Footballguys Players Championship – Official Rules
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Over $1.8 Million dollars in prizes will be awarded after the 2016 season including the $250,000 grand prize. At only a $350 entry fee, can you afford not to play in this tournament? Daily online drafts start Sunday, June 5th. Register and choose your draft date today. You’ll get your draft slot as soon as your league fills – which won’t take long, we promise!
The Footballguys Players Championship (FPC) is a fantasy football game of skill that offers guaranteed cash awards to its top entrants. This contest will test a participant’s ability to predict player performance both over time and on a weekly basis, as well as to value certain players and positions within the framework of our scoring system, place appropriate bids on free agents based on the relative future value to the entrant’s team, and create a balanced fantasy team that will maximize scoring output over the length of the season. FPC award winners are determined based on the criteria listed in the rules below. All references to FPC below refer to the Footballguys Players Championship.
Footballguys Players Championship drafts will be held as online drafts ONLY, scheduled to begin on Sunday June 5th, 2016. Current draft schedule may be seen here. Additional draft dates & times may be added.
How to Enter
Entry fee into the FPC is $350 per team. To register, entrants may complete our online entry form and agree to abide by the official rules and regulations governing the FPC. Upon completing the online entry form, a credit card payment for the full entry amount must be made to reserve a team. After registering and making payment, a link to the FPC league will appear on the participant’s MyTeams page for entry into their respective league.
There is no limit to how many FPC teams may be owned by a single owner. Multiple team discounts are available. Owners may purchase a 3-Pack of teams for $1,000 ($50 savings). Owners may not own two or more teams in the same FPC league.
Early Bird Incentive & Deadline
Register before Thursday, June 30th, 2016 and receive a complimentary subscription to Footballguys.com Insider membership ($34.95 value). Purchase a 3-pack of FPC teams for $1,000 and receive a complimentary 3-year subscription ($72.95 value). If you already have a Footballguys.com Insider membership, the complimentary years will be added to the end of your current subscription. A maximum of 3 year subscription will be awarded per person regardless of FPC teams purchased by early bird deadline.
Changing Draft Dates
Teams which register early may be able to change their draft date providing their original draft date has not been filled. The new draft date chosen must be later than the original draft date. Example: if the original draft date is August 10, the new requested draft date must be August 11 or later.
Drafts dates will become official and will not be changed once 12 teams have been registered and drafts slots have been drawn. Please email support@MyFFPC.com for more information or to change your draft date.
Refunds of entry fees may be requested until all 12 teams have registered for an FPC draft date. No refunds will be granted after a draft date is filled and draft slots have been announced. No refunds will be granted to owners who do not show up for their draft date. Refund requests will be granted at the sole discretion of Footballguys Players Championship Commissioners and JDAD LLC.
Attorney Escrow Account
We at the Footballguys Players Championship understand the importance of customer trust with regards to prizes and payouts. We believe it’s vital that customers felt comfortable and secure entering a high stakes fantasy football contest. For this reason, the entire FPC prize pool will be placed into a secured attorney escrow account where it will remain for the duration of the NFL season. Funds will be deposited into the attorney escrow account by Friday, September 9, 2016. At no point during the season will any member of JDAD, LLC access these funds. Upon the completion of the season, and once winners have been determined, checks will be drawn from these funds and sent to all prize winners by January 30, 2017. The process shall be overseen by the officers of JDAD, LLC and reviewed by our certified public accountant. For further information on the attorney escrow account, please contact us at support@MyFFPC.com.
Draft Order/Slots Announcement/League Assignments
As soon as 12 teams are reserved for any individual FPC draft date, draft slots for that league will be randomly selected and made available to the 12 participants on their league page. FPC does not permit trading of draft positions.
League Structure, Rules and Prizes
The Footballguys Players Championship is made up of 12-team leagues and a maximum of 6,900 teams. Starting in 2014, in order to be in full compliance with the federal law known as the UIGEA which governs fantasy sports, we have been placing a “hard cap” on total number of entries in the Footballguys Players Championship. When the FPC announces a guaranteed prize structure, we must stick to that number. Changing prize structure, even upward, is a questionable practice according to the UIGEA. Since it is never possible to truly project participation, our hard cap numbers will be higher than what we actually project for final entries. The hard cap for the 2016 contest will be 6,900. If the contest finishes under the cap number, participants still get the benefit of the larger guaranteed prize pool. If the contests reaches the cap, registrations close immediately. The announced prize structure is guaranteed regardless of final amount of entries.
Footballguys Players Championship will be comprised of individual leagues, with 12 teams/participants/managers in each league. There are three distinct parts of the FPC season:
- Part 1 – Regular season Weeks 1-11
- Part 2 – League Playoffs Weeks 12 & 13
- Part 3 – Championship Round and Consolation Round Weeks 14-16
FPC individual league structure will be as follows. The regular season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 11 and results will be based on head-to-head matchups as well as total points scored. The two top seeded teams at the end of the regular season in each league will each be awarded an automatic berth to the Championship Round in NFL Weeks 14 through 16 and a chance at the $250,000 Grand Prize. The four top seeded teams at the end of the regular season will play in a head-to-head League Playoffs in NFL Weeks 12 & 13 to determine the League Champion. League Champion will also earn an automatic berth to the Championship Round, if he has not already done so. There will typically be a minimum of two and a maximum of three teams advancing to the Championship Round from each league.
All FPC drafts will be held online, on various dates during the months of July, August and September. Drafts will be held using the the MyFFPC.com live draft room software. After registering, owners will be allowed to enter their respective league & draft room. Team owners may access their teams by using the “Login/Register” button at www.MyFFPC.com.
