Yahoo Sports: Paid Fantasy Terms of Service
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS
This Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy Terms of Service (“Paid Fantasy TOS”) sets forth terms and conditions, additional to the Oath Terms of Service (“TOS”), that govern your access to and use of the Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy services (“Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy” or the “Services”) and your participation in the contests offered therein (each, a “Contest”). Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy services currently include Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy and Yahoo Sports Best Ball. This Paid Fantasy TOS incorporates by reference the terms and conditions of the Yahoo Sports Rewards Points program at https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/terms/sports/rewardspoints/index.html.
This Paid Fantasy TOS and the TOS, together with any additional terms, addendums, or documents that may be referenced herein and therein (collectively, “Agreement”), form the entire agreement between you and Yahoo Fantasy Sports LLC and its affiliates (collectively, “Yahoo”) in connection with the Services. Your use, or continued use of the Services constitutes acceptance of the Agreement. Do not use the Services if you do not wish to be bound by the Agreement. Yahoo may update and change this Agreement at any time without notice to you; your access to and/or use of the Services after any such change means you accept such change. At any time you can review the most current version of the Paid Fantasy TOS at https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/terms/product-atos/paidfantasy/index.html (and any successor pages) and the most current version of the TOS at https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/terms/otos/index.html (and any successor pages).
Capitalized terms not defined in this Paid Fantasy TOS have the meanings ascribed to them in the TOS. Certain defined terms in this Paid Fantasy TOS are included in the definitions of capitalized terms in the TOS. In particular, Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy is a “ Service”; accordingly, all references in the TOS to Service incorporate by reference Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy. If there is a conflict between the terms of the Paid Fantasy TOS and the TOS, the terms of the Paid Fantasy TOS shall control. The imposition of additional enumerated restrictions or liabilities on your actions or omissions, by one document over the other, shall not be considered in and of itself a conflict.
The Contests are void where prohibited. To be eligible to enter any paid Contest, you must meet all of the following conditions:
You are at least 18 years of age (19, if located in NE or 21, if located in MA);
You are a resident of the District of Columbia or the fifty United States, except for residents of Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Washington (collectively, the “Eligibility Area”);
You are physically located in the Eligibility Area at the time of your entry into a Contest; and
You are not listed on any US Government prohibited or watch list.
You may also be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility as proof of your eligibility to participate in the Contests. You will be required to provide this information within ten (10) days after Yahoo first attempts to contact you. If you fail to comply with this deadline, Yahoo may disqualify you from further participation, and withhold or revoke any prizes at its sole discretion. If Yahoo chooses to disqualify you on this basis, it will refund the Contest entry fee for the Contest from which you were disqualified.
Employees and agents of Yahoo, its corporate affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, any other prize sponsor and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of the Contests (all the foregoing, together with Yahoo, collectively referred to as “Contest Entities”), and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household as any of the above may not participate in any publicly available paid Contests or free contests with cash or cash equivalent prizes except for purposes of testing the user experience on a limited basis. Participation in free contests with no prizes and private Contests is permitted.
Athletes, coaches, and other team management, team support personnel, and team owners are not eligible for any Yahoo Contests in the sport or sports in which their team competes. Team owners, referees, league employees, sports commissioners, sports agents and other individuals who, through an ownership interest or game-related employment, can influence gameplay in the real world game are also ineligible.
HOW TO REGISTER
A valid Yahoo ID is required to participate in Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy. If you do not have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to sign up for one before being permitted to enter or participate in a Contest offered on the Service. Please ensure that your contact information is accurate, up-to-date, and complete. This information is mandatory if you wish to be eligible to win and collect prizes. A user who has not provided valid registration information will automatically be deemed ineligible and will not be considered for a prize. A valid PayPal account is also required to add funds to your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account and to receive and collect a prize. A valid PayPal account may only be associated with a single Yahoo ID. Deposit limits will be clearly marked on your account settings page. You may request an increase in your deposit limit, and may lower your deposit limit at any time. For more information please refer to our Responsible Gaming Policy.
Please note that Contests may only be played under the Yahoo ID with which they were created or entered, and may not be transferred to another Yahoo ID or played by another person. Also, you may not share an account with another person or allow another user to play under your Yahoo ID. Likewise, you may not enter a Contest on behalf of someone without a Yahoo ID, or that is ineligible to participate in the Contest. As a rule, each Contest entrant ("entrant") is allowed to play under one Yahoo ID. It is at Yahoo's sole discretion and judgment to determine whether multiple Yahoo IDs belong to the same entrant. If you are found to be participating in the Contests using more than one Yahoo ID, such penalties may include, but are not limited to, disqualification from current and future Contests and forfeiture of Contest entry fee(s) or potential winnings.
