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The March Madness® Blazin’ Challenge (the “Challenge”) is intended for participation at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the Indianapolis area (“Participating Locations”). A list of the Participating Locations can be found below. The Challenge runs from Friday, March 19, 2021 through Saturday, April 3, 2021 (“Challenge Period”). This Challenge is not intended to be used as a gambling device and is strictly for entertainment purposes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA®”) and the Sponsor do not promote, endorse, or condone gambling or sports wagering of any kind.
ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older or the age of majority under applicable law at the time of participation in the Challenge, whichever is older (“Contestants”). Employees, directors and officers of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., the NCAA, and any of their respective affiliates, parent companies, subsidiary companies, franchisees and advertising and Challenge agencies (collectively the “Challenge Entities”), and members of those individuals’ families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or those living in the same household of each (whether or not related) are not eligible to participate or win. Participation in this Challenge constitutes a Contestant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and to Sponsor and judges’ (the
Official Judges’) decisions, which are final and binding.
CHALLENGE STRUCTURE: The Challenge consists of five rounds (each, a “Round”). Three of the Rounds (the First Round, Sweet 16 Round, and Final Four Round) will consist of eating competitions held at certain Participating Locations. The Second Round and Elite Eight Round are non-eating Rounds, and Contestants will advance from those Rounds based on their results in immediately preceding Rounds. The First Round will be held from March 19, 2021 to March 22, 2021. There will be one First Round participation session (“Session”) per Participating Location as set forth in the chart below. Each Session will begin at or around the designated start time and will end at the designated end time or when all Contestant slots (“Slots”) have been exhausted, whichever comes first. The Sweet 16 Round will be held on March 27 and 28, 2021, and the Final Four Round will take place on April 3, 2021. Sponsor’s time clock shall be the official clock of the Challenge.
|Participating Buffalo Wild Wings Location||Participating Location Address||Session Date||Session Start Time|
(all times ET & PM)
|Session End Time|
(all times ET & PM)
|Logansport, IN||6129 Crawfordsville Road, Unit B||Friday, March 19, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Marion, IN||13868 East 116th Street||Friday, March 19, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Richmond, IN||2747 East 62nd Street||Friday, March 19, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Anderson, IN||10625 Pendleton Pike||Friday, March 19, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Kokomo, IN||2510 East 146th Street||Friday, March 19, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Muncie, IN||13977 Trade Center Dr.||Friday, March 19, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|New Castle, IN||1797 Melody Lane||Friday, March 19, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Avon, IN||8440 Castleton Corner Drive||Saturday, March 20, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Indianapolis, IN - US Hwy. 31||2514 Lake Circle Drive||Saturday, March 20, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Plainfield, IN||1350 W. Bloomfield Road||Saturday, March 20, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Zionsville, IN||1870 S US Highway 231||Saturday, March 20, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Brownsburg, IN||1623 East Michigan Road||Saturday, March 20, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Greenwood, IN - County Line Rd.||2035 Jonathon Moore Pike||Saturday, March 20, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Indianapolis, IN - Downtown||2330 North Morton Street||Saturday, March 20, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Speedway, IN||1310 Indianapolis Road||Saturday, March 20, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Fishers, IN - Geist E 116th St.||2470 North Lebanon Street||Sunday, March 21, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Indianapolis, IN - Glendale Mall||6129 Crawfordsville Road, Unit B||Sunday, March 21, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Lawrence, IN||13868 East 116th Street||Sunday, March 21, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Westfield, IN||2747 East 62nd Street||Sunday, March 21, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Fishers, IN - State Rd. 37||10625 Pendleton Pike||Sunday, March 21, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Greenfield, IN||2510 East 146th Street||Sunday, March 21, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Indianapolis, IN - Castleton||13977 Trade Center Dr.||Sunday, March 21, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Indianapolis, IN - Willow Lake||1797 Melody Lane||Sunday, March 21, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Bloomington, IN||8440 Castleton Corner Drive||Monday, March 22, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Crawfordsville, IN||2514 Lake Circle Drive||Monday, March 22, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Shelbyville, IN||1350 W. Bloomfield Road||Monday, March 22, 2021||12:00 (Noon)||4:00|
