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1. Introduction2016 Free Fantasy Baseball
The Commissioner
2. LeaguesSigning Up
Scoring Systems and Player Pool
Private or Public Leagues
Winners Leagues
League Joining Deadline
3. DraftTwo Ways to Draft
Live Draft Instructions
Automated Draft Instructions
4. TeamsOverview
Roster Restrictions — Rotisserie Leagues
Roster Restrictions — Head to Head Leagues
Position Eligibility
5. ScoringOverview
Rotisserie Scoring Systems
Weekly Head-to-Head Scoring System
Statistics Corrections
6. Schedule & Playoffs
(head-to-head leagues only)
Regular Season
7. Lineup ChangesWeekly Lineups
Weekly Lineup Setting Deadline
8. Adding and Dropping PlayersOverview
Free Agents
Waiver Rank
Undroppable Players
9. TradesTrade Approvals
Multi-Player Trades
Trade Deadline
10. SportsmanshipGeneral Sportsmanship
Multiple Teams
Inappropriate League Communication
11. PrizeSweepstakes Prize
12. Legal DisclaimersGeneral Conditions
Rules/Winners Information
Sponsor/Administrator's Mailing Address

If you are a wireless service subscriber and have a smart phone, tablet or wireless device that allows you to access the Sweepstakes (as defined below), you may also enter this Sweepstakes via any of those devices. If you choose to enter via such devices you may be charged data rates according to the Terms and Conditions of your Service Agreement with your wireless carrier. Each wireless carrier's rate plan may vary, and participants should contact their wireless carrier for information on rate plans and charges relating to your use of this Sweepstakes. Mobile and wireless service is offered on an 'as is' basis, may not be available in all areas at all times, and may not continue to work in the event of product, software, coverage or other service changes made by your wireless carrier. Your wireless service carrier may change or discontinue your service, may charge you additional amounts at any time by giving you prior notice and/or it may discontinue service if you disagree to additional charges.

1. Introduction

2016 Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes
Welcome to the 2016 Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes"), where you can start your own 10-team Fantasy league (each a, "League" collectively the, "Leagues"), or join an existing League. You can play in a Rotisserie or Head to Head league. No matter what your skill level, you will find that there are a variety of Leagues from which you may choose to participate. Most leagues include one sentence describing the type of player the League is looking to recruit (e.g., "experts," "beginners," "Mets fans," etc.) so you should have no trouble finding the right league for you. The rules for this Sweepstakes are explained fully in this document. If you'd rather make your own rules than play by ours, check out the Baseball Commissioner product. Now, get ready to play ball!

The Commissioner
The Commissioner of a Fantasy Baseball League is responsible for coordinating and managing the League. CBS Interactive Inc. ("CBSI") will serve as the Commissioner for all 2016 Sweepstakes Leagues and will be responsible for resolving any disputes that arise regarding unbalanced trades, alleged rules violations or any other matter that may arise.

2. Leagues

Signing Up
You sign up to participate in the Sweepstakes at any time after 1/28/2016; however the deadline to sign up for the Sweepstakes will be no later than 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/19/2016. The Sweepstakes begins on 4/3/2016 and ends on 10/2/2016. You may sign up and play in the Sweepstakes after the start of the MLB season; however no later than the deadline date as specified above. The Sweepstakes is FREE to play.

NOTE: You may sign up, to play, up to 5 times (to avoid confusion you can create up to 5 teams to play) during the Sweepstakes period. If you create multiple teams, each team must be in a different League.

If you are not a Registered User of the CBSI website (as defined below), you will be prompted to register on the website prior to signing up for the Sweepstakes. There is no cost to register to CBSI. As previously noted, we will provide a list of available leagues for you to choose from after you sign up.

*The Sweepstakes is open to persons who are: (a) Registered Users; (b) legal residents of the United States, Canada (excluding Quebec) or Puerto Rico; and (c) at least eighteen (18) years old or age of majority in their state/province of residence or older at the date of registration in the Sweepstakes. Legal Residents of the United States must agree to the terms of use of the Wallet prior to participation. Void in all other US Territories and Possessions and where prohibited by law.

For purposes of these Official Rules, "Registered User" means a person who has successfully completed the registration form and has obtained a User Identification ("ID") and associated password ("Password") on the CBSI websites accessible at

If you are not a Registered User you may become a Registered User and obtain an ID and a Password by completing the website registration form found here. There is no fee or charge for you to become a Registered User.

