Terms and Conditions

Big Data Bowl Sub-Contest – FAQs

  1. How many people can make up a team entry? Eligible entrants may complete as individuals or as a group of up to four (4) members. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to the official rules listed below.
  2. When is the deadline to submit? December 22, 2019 at 11:59:59 pm ET
  3. What is the submission format? To be eligible, submissions must be (i) made as a single PDF; (ii) have a maximum length (including all references, tables, figures, and supporting files) of twelve (12) pages; (iii) have a maximum size of 20 MB; (iv) sent via email to BDBsubmit@nfl.com; and (v) be anonymous (i.e., the submission document must not contain any references to the names of any of the submission’s authors, their college/university, or any other personally identifiable information).
  4. What information should I include with the submission? The cover email attaching your submission must include the following:
    1. Names of all participants, with email addresses
    2. College/university, degree type, and departments (or major) of all participants
  1. How do I win? Up to six (6) finalists will advance to the final round in Indianapolis. Up to two members of each group selected will receive a trip (domestic roundtrip airfare and two nights of hotel accommodations covered) to present their submission at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 26, 2020. One winner will earn the grand prize of four (4) tickets to any regular season NFL game of their choice and a $1,000 gift certificate to NFLshop.com.
  2. What topic can I cover in the submission? Any topic related to run plays is permissible, as is the use of data provided via this contest and any other lawfully-accessed outside data sources.
  3. Will scoring of PDF submissions be based on performance in the Kaggle competition? No.
  4. Who should I contact if I have more questions? Please reach out to BDBhelp@nfl.com.

Big Data Bowl Sub-Contest – Terms & conditions

No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.

A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.

Finalists must travel to Indianapolis, IN on 2/26/20 to participate in pitches on 2/27/20 or otherwise forfeited his/her right to continue participating in Contest.

1) Eligibility:

The Big Data Bowl Sub-Contest (hereafter, “Contest”) is open to individuals or groups (of 4 members or less) (“group”) (each individual and each team member of a participating group, individually and collectively, an “Entrant” or “Entrants”) who are: a) legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec); b) eighteen (18) years of age or older (or of the legal age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence, whichever is older); c) a full-time undergraduate or graduate university student; d) not employees, officers, directors, agents or representatives of (i) NFL Properties LLC (hereafter, “Sponsor”), (ii) the NFL Parties (defined as the National Football League, its member professional football clubs, NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL Enterprises LLC, NFL International LLC, NFL Productions LLC, and each of their respective affiliates, owners, subsidiaries, shareholders, officers, directors partners, agents, representatives and employees, both individually and collectively), and/or (iii) teamDigital Promotions, Inc., or any of the foregoing entities’ respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, suppliers, advertising and promotion agencies (hereafter collectively, “Released Parties”); and d) not the immediate family members (parent, spouse, sibling, or child, regardless of where they reside) or living in the same household (whether or not related) of the any individuals in section (c) above. Void in Quebec and where prohibited by law. All applicable federal, state, local and provincial laws apply.

2) Promotion Period:

The Contest will occur in two (2) phases, as described below, and includes a Submission Period and a Presentation Period. At the end of the Submission Period, up to six (6) Finalists with the highest score, based on the judging procedure and criteria outlined below in Section 5(A), will advance to the “Presentation Period” phase of the Contest. At the end of the Presentation Period, the one (1) Finalist with the highest score, based on the judging criteria as described below (in Section 5(A)) will be declared a winner (as described below).

Phase 1 Submission Period: The Contest begins at 12:00:00 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on October 9, 2019 and all Entries, defined in Section 4, below, must be received from Entrants on or before 11:59:59 PM ET on December 22, 2020 (the “Submission Period”). Sponsor’s servers will serve as the official Promotion time clock for this Contest. 

