MSG Pup Playoffs Official Rules

Pup Playoffs (“Challenge”)

No Purchase Necessary TO ENTER OR WIN.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, 18 or older, who are the legal owners of a dog between the ages of 1 and 9 years (“Eligible Pup”). Eligible Pup must be licensed, in good health, neutered and be current on all vaccinations. Void outside the states listed and where prohibited. Employees of MSGN Holdings, L.P. (“Sponsor”), MSG Networks, Inc. (“MSG”), New York Rangers, LLC (the “Rangers”), the National Hockey League, its member teams and NHL Enterprises, L.P. (collectively, “NHL Entities”) any advertiser, sponsor and/or promotional partner of the Challenge (each a “Promotional Partner”), and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, related entities and advertising and promotion agencies, and their immediate families (parent, child, spouse, sibling, grandparent or grandchild and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of such individuals are not eligible to enter or win. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these official rules (“Official Rules”) and the decisions of Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this Challenge. The Challenge is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

SUBMISSION PERIOD:  Between 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on March 30, 2017 and 10:00 p.m. ET on April 1, 2017 (“Submission Period”), to submit an Eligible Pup, post a close-up photo of the Eligible Pup via your Instagram account and tag @MSGNetworks and include the hashtag #MSGPupCup. Entry should include a close-up of one Pup only and should not include any people. Entry must be your own original work and must not be offensive or inappropriate, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entry must not defame or violate or infringe upon the rights of any person or entity.

Limit one (1) submission per person. Multiple submissions received from any person will be void. Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means, or by any means which subvert the submission process are void. All submissions become the property of Sponsor. If you do not have an Instagram account, establishing one is free. All Instagram terms and conditions apply. Your account must be set to “public.” You can return your account to “private” any time after the winner announcement. Message and data rates may apply.

PUP CHALLENGER DRAWING: Twenty-five (25) potential “Pup Challengers” will be selected in a random drawing on or about April 2, 2017 from among all Eligible Pups received. Odds of being selected as a Pup Challenger depend on the number of Eligible Pups received.

pup playoff participant voting period: Owners of Pup Challengers (“Owners”) understand that the photos of their Eligible Pups will be regramed and posted by @MSGNetworks on Instagram for voting to determine the Playoff Participants.  When regramed and posted, these photos may include MSG, Pup Playoff and/or partner branding.  Each day, between April 2, 2017 and April 9, 2017 (“Voting Period”), at or around 10 a.m. ET, Sponsor will post two or three Pup Challengers via @MSGNetworks. Its followers on Instagram will have the opportunity to review the Pup Challengers and cast a vote via the “like” functionality on Instagram for the Pup Challenger(s) they like best.  Sponsor will accept votes for each Pup Challenger for a period of 24 hours from time the Pup Challenger was posted, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Any votes received for any Pup Challenger after such 24 hour period has ended will not be used to determine the Playoff Participants. Following the conclusion of the Voting Period, the ten (10) Pup Challengers who received the most valid votes, as determined by Sponsor, will be deemed the “Playoff Participants.”  In the event of a tie, all tied participants will be deemed a Playoff Participant.

Limit one (1) vote per person per Pup Challenger. Multiple votes received from any person will be disqualified. Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or any other means intended to impact the integrity of the voting process, as determined by Sponsor, may be void.  Votes obtained by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, payment for votes or offering to trade votes, as determined by Sponsor (as defined below), in its sole discretion, may result in those votes being void and Pup Challenger being disqualified.

PLAYOFF PARTICIPANT NOTIFICATION: Owners will be notified on or about April 9, 2017 via a comment or direct message on his/her winning post & he/she will have 12 hours from time of notification to respond to Sponsor. Owners will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release as well as provide proof in a form acceptable to Sponsor of potential Playoff Participant’s health and vaccination status. The failure to respond to such notification or provide all required documentation within the time period(s) specified or an Owner’s or potential Playoff Participant’s noncompliance with these Official Rules may result in disqualification, and at Sponsor’s sole discretion, a runner-up may be notified. 