All drafts will last for 20 rounds, with each team selecting one player per round. Drafts will be held in a serpentine format: Team 1 through Team 12 in Round 1, Team 12 through Team 1 in Round 2, Team 1 through Team 12 in Round 3, etc. Teams may select any player that is not already drafted by another team. There are no limits as to the number of players drafted at each position. Each team participant/manager will have one and a half minutes (90 seconds) to make a player selection in each round. If the team manager does not make a selection within the allotted 90-second time frame and does not alert the commissioner to internet or computer problems, this team may be assigned a player according to the auto-pick computer or by the FPC live draft Commissioner. The draft software may then place this team’s draft on an auto-pick for the remainder of the draft.
Each FPC Draft will have a LIVE Draft Commissioner present for the entire duration of the draft. The draft facilitator will provide his emergency phone number in the draft’s chat room. Participants are strongly urged to write down this number in case they are unable to communicate in the chat. Draft facilitators and FPC Commissioners have discretion to rule on any discrepancy involving player selection. All rulings by the FPC Commissioners are final.
Trading between teams of any kind, including but not limited to, draft picks or players is strictly prohibited.
Team managers may access their teams at www.MyFFPC.com
Footballguys Players Championship Prizes
The $250,000 Grand Prize as well as the entire FPC prize structure is fully guaranteed regardless of final amount of entries.
Individual League Prizes
|Regular Season Prizes (Weeks 1-11)|
|1-Seed – Team with the best H2H record||Automatic berth in the Championship Round|
|2-Seed – Remaining team with the most points||Automatic berth in the Championship Round|
|League Playoffs Prizes (Weeks 12-13)|
three prize options available —>
1) $1,500 Cash
2) Free Entry into 2017 FFPC Main Event ($1,750 Value)
3) 2017 Footballguys Players Championship 3-Pack and $500 Cash
+ Custom award medal for each league champion
Regular Season Overall Leaderboard Standings Point Leaders (Weeks 1-11)
Championship Round (Weeks 14-16)
|1st – Overall Champion||$250,000 + custom trophy|
|151st to 400th||2017 Footballguys Players Championship Entry ($350 Value)|
|401st to 500th||Footballguys.com LIFETIME Subscription|
|501st to 650th||Footballguys.com 3-Year Subscription|
Consolation Round (Weeks 14-16)
Toilet Bowl (Weeks 12-16)
Footballguys Players Championship Scoring, Lineup Submission and Position Designation
The starting lineups will consist of: 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 2 Flex Players (RB, WR or TE), 1 PK. 1 Team Defense/Special Team. Starting lineups may be submitted on the MyFFPC.com league management page. The deadline for lineup submission for each player via web site or email is the scheduled start time of the game in which the player is participating. Lineup changes which are submitted by email to email@example.com must be sent and have a time stamp prior to the start time of the game in question. Lineup changes which are made by phone to our 1-888-898-FFPC 24-hour message center must be called in no later than 15 minutes prior to kickoff. The following must be provided for a valid email or phone transaction: League number & team name, login name and password, name of player(s) to be placed in the starting lineup, name of player(s) to be removed from the starting lineup.
Player position eligibility and designation is determined by FPC Commissioners during the pre-season and may be changed any time before the start of the NFL season. FPC participants agree to accept these designations and understand the final position designations may be different from the time their FPC drafts were conducted.
The following is the scoring system used for every player in FPC. Scoring will be calculated to the hundredth of a point. Negative yardage will be counted as a negative score:
- 0.05 point – 1 yard passing (multiply total passing yards by 0.05. Example: 275 passing yards = 13.75 fantasy points)
- 4 points – Passing TD
- -1 point – Interception thrown
- 2 points – 2-point conversion
- 0.1 point – 1 yard rushing (multiply total rushing yards by 0.1. Example 126 rushing yards= 12.6 fantasy points)
- 6 points – Rushing TD
- 2 points – 2-point conversion
- 0.1 point – 1 yard receiving (multiply total receiving yards by 0.1. Example 126 receiving yards= 12.6 fantasy points)
- 6 points – Receiving TD
- 1 point – Reception for RB, WR, QB, K
- 1.5 points – Reception for TEs
- 2 points – 2-point conversion
- 1 point – Made PAT
- 3 points – Made FG of 1 – 30 yards plus 0.1 point for every yard thereafter.
Example: a 45-yard FG would be worth 4.5 points
Team Defense/Special Teams
- 1 point – Every sack
- 2 points – Every team takeaway (interception or fumble recovery)***
- 6 points – Every TD (via interception return, fumble return, punt or kickoff return, blocked FG return, missed FG return, blocked punt return)***
- 2 points for every return after a blocked/failed extra point or failed two-point try (i.e. on an interception or fumble). [As per new NFL rules for 2015 season]
- 5 points – Every safety
- 12 points – Every shutout **
- 8 points – Allowing between 1- 6 points **
- 5 points – Allowing between 7 – 10 points **
** Any points scored against a team counts towards their defensive points allowed, whether the scoring came by an offensive, defensive or special team score.
FPC implements Action Scoring for all touchdowns. A TD scored in any way by an individual player is awarded to that player whether he is on offense, defense or special teams, whether that TD came as a result of a fumble, interception, double turnover***, lateral, special teams or any other football play. To reiterate: If a player scores a TD during a game and he is in your starting roster, you are awarded 6 points. (The exception is when a quarterback throws a passing touchdown. Those are awarded as 4 points.) Please note that this scoring is separate and unrelated from any points which Team Defense/Special Teams may also receive for this TD.