Phase 2 Presentation Period: The Presentation Period will take place on or about February 26, 2020 (the “Presentation Period”); the exact date of the Pitches (as described/defined in Section 6(C), below) will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

3) How to Enter the Promotion:

There is a limit of one (1) Entry per Entrant throughout the Promotion Period. Entrant may only use one (1) email address to participate in the Contest. NOTE: In the case of a group submitting an Entry, the Entrant who is submitting the Entry has the permission/authorization from the remaining group member(s) to submit the Entry of their behalf. In the event any individual is named on multiple Entries, only the first Entry submitted will be accepted on behalf of that individual. Sponsor reserves the right to declare all Entries void if Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that a given individual has engaged in repeated, egregious, or blatant violations of the Entry limit. 

Message and data rates may apply if Entrant chooses to enter using his/her mobile device. Incomplete Entries and/or Entries containing inaccurate Entrant information will be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole discretion. All Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM ET on December 22, 2019 to be eligible. The use of script, macro or any other device to automate or subvert the entry process is prohibited and all such Entries and Entries made by any other means and/or which subvert the Entry process will be void. Other than as otherwise specified herein, neither Sponsor, nor anyone acting on its behalf, will enter into any communications with any Entrant regarding this Contest or acknowledge any Entry (or portion thereof) received. Any Entry not meeting all Entry requirements stated herein will be void.

5) Entry Requirements:

By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees that (i) the Entry does not violate any law or regulation or any right of any third party, including those laws, regulations, and rights related to copyrights, trademarks, publicity, or privacy, (ii) he/she has the right to grant the rights to his/her Entry as provided in these Official Rules, (iii) the Entry has not been otherwise published; (iv) the Entry is his/her original work; (v) the Entry has not won previous awards; (vi) he/she does not include, in the Entry, personally identifiable information regarding any person other than himself/herself; and (vii) publication of the Entry via various media including social posting will not infringe on the rights of any third party. Entries cannot defame or invade intellectual property rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any copyrighted, trademarked, or patented works or any person’s personal or proprietary rights.   

No Entry may contain any content that, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, is sexually explicit or suggestive, violent or derogatory, profane or pornographic; promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; endorses any form of hate or hate group; defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about other people or companies; contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress owned by others; contains any personal identification (other than as provided on the registration form); contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, or other indicia identifying any person other than himself/herself and/or individuals who have given permission to be featured in the Entry, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead; communicates messages inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or violates any law. Entries deemed by the Sponsor and/or the judges, in their sole discretion, to be immoral, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor’s image or in violation of these Official Rules will be void. In the event of non-compliance with any requirements specified herein or with any of the terms of these Official Rules, Entry will be void. Once submitted, an Entry cannot be deleted, canceled, or modified except by Sponsor. 

By submitting an Entry, each Entrant agrees Sponsor shall own the Entry submitted (including the copyright thereto and all rights embodied therein) and that it and its designees may modify, and distribute the Entry, and all elements of such Entry, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity without compensation, permission or notification to Entrant or any third party. Entrant further agrees that submission of an Entry is gratuitous and made without restriction and will not place Sponsor under any obligation and that Sponsor is free to discuss or otherwise disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to him/her. Entrant acknowledges that, by acceptance of his/her Entry, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than him/her. Sponsor reserves the right to screen Entries, but may post Entries without editing or other prior review. Entrant acknowledges that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Entry that he/she submits. 

By submitting an Entry, Entrant hereby grants the Released Parties, without any limitation of any other rights granted herein, permission for the Entry to be posted on nextgenstats.nfl.com, onsite at the NFL Scouting Combine, and/or other websites or social media channels as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrant agrees that Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Entries by third parties. Released Parties do not guarantee the posting of any Entry and may remove a posted Entry at any time.

By submitting an Entry, Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many Entries in connection with this Contest and/or other Promotions staged and/or promoted by the Sponsor, and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, style, look, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Contest and/or other Contests sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsor. Entrant waives any and all claims Entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any Entry in this Contest may be similar to his/her Entry, or that any compensation is due to Entrant in connection with such Entry or other works used by Sponsor.

