Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Privacy Policy

Bleacher Nation knows that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and we take your privacy very seriously. Please read the following to learn more about our privacy policy. By visiting our website, you are accepting the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy covers Bleacher Nation’s treatment of personal information that Bleacher Nation gathers when you are on the Bleacher Nation website and when you use Bleacher Nation services. This policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that Bleacher Nation does not own or control, or to individuals that Bleacher Nation does not employ or manage.

Information Collected by Bleacher Nation

We only collect personal information that is relevant to the purpose of our website. This information allows us to provide you with a customized and efficient experience. We do not process this information in a way that is incompatible with this objective. We collect the following types of information from our Bleacher Nation users:

1. Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store any information you enter on our website or provide to us in any other way. You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but then you may not be able to take advantage of many of our special features.

2. Automatic Information:

  • We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. Bleacher Nation and its authorized agents automatically receive and record certain “traffic data” on their server logs from your browser including your IP address, Bleacher Nation cookie information, and the page you requested. Bleacher Nation uses this traffic data to help diagnose problems with its servers, analyze trends and administer the website.
  • Bleacher Nation may collect and, on any page, display the total counts that page has been viewed.
  • Many companies offer programs that help you to visit websites anonymously. While Bleacher Nation will not be able to provide you with a personalized experience if we cannot recognize you, we want you to be aware that these programs are available.

E-mail Communications

Bleacher Nation will never provide your email address to a third party without your explicit permission, as detailed in the “Sharing Your Information” section below. Bleacher Nation may send out e-mails with Bleacher Nation-related news, products, offers, surveys or promotions.

Cookies

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and tell us how and when pages in our website are visited and by how many people. Bleacher Nation cookies do not collect personal information, and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personal information to tell us who you are or what your screen name or e-mail address is.

The “help” portion of the toolbar on the majority of browsers will direct you on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to command the browser to tell you when you receive a new cookie, or how to fully disable cookies. We recommend that you leave the cookies activated because cookies generally improve your Bleacher Nation experience.

Bleacher Nation’s advertising partners may place a cookie on your browser that makes it possible to collect anonymous non-personally identifiable information that ad delivery systems use to present more relevant ads.

Sharing Your Information

Bleacher Nation will neither rent nor sell your personal information to anyone. We will share your personal information only as described below.

Bleacher Nation Personnel: Bleacher Nation personnel and authorized consultants and/or contractors may have access to user information if necessary in the normal course of Bleacher Nation business.

Business Transfers: In some cases, we may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions, user information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. Moreover, if Bleacher Nation, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred.

Protection of Bleacher Nation and Others: We may release personal information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with a law; to enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other policies; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Bleacher Nation, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Syndication: Bleacher Nation allows for the RSS syndication of all of its public content within the Bleacher Nation website.

With Your Consent: Except as noted above, we will contact you when your personal information is shared with third parties or used for a purpose incompatible with the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected, and you will be able to opt out to prevent the sharing of this information.

Children Under 18 Years of Age

You must be 13 years and older to register on Bleacher Nation. As a result, Bleacher Nation does not specifically collect information about children. If we learn that Bleacher Nation has collected information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. We recommend that minors between the ages of 13 and 18 ask and receive their parents’ permission before using Bleacher Nation or sending information about themselves or anyone else over the Internet.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Bleacher Nation may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, at its sole discretion. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used. If we make changes to the Privacy Policy, we will notify you by posting an announcement on the Bleacher Nation website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances if any, it is disclosed.

Conditions of Use

If you decide to visit Bleacher Nation, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of Ohio state law.

Effective Date of this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of 5/17/2011 and last updated 11/23/2013.

Terms of Use and Commenting Policy

The web pages available at bleachernation.com, and all linked pages, are owned and operated by Bleacher Nation, and are accessed by you under the Terms of Use described below.

Please read these terms of use carefully before using Bleacher Nation or its services. By accessing Bleacher Nation or using any part of the site, you agree to become bound by these terms of use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions, then you may not access Bleacher Nation, or use the content or any services offered. Bleacher Nation’s acceptance is expressly conditioned upon your assent to all of these terms and conditions; if these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Bleacher Nation, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.

By using and/or registering for Bleacher Nation, you agree to the following terms of use.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you are not offended by adult language.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you over 13 years old and have parental consent to use this service if you are under 18 years old.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you will be respectful, as appropriate, of other users and the administrators of this site, and that you will follow the law. Specifically, you agree that you will not use this service for purposes not reasonably intended by Bleacher Nation, including, but not limited to:

  1. to abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate, or intimidate other Bleacher Nation users;
  2. to post or transmit any content that is infringing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive, profane, or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party, or content that contains homophobia, racial/ethnic slurs or insults, or religious intolerance;
  3. for any illegal or unauthorized purpose. If you are an international user, you agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content;
  4. to post or transmit any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any Bleacher Nation user;
  5. to create or submit unwanted email (i.e., spam) to any other Bleacher Nation users or any URL;
  6. to violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws);
  7. with the exception of accessing RSS feeds, you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access Bleacher Nation for any purpose without our express written permission. Additionally, you agree that you will not: (i) take any action that imposes, or may impose in our sole discretion an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (ii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the site or any activities conducted on the site; or (iii) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the site;
  8. to attempt to impersonate another user or person;
  9. to sell or otherwise transfer your profile;
  10. to unfairly insult, attack, deride or threaten players, managers, executives or other persons affiliated with MLB (i.e., name-calling, personal insults, threatening comments, aggressive language, etc. – this is not designed to stamp out reasoned or fair/thoughtful criticism); or
  11. to engage in behavior that is not in the interest of facilitating enjoyable, productive discussion (i.e., disruptive comments; excessive caps, exclamation points, and/or text-speak; “trolling;” comments designed to annoy, irritate, or otherwise inflame the passions of other users). Disagreements are fine and encouraged. Persistent, irritating behavior is not.

You agree, through your use of this service, not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this site. You may post a small portion of copyrighted material if you attribute authorship, and source it with a link.

You agree, through your use of this service, not to post directly any sexually explicit material – specifically, you agree not to post any pictures/videos/etc. that we nerds in the internet world would characterize as “NSFW.”

You agree, through your use of this service, that the administrator and/or any moderators will determine, in their best discretion, whether your participation in the site violates any of the above, and whether corrective action is necessary.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you understand that Bleacher Nation does not make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of content posted on this site. Bleacher Nation hereby disclaims all warranties in connection with the content posted on this site.

You agree, through your use of this service, that you understand that Bleacher Nation is not responsible for any messages posted by you or other users (e.g., blog comments and message board posts/replies). Bleacher Nation does not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any such message, and is not responsible for the contents of any such message. Such messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this site. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.

 

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