|Columbus, IN||1870 S US Highway 231||Monday, March 22, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Franklin, IN||1623 East Michigan Road||Monday, March 22, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Greencastle, IN||2035 Jonathon Moore Pike||Monday, March 22, 2021||6:00||10:00|
|Lebanon, IN||2330 North Morton Street||Monday, March 22, 2021||6:00||10:00|
HOW TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE: To enter, visit a Participating Location prior to or during the designated Session for that Participating Location, complete the Waiver of Liability and Filming/Publicity Release and sign up for the Challenge. Your entry information must be accurate and complete, and you may sign up only on the day of the Session. There will be approximately 12 to 15 Slots in each Session for Contestants to compete in a timed wing-eating challenge in each Session. Each Slot will be approximately 20 minutes. Contestants will be allowed to participate on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no guaranty that all those who wish to participate will be able to do so. Potential Contestant must be present and willing to participate when potential Contestant’s name is called. If potential Contestant does not respond to announcement within five minutes, that potential Contestant will be moved to the end of the list for that Session, provided there are Slots remaining. Contestant may participate only once in the First Round, and a Contestant may not participate in the First Round at more than one Participating Location. Any attempt by any Contestant to participate more than once may result in disqualification.
FIRST ROUND: Each Contestant will be asked to eat 10 Carolina Reaper traditional chicken wings (“Wings”) in under five minutes as quickly as possible and subject to the eating contest conditions set forth below (“Conditions”). There will be 30 Sessions (one at each Participating Location), and the Contestant with the fastest time in each Session will advance to the Second Round (Round of 32). In the unlikely event there is a tie for first in a Session (Contestants will be timed to the hundredth of a second), the Contestant who competes first (i.e., received the earlier Slot) will prevail in the tiebreaker. Two at-large Contestants will also advance to the Second Round. The two at-large Contestants will be the Contestants with the best non-winning times from all Sessions. In the unlikely event there is a tie for the second at-large position, Contestant who was closer to the winning time in his or her Session will prevail in the tiebreaker. If, because of Covid-19 or any other reason, a Session is canceled at a Participating Location, Sponsor will announce the cancellation at the Participating Location and will take an additional at-large Contestant for the Second Round (Round of 32).
Second Round (Round of 32): Contestants who advance to the Second Round (Round of 32) will be placed into a 32-Contestant bracket (“Bracket”), Bracket placement is at the Sponsor’s sole discretion and will not follow traditional Bracket seeding. The Second Round (Round of 32) is a non-eating Round, which means Contestants will compete based on their times from the First Round. If there is a tie, the tie will go to the Contestant who receives the higher spot in the pairing. The Second Round (Round of 32) winners will advance to the Sweet 16.
NOTIFICATION AND CONFIRMATION OF SWEET 16 CONTESTANTS: On or about Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential Sweet 16 Contestants by telephone or email, and each potential Sweet 16 Contestant must respond within 24 hours of initial notification attempt. If there is noncompliance with these Official Rules, if prize notification or attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, if potential Sweet 16 Contestant does not respond within 48 hours of initial prize notification attempt, if potential Sweet 16 Contestant is deemed ineligible for any reason, if potential Sweet 16 Contestant declines to participate in or is otherwise unable to participate in the Sweet 16, or if potential Sweet 16 Contestant does not complete and return required forms by deadlines set by Sponsor, Sweet 16 (and the accompanying prize) will be forfeited and, time permitting, awarded to the potential Sweet 16 Contestant’s Round of 32 opponent. Sweet 16 Contestant must complete a Sweet Sixteen Waiver of Liability and Filming/Publicity Release before participating.
