Teacher of The Month Giveaway Official Contest Rules

Tuesday, August 24th 2021, 2:32 pm
By: Griffin Communications

1. The 2021 Teacher of the Month Giveaway is open to all U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents, who are at least 13 years of age, unless otherwise provided in these contest rules. However, all persons recognized and awarded a prize from the 2021 Teacher of the Month Giveaway, must be at least 18 years of age, must be an Oklahoma Educator and must live within the NEWS 9 Designated Market Area, as defined by Nielsen Media Research, Inc. ("DMA"), except as otherwise provided in these or specific contest rules. For a copy of the DMA Map, visit www.News9.com/contests or click here. Employees of NEWS 9 and its affiliated parent and subsidiary companies, affiliated stations or companies, advertising and promotion agencies, sponsors, entities furnishing prizes or otherwise connected with the conduct of this Contest ("Contest Entities") and their respective officers, directors, representatives and agents, their immediate families and members of their households, are all ineligible to receive a prize, but can submit a nomination form for someone to be recognized as the 2021 Teacher of the Month.

2. Only one (1) prize may be awarded per household. Winners from other contests sponsored or conducted by NEWS 9 within thirty (30) days preceding the beginning of this contest are not eligible for this contest.

3. The Contest is void where prohibited by law.

4. No purchase, registration fee or donation of money is required to register or win.

5. By participating in this Contest, all entrants agree (a) to abide by these and any additional specific official rules and the decisions of the Contest Entities and contest officials designated by NEWS 9, which will be binding and final in all respects; (b) to the use of information by the Contest Entities for marketing and advertising purposes as allowed by applicable privacy policies and law; (c) to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Contest Entities and their officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all liability, claims, lawsuits, costs, expenses, fees, injuries (including death), losses, and damages resulting or alleged to result from participation in the Contest, acceptance or use of any prize, and/or from entrants fraudulent or otherwise wrongful acts or omissions; (d) not to sue the Contest Entities for any damages alleged to arise from winner’s acceptance of or use of the prize(s); and (e) to the use of the entrants, name, voice, biography, and likeness by Contest Entities without further notice or compensation for promotion, advertising, filing, and dissemination purposes, except where otherwise prohibited by law.

6. “Contest Officials” designated by the management of NEWS 9, shall be responsible for interpretation and enforcement of the contest rules.

7. Contest Officials shall have the sole right to disqualify any participant for violation of these rules or any other published rules applicable to a specific contest, and to resolve all disputes in their sole discretion. Contest Entities (a) make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind concerning any prize; (b) disclaim any implied warranty and (c) are not liable for injuries, losses or damages arising or alleged to arise out of any person’s participation in the Contest. All disputes will be resolved under applicable Oklahoma laws.

8. Contest Entities are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, undelivered, undeliverable, incomplete or unreadable entries. Contest Entities are not responsible for lost entries due to telephonic or electronic malfunctions. Contest Officials may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in their sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrants or Contest Entities representatives. If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned because of any causes beyond the reasonable control of Contest Entities including but not limited to tampering, unauthorized intervention or fraud which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, then, Contest Officials reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. The Official Contest Rules can be modified at any time, without notice.

9. NEWS 9 reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to alter, change, cancel or suspend this Contest, for any reason whatsoever, without prior notification.

10. How to Win: Starting August 30, 2021, NEWS 9 will encourage viewers to nominate an Oklahoma Educator who they believe should be recognized for the positive impact they are bestowing on their student’s lives. Each month, one (1) Oklahoma Educator will be selected as that month’s “Teacher of the Month” and will receive a prize of $1,000 (to be awarded as a $1,000 check from Griffin Communications). Nomination forms can be completed at www.News9.com/SomethingGood . Winners are selected by contest officials based on the explanations given in the nomination form.

11. Promotional Period is defined as follows: January 11 – June 13, 2021.

12. How to nominate: To nominate an Oklahoma Educator, participants must (1) visit www.News9.com/SomethingGood, (2) complete the online form in its entirety.