*The 2016 Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes Leagues are subject to the complete applicable Official Rules.

Employees of CBS Interactive Inc. and CBS Broadcasting Inc. (collectively the "Sweepstakes Entities") and each of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible to win. Immediate family member is defined as a parent, sibling or any person residing in the same household as an employee of the Sweepstakes Entities. Such excluded employees and/or family members may play, but WILL NOT be eligible to receive a Prize (as defined below).

Scoring Systems and Player Pool
The Sweepstakes allows you to choose one of four different scoring systems — three Rotisserie-style (a.k.a. "Roto") systems and one weekly Head-to-Head points-based system. More information can be found in the Scoring section below. You may also choose one of three different player pools: AL-only, NL-only, or AL/NL combined. Please note, if you choose an AL-only or NL-only league and one of your players is traded out of the league you're using, that player is put in an "out of league" status. The player will continue to accumulate statistics for your team. However, once you drop that player, he will be removed from your league and will not show up on free agent reports. If you choose to trade that player within your league, he will still accumulate stats for the team he is traded to.

Private or Public Leagues
If you know all of the owners who are going to be in your league, or you want to recruit specific individuals and/or friends, you may want to join or create a "Private League". The person who creates a Private League sets a password and other owners use that password to join the league. However, please keep in mind that the creator of a League will not have the ability to control any other League functions. If you already know all of the owners in your League and want complete control of your League's rules, you should also check out the Baseball Commissioner, our powerful and fully-customizable stats service.

"Public Leagues" are open to all eligible participants. If you create or join a Public League, you will have no control over who joins the League. Be sure to read the description of the League you want to join to make sure it is suitable for you.

Winners Leagues
If you played a fantasy League (excluding Baseball Commissioner Product's Leagues) in a previous year and won your League, you may be eligible to play in an exclusive "Winners League". To create or join a Winners League, you must use the same ID you used when you won your League.

League Joining Deadline
After you become a Registered User, you may join a League to participate in the Sweepstakes at anytime up to 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/19/2016. All Leagues are required to have 10 "owners." Opening day of the MLB season is set for 4/3/2016. In order for your League's season to start with opening day of the MLB season, you must sign up by 11:59 PM ET on 4/2/2016 and your draft must be started by 11:59 pm ET on 4/2/2016. There will be drafts held on opening day, 4/3/2016. However, for drafts held after 4/2/2016, the league's start date will be the following Monday after your draft. Note that if your league's draft is held on a Monday (except the first Monday of the season as that period begins on a Sunday), the draft must be completed by 12:00 Noon ET* or your League's season will begin the following Monday. Stats from prior weeks will not count in your League.

*Excludes Mondays that have games starting prior to noon.

3. Draft

Live Draft Instructions
After you join or create a Live Draft League, you will have the opportunity to make changes to's default Rank List, which is a list of all MLB players that are eligible to be drafted, ranked from best to worst by's Fantasy experts.

It is recommended that you, prior to your draft, organize the Rank List according to your own player preferences. However, you are welcome to leave the Rank List in the order our experts have provided. During the live draft will use your Rank List as a backup in case your time limit expires before you make a pick (explained below).

On draft day there will be a "Draft Room" link in the Message Bar on your League home page — the link is also available in the Draft Central page of your League. This link will allow entry into the draft room. During the Live Draft, each team will have 90 seconds to select an MLB player. The order of the draft will be randomly generated between midnight and 6:00 AM ET either the day of, or the day before the draft, or for same day drafts once your league aggregates and no later than 5 minutes prior to the draft. If your league has the mandatory 10 owners as of approximately 48 hours prior to your scheduled draft date, the league will aggregate and generate a draft order. If not, your league will receive an e-mail explaining that you must have 10 owners as of 5 minutes prior to your draft date. Within approximately 12-24 hours of your scheduled draft time, your league will be moved into the same day draft option to help fill the league prior to the draft time. If your league does not have 10 team owners as of 5 minutes prior to the draft, your league will be disbanded and each owner will have to join or create another league.

In the draft room, you will be able to place MLB players into a Draft Queue — which is simply a list of players, in order of priority, that you are interested in taking with your next draft pick. When it is your turn to pick, you will have 90 seconds to draft a player. If the 90 seconds pass and you have not manually selected a player, the player ranked highest in your Draft Queue will be automatically drafted. If the Draft Queue is empty, a pick will then be made from your Rank List. In such a case, the highest rated player from the Rank List will be drafted unless that position is filled — in which case the next best available option, at the next highest Ranked position list, will be drafted. The draft order will "snake" at the end of each round, meaning that the team with the last pick in the current round will have the first pick in the next round.

Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round of the draft. So Team #10 will have the highest waiver priority and Team #1 the lowest waiver priority.

You'll find more help with the live draft in the Help Center, links to the Help Center may be found inside your League pages after signup.

Automated Draft Instructions
Due to the designated hitter ("DH") not being a required position in Auto Drafts, all players listed as DH will be included within the first base ("1B") position for player ranking purposes ONLY.

These players are NOT eligible to start at 1B until they reach the required 5 games played at that position this year. Until they reach that eligibility, they can only be used at the U ("Utility") position within your league.

As with a Live Draft, after creating or joining an Automated Draft League, you will have the opportunity to rank all the eligible MLB players.

As in the Live Draft, you are not required to make changes to our rank lists. If you choose not to, our default lists, which reflect the rankings of the's Fantasy experts, will be used. However, if you decide to organize the lists yourself, you will have up to 24 hours prior to your draft day to do so. When there are 24 hours left until your draft day, the rank lists will be closed and considered ready for the draft.

On the morning of the scheduled draft day, your League's draft order will be randomly generated and an Automated Draft will be conducted. Players will automatically be drafted for you using your Rank Lists. An e-mail will be sent to each owner after the draft has been completed.

Please refer to the table below for the full breakdown of the rounds of the draft. You'll see that the order staggers each round of the draft (Team #1 has the first pick in round 1; Team #4 has the first pick in round 2, etc.) so that each team will have the opportunity to draft 1st in a round at least once.

Draft Order for a 10-team League
Round 1Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10
Round 2Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3
Round 3Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6
Round 4Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9
Round 5Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2
Round 6Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5
Round 7Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8
Round 8Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1
Round 9Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4
Round 10Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7
Round 11Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10
Round 12Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3
Round 13Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6
Round 14Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9
Round 15Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2
Round 16Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5
Round 17Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8
Round 18Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1
Round 19Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4
Round 20Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7
Round 21Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10
Round 22Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3
Round 23Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6
Round 24Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9
Round 25Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2
Round 26Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5
Round 27Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8
Round 28Tm2Tm3Tm4Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1
Round 29Tm5Tm6Tm7Tm8Tm9Tm10Tm1Tm2Tm3Tm4
Waiver priority immediately after the draft will be the reverse order of the first round of the draft. So Team #10 will have the highest waiver priority and Team #1 the lowest waiver priority.

4. Teams

Overview offers two Fantasy Baseball League styles: Rotisserie and Head-to-Head. Each League will have a total of 10 teams. Each Head-to-Head League will be randomly divided into two divisions of five teams each. There are no divisions in Rotisserie leagues. All rosters will be subject to certain restrictions.

Roster Restrictions — Rotisserie Leagues
During your league's Rotisserie draft, each owner will draft 29 MLB players. In Rotisserie leagues, each team may have up to 29 players, with no more than 23 in the active lineup each week. Any player not in the active lineup may be put in reserve status, as long as the total number of players on the roster doesn't exceed 29.

All teams in Rotisserie leagues must have a minimum of 5 pitchers in the active lineup. This is the only minimum roster requirement. There are, however, maximums imposed for active rosters each week, as specified in the table below.

Roster Restrictions - Rotisserie Leagues
PositionWeekly Lineup MaxDraft Maximum
Catcher (C)28
First Basemen (1B)17
Second Basemen (2B)17
Third Basemen (3B)17
Shortstops (SS)17
Outfielders (OF)511
Middle Infielder (MI)17
Corner Infielder (CI)17
Utility (U)17
Pitchers (P)915
All Positions23-
Note: Draft Maximum values only apply to Automated Drafts, not Live Drafts. In Live Drafts, you may draft any player you like with each pick. Just make sure your lineup complies with the Roster Restrictions specified above before the season starts. Your team will not accumulate points for any period in which your lineup does not comply with these Official Rules.

Roster Restrictions — Head to Head Leagues
During your league's Head to Head draft, each owner will draft 21 MLB players. In Head-to-Head leagues, each team may have up to 21 players, with no more than 16 in the active lineup each week. Any player not in the active lineup may be put in reserve status, as long as the total number of players on the roster doesn't exceed 21.