SWEET 16: The Sweet 16 will be another eating Round and will consist of eight head-to-head competitions. Contestants will be asked to eat 10 Wings in under five minutes as quickly as possible and subject to the Conditions set forth below. The Sweet 16 round will take place at the Participating Location of the Contestant who has the fastest time from the First Round. The Sweet 16 matchups will take place on March 27 and 28, 2021 at times to be designated by Sponsor. The Contestant with the fastest time in each Sweet 16 matchup will advance to the Elite Eight. If there is a tie in any matchup, the tie will go to the Contestant who had the fastest time from the First Round. If, because of Covid-19 or any other reason, certain Participating Locations are not available, Sponsor may revise the Participating Locations.
ELITE EIGHT: The Elite Eight is a non-eating Round. Contestants who advance to the Elite Eight will remain in the original Bracket but will compete based on their times in the Sweet 16. If there is a tie, the tie will go to the Contestant who had the fastest time from the First Round. The Elite Eight winners will advance to the Final Four.
NOTIFICATION AND CONFIRMATION OF FINAL FOUR CONTESTANTS: On or about Monday, March 29, 2021, Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential Final Four Contestants by telephone or email, and each potential Final Four Contestant must respond within 24 hours of initial notification attempt. If there is noncompliance with these Official Rules, if prize notification or attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, if potential Final Four Contestant does not respond within 48 hours of initial prize notification attempt, if potential Final Four Contestant is deemed ineligible for any reason, if potential Final Four Contestant declines to participate in or is otherwise unable to participate in the Final Four, or if potential Final Four Contestant does not complete and return required forms by deadlines set by Sponsor, Final Four berth (and the accompanying prize) will be forfeited and, time permitting, awarded to the potential Final Four Contestant’s Elite Eight opponent. Final Four Contestants must complete a Final Four Waiver of Liability and Filming/Publicity Release before participating.
FINAL FOUR: The Final Four will be another eating Round, and the Final Four Contestants will compete one at a time in the order designated by the Sponsor. The Final Four will be held at the Buffalo Wild Wings at 7 E Washington Street, Indianapolis on April 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET. Contestants will be asked to eat 10 Wings in under five minutes as quickly as possible and subject to the Conditions. The Contestant with the fastest time will be declared the winner. If there is a tie for first, the tie will be broken by who had the fastest time in the Sweet 16 Round. The Final Four event may be streamed live on the Sponsor social channels and on the OT Network, which is streamed at Buffalo Wild Wing locations. Accordingly, Contestants in the Final Four must comply with generally accepted standards of conduct, language, and dress for an event broadcast to general audience. If, because of Covid-19, the Final Four Participating Location is not available, Sponsor may designate another Participating Location to host the Final Four.
EATING CONTEST CONDITIONS: Contestant must sign a waiver of liability before participating in any eating contest portion of the Challenge. Contestant must at all times consume Wings in a safe and hygienic manner. Wings cannot be touched or manipulated by Contestant prior to start. Contestant must remove all wing meat from the bone, with the mouth only. Contestant may not consume any kind of drinks while participating in the Challenge. Bathroom breaks are not permitted. Wings cannot be dunked in liquids or liquids may not be poured on Wings. Contestants cannot use any other food, condiment, or sauce, including, but not limited to, celery, bleu cheese or ranch dressing. Contestant must finish one full wing prior to starting another wing. Any food that passes the lips into the mouth must stay in the mouth. Wings cannot be hidden or otherwise discarded. The “Chipmunking Rule” will be enforced, and any food that remains in the mouth must be swallowed before the timer will stop. Contestant must show an empty mouth before the timer will stop. After the timer is stopped, a two-minute “No Reversal Rule” is enforced, and any food that is eaten must remain “down” for two minutes after the timer is stopped. Contestant may not vomit or regurgitate during the course of the Challenge. Contestant must comply with any Covid-19 rules or requirements imposed by the Participating Location. Contestants who are in violation of any of these Conditions will be disqualified at Judges’ sole discretion. Contestants will not be required to pay for the Wings. Each Contestant’s time will be recorded by the Judges’.
BRACKET: The Bracket may be posted online and in Participating Locations and is for entertainment purposes only and should not be relied upon in assessing potential winners. If there is a discrepancy between the posted Bracket and actual winners or times, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion, Sponsor’s determination will govern. By participating, you agree to have your name and scores appear on the Bracket.
CLAIMING PRIZES: All prizes awarded are subject to verification by Sponsor. If potential Final Four winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, if potential Final Four winner is deemed ineligible for any reason, if potential Final Four winner declines prize offered, or if potential Final Four winner does not complete and return required forms by deadlines set by Sponsor, Grand Prize will be forfeited. If the Grand Prize is forfeited, time permitting, the Grand Prize will be awarded to the runner-up in the Final Four Round. Grand Prize winner may be required to complete, sign and return the Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability and Publicity Release Forms (where legal) and, if so, must do so at the time of the Final Four Round. Winner agrees to complete a Form W-9 and return it to Sponsor as requested. If required by law, Sponsor will cause a Form 1099-MISC to be submitted to the IRS reflecting the value of the prize and send a copy of any Form 1099-MISC to the winner. Sponsor will attempt to send the prizes to eligible, verified First Round winners via email and/or mail to the email or physical address provided during registration within approximately three to seven business days of prize determination or verification, whichever is later. Other prizes will be provided to Contestants at the time of the competitions. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, delayed, intercepted, misdirected, damaged, or returned prizes.
PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded for the First Round, Sweet 16, and Final Four. Prizes will not be awarded for the Second Round and Elite Eight. The prizes are as follows:
- First Round Prizes (32): (Thirty-two) First Round Winners: First Round winners will receive a $25 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each First-Round prize is $25.
- Sweet 16 Prizes (16): Eight Sweet 16 Prizes: Sweet 16 winners will receive a $100 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. The ARV of each Sweet 16 Prize is $100. Eight Sweet 16 Runner Up Prizes: Sweet 16 runners up will receive a $50 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. The ARV of each Sweet 16 Runner Up Prize is $50.
- Final Four Prizes (4): One Grand Prize: The Final Four winner will win a Grand Prize of two tickets to the 2021 Men’s Final Four (Saturday, April 03) and the NCAA Championship Game on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 8 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis as well as Buffalo Wild Wings wings for a year. Wings for a year will be awarded as 52 coupons for a free “6 piece” of boneless or traditional wings to be used at participating Buffalo Wild Wings retail locations. Grand Prize ARV: $1,868. Three Final Four Runner Up Prizes: The Final Four runners up will receive a $200 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card. ARV of each Final Four Runner Up Prizes is $200.
- Contestant Rewards: Each First Round Contestant (win or lose) will also receive the following participation reward: headband, 1,000 Blazin’ Rewards points, and OT Network recognition. ARV of each Contestant Reward is $6. Reward is on a first-come, first serve basis and while supplies last. See the Blazin’ Awards Accounts section below for details on acceptance of the Blazin’ Rewards points and OT Network recognition portion of the Reward.
PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Gift cards and game tickets subject to terms and conditions thereon. Prizes are nontransferable, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winner is responsible for all expenses not specifically provided for herein. Prize details and availability are subject to change, in which case Sponsor may substitute a prize of equal or greater value. No substitutions or cash redemptions, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Awarding of all prizes is subject to verification of entry, submission of all required forms, eligibility, and compliance with these Official Rules. All properly claimed prizes will be awarded unless otherwise stated herein provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, but in no event will Sponsor award more prizes than are provided for in these Official Rules. All expenses and costs, not expressly listed above, including, but not limited to, taxes, tips, meals, entertainment, transfers, and any transportation not specifically included herein. If the guest of the Grand Prize Winner is a minor, he/she must be accompanied at all times by his/her parent or legal guardian. If a Grand Prize is forfeited for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to select an alternate winner, pending timing and other practical considerations. Seat selection subject to availability. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed.
