No, it’s not a scam like those spam emails you get from the African princes, nor is it a ponzi scheme. Basically, if you’re more clever than every other NFL fan living in a city that is not the city the team plays in (don’t worry, I’ll clarify in a second), you could win an all-expense paid trip to Dallas in February to (hopefully) see the Ravens take home their second Lombardi Trophy.
Details after the jump.
What’s happening is the DIRECTV America’s Ultimate Displaced NFL Fan contest. Here’s some clippings from the official press release:
"DIRECTV, the world’s most popular video service, is giving die-hard, NFL fans another opportunity to show just how ferociously obsessed they are with their favorite out-of-market NFL team with the launch of the third annual Ultimate Displaced Fan Contest.This one-of-a-kind contest, promoting DIRECTV’s exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET™ package, seeks displaced NFL fans across the country, challenging them to display their passion for their favorite team through videos, essays, or photos that show why they are America’s most die-hard, displaced NFL fan. The contest is underway and entries should be submitted to the DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan website at www.ultimatedisplacedfan.com. One lucky grand prize winner will receive an NFL fan’s ultimate prize: Super Bowl tickets and a host of other unforgettable experiences during Super Bowl week in Dallas.In addition to entries from fans vying to be the Ultimate Displaced Fan, DIRECTV has created a new fan-voting feature that allows NFL fans across the country to vote on a list of top entries and be automatically entered for random prize drawings twice a month and win prizes, including autographed memorabilia from Peyton and Eli Manning, Kingsford BBQ kits and much more. Fan voting will begin on Oct. 1 once the initial list of top entries has been received and posted to the contest website."
While that date does say October 1st, you can still enter the contest. I’ve been told through the grapevine that creative video entries give you the best chance of winning, whether it’s the Super Bowl tickets, or one of the various other prizes.
To sum it up, if you’re a Ravens fan (or a fan of any other team, we’re not segregating here) that lives in a different city, you are eligible for this contest. So if you own 25 Ravens jerseys and live in San Diego, you can win. If you have a man-crush on Michael Oher and you live in Alaska, you can win. For parity’s sake, if you’re a Jaguars fan living in Baltimore, you can win. If you’re a Steelers fan living in Baltimore, please leave now.
It’s a great contest which you should definitely enter if you are an NFL fan living in a different city. Again, the link is http://www.ultimatedisplacedfan.com/
And just for reference purposes, last year’s winner was a Steelers fan, so we’ll show one of the honorable mentions instead: