Agents may film, record and/or take photographs during any Event, and may use the resulting footage, recordings or photographs for a range of purposes, including, without limitation, for marketing and promoting Sponsor and/or its Agents' products and services. By attending the Event, each Participant authorizes Sponsor and its Agents to film, record and/or photograph his or her voice and likeness ("Image"), and also grants Sponsor and its Agents the irrevocable right to use any footage, recordings or photographs of him or her recorded or taken during any Event, or any reproduction or modification thereof (collectively, the "Recordings") in any manner and medium throughout the world an unlimited number of times in perpetuity for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition or any other lawful purpose except where prohibited by law. By attending the Event, except where prohibited by law, each Participant further waives any right of inspection or approval of the uses to which Sponsor may put the Recordings, and releases Sponsor and its Agents from any and all claims arising out of or in connection with the Recordings, the Participant's Image or Sponsor's and/or its Agents' use thereof. The Contest is governed by the laws of the United States, and all claims must be resolved in the United States.

10. General Conditions; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS ARE NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, LOSS OR INJURY RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST BY ANY PARTICIPANT OR FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING, LOSS, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN THIS CONTEST, OR FOR THE TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY REGIONAL EVENT, OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY. BY ENTERING, PARTICIPANT ASSUMES SOLE LIABILITY FOR INJURIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURIES AND/OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, CAUSED OR CLAIMED TO BE CAUSED BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST OR THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, SHIPPING AND HANDLING, LOSS, USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED IN THIS CONTEST, OR FOR THE TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY REGIONAL EVENT, OR OTHERWISE IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY. SPONSOR HAS THE RIGHT TO CANCEL, TERMINATE OR MODIFY THIS CONTEST IF IT CANNOT BE COMPLETED AS PLANNED DUE TO COMPUTER VIRUS, BUGS, TAMPERING, UNAUTHORIZED INTERVENTION, TECHNICAL FAILURES, OR OTHER CONDITIONS BEYOND SPONSOR'S CONTROL. SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FAILURE TO CONTACT ENTRANTS, WHETHER DUE TO TECHNICAL OR HUMAN ERROR. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION TO DISQUALIFY ANY INDIVIDUAL IT FINDS TO BE TAMPERING WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS OR THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST OR TO BE ACTING IN VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES OR IN AN UNSPORTSMANLIKE OR DISRUPTIVE MANNER. ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. SPONSOR'S FAILURE TO ENFORCE ANY TERM OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF THAT PROVISION OR ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

11. RELEASE. By entering, each Entrant forever and irrevocably releases and holds harmless Sponsor and its Agents and their parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, and their respective agents, advertising and promotion agencies, affiliates, Contest partners and prize suppliers, and all of their respective employees, officers, directors, shareholders, members, managers, representatives and agents from and against all claims, damages or liabilities arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from Entrant's participation and/or entry in the Contest and/or Entrant's award, receipt or use of any prize awarded in the Contest.

12. Rules and List of Winners. For a copy of the rules, or a list of winners within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of the Contest, please send your request by mail with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to: Attn: MMA Creative, 700 Craighead Street Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37204.

13. Sponsor. This Contest is sponsored by McCormick Grill Mates

14. Event Schedule:

June 21-22

Safeway National BBQ Cup

Washington, DC

June 27-28

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

Lenexa, KS

July 25-26

Taste of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

August 22-23

Music City Festival & BBQ Championships

Nashville, TN


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