Roster Restrictions - Head to Head Leagues
PositionWeekly Lineup MaxDraft Maximum
Catcher (C)16
First Basemen (1B)16
Second Basemen (2B)16
Third Basemen (3B)16
Shortstops (SS)16
Outfielders (OF)38
Utility (U)16
Starting Pitchers (SP)510
Relief Pitchers (RP)27
All Positions16-
Note: Draft Maximum values only apply to Head-To-Head Automated Drafts, not Live Drafts. In Live Drafts, you may draft any player you like with each pick. Just make sure your lineup complies with the Roster Restrictions specified above before the season starts. Your team will not accumulate points for any period in which your lineup does not comply with these Official Rules.

Position Eligibility
Each team has a Utility position, which is a "wildcard" spot where any player, except pitchers, can be placed at any time.

The Utility position is filled in the same manner for both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head leagues, although there are differences between Live Drafts and Automated Drafts. In Live Drafts, the first player drafted at a position other than pitcher that is already "filled" (in terms of the lineup maximums specified above) is placed at the one utility spot allowed for in leagues. In AL-only or mixed leagues, you can draft an available DH for an open Utility spot as well. In head-to-head leagues, you can still draft a DH if your Utility position is filled and you have a reserve spot available.

In all Automated Drafts, once all batter positions are filled, the next best available batter is placed at the Utility position.

Once the draft is complete, you may select any player from the pool of Free Agents to use at the Utility position.

During the season, all MLB players will remain eligible at their initial (pre-season) designated primary position, and will also be eligible at any position at which they played at least 20 games in 2015 or at least 5 games in 2016. Also, be aware that a player's primary position may change at any time.

5. Scoring

Overview offers four scoring systems to choose from. Three are Rotisserie-style, where each team is ranked in a number of statistical categories and points are awarded based on a team's ranking in each category. The fourth scoring system is a weekly Head-to-Head points system, where the team earning the most points wins the week's matchup.

Rotisserie Scoring Systems

Traditional Rotisserie
Batting CategoryPitching Category
Team Batting AverageTeam Earned Run Average
Runs Batted InWins
Home RunsSaves
Stolen BasesTeam WHIP [(walks+hits)/innings pitched]

5x5 Rotisserie
Batting CategoryPitching Category
Team Batting AverageTeam Earned Run Average
Runs Batted InWins
Home RunsSaves
Stolen BasesTeam WHIP [(walks+hits)/innings pitched]

Roto-Plus Rotisserie
Batting CategoryPitching Category
Team On-Base PercentageTeam Earned Run Average
Team Slugging PercentageWins
Runs Batted InTeam WHIP
Rotisserie Notes:
  • Each team's pitching staff must accumulate at least 900 innings pitched over the course of the season or it will be placed in last place in the team ERA and WHIP categories. Each team's batters must accumulate a total of at least 3,950 at-bats or it will be placed in last place in Batting Average (or On-Base Percentage and Slugging Percentage in Roto-Plus leagues). All leagues that begin after 5/16/2016 will use 600 innings pitched and 2,900 at-bats as the minimums. All leagues that begin after 7/4/2016 will use 450 innings pitched and 1,900 at-bats as the minimums.
  • There will be no tie-breaker to determine Rotisserie league champions. In the event of a tie all tied teams will be entered into the Prize drawing.
  • Pitchers' hitting stats will not generate any hitting points, and batter's pitching stats will not generate pitching points.
  • In the event that there are any regular season tie-breaker playoff games, the statistics accumulated in such games will NOT be counted towards your overall Rotisserie score.
Note: Categories that are based on percentages (e.g., Batting Average, Earned Run Average, etc.) are determined by adding the individual numbers of every player on your team, and then computing the average. We do NOT compute a percentage for each individual player and then compute a team average. For example, if you have two batters — one goes 1-for-1 (1.000 BA) and the other 0-for-4 (.000 BA), then the team BA is .200 (1-for-5), NOT .500 (the average of 1.000 and .000.)

Weekly Head-to-Head Scoring System
The Sweepstakes also offers a weekly Head-to-Head scoring option. During each week (Monday-Sunday, with the exception of Week 1 which takes place from Wednesday-Sunday), two teams face each other in a Head-to-Head matchup. Each team earns points based on statistics accumulated by its players that week. Point values are listed in the table below.

For each head-to-head matchup, the team with the greater number of points will earn a Win and the team with the lesser number will earn a Loss. In the event of tie, the team with the better tiebreaker total will earn the win. The tiebreaker is computed as follows: (RBI + Runs)/2 — Pitching Runs Allowed. In the event that a tie remains, the win will be awarded to the home team. Standings are based on teams' Win/Loss records.