6) Determination of Potential Finalists:
A) Judging Procedure and Criteria:

All eligible Entries received during the Submission Period will be judged (as described below), with a total score of forty (40) points, on the following criteria by Sponsor and its designees:

  1. Innovation: 0-10 points
  2. Accuracy: 0-10 points
  3. Relevance: 0-10 points
  4. Clarity: 0-10 points

At the end of the Submission Period, up to six (6) entries, as determined by the judges, in their sole discretion, will be deemed the “Potential Finalists” and will advance to the Presentation Period, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules (see Section 6(B), below). Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer Potential Finalists if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries.

In the event of a tie, the tied Entries will be re-judged by a new judge, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If there is still a tie, Sponsor will bring in a tie breaking judge to apply the same judging criteria to break the tie and determine the Potential Finalists.

By participating, each Entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest.

  1. B) Notification of Potential Finalists:

The Potential Finalists will be notified by telephone and/or email on/about January 15, 2020 and will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and (where legal) Publicity Release and any other documents (including, without limitation, any documents necessary for the Sponsor to verify such Potential Finalist is eligible) required by Sponsor within forty-eight (48) hours of date of issuance of notification.

Potential Finalists will be required to submit to a confidential background check and any other applicable security clearances to confirm eligibility and to ensure that advancement to the Presentation Period will not pose a security threat or bring Sponsor or Released Parties into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reflect unfavorably on the Sponsor or the Released Parties as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (and Entrants understand that the evaluation of the results of such background check may result in disqualification). Noncompliance with any of the foregoing, failure to respond within the designated timeframe, the inability to contact a Potential Finalist within a reasonable time period, or any notification being returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification and, at Sponsor’s discretion and time permitting, an alternate being chosen. Finalist status is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. The Released Parties are not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in a Potential Finalist’s email account to receive email messages.

  1. C) Presentation Period:

Upon verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules, each Potential Finalist will then be deemed to be a “Finalist Prize winner” and will have the opportunity to present his or her Entry at a “pitch” presentation (“Pitch”) before a panel (“Panel”), which Panel will judge each Pitch. The format of the Pitch presentations will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and will take place at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, IN.

The Panel will judge each Pitch individually based on the judging criteria developed and implemented by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. Finalists are prohibited from inducing the Panel, and/or its individual members, by fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements and/or using any websites or online forums designed to induce the Panel to judge their Pitch higher or differently than the other Pitches, as defined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion. At the end of the Presentation Period, the one (1) Finalist with the highest score, based on the judging criteria to be developed and implemented by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be declared a Grand Prize winner. 

Finalists agree to comply with all venue rules and regulations and, in accordance therewith, agree not to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with any intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person during the Presentation Period, including (without limitation) during the Pitches. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of their Pitch and their Entry and removal from the venue. Finalist(s) will be escorted out of venue by Sponsor or one of its designated agent(s) for improper conduct and/or violation of federal, state or local laws (including, but not limited to, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and alcohol), as Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, and will forfeit their Pitch and their Entry and Finalist position in the Contest. Attendance and participation during the Presentation Period (including, without limitation, in the context of any Pitch) will not guarantee such Entrant as a Grand Prize winner. If, for any reason whatsoever, Finalist(s) are unable to participate in the Pitch after all Pitch-related arrangements have been made, said Finalist(s) will forfeit their Finalist position, Released Parties shall have no further obligation to said Finalist(s) and, at the Sponsor’s sole discretion, no alternate will be selected.

(7) Prizes:

Up to six (6) Finalist Prizes: A 2-night trip for each Finalist and one (1) guest (preferably a team member, if a group submission) to Indianapolis, IN for the Presentation Period on 2/26/20 (“Trip”). Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation from the major airport nearest winner’s residence (selected by Sponsor), one (1) standard double-occupancy hotel accommodation for the nights of 2/25/20 and 2/26/20, ground transportation to/from the airport and the applicable hotel, and access for two (2) to the Presentation Period (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Finalist Prize = $2,500). 