No rushing or receiving yards will be awarded for a TD scored on a fumble, interception, kickoff or punt return.
Touchdowns scored by the offensive team as a result of fake FG, fake punt, blocked FG or blocked punt do not count as Defensive/Special Teams scoring.
*** A double-turnover is when the Offense turns the ball over to the opposing Defense, which subsequently turns the ball over back to the Offense. In this case, neither the Offense’s ball recovery nor any subsequent TD scoring on that particular play are scored as Defensive/Special Team scoring for that team. Defensive team fantasy points for touchdowns, fumble recoveries and interceptions are ONLY scored when the defensive unit is on the field.
*** A fumble by an offensive player through the opposing end zone resulting in a touch-back is not considered a team takeaway and will not award 2 fantasy points for the Team Defense/Special Teams.
Footballguys Players Championship Free Agency and Blind Bidding
The following free agent blind bidding process is the only means by which free agents may be acquired in the FPC. There are no other ways to acquire free agents like ‘worst-to-first’ and ‘first-come-first-served’ or any other waiver methods other than blind bidding as described below.
Any active NFL player which is not on a roster in the individual league is considered a free agent for that league and may be available for pick-up. Players dropped by a team are placed into the free agent player pool and will be available for pick-up (see below for exclusions).
The free agent acquisition process is made by way of “blind bidding”. Each team will be given $1000 blind bidding “dollars” (not real money, just bidding dollars) to be used for the entire season. IMPORTANT: once these bidding dollars are used up, you will no longer have the ability to pick up free agents. Bids will remain hidden from the rest of the league until after all the winning bids have been awarded. Free agent players will be awarded to the team with the highest bid for that free agent, and the winning bid amount will be deducted from that team’s free agent dollars. Besides the winning bid, all other bids for that free agent are considered losing bids and are cancelled. At this point, the highest remaining bid by any team for any remaining free agent will be considered. The team with this winning bid will be awarded the free agent and all losing bids for that free agent will be cancelled. This process will continue until every remaining bid has been considered.
Starting in 2012, due to the addition of weekly Thursday games to the NFL schedule, there will now be two (2) weekly blind bidding processes. The first “Primary” blind bidding process will take place on Wednesday with the second “Supplementary” process taking place on Friday.
The deadline for bid submission for both Wednesday and Friday is 10:00 pm Eastern.
All free agent NFL players will be available for the Wednesday bidding process.
NFL players which are dropped during Wednesday’s bidding process will NOT be available for pickups on Friday (48 hours later) and will ONLY become available for next week’s Wednesday bidding process.
Free agent NFL players whose teams played on Thursday will NOT be available for pickups on Friday (following Thursday’s game) and will ONLY become available for next week’s Wednesday bidding process.
NEW RULE: Starting in 2016 there will now be TWO “pre-season” free agency processes. The first is scheduled on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at 10pm ET for any FPC league which draft concludes on or before Thursday, September 1st, 2016. The second is scheduled on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 10pm ET for any FPC league which draft concludes on or before Tuesday, September 6th, 2016. All FPC leagues drafted on or after Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 will begin free agency after NFL Week 1 has concluded.
The free agency blind bidding process will be available after the completion of Week 1 and end prior to Week 11 for all teams NOT advancing to the League Playoffs. Teams which ARE advancing to the League Playoffs will have the blind bidding process available to them in Weeks 12 and 13 and will end prior to Week 13. Only the 4 teams which make the League Playoffs in each FPC league will be allowed to continue making bids in Week 12 and Week 13. There will be no free agent pickups after the completion of the FPC regular season for teams which did not make the League Playoffs. There will be no free agent pickups for ANY team in the FPC in Weeks 14, 15 and 16.
Bids will be allowed to be entered from Sunday at 9:00 AM EST until Wednesday 10:00 PM EST for Wednesday’s bidding process. Bid will be allowed to be entered from Wednesday at 11:00 PM EST until Friday 10:00 PM EST for Friday’s bidding process.
All bids will be processed and the rosters updated with the results of all successful bids after 10:00 PM EST on Wednesday & Friday, following the completion of the blind bidding process.
All team managers are strongly encouraged to place their bids as early in the week as possible.
QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs which are cut during Week 10, Week 11 and Week 12 free agent bidding processes will be REMOVED from the free agent pool and may not be re-acquired by any team for the remainder of the season. This is done to minimize the possibility of potential collusion.
Kickers and Team Defenses cut during Weeks 10, Week 11 and Week 12 free agent bidding processes WILL REMAIN in the free agent pool and will be available to be re-acquired by teams as long as the free agency bidding processes remain open.
FPC Commissioners and JDAD LLC reserve the right to remove a dropped player from the free agent pool or reinstate that player back to its original team, if FPC Commissioners and JDAD LLC determine that doing so is the interest of upholding the integrity of the contest, or that the dropped player would unfairly impact the outcome of the FPC, or to correct an error. In this rare instance, all participants will be notified and an explanation will be given.
In the event that there is a tie between bids, the team which is awarded the player will be determined in order by:
- Worst total points.
- Worst won/lost record**.
- Worst previous week score.
- Loser of head-to-head match-up, if applicable.
- Virtual coin toss.
**Won/lost record is based on the standings at the time of blind bidding process, which may change from Wednesday’s to Friday’s bidding processes based on stat changes issued by Elias and NFL.