Head to Head Point Values
Batting CategoryPoint ValuePitching CategoryPoint Value
Single1 pointWin7 points
Double2 pointsSave7 points
Triple3 pointsQuality Start3 points
Home Run4 pointsStrikeout.5 points
RBI1 pointBase on Balls-1 point
Run1 pointInning Pitched3 points
Base on Balls1 pointHits Allowed-1 point
Stolen Base2 pointsEarned Runs-1 points
Strikeout-.5 pointHits Batsman-1 points
Caught Stealing-1 pointLoss-5 points
Hit by Pitch1 point 
Head-to-Head Notes:
  • A team's score is tabulated daily.
  • Pitchers' hitting stats will not generate any hitting points, and batter's pitching stats will not generate pitching points.
  • A player will accumulate hitting stats whether or not he plays at the position designated by the Commissioner. (e.g., Buster Posey is listed at 1B on a Fantasy team's roster and he plays C in a particular game. His hitting stats in that game will still count towards his Fantasy team's total points.)
  • Only official regular season MLB games will be used to determine Fantasy points. Minor league or exhibition stats generated by your players will not be used.
  • In the event that there are any regular season tie-breaker playoff games, the statistics accumulated in such games will NOT be counted towards your Head-to-Head score.
Statistics Corrections
Your league's page will be updated to reflect official MLB statistics corrections that occur up to seven days after the game has been completed. For example, for a Saturday game, the official scoring change would have to be made by the following Saturday to be included in our statistics. If the change is made any later, it will not be included in our statistics and your official Fantasy scoring will be based on the original statistic. The final week of the regular season as well as throughout the playoffs, statistics will be final on Monday morning at 6am after the week of play has concluded.

6. Schedule & Playoffs (For Head-to-Head Leagues)

Regular Season
The MLB regular season runs 26 weeks from 04/3/2016 through 10/2/2016. Rotisserie leagues will run the entire season and there are no playoffs. This Schedule & Playoffs section applies only to Head-to-Head leagues.

For Head-to-Head leagues, the Fantasy Regular Season will run for 23 weeks from 4/3/2016 through 09/11/2016. During the regular season, each team will play 23 weekly (Monday-Sunday, with the exception of Week 1 which takes place from Sunday-Sunday). Head-to-Head matchups as follows:
  • 3 matchups versus every divisional opponent (12 matchups total)
  • 2 matchups versus every non-divisional opponent (10 matchups total)
  • 1 extra matchup versus a random non-division opponent (1 total)
If you sign up and draft after the first week of the season or draft after the deadline to be eligible to start your season on week 1, you will be play less than 23 weekly matchups but the playoffs will still start on 9/12/2016.

When the 23-game fantasy regular season ends on September 11, 2016, four teams from the league will make the fantasy playoffs.

The winners of each division in your league, based on win/loss record, will go to the playoffs as the top two seeds. The division winner with the better regular season win/loss record will be the #1 seed and the other division winner will be the #2 seed. The remaining two playoff spots (Wildcards) will be filled with the two teams with the best win/loss records, excluding the division winners.

If there is a tie for the order of playoff seeds, the following tie-breakers* will be used.
  1. Year-To-Date ("YTD") Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against
If there is a tie for a division lead, the following tie-breakers* will be used.
  1. YTD Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against
If there is a tie for a Wildcard spot, the following tie-breakers* will be used:
  1. YTD Points Scored
  2. YTD Points Against
*Note: YTD Points Against is determined by the competitor that has the highest YTD Points Against Total.

Teams with the higher seeding will be awarded home-field advantage for each playoff matchup. Each playoff matchup will run from Monday-Sunday.

In the event of tie in a playoff matchup, the team with the higher seed position will win the matchup. For example, seed #1 seed vs #4 matchup tie, seed #1 would advance.

For teams that do not qualify for the playoffs, the season will effectively end. No further add/drop transactions will be permitted for any team that does not make the playoffs, or for any team that is eliminated from the playoffs.

Playoff Schedule
Semi-Finals 9/12-9/18World Series 9/19-9/25World Series Results
#1 vs. #4
#2 vs. #3
Winner of #1/#4 vs.
Winner of #2/#3
Winner: Champion
Loser: Second Place
7. Lineup Changes

Weekly Lineups
The Sweepstakes uses weekly lineups for all leagues. A week runs from Monday's games through Sunday's games (with the exception of Week 1, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday) and, once a week begins, lineups can't be changed for that week. Each week, owners have the opportunity to select their starting lineup for the upcoming week. If an owner does not set a lineup for a particular week, the owner's lineup from the previous week will be used. If an owner has an Illegal lineup (it does not comply with these Official Rules), their team will score zero points for the scoring period.