13. Alternate Nomination Form: An Alternate Nomination Form can be completed and submitted to News 9 by mail at “NEWS 9: TEACHER OF THE MONTH GIVEWAY”, 7401 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73111; or by sending an email to Contest@News9.net. Nomination forms submitted by email must include “TEACHER OF THE MONTH CONTEST” in the subject line. All Alternate Nomination Forms must include the following:

a. Your Name (First & Last);

b. Your D.O.B. (for age verification only);

c. Your email address;

d. Name of Oklahoma Educator you are nominating;

e. Name of School where they teach;

f. Grade this teacher is currently teaching;

g. Phone Number (if possible) ;

h. Email address of Oklahoma Educator you are nominating;

i. Short explanation of why this person should be selected;

All Alternate Forms must be completed, in its entirety, including responses to the email database requests, must be legible and must include an email address. If the Alternate Nomination Form, or any portion thereof, is not complete, such form will be deemed null and void. All Alternate Nomination Forms will be combined with the online Nomination forms and one (1) Oklahoma Educator will be selected each month as described above.

14. Deadline: Deadline to submit a nomination form, either by online or by the alternate nomination form, is December 5, 2021 at 11:59pm (CST). Any nomination form submitted after the deadline will not be included in the winner selection process. Each month, Contest Officials will determine the date when a monthly winner is selected. These dates will not be posted and are subject to change at the discretion of Contest Officials. All eligible entries received will continue to be included in the selection process until the person is selected as a winner or until the promotional period has concluded. Therefore, a person does not need to submit a nomination form each month for the same person to be included in the monthly winner selection.

15. Prize: Each month during promotional period, as defined above, one (1) winner will be selected as the Teacher of the Month and will receive a prize of $1,000. Winner will receive (to be awarded as a $1,000 check from Griffin Communications). A Teacher of the Month winner will be selected for each month, starting September 2021 through December 2021; therefore, a total of four (4) monthly winners will be selected. Nomination forms can be completed at www.News9.com/SomethingGood. Winners are selected by contest officials based on information provided in the nomination forms.

16. No transfer, substitution, or cash equivalent for prizes will be allowed except at the Contest Entities’ sole discretion due to prize unavailability. All federal, state, or other tax liabilities (including income taxes), and subsequent or related expenses such as, but not limited to, gasoline, insurance, and maintenance arising from the award of a prize from this Contest will be the sole responsibility of each prize winner. Any prize awarded in this Contest must be claimed within ten (10) working days of winner’s notification by NEWS 9 or sooner, depending upon the specific prize or contest.

17. Winner(s) will be notified by telephone or email. Winner(s) must sign and return a Statement of Prizewinner, Official Rules, Acknowledgement, Form W-9, and any other documents necessary (“Documents”) provided by NEWS 9. The signed documents must be received by NEWS 9 within ten (10) days of the winner’s notification. Winner(s) must show photo identification to claim prizes. NEWS 9 reserves the right to require additional identification and may choose to deny awarding the prize based on falsification of identification or fraud.

18. An alternate winner will be selected if any of the following occurs:

a. Prizewinner cannot be reached within twenty-four (24) hours of winner selection;

b. NEWS 9 is unable to leave a voicemail due to a full voicemail box or because the mailbox is not properly set-up;

c. Prizewinner does not return a phone call within forty-eight (48) hours of a message left by NEWS 9;

d. Prizewinner does not timely return the signed Statement of Prizewinner;

e. Prizewinner is determined not to be an eligible winner; or

f. Any other reasons set forth in these rules.

19. Taxes: Winner will be responsible to pay any and all taxes, federal and state, which may be assessed. Griffin Communications, parent company of NEWS 9, will issue Winner a Form 1099 for the 2021 Calendar Year, for the total value of prize, plus any amount Winner receives as reimbursement of permit fees, application costs and/or licenses. In the event Winner receives a prize from any other contest(s) sponsored by Griffin Communications, NEWS 9 any of their subsidiaries, during the 2021 calendar year, all prize values will be combined and Winner will only receive one (1) 1099 for the 2021 calendar year.

20. Odds of winning depend on the number of contest entries received.

21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook and Instagram.

22. Complete rules are available at NEWS 9 Monday through Friday during normal business hours or at www.New9.com.

Full terms and conditions are also available at www.News9.com.