Bids shall be placed individually, or in groups, with conditional bids following the primary bid. The top bid is the primary bid in a bidding group. The bids underneath are conditional bids. If you lose the primary bid, the first conditional bid directly below will be considered next. If you lose the primary and the first conditional bid, then the second conditional bid will be considered, etc. The rest of your bidding groups will be processed in the same manner. A maximum of one player can be won in each bidding group. Bids within a group may have different designated drop players. It’s important to remember when placing multiple free agent bids that you cannot win two players if they both have the same drop player. You may not place different bid amount on the same player. In this case, only the highest dollar bid will be considered.
Teams may submit as many bids as they like. There are no limitations as to the amount of players that may be acquired by any one team during the course of the weekly blind bidding processes or during the course of the year, provided teams remain within the maximum number of 20 players allowed on each roster.
Teams will no longer have the ability to acquire or bid on free agents once their initial 1,000 free agent “dollars” have been spent. All bids must be in increments of dollars, with no cents. The minimum bid amount is $1.
Bids may only be accepted on each individual FPC league pages. No bids will be accepted by telephone, email, message boards or any via any other form. In the event that the league pages are not able to accept bids, team managers are instructed to go to MyFFPC.com or Footballguys.com or call the FPC customer service number at 1-888-898-3372 or email support@MyFFPC.com for further instructions.
Footballguys Players Championship League and Playoff Structure
There are three distinct parts of the FPC season. Teams have an opportunity to win prizes for succeeding in each of the three:
- Part 1 – Regular season Weeks 1-11
- Part 2 – League Playoffs Weeks 12 & 13
- Part 3 – Championship Round and Consolation Round Weeks 14, 15 & 16
The 11-week regular season will run from NFL Week 1 through NFL Week 11. Over the course of the regular season, each of the 12 teams in each FPC league will play each other in a head-to-head match up, resulting in a Win, Loss or Tie. This will constitute the Win/Loss record for each team. All references to “points”, “total points” or “points total” implies starting lineup points. All references to “record” refer to a team’s regular season’s head to head record. A Tie is considered half of a Win in the standings.
At the conclusion of Week 11, two teams from each league will be awarded an automatic berth to the Championship Round and a chance at the $250,000 Grand Prize in Weeks 14, 15 and 16.
These two teams will be:
- Seed 1 – the team with the best regular season record
- Seed 2 – the remaining team with the highest point total during the regular season.
These two teams will also participate in the head-to-head League Playoff explained below.
At the conclusion of Week 11, four teams in each league will advance to a two-week head-to-head League Playoff in Weeks 12 & 13 and will play for league prizes and one berth to the Championship Round.
These four teams will be:
- Seed 1 – the team with the best regular season record
- Seed 2 – the remaining team with the highest point total during the regular season
- Seed 3 – the remaining team with the best regular season record
- Seed 4 – the remaining team with the highest point total during the regular season
These teams will be assigned as Seed 1, Seed 2, Seed 3 and Seed 4.
If there is a tie between two or more teams for best win/loss record or total regular season points at the conclusion of the regular season, the following tiebreakers will be used in order from 1 to 4 to determine playoff participants:
- Total points during the regular season
- Head-to-head win/loss record
- Total starting QB points Week 1 through Week 11
- Coin toss
The following head-to-head match-ups will take place in Week 12 of the League Playoff:
- Seed 1 will play Seed 4
- Seed 2 will play Seed 3
The winners of the Seed 1 vs. Seed 4 game will play the winner of the Seed 2 vs. Seed 3 games in Week 13 League Championship Game of the League Playoffs with the winner earning the title of League Champion*. The League Champion and 2nd place finisher win League Prizes as listed in the Prize section.
The losing teams in Week 12 match-ups are eliminated from the League Playoffs but are still eligible to play in either the Championship or the Consolation Round.
If there is a tie between teams in any of the League Playoff games, the following tiebreakers will be used in order from 1 to 5 to determine winners*:
- Total points during the regular season
- Head-to-head in the regular season
- Regular season win/loss record (weeks 1-11)
- Starting QB points in League Playoff game)
- Coin toss
*In the event of a tie between teams in the Week 13 League Championship Game, both teams will earn a berth into the Championship Round.
The League Champion will earn a berth to the Championship Round and a chance at $250,000 Grand Prize and other prize(s) listed in the Prize section. If the League Champion is one of the two teams which already earned an automatic berth to the Championship Round at the end of the regular season (Seeds 1 or 2), no other teams will go to the Championship Round from that particular league. Each league will have a minimum of two and a maximum of three teams qualifying for the Championship Round.
Any of the four teams in the League Playoff round which do NOT make it to the Championship Round will earn berths to the Consolation Round and will compete for prize(s) listed in the Prize section. Each FPC league will typically have a minimum of one and a maximum of two teams qualifying for the Consolation Round.
Footballguys Players Championship Round
All aforementioned qualifying playoff teams will play in the Championship Round which will run during NFL Weeks 14, 15 and 16. Any team which finished in the top 2% of the Overall Leaderboard at the conclusion of Week 11 will automatically qualify for the Championship Round regardless of how this team performs in the League Playoffs (i.e. based on 6,000 teams, top 120 teams are considered as the top 2%).
The Championship Round format is based on the sum of total points scored for each week – there are NO H2H MATCHUPS!