Weekly Lineup Setting Deadline
The deadline for setting your lineup is five (5) minutes before the first MLB game in which each player's team is scheduled to play for the effective period.

8. Adding and Dropping Players

Throughout the season, you may want to improve your roster by adding available free agents and dropping players that aren't performing to your expectations. With only three (3) exceptions, there are no limits to the number of Add/Drops you can request, nor are there any transaction fees.
  1. The first exception is when an owner drops his entire team or a significant number of players, also known as "team dropping". Team dropping has a negative impact on the league and as such, any owner who elects to drop his team shall be subject to immediate removal from the league. Players selected from waivers or added from free agency that were part of a team drop may be reversed at CBSI's discretion. In such move reversals, the waiver ranks will not be reset. The 2016 Free Fantasy Baseball Sweepstakes uses weekly lineups, so any changes made may go into effect for the following week's games.
  2. The second exception is abuse of the waiver process. This is when a team owner adds then drops a series of players, putting those players on waivers and making them inaccessible to other team owners. Such an action could result in forfeiture of points as well as that team owner being blocked from making any additional add/drops for the remainder of the season, in some cases dismissal from the League as determined by
If either of these situations occurs within your League, please contact through the Help Center as soon as possible.

Free Agents
Any player not on any other team's Fantasy roster and not on Waivers (discussed below) is considered a Free Agent. In Weekly leagues, requests for free agents are effective for the following week's games. For example, if an owner adds a Free Agent and drops a player on Wednesday, the roster is instantly updated for the following week, but the "pre-Add/Drop" roster is still in effect for the remainder of the current week's games. The deadline for submitting a Free Agent request is thirty (30) minutes before the first game of the scoring period in order to have the transaction effective for that week.

In order to provide an equal opportunity for all owners to add players that are new to the free agent pool, a Waivers process is used. Owners' requests to add players on waivers are not executed immediately, but are put in a pending status for at least 24 hours. This allows multiple teams to request the same players. Every night between midnight and 6:00AM ET a Waivers process will be run, executing the pending requests in Waiver Rank order (explained below). All transactions during the waiver process are effective for the next scoring period.

Waiver Rank
As stated, during the waiver process, pending transactions are processed in Waiver Rank order. The team with a waiver rank of 1, considered the highest, will get its first requested player. After the transaction is executed, the team's waiver rank is then set to 10 (last), and all other teams move up one. The initial waiver rank of the season is based on the reverse order of the draft. The team that selected last in the first round of the draft will have a waiver rank of 1.

If a team's highest pending transaction becomes invalid because another team received the requested player, the transaction gets deleted and the team's next transaction, if one exists, becomes that team's highest. If a team doesn't have any pending transactions because all players requested were taken by other teams, or the owner simply didn't request any players, there isn't any penalty and the team's waiver rank will not be changed.

Undroppable Players
To maintain the integrity of your league, you will be prevented from dropping certain star MLB players throughout the season. CBSI, as commissioner of all Fantasy Baseball Leagues, will decide - in its sole discretion - which MLB players are undroppable. If there are players we've deemed undroppable on your roster, they will not be displayed on the Transactions, Add/Drop page. You may appeal to CBSI for permission to drop an undroppable player; however CBSI will make the final decision on all undroppable player requests. Appeals can be sent via the Help Center page and should include the names of the players you want to add and drop.

9. Trades

Trade Approvals
In an effort to prevent collusion among owners, and to ensure fair competition, a trade approval process is used. After a trade is made, it will be in pending status for at least 24 hours. If 4 owners in your league object to the trade within the pending time period, the trade will not be executed, but will go to the Commissioner for final approval. If 4 owners do not object before the pending period is up, then your trade will be processed. As an example, a trade made at 5 PM ET Tuesday will not execute at 5 PM ET Wednesday, but will be processed between midnight and 5 AM Thursday morning. Therefore, all trades must be made (i.e., accepted by both parties involved) prior to 11:59 PM ET each Saturday night to be effective for the following week. However, trades in which 4 or more owners object are then subject to Commissioner approval and may NOT be effective for the upcoming period. Please always check your team Monday morning. Trades that go to Commissioner for approval on Monday will be processed after the lineup locks on Monday.