How To Play:
In addition to these rules, additional rules, instructions and guidelines regarding game play and scoring (which are fully incorporated into this Paid Fantasy TOS by reference) are listed under the Official Rules section below at (the “Official Daily Fantasy Rules”). In the event of a conflict between the Official Daily Fantasy Rules and the Paid Fantasy TOS, the Paid Fantasy TOS will control. For multi-round Contests, additional rules and details may apply and will be posted with such multi-round Contest.
In addition to these rules, additional rules, instructions and guidelines regarding game play and scoring (which are fully incorporated into this Paid Fantasy TOS by reference) are located at the Official Rules section below (the “Official Best Ball Rules”). In the event of a conflict between the Official Best Ball Rules and the Paid Fantasy TOS, the Paid Fantasy TOS will control.
In order to be prize-eligible in Best Ball Contests, you must either edit your pre-draft rankings or manually make at least one pick during the draft. If you do not edit your pre-draft rankings or make at least one manual pick, you will not be eligible to win any prizes. Auto-draft is not allowed as an option during Best Ball drafts. If you disconnect from the draft we will make picks on your behalf, but you will not be prize eligible unless you make at least one pick (or have edited your pre-draft rankings). In addition, if your optimal lineup consists of players from less than three teams, you will not be eligible to win prizes.
Contest of Skill:
All Contests offered on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy are contests of skill. Contest winners are determined using the criteria set forth in the posted rules for each Contest, and through the relative knowledge and skill of entrants to score the highest amount of Contest points from the accumulated statistical results of the performance of individual athletes in multiple real-world sporting events. All prizes offered are established and made known to entrants in advance of a Contest and the value of prizes is not determined by the number of entrants or the amount of any fees paid by those entrants. No Contests offered on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy are based on the score, point spread, or any performance(s) of any single real-world team or any combination of such teams, or solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.
Contests on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy will display an entry fee listed in US dollars. Once you select the Contest you wish to enter, your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account balance will be debited for the respective entry amount. Additional funds may be added to your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account at any time if you do not have enough funds to enter a Contest.
Certain Contests may offer an entry reservation feature. These Contests will permit you to pay your entry fee to reserve a space in the Contest without completing your lineup. Once you reserve your entry in any Contest with this feature, your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account balance will be debited for the respective entry fee amount. If you do not return to your entry and submit a lineup before lineups lock, you will be awarded zero points in the Contest and your entry fee will not be refunded.
The term and length of each individual Contest will depend on the professional sport related to that Contest, generally commencing and ending either on a single day,over the course of a week, or in some instances over the course of an entire season. The length of each individual Contest will be explicitly stated on its respective Contest page.
All prizes offered are established and made known to Contest entrants in advance of each Contest and are listed on each respective Contest page. Shortly following theconclusion of each Contest, Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy will display the list of potential Contest winners (subject to verification). These Contest results will not be changed due to any subsequent official adjustments of statistics by Yahoo’s data providers unless otherwise determined by Yahoo at its sole discretion. In the event of a tie, Yahoo will combine the winning prizes and evenly distribute the prizes to the tied entrants. For example, if three participants tie for 1st place, with 1st place winning $100, 2nd place winning $50, and 3rd place winning $30, each of the tied entrants will receive $60. Winners will have their prizes credited to their Yahoo Fantasy Sports account.
All potential winners are subject to verification by Yahoo, and must meet all eligibility requirements before a prize will be awarded.
Prizes may not be transferred or assigned except by Yahoo. Only listed prizes will be awarded and no substitutions, equivalents or redemptions will be made. Expenses not specifically stated in this Paid Fantasy TOS, together with the reporting and payment of all applicable taxes, fees, and/or surcharges, if any, arising out of, or resulting from, acceptance or use of a prize, are the sole responsibility of the winner of that prize. A potential winner may be required to provide additional documentation (such as social security number) in order to comply with tax and other legal reporting requirements. Each winner may receive an IRS Form 1099 for the value of the prize awarded. As required by law in certain jurisdictions, Yahoo may withhold verified prize winnings from entrants with delinquent child support obligations. Contest Entities expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of the prizes awarded. Contest Entities make no representations or warranties concerning the appearance, safety, or performance of any prize awarded. Any unclaimed prizes will not be awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations apply. Contest Entities will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.