Each playoff team will start the Championship Round with their one-game point average from the regular season (weeks 1-11) and will be seeded according to these points in the Championship Round Leaderboard. Points scored during Weeks 12 & 13 are not counted toward this one-game average. Championship Round winners will be determined based on each team’s combined total points scored during Weeks 14, 15 & 16 and added to their one-game point average from the regular season. The team with the most points will be crowned the FPC Overall Champion. The teams with the next highest points will win prizes as listed in the Prize section.
Footballguys Players Championship Consolation Round
All teams that participated in the League Playoffs but did not qualify for the Championship Round will compete in the Consolation Round which will run during NFL Weeks 14, 15 and 16. In addition, any team which did not qualify for the League Playoffs but finished in the top 20% of the FPC Overall Leaderboard after Week 11 will also qualify for the Consolation Round (i.e. based on 6,000 teams, the top 1200 teams are considered as the top 20%). Each team will start the Consolation Round with their one-game point average from the regular season (weeks 1-11) and will be seeded according to these points. Points scored during Weeks 12 & 13 are not counted toward this one-game average. Consolation Round winner(s) will be determined based on each team’s total points scored during Weeks 14, 15 & 16 and added to their one-game point average from the regular season. The team with the most points will be the Consolation Round winner and will win prize(s) as listed in the Prize section. The team(s) with the next highest points will win prizes as listed in the Prize section.
Footballguys Players Championship ‘Toilet’ Bowl
Any team which did not qualify for either the Championship Round or the Consolation Round will compete in the Toilet Bowl. The Toilet Bowl will run during NFL Weeks 12 through Weeks 16. Each team will start the Toilet Bowl with a zero score. Toilet Bowl winner(s) will be determined based on each team’s total points scored during Weeks 12 through Weeks 16. The team with the most points will be the Toilet Bowl winner and will win prize(s) as listed in the Prize section.
If there is a tie between multiple teams in any of the prize finalists in either, the Championship Round, Consolation Round or the Toilet Bowl teams at the conclusion of Week 16, the prize money will be combined and evenly divided between the tied teams. So as an example, if two teams tie for 1st and 2nd with the prize awards being $250,000 and $30,000, they will receive $140,000 each. If there are 3 teams tied for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then the top 3 prizes will be divided equally among the 3 teams, etc
Footballguys Players Championship Prize Distribution
Winners will be notified by email or regular mail within 10 business days after the final league and overall results are posted on the FPC web site. All award money will be paid in U.S. dollars and will be mailed out no later than January 30, 2017 to all participants that have provided their tax reporting information. All taxes associated with the receipt of any award are the sole responsibility of the winner. JDAD, LLC will pay 100% of all FPC awards directly to each winning principal participant unless a prize split is requested by the principal participant, as described directly below. All prize winners may be required to return via email or regular mail an affidavit of residence & eligibility, valid proof of identity and a liability/publicity release (unless prohibited by law) within 14 days following prize notification. JDAD, LLC is not responsible for, or bound by, any agreement between the principal participant and any co-managers or group. JDAD, LLC reserves the right to substitute any non-cash award by cash or by an award of equal or greater value.
Prize splitting amongst principal participant and their co-managers is available. Co-managers must meet all FPC eligibility requirements as are stated in these rules to receive awards. The principal participant will always remain the sole legal prize winner and MUST authorize payment to his co-manager in writing. The principal participant will fill out and sign the authorization form indicating the name & address of his co-manager and the amount he should receive. Both the principal participant and the co-manager will each fill out a W-9. Once these documents are received and approved by JDAD, LLC, prize monies will be released to both parties. At year’s end, both the principal participant and the co-manager will each receive IRS Form-1099 for their prize awards. The IRS Form-1099 will be issues for the fiscal year in which awards were won.
Limitations To Prize Splitting
Prize splitting is limited to TWO persons only; the principal participant and the co-manager. Under no circumstance will JDAD, LLC issue payment to anyone other than these two persons. Only total prize awards of $2,000 or greater will be eligible for prize splitting. This may be a combination of any CASH prizes won in the FPC tournament, including league and overall prizes. Prizes won in the FPC may not be combined with any prizes won in the Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) leagues and tournaments. Non-cash prizes are not eligible for prize splitting. Each share of prize split awards must be a minimum of $600. JDAD, LLC may, at its own discretion, refuse to accept any prize splitting request and process the entire award to the principal participant. Please email support@MyFFPC.com with any further questions regarding the prize splitting process.
If your gross prize winnings exceed $600.00, JDAD, LLC must file a Form 1099 with the IRS at the end of this calendar year. This Form contains the amount paid to the award winners. Award winners will receive a copy of the Form for tax purposes and are responsible for paying any taxes that result from your cash prize. JDAD, LLC will request the social security number (this will be kept strictly private unless required to be disclosed as a matter of law) of the primary participant to file the prize winnings with the IRS. The primary participant will fill out and sign an IRS Form W-9. Once this document is received and approved by the JDAD, LLC, prize monies will be released to the prize winner. At year’s end, the primary participant will receive IRS Form-1099 for his/her prize awards. The IRS Form-1099 will be issues for the fiscal year in which awards were won. If Form W-9 is not filled out and returned to us in a timely manner, prizes may not be issued by our listed payout date of January 30, 2017. Please consult your income tax adviser for filing advice.
Footballguys Players Championship Draft/Event Information
The FPC draft schedule is available for viewing here. The draft is conducted in the ‘live draft’ room found on the league pages. It is strongly recommended that each participant check in a few days before the draft and familiarize themselves with the draft software. The draft will be conducted in a serpentine method starting the first round with Team 1, proceeding through Team 12; the second round will start with Team 12 and will proceed through Team 1; the third round will begin with Team 1 and end with Team 12, etc. until all 20 rounds have been completed. This will result in a 20 player roster. Most drafts last approximately 2.5 hours, however, participants should allow for 3 hours or more.
