I didn’t hear a half-time roar from Ibrox on Saturday so assume a lucky Bear didn’t manage to hit the crossbar and collect £1 million. Or has the prize actually been won and the lucky winner doesn’t realise it?
It may well be that the Promoter of the Crossbar Challenge and the Teddy Bear Challenge might even have to refund all the phone charges paid by those who entered both competitions. “Surely not!” I hear you say.
Well BEAR with me while I lay BARE the facts as I see them. 🙂
First things first.
Who is the Promoter of both challenges? Well, that’s usually found by inspecting the Terms & Conditions and it seems to be quite clear that the company concerned is Strathan ME Limited but no address is given. It’s also slightly puzzling that no company of that name is listed at Companies House.
Still it makes the rule – ‘All decisions of Strathan ME Limited will be final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into’ – quite understandable as it would be difficult, if not impossible, to correspond with a mystery company with no apparent address!
OK, let’s leave that mystery for the moment and concentrate on the ‘Prize’ and the good news is under the Terms & Conditions that: ‘The first entry drawn at random from all eligible entries who have answered the question correctly will win the prize’.
Let’s just remember what the Rangers Cross Bar Challenge states on the Rangers website: ‘Your chance to win £1 million’ and the question to be answered is: ‘Where do Rangers play their home matches?’ Three alternative answers are helpfully listed: Tynecastle, Ibrox or Hampden.
IMO the T&C read in conjunction with the competition advert makes it quite clear that a correct entry sent to the Promoter and picked at random wins ‘The Prize’ which is £1 million. Nothing in the T&C or the advert qualifies ‘The Prize’ as the opportunity to stand on the centre spot to try to hit the crossbar and win another unspecified prize. The T&C also state if the original winner can’t be contacted or can’t comply with the terms and conditions then Strathan ME Limited reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant.
So let’s assume a Bear who won the £1 million prize refused it because he didn’t hit the crossbar. It could well be argued that he isn’t complying with the T&C and the actual next eligible entrant gets the £1 million. Even if he too refuses, at some stage some Bear will be tempted – I mean why should only Ahmad, Green and some others be able to walk away with millions?
Some might argue that Rangers are the Promoter but I don’t think that would wash legally but let’s accept that argument on the basis that the competition advert and rules is accessed via their club website. However the URL where it resides: www.therangerscrossbarchallenge.co.uk is registered to Glasgow-based Matador Creative which is currently being liquidated with the court authorising the winding-up notice last week.
So where next?
Well the Matador Creative web page lists Customer services for the competition as ‘Call Centre Sales Scotland Ltd’ First Floor, 1 Dukes Road, Troon, KA10 6QR. The sole director is Kelly Munro, 35, who was appointed on 3/08/2011. However Companies House records show that the nature of business is a ‘Dormant Company’ and that the accounts are overdue.
There are other issues about the competitions which strike me as a bit odd such as using exactly the same T&C for two very different competitions which leads to the strange situation that anyone under 16 can’t enter the ‘child’ competition (The Teddy Bear Challenge). I would have thought that a competition designed for children should also be very careful to stipulate the ‘prize’ in terms that could be understood by a ‘child’ but the ‘prize’ isn’t detailed in the T&C or advert which just states: ‘Beat the goalie and win a fabulous prize’.
And then on 2 May 2013 at 15.11 the Rangers website was still encouraging fans to enter the competition under the heading: ‘Who Wants To Win A Million?’ accompanied by the statement: ‘THE biggest fans prize in football is up for grabs at this weekend’s home match with Berwick – and it’s not too late for you to enter for the chance to win £1million!
‘But the more times you enter, the more your chances of being picked improve so don’t waste another moment – enter now!’
Leaving aside the absence in the T&C as to how multiple entries are dealt with there is the more serious question that the T&C states that the: ‘Competition closes for entries via Phone line and SMS at midnight on the 30th April 2013’. Whether intentional or not that ad amounts to a straight rip-off of fans IMO.
Personally I’m unclear whether any laws have been broken and possibly Paul might have a better idea on the legal side but surely some kind of licence would have been needed to run this and it seems common sense that there must be some rules in place.
But this whole episode looks like a total utter shambles and I can’t help but think of the old Scottish saying that Rangers ‘couldn’t run a ménage’. If they are getting stuff wrong at this level how well are they actually handling the Big Stuff?
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