Professor DW’s Football Challenge

Overview: Professor DW’s football Challenge is a free contest of selecting Professional Football games each week. The person who selects the most winners or wins the tiebreaker will be the winner of the week. The winner will receive a cash prize of $24 (12 $2 bills). If the winner also beats Professor DW they will receive a bonus prize of an Eli Sports Network polo shirt or T-shirt.

Thursday night games will not be included in the contest except on Thanksgiving week.

There are 18 weeks, and the winners of the 18 weeks will then get to compete in a tournament during the Professional football play-offs. With the winner taking home $100 cash and a prize package. Eli Sports will determine the prize package and reserves the right to award more prizes to other tournament competitors. See the bottom of this page for complete official rules.

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Official Rules for Professor DW’s Football Challenge

Eligibility and Deadlines

  1. This contest is 100% free of charge and you must be at least 18 years of age to participate.
  2. Employees and contractors of Eli Sports Network are not eligible to participate. If a sponsor is secured for the contest the sponsors employees and contractors are also ineligible to participate.
  3. Contestants may enter only once per week. If multiple entries are determined, then the contestant will be disqualified for that week. If a 2nd offense occurs the contestant will then be banned for the rest of the year and if qualified for the post season tournament prior to the offense, then will also be disqualified from the tournament.
  4. Contestants must complete the entire contest form each week and enter it prior to the deadline to be eligible to win that week. Including first and last name, phone number, e-mail and which social media platform the contestant follows Eli Sports.
  5. Contestants must follow Eli Sports Network on one of our 3 social media sites, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook or Instagram. If winning contestant is not following Eli Sports on one of the platforms, they may choose to follow ESN to collect their winnings. If they win a 2nd time and have unfollowed ESN, they will not be given another opportunity to follow Eli Sports and will be disqualified and out of the Post Season Tournament.
  6. Thursday night games are not included in the contest except on Thanksgiving Day.
  7. Deadline to enter is midnight Saturday night prior to the week of games. All entries with a time stamp on Sunday Pacific Time will not be included in the contest. Except week #12 of the Professional Football season, Thanksgiving week, entries will be due Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at midnight Pacific Time. All entries with a November 23, 2023, time stamp will not be included.

Winning the Contest

  1. To win the contest you simply must select more winning teams than anyone else in the contest that week. If there is a tie as an official score such as the Jets and Bills tie with 17 each then that game is disregarded and does not count as a win or loss and is simply out of consideration.
  2. Ties: If there is a tie, then the contestant who guesses the closet total number of points scored by all the teams that week, yes, all games all teams, without going over wins. If all tied contestants go over the total number of points scored by all the teams, then the closest one to the point total wins. If there is still a tie, then those still tied will each be declared the winner.
  3. Winnings: Each winner, even those who end in a Tie after the tie-breaker, will receive 12 U-S $2-dollar bills for a total of $24. The winner will be contacted by ESN representatives to make arrangements for the winner to pick-up their prize or provide a mailing address that ESN will mail their prize too.
  4. Bonus Prize: Professor DW will be making his own selections and they will be posted on ESN’s webpage prior to the midnight deadline of all weeks of the contest. If weekly winners also defeat Professor DW they will win an Eli Sports Network polo shirt or T-Shirt the winner’s choice. Available sizes are Med to 4XL in various colors. 
  5. Winners will have their name and winning selections posted each week on the Eli Sports Network. 
  6. Contestants are eligible to win multiple weeks. 
  7. Contestants are encouraged to share a photo of themselves with ESN with their winnings and T-shirt if they beat Prof DW. Disparaging comments of Prof DW’s selections is encouraged but we ask you keep it PG.

Play-Off Bonus Tournament

  1. Only Weekly Winners are eligible to advance to Professor DW’s Pro Football Post Season Tournament. Weekly Winners are limited to one entry into the post season tournament regardless of how many times they may have won the weekly contest. The post season tournament will host up to 18 plus any ties and less.
  2. The contestants will be notified that they have qualified for the Post Season Tournament and will be sent an entry form. Contestants must complete their entry prior to the 1st Pro Football Wild Card game by 9am on Saturday, January 13, 2024 Pacific time. Late entries will not be accepted.
  3. If you do not enter in any of the weeks you are then disqualified and out. You must make your picks in all weeks.
  4. Contestants will select games like in the regular contest. There will be 6 games in week 19, 4 games in week 20, 2 games in week 21 and the Super Bowl in week 22. Additionally, there will be some scattered “proposition” questions included such as who will win the coin toss in the Super Bowl. You must answer all those questions as well. Contestants will receive 1 point for every correct pick of the 13 total games left plus a point for every correct answer. There will be a total of 7 bonus questions and a chance to earn as many as 20 total points. The person with the most points at the conclusion of the Super Bowl is the winner.
  5. Ties: If there is a tie, then the contestant selecting the Super Bowl winner correctly wins. If still tied the contestant guessing the total number of points scored in all 13 games is the winner. You must predict total scoring prior to the 1st play-off game. If still tied then we go to the Super Tie-breakers. First you will select total points scored in the Super Bowl. If still tied the contestant that picked both Championship winners will be declared the winner. If still tied the contestant that selected the most winners in the Divisional round will be the winner. If still tied the contestant who selected the most winners in the wild-card round will be the winner. If still tied the contestant who had the most wins on their qualifying entry of the regular season will be declared the winner. The qualifying entry will be their 1st weekly win. If still tied both will be declared the winner and receive the winner’s prize.
  6. Prizes: The winner will receive $100 cash in U-S $1 bills. Plus a prize package valued at a minimum of $50 which includes an ESN Hoodie and gift cards to Red Robin and Subway.

Judge’s Decision Final

  1. ESN reserves the right to make final decisions not covered by the official rules and those decisions will be final. 
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