Each owner is required to draft a starting lineup of 1-QB, 2-RB, 2-WR, 1-TE, 2-FLEX, 1-K, 1-D/ST. If you do not draft a Kicker or Defense on your team, FFPC commissioners may add a kicker or defense at their discretion after the draft to ensure a valid roster.
Each team’s roster is limited to 20 players. IT IS THE PARTICIPANT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO VERIFY THAT HIS/HER TEAM ROSTER IS CORRECT BEFORE LEAVING THE DRAFT, AND AFTER IT IS UPLOADED TO THE LEAGUE MANAGEMENT PAGE. It is the participant’s responsibility to report any errors to FPC Commissioner or customer service within 24 hours of the roster being uploaded to the league management website.
Week 1 Lineups
The FPC suggests that each team set their Week 1 lineup as soon as lineup submission is available. However, teams will be allowed to modify their Week 1 lineup based on normal lineup submission.
All FPC teams must have a starting lineup for Week 1. If a lineup is not submitted prior to the start of Week 1 games, FPC Commissioner will submit a lineup based strictly on draft order. FPC Commissioner may submit these missing lineups retroactively, after the start or the completion of Week 1 games.
Online Draft Commissioner
Each FPC online draft will have a live draft commissioner to watch over the draft and assist as needed. The commissioner will provide his or her contact phone number at the beginning of the draft. Each participant must write the phone number and keep it nearby in case of an emergency. If a participant has an issue or gets disconnected and is unable to log back in, please call the commissioner immediately. The draft commissioner will act in the fairest way possible to insure that no one gets passed over due to computer issues. If a participant’s computer is down for an extended period of time and they do not call in to the commissioner, the commissioner will be forced to continue the draft by having a surrogate take over the draft for that team or place that team on auto-pick.
Online FPC Draft Attendance
Draft attendance is mandatory. Please contact the FPC should you expect to be late for the draft. No refunds will be granted to owners who do not show up for their draft date. Participants must login to their league and sign into the online draft no later than five minutes prior to the draft start time. In the event that the participant (or co-manager) does not sign in to the online draft, a surrogate drafter may make selections for the team in question or the team may be placed on auto-pick. If a participant signs into the online draft after the draft has started, he will be able to select his next player; however, if any previous surrogate selections have been made, they would still apply. Check your connections in advance of the draft. If you cannot gain access to the draft, you will need to arrange another method to access the draft. The FPC is not responsible for connection issues and will not issue a refund.
FFC draft times may vary. All event times and schedules will be posted on the FPC website. FPC and JDAD, LLC are not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participants or co-managers due to rescheduling of any or all events. At its sole discretion, JDAD, LLC reserves the right to terminate any FPC leagues at any time prior to its completion due to any acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, change in applicable law, interruption in the NFL season (including strikes, lockouts and/or use of replacement players), or failure or ceasing of operations by our fantasy league management platform. In the event that JDAD, LLC terminates the FPC, all entry fees would be returned to the entrants.
The FPC season begins on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 and ends on Monday, December 26th, 2016, which is the first 16 weeks of the NFL regular season. If the NFL changes its season for any reason, the FPC reserves the right to amend its league structure accordingly. Any regular season NFL games that take place prior to the FPC drafts WILL count towards Week 1 point scoring in the FPC regular season. If the NFL plays any games with replacement players during a formal league strike or lockout, statistics from those games shall not count for the purposes of this competition.
FPC uses its league management service to handle scheduling, blind bidding, transactions, win-loss records, etc. FPC uses game statistics provided by SportRadar data feed which will be our basis for scoring. Elias Sports Bureau will often have minor scoring changes during the season. FPC will automatically have the league management software make stat changes as they occur. FPC and JDAD, LLC will act as the commissioner of the overall event and will have final say over all decisions related and regarding the FPC. Entrants warrant that they are familiar with the workings of Elias Sports Bureau and SportRadar, and agree not to hold JDAD, LLC liable for any errors caused by, or potential failures of Elias Sports Bureau or SportRadar.
In the event of a server failure or other technical issues, the last lineup that was submitted will be the official lineup for the week. FPC RECOMMENDS THAT PARTICIPANTS MAKE ALL LINEUP CHANGES AS SOON AS LINEUP SUBMISSION IS AVAILABLE EACH WEEK. In cases of extreme emergency, line up changes may be submitted to support@MyFFPC.com with the words LINEUP CHANGE in the subject line, or called into 1-888-898-3372, as long as these changes are received prior to the weekly deadline for making such changes. The following must be provided for a valid email or phone transaction: Owners name, League number & team name, login name and password, name of player(s) to be placed in the starting lineup, name of player(s) to be removed from the starting lineup.
If you feel there is a scoring error, please email support@MyFFPC.com the words STAT APPEAL in the subject line. Kindly detail the issue and we will look into it. We are using Elias Sports Bureau to automatically correct any statistical errors, so an appeal is not needed for an error which would be corrected by Elias. All scoring for the prior week will go FINAL by 6 PM Eastern on the Friday following that particular week, and at that time all contestants waive their right to any further appeals. It will be the sole discretion of the FPC Commissioner to make any changes not noted by Elias Sports Bureau.