PLAYOFF PARTICIPANT PRIZE DRAWING:  Three (3) potential Playoff Ticket winners will be selected in a random drawing that will take place during the Pup Playoff from among all Playoff Participants present at the Pup Playoff. Odds of winning depend on the number of Pup Challenger that attend the Pup Playoff.

PUP CHALLENGER PRIZES (25): Each Owner will receive a Rangers Pup-related item.  Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $30 each. PLAYOFF TICKET PRIZE (3): Two (2) tickets to Game X of Round 1 of the 2016-2017 Playoffs between TEAM and Rangers, scheduled to take place on DATE at Madison Square Garden. Opposing team, game time and game date to be determined when official playoff details are announced. Approximate Retail Value: $300-$500 per pair. Travel to/from the game is not included as part of the prize. Tickets are subject to terms and conditions specified thereon. Seat locations will be determined by Sponsor. Winner and guest must comply with all venue rules and regulations. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of prize. In the event the game is cancelled, no compensation or substitution will be provided; however, remainder of prize package will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to winner. Total Maximum ARV of all prizes: $2,250. No cash equivalents, transfers or substitution of a prize permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor, who reserve the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Winners are responsible for the payment of all taxes on a prize as well as any costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Limit one (1) Pup Challenger Prize and one (1) Playoff Ticket Prize per person.

Pup PlayOffS: The Pup Playoffs will take place after 5:00 p.m. ET for a two (2) hour period on a day between April 12, 2017 and April 13, 2017 at a location in New York City to be determined. Exact location, date and time will be provided to Playoff Challengers at time of notification. There is no cash award associated with participation in the Pup Playoffs. Transportation to and from location will not be provided. There are no planned activities or challenges as part of the Pup Playoffs. It will be an opportunity for the Pup Challengers to have a group play date.

Owners understand that the Pup Playoffs may be streamed via Facebook Live as well as photographed, filmed and otherwise recorded (collectively, the “Playoff Footage”) and that the Playoff Footage will be owned by Sponsor, who has the right to reproduce, distribute, perform, create derivative works of, edit, alter, display, exhibit, combine with other materials, exploit and otherwise use the Playoff Footage and all elements embodied therein, along with the name and user name of Owner as well as the Playoff Participant’s name, image and/or likeness, voice or performance, in any manner and in any and all media now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe for any purpose whatsoever, including, without limitation, for commercial purposes, without further compensation or notification to, or permission from, Owner or any third party and Owner hereby waives any moral rights in Playoff Footage.  Sponsor is under no obligation to publically display the Pup Playoffs or otherwise make use of the rights granted herein.

General Conditions: Sponsor, MSG Networks, Inc., Instagram, LLC, the Rangers, the NHL Entities, Promotional Partners and all of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, related entities and advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, partners, employees, shareholders, representatives and agents and all others associated with the development and execution of the Challenge (collectively, the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, misdirected, undelivered or garbled submissions, likes/votes or email; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Challenge, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Challenge, the processing of submissions, the tabulation of likes/votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Challenge-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Challenge. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computers related to or resulting from participation in this Challenge or downloading materials from or use of Instagram.  Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Challenge or social platform, who are in violation of these Official Rules or who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, in each case as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated submissions and/or likes/votes will be void.  Should any portion of the Challenge be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of submissions, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Challenge and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the potential Playoff Participants from all eligible, non-suspect submissions received prior to such action being taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.  By participating, entrants release and discharge and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties  from and against, any liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including death, to persons, or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Challenge, including any travel or activity related thereto and/or or the acceptance or use of any prize awarded [or compliance or non-compliance with these Official Rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CHALLENGE MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

DATA COLLECTION AND USE: Any information collected in connection with the Challenge will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at

PUP CHALLENGER AND PlayOff Participant LIST: For the names of the Pup Challenger and Playoff Participants (available after April 12, 2017), send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: 11 Penn Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001, Attn: Melissa Karten, for receipt no later than May 13, 2017.

Sponsor: MSGN Holdings, L.P., 11 Penn Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

This Challenge is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram, the Rangers, or the NHL Entities.