All Trip details and prize details not specifically set forth herein will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Actual value of prize will vary depending on Finalist’s city of departure and final travel requirements and activities; any difference in value will not be awarded. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to provide ground transportation in lieu of air transportation. Released Parties are not responsible for travel delays or cancellations. If any prize-related activity(s) is canceled or postponed for any reason, before or after Trip arrangements are made, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to award the balance of the prize or to award an alternate prize of equal or greater value in full satisfaction of prize award. If, for any reason whatsoever, Finalist and/or guest are unable to travel or participate in the Trip after all Trip-related travel arrangements have been made, Sponsor shall have no further obligation to Finalist and/or guest and no alternate winner will be selected. Prize and prize elements may not be separated or redeemed for cash. Travel and hotel restrictions apply. Finalist and guest must travel on the same itinerary, must be 18 years of age or older and are responsible for obtaining and possessing all required valid photo ID, passport and/or travel documents prior to travel. Trip is subject to supervision and security and other policies designated by Sponsor. Exact details of any activities, including, but not limited to, date, time, location and duration are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Itinerary and program elements are at the discretion of Sponsor and are subject to change. Released Parties will not be responsible for weather conditions, Acts of God, acts of terrorism, civil disturbances, work stoppage or any other natural disaster outside their control that may cause the cancellation or postponement of any elements of Trip. All costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of the prize not specified herein as being awarded, including, but not limited to, all federal, state and local taxes, additional air and ground transportation, food, beverages, souvenirs, gratuities, airline luggage charges, incidentals, upgrades, insurance, service charges and other miscellaneous travel expenses are winner’s sole responsibility. Finalist and guest are responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) at their option and hereby acknowledge that Sponsor has not and will not obtain or provide travel or other form of insurance. Prize details not specifically set forth herein are at Sponsor and Bank of America’s sole discretion. 

One (1) Grand Prize:  Grand Prize winner will receive four (4) tickets to a 2019 regular season NFL game and a $1,000 NFLShop.com gift card. (ARV of each Grand Prize=$1,400). Grand Prize winner and their respective guests will be responsible for any/all transportation to/from, as well as parking with at, the selected NFL game. All Prize details, including, but not limited to, exact seat location is at Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied by Sponsor. In the event selected game is postponed and not rescheduled or otherwise cancelled, tickets to an alternate regular season NFL game will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to the Winner. Tickets and/or passes are subject to terms and conditions specified thereon. Winners and their respective guests agree to comply with all game and venue rules and regulations and, in accordance therewith, agree not to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with any intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the NFL game. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of such portion of the Prize and removal from game. Winners and their respective guests will be escorted out of venue by Sponsor or its designated agent(s) for improper conduct and/or violation of federal, state or local laws (including, but not limited to, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and alcohol), as Sponsor determines in its sole discretion, and will forfeit the balance of his/her Prize. Unused tickets cannot be refunded, exchanged or applied towards tickets for any subsequent games. Other than the details of the Prizes outlined above, Released Parties have no additional obligations or commitments to any Winner or his/her guests in connection with this Promotion. Terms, conditions and restrictions on NFLShop.com gift card may apply, as designated by issuer.

Prize winners (including Finalists) will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, any/all transportation to/from the applicable NFL game, parking passes or fees, meals, beverages, souvenirs and gratuities, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize(s) they receive, regardless of whether they, in whole or in part, are used. The ARV of the prizes is based on available information provided to Sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. The winners may be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number before the prizes will be awarded for tax reporting purposes. An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of winners for the actual value of the prizes received. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited. Prizes, if legitimately claimed, will be awarded. Total ARV of all Prizes: $2,800.