JDAD, LLC and it’s officers will make the final decisions on all matters related to the FPC rules, prizes, disputes and appeals. Any disputes or appeals regarding the FPC rules will be decided by the FPC Commissioner and JDAD, LLC using its interpretation of the rules. In reaching its rulings, JDAD, LLC will consider the intent and spirit of the rules, the fairness to the fantasy players and the integrity of the FPC event, as well as the feasibility of accommodating any appeal.
The FPC is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and are legal residents in a jurisdiction in which the contest is permitted by law. Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Washington, Missouri* and Virginia** (as described below*) are not permitted to enter and are not eligible to win prizes in the FPC. Residents of any other jurisdiction, foreign or domestic, where the FPC is prohibited or regulated by law are not permitted to enter. Please contact us at support@MyFFPC.com for further information regarding these exclusions. Employees and immediate family members of JDAD, LLC are not eligible to win awards. All players must have Internet access to help manage their team throughout the duration of the FPC. The FPC may (at its discretion) deny eligibility of any entrant to participate in the event. Under no condition shall JDAD, LLC be held responsible for any loss or liability related to any expenses incurred by a denied entrant or anybody else affiliated with that denied entrant.
*As of July 1st, 2016, legal residents of Virginia are not eligible to create new accounts, enter contests or win prizes in the FPC. Any FPC contest entries purchased by Virginia residents with existing accounts on www.MyFFPC.com prior to July 1st, 2016 are considered legal and the entry will be honored for the 2016 NFL season. All prizes won by these entries will be fully awarded to these Virginia residents as per FPC contest rules.
**As of August 28th, 2016, legal residents of Missouri are not eligible to create new accounts, enter contests or win prizes in the FPC. Any FFPC contest entries purchased by Missouri residents with existing FPC accounts prior to August 28th, 2016 are considered legal and the entry will be honored for the 2016 NFL season. All prizes won by these entries will be fully awarded to these Missouri residents as per FPC contest rules.
If you have a concern about any league rule, you must email support@MyFFPC.com with the subject: RULES APPEAL on it. The deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal is by Friday, 12:00 AM Eastern, following the completion of that game or games in which the dispute has occurred. The deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal for any week when there is an upcoming Thursday or Friday game is by Wednesday, 12:00 PM Eastern, following the completion of that game or games in which the dispute has occurred. The deadline for submitting disputes related to the operation of any league draft is 30 minutes after the conclusion of the draft itself.
If you plan to file an appeal of any type, you must include a detailed account of the dispute and the resolution requested. FPC Commissioner and JDAD, LLC will make a final ruling that is binding and cannot be contested.
We strongly urge players to double and triple check their lineup and free agent moves as JDAD, LLC cannot be held responsible for errors in entering lineups and free agent bids. JDAD, LLC will not intervene or alter a transaction after free agent or lineup submissions are due.
Team ownership is non-transferable at any time unless permission is specifically granted by JDAD, LLC in writing, and JDAD, LLC reserves the right to deny transfer of team ownership for any reason, or no reason at all. In addition, JDAD, LLC may reject any entry or revoke ownership of any prospective entrant prior to the FPC draft, even for those participants who have paid monies to JDAD, LLC. Any rejected applications or revoked owners will receive a full refund.
With regard to personal behavior, we believe in the golden rule, and we plan, if we deem necessary to enforce it. All those participating in the FPC drafts and team management are expected to behave in a lawful, respectful and sportsmanlike manner throughout the entire FPC contest and during use of the FPC web site including, but not limited to, comments posted on the message board. Any conduct by a participant, co-manager or other person which is deemed by JDAD, LLC to intimidate, harass, offend or harm any participant, co-manager, guest, FPC representative or the representative of any FPC vendor, is strictly prohibited. JDAD, LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to ban any person from either current or future further participation in the FPC if such person engages in such prohibited conduct. In addition, any participant engaging in such conduct forfeits any rights to a refund, as well as any potential rights to an award. If a participant is banned from further participation in the FPC, JDAD, LLC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to designate a surrogate participant at any stage in the contest, or to freeze the banned owner’s roster. JDAD, LLC shall not be responsible or held liable to any person for damage to property or personal injury or death arising from the acts or omissions of any participant, co-manager or other person. Any person engaging in an unlawful behavior at any FPC event or in connection with the FPC will be subject to legal prosecution.
Any attempt to tamper or interfere with the Footballguys Players Championship is a violation of criminal and civil laws. JDAD, LLC reserves the right to prosecute and seek damages permitted by law for any such behavior.
Any participants or co-managers who collude, or attempt to collude, in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals will be disqualified and be prohibited from winning any award money. In addition, any participant that alone attempts to sabotage the results of the league by not giving equal effort against all competitors will be disqualified and prohibited from winning an award. At the sole discretion of JDAD, LLC, in any of these above circumstances, the colluding or sabotaging owner’s team may be taken over by a surrogate or agent of JDAD, LLC, or be frozen by JDAD, LLC for the remainder of the season. This rule also applies to any participant or co-manager that attempts to blackmail, bribe, coerce or otherwise influence any officers or agents of JDAD, LLC in an effort to alter the standings, rankings, or fantasy point totals. Any participant that does this will be prohibited from winning any award money and will further have his or her team taken over by a surrogate or agent of JDAD, LLC. Any criminal behavior by a participant or co-manager which attempts to corrupt or alter the fairness of the FPC may result in civil and/or criminal prosecution. Any attempt made to purposely damage or affect the web site, or to undermine the operation of this contest is a violation of civil and criminal law. JDAD, LLC reserves the right to seek damages and full criminal prosecution as permitted by law.