Cash deposits for entry fees and cash prize winnings are held by Yahoo in one or more separate, segregated accounts (each, a "Segregated Account"). The funds held in the Segregated Account(s) do not belong to Yahoo or the Contest Entities and it is our intention and practice to take all reasonable actions to make sure that such funds are not available to creditors of Yahoo other than to players whose funds are held in the Segregated Account. Yahoo and the Contest Entities do not and will not commingle the funds in the Segregated Account with any other funds belonging to Yahoo or the Contest Entities. Yahoo and the Contest Entities do not and will not use the funds in the Segregated Account for its operating expenses or any other purpose. If you believe that funds in your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account have been misallocated, compromised or otherwise mishandled, you may contact us online using the "Contact us" link in the footer of Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy (also, see Contact Us links below)
Entrants may access cash prize winnings and any cash deposits for entry fees (excluding bonuses and promotions) from their Yahoo Fantasy Sports account once funds have settled. Requests for access to funds will be honored by the later of five business days of the request or ten business days of the submission of any tax reporting documentation required by applicable law, unless Yahoo believes in good faith that the Entrant engaged in fraudulent conduct or other conduct that would cause Yahoo to be in violation of applicable law. Available funds will be credited directly into the entrant's PayPal account, or such other means as Yahoo determines in its sole discretion. Please review the PayPal User Agreement at https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full for more information.
Bonuses and promotions may be offered by Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy from time-to-time. Any cash bonuses and promotions an entrant receives may not be available to access from your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account unless certain conditions are met as stated by the terms for each applicable bonus, or promotion. These terms may include, but are not limited to, using the bonus to enter into at least one Contest with an entry fee greater than zero dollars. Any attempted abuse of bonuses is prohibited, and may result in the loss of bonuses, and the suspension of all playing privileges on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy.
If any Contest is not capable of running as planned, for any reason including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Contest Entities which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of any Contest, Yahoo reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend a Contest without any further obligation.
In the event Yahoo is prevented from continuing with a Contest or the integrity and/or feasibility of a Contest is severely undermined by any event beyond the control of Yahoo, including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, or any federal, state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, infection by computer virus, unauthorized intervention, technical failures or other cause not reasonably within the control of Yahoo (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Yahoo reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend a Contest without any further obligation.
Yahoo reserves the right to identify and label players who meet certain criteria (including but not limited to frequency of play, frequency of wins) in a manner visible to other players. Such criteria and labels will be determined by Yahoo in its sole discretion and may be changed or modified at any time, with or without notice, by Yahoo. For more information, visit http://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&id=SLN26031&locale=en_US&y=PROD_SPORTS_DAILY
By accessing and using Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy and entering the Contests, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the Contest Entities, which are final and binding in all respects. Yahoo reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy, any Contest, or any Yahoo website; (b) violating the Official Daily Fantasy Rules, the Official Best Ball Rules, this Paid Fantasy TOS, or any other guidelines, rules, or instructions associated with Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy or the Contests; (c) violating the TOS, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any other Services; or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
Actions deemed as improper conduct include, but are not limited to, those actions outlined in the “Member Conduct” section of the TOS, as well as the following:
Providing false information about your eligibility to enter Contests and collect prizes
Using any fraudulent, or unauthorized credit cards, or payment methods
Using any automated services or routines including, but not limited to, robots, web crawlers, spiders, ants, and scrapers to access and/or collect information on any Yahoo site without explicit written consent from Yahoo; this includes uploading, editing or otherwise modifying lineups using any automated scripts or tools or otherwise interacting with Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy using methods or technology other than the Yahoo-provided interface and technology
Attempting to abuse, as determined solely at Yahoo’s discretion, bonuses and promotions
Attempting to tamper with, or alter a real-life sporting event that is directly connected with the Contests in which you have direct involvement or interest
Sharing your lineup with other individual(s) prior to a contest starting, including for purposes of engaging in syndicate play or otherwise attempting to collude with other players
Selling any stakes in your own play, buying stakes in other players, or other means of redistributing entry fees or winnings based on pre-existing agreements or relationships with other players
Buying or selling lineups to be used on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy.
