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Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 8:23 a.m.

Earn a chance for 4 tickets to the Ohio State at Michigan basketball game

By Jim Knight

Note: Thank you for engaging with's Michigan Basketball News & Views on Facebook. This sweepstakes ended at 11:29 p.m. on January 29, 2012.

It’s a classic rivalry, and the Michigan and Ohio State basketball teams often combine for riveting games.

Yes, Ohio State has won its last five games against Michigan, but by just 5.6 points a game, and it took a buzzer-beating shot to get past the Wolverines in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew will be at the Ohio State at Michigan game on Saturday, Feb. 18.

You can be there, too. With three buddies.

Welcome to the U-M vs. OSU Basketball Ticket Giveaway Sweepstakes. We have four tickets for the Ohio State at Michigan game, and you can earn a chance to win the random drawing by visiting the's Michigan Basketball News & Views page on Facebook between Jan. 16 and Jan. 29, 2012, and entering the sweepstakes.

Once you're on our Facebook page, do this:
1. "Like" the Michigan Basketball News & Views page so you'll stay up to date with the latest Michigan basketball news delivered to your news feed. It's another landing spot to interact with our team of sports journalists and photographers, including Michigan beat writer Nick Baumgardner.
2. After "liking" us, click on the tab labeled "2012 U-M vs. OSU Ticket Giveaway Sweepstakes" and enter the contest for a chance at the four tickets.
3. Join the conversation. Share your views and let us know what you think and what questions you have.

We'll pick the random winner on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. The winner will be notified by phone and email and the winner will have to respond within 48 hours or will forfeit the prize and another name will be drawn.

The official rules for the U-M vs. OSU Ticket Giveaway Sweepstakes can be found at



Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

Thanks for answering my question David, you must be way to busy to care. Appreciate the effort.

David Martel

Sun, Jan 29, 2012 : 1:47 p.m.

JGS - We do appreciate the feedback we get from readers. For those that don't have or want a Facebook page, we run various contests on that are not designed to promote our Facebook pages. In this case, this promotion is designed to engage people in taking note of the Michigan Basketball News & Views Facebook page. Some will have an interest in it and some will not.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

"too" even - DUH.


Wed, Jan 25, 2012 : 7:36 p.m.

And what about those who don't have or want a facebook page? I suppose they're out of luck huh? Nice to discriminate. IMHO facebook stinks.

David Martel

Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

EyeHeartA2: We do appreciate your concern. First, does not collect any of the information from your Facebook profile. We only collect that which you enter into the sweepstakes entry form and we apply our privacy policy to that data: <a href=""></a> The message you receive, on Facebook, when starting the entry process in this promotion, is a Facebook requirement imposed on all third party applications. The third party application we are using for this promotion is through Wildfire Social Media Marketing. In written communication from Wildfire, they state &quot;Wildfire doesn't use any of the information that the app requests so please assure the entrant of that.&quot; Information on Wildfire Social Media Marketing can be found at: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> We used Wildfire for our U-M vs. OSU football tickets sweepstakes and have had no issues presented to us among the 1,059 entrants. We feel secure using the same technology for this promotion.

David Martel

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 4:33 a.m.

Tex. Thank you for your feedback. I do appreciate it and will consided it. Depending on the type of promotion we will consider a variety of options. For those we run on Facebook we may face this same privacy issue again. However we have, and will continue to, run promotions on the website that do not face the same Facebook policies. A couple recent examples have been our Grocery Giveaway and Bowl Bonanza promotions that have simply been subject only to our privacy policy.

Tex Treeder

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 2:17 a.m.

I think your reply to EyeHeartA2 misses the point. He/she objects to the potential for loss of personal information, and I agree. Even if the method has been secure in the past, that doesn't mean the personal information potentially provided will be secure indefinitely. It seems like a large intrusion into one's personal space. Of course, there's no one forcing anyone to enter the contest. But again I agree with EyeHeartA2: the cost of entering this contest this way is too high. Perhaps you could find another way in the future, assuming you plan contests like this again.


Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 1:43 p.m.

Really; Really? You only want us to cough up the following to get a CHANCE at some tickets? Access my basic information Includes name, Profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends and any other information I've made public.. Access my Profile information Likes, music, TV, movies, books, quotes, Birthday, Current location and Education history. Send me email Sweepstakes may email me directly at I would enter the contest, but the COST is too high. I won't throw my friends under the bus like that either.