Multi-player Trades
Owners can enter unbalanced multi-player trades such as trading 3 players for 1 player. However, the maximum roster size (and the position restrictions) will ultimately be enforced. If a trade is executed and your resulting roster has greater than the maximum number of players allowed, or it violates the other position requirements, you will be required to enter the necessary transactions to correct your roster. If your roster is not legal by thirty (30) minutes before the first game of the week, your players will not accumulate statistics or points for the ensuing week.

Trade Deadline
In an effort to keep the integrity of the league, a deadline for trades will be imposed at 11:59 PM ET on 8/11/2016. No trades can be accepted after the aforementioned date. If a trade is accepted on 8/11/2016, it will still be allowed to go through the voting process.

10. Sportsmanship

General Sportsmanship
By participating, you agree to abide by the general sportsmanship and fairness rules set forth in these rules and fantasy games in general. You further agree to accept and abide by the rulings and the decisions of CBSI regarding all questions of sportsmanship and fairness. If an owner does not comply with the sportsmanship and fairness rules as embodied in these Official Rules, or CBSI determines (in CBSI's sole discretion) that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike or unfair manner, CBSI reserves the right to disqualify the owner and/or remove that owner from the league. All decisions by CBSI in sportsmanship and fairness related matters will be final.

Multiple Teams
In order to keep the leagues as competitive as possible, owners will only be allowed to have one team in a league.

CBSI does not permit two or more owners in the same league to work together to better one team at the expense of the other (for example, making one-sided trades, one team dropping highly-rated players so the other team can pick them up, etc.).

Inappropriate League Communication
The Fantasy and League Message Boards, League News area, League Email Address and Chat Room are available for you to communicate with other League owners. We ask that you refrain from posting or sending messages that could be construed as offensive to other owners. Inappropriate communication can also include spamming other league team owners with trade offers and posting multiple messages on the message board. If a team owner is unable to abide by the guidelines specified in the CBS Interactive Terms of Use, CBSI reserves the right to terminate that team owner's ability to communicate within the league.

11. Prize

Sweepstakes Prize (the "Prize")

Grand Prize
The first-place finisher in each League in the Sweepstakes will be entered into a random drawing to determine the Prize winner ("Winner"). One (1) Prize Winner will receive Ten Thousand US Dollars ($10,000.00 US Dollars) as the Prize. The random drawing will take place on or around 10/13/2016. The Prize will be awarded via the CBSI Wallet and/or any other means Administrator deems fair and appropriate in Administrators sole discretion.

Prize Notification
Potential Prize Winner will be notified via email within 30 days of the end of the MLB season. Such notification will be sent to the email address provided during registration to the Sweepstakes. Notification will include instructions on how to claim your Prize. If Winner resides in the U.S. Winner will be required to agree to the CBSI Wallet Terms of Use prior to participating and/or claiming their Prize. If Winner resides in Canada, such Winner will not be eligible for the CBSI Wallet but will be asked to complete an affidavit manually (instructions on how to proceed manually will be outlined on the Winner notification email). Winner will need to complete and submit the CBSI affidavit of eligibility and release (the "Affidavit"). Such Affidavit must include Winner's social security number (or social issuance number as applicable) and include a copy of their current driver's license or current government issued identification when submitting their Affidavit. By completing such Affidavit, it will be understood that Winner has complied with this Official Rules.

Any potential Prize Winner who is a resident of Canada may be required to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question administered online or offline in order to be declared a winner.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible participants who signed up, drafted a team and where the top scorers (first place finishers) of their League in the Sweepstakes.

12. Legal Disclaimers

General Conditions
By entering, each entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of CBSI, which shall be final and binding in all respects and all matters pertaining to the Sweepstakes. Further, each entrant also acknowledges and agrees to the CBS Interactive Inc. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner. No substitution or transfer of the Prize is permitted except by CBSI. CBSI reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value in the event that an advertised Prize is unavailable.

Potential Prize Winner will be required to sign and return, within five (5) days of issuance, the Affidavit of Eligibility and Publicity/Liability Release, except where prohibited by law. Failure to return such documents within the specified time period, noncompliance with these Official Rules, the return of any Prize or Prize notification or if any potential Prize Winner declines the Prize for any reason, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate Prize Winner selected via random drawing in accordance with these Official Rules (as applicable). Administrator will select one alternate Prize Winner. Alternate will have five (5) days to respond if attempt fails, prize will not be awarded.