TERMS APPLICABLE TO WINGS FOR A YEAR PRIZE: Coupons may be used only once per week and are not valid with any other offer or promotion. Coupons expire within one year of issuance and are non-transferrable, have no cash value, and cannot be sold or redeemed for cash or other prizes. Other restrictions may apply. Coupons are subject to terms and conditions thereon.
CONDITIONS; LIABILITY RELEASE: All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winner grants Sponsor a royalty-free worldwide right and license to use and publish his/her first name, first initial of last name, city/town and state of residence in connection with the Challenge. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its affiliates to use winners’ names and likenesses solely for advertising and Challenge purposes as Sponsor so determines without notice or further compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating in the Challenge, Contestants agree to release and hold the Challenge Entities and all of the advertising agencies, promotion agencies, fulfillment agencies, marketing agencies, public relations firms, attorneys, consultants, and contractors associated with the Challenge and all of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, franchisees, and assigns (collectively, the “Released Entities”) and all of their officers, director, and employees harmless against all claims and liability arising out of Challenge participation and (if applicable) acceptance/use of a prize or reward and prize-related activity. Contestants assume all liability for any injury or damage caused (including death) or claimed to be caused by participation in this Challenge or acceptance/use of any prize or reward or prize-related activity. By participating in this Challenge, Contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor.IN NO EVENT WILL THE RELEASED ENTITIES, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND EMPLOYEES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF ANY PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE, OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE AWARDED OR REWARD PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CHALLENGE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, AS WELL AS ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS OR INVASION OF PRIVACY.
California Residents: I acknowledge that I have been advised or had the opportunity to be advised by legal counsel, and I understand, my waiver shall include the provisions of California Civil Code Section 1542 (“Section 1542”), which provides as follows:
“A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1542, being aware of Section 1542, I hereby expressly and voluntarily waive any rights I, my personal representatives, executors, heirs, next of kin and any other on my behalf, may have thereunder, as well as under any other statutes or common law principles of similar effect.
Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering, the announcement of any prize or reward, or in the administration of the Challenge. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to modify, terminate or suspend this Challenge should viruses, bugs, technical errors, unauthorized human intervention, pandemic, public health emergency, or other similar causes corrupt or impair the administration, security or fairness of the Challenge (“Disruption”), or for any other reason. If the Challenge is subject to Disruption during a Round, Sponsor will award prizes for completed eating contests in a Round but will not award additional prizes for Rounds that have not yet begun (if any), provided Sponsor is able to do so. If the Challenge is terminated or modified for any reason, notice of the termination or modification will be posted on the Sponsor’s website and at Participating Locations. Sponsor is not responsible for any human error that may occur in the processing of the Challenge or results shown in the Bracket, nor is Sponsor responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, communications line failure, theft or destruction of, unauthorized access to, delay in operation, transmission, or distribution of, or alteration of, Challenge procedure or the recording of times or the Bracket, whether caused by the Contestant or otherwise, any of the equipment or programming associated with or used in this Challenge, or otherwise. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Contestant found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Challenge; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or in an annoying, abusive, threatening, or harassing manner.
DISPUTES/MANDATORY ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Challenge, Contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Challenge, or prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the Contestant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will Contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than Contestant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Challenge), and Contestant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. Any failure by Sponsor to enforce any of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules. If there is any conflict between any term of these Official Rules and any of the entry or marketing materials used in connection with the promotion, the terms of these Official Rules will govern.
WINNERS LIST: For a list of the winners, available after the close of the Challenge Period, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped (residents of VT may omit postage) (#10) envelope to: March Madness Blazin’ Challenge Winners List, PO Box 158, Freeburg, IL 68843, to be received within 60 days of the end of the Challenge Period.
SPONSOR: Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Three Glenlake Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30328.
The NCAA is neither a sponsor nor an administrator of the Challenge.
Buffalo Wild Wings® is a registered trademark of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. © 2021 Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. All rights reserved. NCAA®, Elite Eight®, Final Four®, NCAA Sweet 16® and March Madness® are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.