8) Miscellaneous:

Released Parties are not responsible for lost, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, inaccurate, undeliverable, garbled, late, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected Entries, all of which will be disqualified; failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems or other communications or malfunctions; interrupted or unavailable network, server or other connections, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or other connections; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion on the Internet or for any technical problem, including but not limited to any injury or damage to Entrants or any other person’s computer or other device related to or resulting from participation in the Contest; theft, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries; or human-processing error; printing, typographical or other errors or omissions in these Official Rules or in any Promotion-related advertisements or other materials; or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, technical, network, electronic; or errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the incorrect uploading or submitting of Entries, the processing or judging of Entries, the awarding or announcement of the Finalists or Grand Prize winners, or in any other Promotion-related materials. Sponsor reserves the right to void and remove any and all Entries of an Entrant who Sponsor believes has attempted to tamper with, influence, or impair the administration, security, fairness, judging or proper play of Contest and such Entrant will be disqualified and all associated Entries will be void.

All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of a Prize (or portion thereof) is permitted except by Sponsor, who reserves the right to substitute a Prize (or applicable portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion and except as otherwise provided herein. By participating, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and agree that: 1) Sponsor and its designees may use (unless prohibited by law) each Entrant’s name, city and state of residence, Entry, social media usernames/identities, any oral or written statements, and/or likeness for advertising, trade and/or any other purposes in any media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity, without further compensation, permission or notification, 2) Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a background check and entry in the Contest constitutes Entrant’s consent for Sponsor to conduct such background checks, provided that, to the extent additional authorization is necessary under law, Entrants shall authorize such check. Sponsor reserves the right (at its sole discretion) to disqualify any Entrant based on the results of the background check or failure of the Entrant to properly authorize such check, and 3) the Released Parties shall have no liability and will be held harmless by Entrant for any claim, action, liability, loss, injury or damage to Entrant or any other person or entity, including, without limitation, personal injury or death to Entrant or any other person or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a Prize and any activity, travel or travel-related activity thereto or participation in this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, suspend, and/or terminate this Contest (or portion thereof) for any reason, including should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Contest or for any other reason and, in the case of termination, at its discretion, select the winner(s) from all eligible non-suspect Entries received prior to the event that required such termination using the judging criteria specified above. CAUTION: Any attempt to deliberately damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek any and all remedies available from any such person(s) responsible for the attempt to the fullest extent permitted by law.

This Contest is conducted in English (which will be given its everyday ordinary meaning). Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or the prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the participant; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than Entrant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA.

Ownership and Use of Next Gen Stats (hereafter referred to as “NGS”) Data. Data provided in this Contest (NGS Data) is solely owned by the Sponsor. Any and all rights to NGS Data granted to each Entrant are subject to the Sponsor’s ownership rights to the NGS Data. Each Entrant expressly acknowledges and agrees that it will not use, edit, modify, create derivatives, combinations or compilations of, combine, associate, re-identify, reverse engineer, reproduce, display, distribute, disclose, license, sell or otherwise process NGS Data for any purpose whatsoever other than to compete in this contest, unless expressly permitted otherwise by the Sponsor in writing. Each Entrant acknowledges that it is not authorized to archive NGS Data and may not grant to any other party any rights to access, use or process NGS Data. Under no circumstances is participation in this Contest intended to be construed as a license (expressly, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise) or the grant of any right of ownership in any of the NGS Data.


Confidentiality. The NGS Data provided in this Contest is not generally available to the public. Each Entrant agrees that it shall keep NGS Data strictly confidential and not transmit, duplicate, publish, redistribute, provide or communicate the data (or any part thereof) to any other person or entity without the prior written consent of the Sponsor. Each Entrant shall destroy NGS Data in its possession following conclusion of this Contest.

9) Winner’s List:

For the names of the Winners (available after February 26, 2020), visit ops.nfl.com/Big-Data-Bowl no later than March 29, 2020. 

10) Sponsor: NFL Enterprises LLC, 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154.

11) Administrator:  teamDigital Promotions, Inc., 6 Berkshire Blvd., Bethel, CT 06801 www.teamdigital.com.