Except where prohibited by law, the Prize Winner's acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use Prize Winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, now known or later developed, in perpetuity, without further compensation. Participants agree to CBSI's use of their names and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

Participants hereby grant CBSI a perpetual, worldwide, royalty free right (but not the obligation) and license to publish Participant's name, image and likeness in any media and/or any platform now known or hereafter devised, without any additional compensation or credit to Talent.

All federal, state, local, and provincial laws and regulations apply.

CBSI is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected on-line entries or transactions, for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete entry information whether caused by a contestant, equipment, or technical malfunction or for any human error, technical error or malfunctions. CBSI reserves the right to halt or modify the Sweepstakes at any time during the Sweepstakes period if events beyond their control compromise the Sweepstakes fairness or integrity. In the event that a scheduled game is canceled or preempted for any reason, no points will be awarded for that week for players on the affected MLB teams.

CBSI is not responsible for typographical or other human or technical errors in the offer or administration of this Sweepstakes, including but not limited to errors in advertising, the Official Rules, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner or the distribution of the Prize.

CBSI, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes, refuse to award points or the Prize, and require the return of the Prize, if entrant engages in any conduct CBSI deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Sweepstakes or detrimental to other entrants. Such improper conduct includes, but is not limited to, falsifying personal information required during Sweepstakes registration or Prize claim, violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating points or Prizes through methods such as automated computer scripts or other programming techniques, allowing others to use the entrant's personal information for the purpose of accumulating points or Prizes, tampering with CBSI's administration of this promotion, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile or otherwise tamper with the computer programs on this Web site. Entrant further acknowledges that the forfeiture of the Prize and/or return of the Prize shall in no way prevent CBSI from pursuing other avenues of recourse such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct.

CBSI reserves the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Sweepstakes. This Sweepstakes is not affiliated with or endorsed by MLB or any MLB team. This is a skill game designed to increase consumer awareness of and interest in the service.

This Sweepstakes may not be used for any form of gambling.

Rules/Winner Information
For the name of the Prize Winner send a self addressed stamped envelope for receipt by December 1, 2016 to "Winner's list Free Fantasy Baseball," c/o CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For a copy of the Official Rules send a self addressed stamped envelope to the above address marked "Official Rules: Free Fantasy Baseball," for receipt by October 1, 2016. Residents from VT may omit postage on the self addressed envelope.

If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of CBSI which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, CBSI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. In such event, CBSI further reserves the right to award the Prize via random drawing from all participants in each league in the Sweepstakes as of termination date.

CBSI assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries or transactions. CBSI is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry or transaction to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes.

Damaged Property
Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, injury or damage to any entrants or to any other person's computer or property related to or resulting from participating in this Sweepstakes or downloading materials from this Sweepstakes.


In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

Any entry that is incomplete, late, or does not include a validly issued User ID will be disqualified.

In the event that the Sweepstakes is challenged by any legal or regulatory authority, CBSI reserves the right to discontinue or modify the Sweepstakes, or to disqualify participants residing in the affected geographic areas. In such event, CBSI shall have no liability to any participants who are disqualified due to such an action.

Prize Winner and Prize
The Sweepstakes Entities, and their parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies and advertising and promotion agencies, assume no liability and are not responsible for, and you hereby forever waive any rights to any claim in connection with, the selection and announcement of the Prize Winner, the distribution of the Prize, the acceptance/possession and/or use/misuse of any part of a the Prize and/or any injury or damage to any entrant's or third person's property related to or resulting from any part of the Prize or any part of this Sweepstakes.

Release and Indemnity
Each entrant in the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, the Prize Winner, hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless the Sweepstakes Entities and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to person, including death, and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the Prize, participation in this Sweepstakes and participation in any activity related to this Sweepstakes.

Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer of Warranties

Binding Arbitration
The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Sweepstakes. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis, and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of California, in the City of San Francisco.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction
THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS TERMS SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CONFLICTS OF LAWS RULES. For any matters which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in these Official Rules and/or in connection with the entering of any judgment on an arbitration award in connection with these Official Rules and/or the Sweepstakes, the parties irrevocably submit and consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the California state and federal courts located in the City of San Francisco and State of California. The parties agree not to raise the defense of forum non conveniens.

Sponsor/Prize Provider/Administrator's Mailing Address
CBS Interactive Inc., 1401 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.