If you create a Yahoo ID, nickname, or Contest name that Yahoo deems, in its sole discretion, to be abusive, defamatory, harassing, hateful, indecent, objectionable, offensive, or vulgar, we reserve the right to cancel any Contests you created, cancel any of your Contest entries, and block your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account from any future activity.
If you, as an entrant, notice any improper conduct, please notify our Customer Care team at once using the links listed below in the Contact Us section so that we can investigate and take the appropriate action – if any is deemed necessary – against the offending entrants and accounts.
Please note that a violation of this Paid Fantasy TOS, the Official Daily Fantasy Rules, the Official Best Ball Rules, the TOS, conditions of use, and/or the general guidelines of any Service may be enforced against all other activities associated with the offending Yahoo ID. If your Yahoo ID is found to be in violation of the terms of service or official rules of another Service, that violation is grounds for Yahoo to suspend or terminate your access to all products or Services played under your Yahoo ID - including Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy. Your Contest entry fee(s) or potential winnings may be forfeited if Yahoo cancels any Contests you created, cancels any of your Contest entries, or blocks your Yahoo Fantasy Sports account from any future activity as result of your violation of the Agreement.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR MOBILE APPLICATION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF YAHOO SPORTS PAID FANTASY OR THE CONTESTS MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, YAHOO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE THE ENTRANT’S ACCOUNT, IF ANY, AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
The Contests are governed by the laws of the United States, without regard to its conflict of laws principles, and are subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited by law. Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy is offered for entertainment purposes only and may not be used in connection with any form of gambling or wagering. By entering, each entrant: (a) releases and holds harmless the Contest Entities, including, without limitation, the respective directors, officers, employees and agents of each, from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to persons, including death, or property damage resulting in whole or in party, directly or indirectly, from the use of Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy, acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize, participation in the Contests, or while traveling to, preparing for, or participating in any prize-related activity; and (b) grants to Contest Entities the right to use and publish Yahoo ID or nickname, city/state of residence, score, and Contest ranking, in any and all media now known or hereinafter developed without territorial or time limitations, in connection with the Contests.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
Contest Entities assume no liability for lost, late, misdirected or garbled entries, or for theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to, entries. Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions or game transactions in connection with the Contest. Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, failures, or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, email, players, or browsers, whether on account of technical problems, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or on account of any combination of the foregoing, that may occur (including but not limited to any such problems which may result in the inability to access the Contest site or to process any game transaction(s) in connection with the Contest). Contest Entities assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants or to any computer related to or resulting from participating in, or downloading materials in connection with, Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy or any Contests. If Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy or any Contest is not capable of running as planned, for any reason including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Contest Entities which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy or the Contests, Yahoo reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy or any Contest.
Yahoo’s retention of records relating to your activity on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy is described at https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/terms/dataretention/fantasysports/index.html.
While potential winners may be posted on the Contest site at the conclusion of each Contest, all potential winners are still subject to verification and must meet all eligibility requirements before a prize will be awarded. Lists of verified prize winners may be obtained after winner confirmation is complete and within 90 days after conclusion of any Contest on Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy, Winners List Requests, 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.
Participation in Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy and acceptance of prizes constitutes each winner’s permission for the Contest Entities to use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy or Yahoo for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Additionally, Yahoo may request that you sign and return a publicity release to confirm your grant of rights to Yahoo hereunder.
Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy and the Contests and all of the related pages, content and code are copyright ©1994-2019, Yahoo Fantasy Sports LLC. and/or the Contest Entities. Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks, or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited. Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy and Contests are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, or any of their respective member teams, the Professional Golfers' Association or PayPal.
Yahoo may freely assign the Paid Fantasy TOS and all of the policies and other documents incorporated or referenced in it (including all rights, licenses, and obligations under it or them), in whole or in part and without notice, for any reason, including for the purpose of internal restructuring (for example, mergers or liquidations).
If you can't find the answer to your question in reviewing this Paid Fantasy TOS or the Official Daily Fantasy Rules or Official Best Ball Rules (links provided below), we suggest that you review the Help section for additional information.
Official Daily Fantasy Rules
Official Best Ball Rules
The Help sections, which can be found at the links below, include answers to a number of general game-play, scoring, and roster questions.
For further questions regarding our paid fantasy contests, please see the contact links below:
Last updated 2019-07-23