Participants are expected field a starting lineup on a weekly basis and to manage their team to the best of their ability for the duration of the FPC season. We understand that some teams will stop actively managing their teams and may abandon them during the regular season. FPC Commissioners and JDAD, LLC cannot manage abandoned teams and is not able to start and bench players for those teams. The FPC will attempt to keep a record of owners who abandoned their teams and these participants may not be invited back to the FPC event for next year and beyond. If FPC believes that any team has been abandoned, FPC reserves the right at its sole discretion to either appoint a surrogate owner, or to freeze a team’s roster for the remainder of the season. Entrants recognize that in many cases, it will be most feasible for FPC to opt for the freezing solution, albeit this result is sometimes imperfect. Participants assume this risk when entering the contest. FPC reserves the right to intervene in team management of any team whose participant is willingly trying to field a less competitive team or is manipulating the contest.
FPC and JDAD, LLC is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction which impedes or interferes with the transmission or receipt of any team transaction, including but not limited to free agent moves, or starting lineup submissions. FPC and JDAD, LLC is also not responsible for the failure of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, equipment or software, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, phone lines, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to a participant’s computer related to or resulting from participation in the FPC.
If, for any reason, the JDAD, LLC is not capable of running this competition as planned, including due to technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of FPC which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the FPC, JDAD, LLC reserves the right to modify the rules or suspend the FPC. Similarly, JDAD, LLC may modify or cancel the event due to any acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, change in applicable state or federal law (including but not limited to changes to participant eligibility), interruption in the NFL season (including strikes, lockouts and/or use of replacement players), failure or ceasing of operations by our fantasy league management platform, or failure to get the minimum number of intended registered participants. JDAD, LLC assumes no legal responsibility for any error, omissions, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation with transmission, communications, line failure, theft, destruction or unauthorized access to the league management website. All FPC players must have Internet access along with a viable e-mail address for communication. E-mail will be the primary method of contact and failure by a participant to check their e-mail, respond to our e-mail or lose e-mail use is in no way the responsibility of the FPC and JDAD, LLC.
FPC and JDAD, LLC is formed under the laws of the state of Tennessee, and this competition operates under the law of the state of New York. All terms of this agreement, including the operation of this contest, as well as all claims arising against FPC and JDAC, LLC irrespective of whether brought under theories of contract, tort, or otherwise, shall be interpreted under Tennessee Law, irrespective of choice-of-law principles.
Participants and co-managers hereby release and agree not to sue JDAD, LLC, their administrators, agents, officers, volunteers and employees, and other participants, organizers, any sponsors, licensors, vendors, media outlet, or advertisers. Further, participants and co-managers agree to hold those parties harmless from all liability, claim, demands, losses, or damages caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of JDAD, LLC. Participants and co-managers additionally agree that despite this waiver, if they or anyone on their behalf makes a claim against JDAD, LLC, participants and co-managers will indemnify, save, and hold harmless JDAD, LLC, their administrators, agents, officers, volunteers, and employees, organizers, sponsors, licensors and advertisers from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss liability, damage, or cost which may be incur as a result of such a claim. Finally, if for any reason the above waivers, releases and other liability-limiting provisions fail, still in absolutely no event (under any legal theory, including contract, tort or otherwise) may any entrant or potential entrant hold JDAD, LLC liable for any sum of money greater than the amount of the entrant or potential entrant’s entry free into the contest, subtracted by the amount that JDAD, LLC ultimately pays out, or promises to pay out, to all contestants in prize money.
To the extent any participant may bring any sort of a claim against JDAD, LLC, such a claim, irrespective of whether arising based on this contract or under theories of tort, must be brought to binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), which shall be the only forum for resolving disputes between parties to this agreement. If for any reason this arbitration clause is deemed inapplicable, then any remaining claims must be brought, if at all, in the state of Tennessee in the forum of Nashville, TN.
Participants and co-managers have read and fully understand the terms of this release, and further understand that they have given up substantial rights by registering for the Footballguys Players Championship, and have signed it freely and without any induction or assurance of any nature and intend it to be complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid, the balance, not withstanding, shall continue in full force. Participants fully understand that all decisions and rulings made by the FPC Commissioners and the officers of JDAD, LLC are final.
JDAD, LLC is not responsible for any FPC disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of JDAD, LLC or any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the FPC. JDAD, LLC and any subsidiary, affiliated company, licensor or vendor are not in any way responsible or liable for any damage, loss or injury (including death) resulting from any participant’s or co-manager’s or other guest’s activity in the FPC and related events, and/or acceptance and use of any award won.
JDAD, LLC reserves the right to use the likeness or image of any and all participants or co-managers, without compensation, in advertising, marketing or in allowing the media to cover any and all FPC events or activities including the draft and all related activities. JDAD, LLC is solely responsible for enacting, administering, enforcing the rules, and maintaining the integrity of the FPC. The FPC and its web site are not sponsored, affiliated or endorsed by the National Football League or the NFL Players’ Association.
In the event that one or more of the FPC leagues cannot complete their drafts for any reason on their scheduled times as announced during registration, these drafts will be completed or redrafted at a different date and time, as determined by JDAD, LLC. Participants represent and warrant that they will be able to participate in the “make-up” draft, and that they will not for any reason hold JDAD, LLC liable if JDAD, LLC determines that a redraft, either in full or part, is needed. Participants understand that if JDAD, LLC determines that a redraft is appropriate, failure to participate in this may lead to disqualification without any rights to a refund of the entry fee.