THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, THE OPERATOR PARTIES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE OPERATOR PARTIES DO NOT WARRANT OR REPRESENT THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE SITE IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE, CORRECTLY SEQUENCED, RELIABLE OR TIMELY, OR THAT THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR FREE OF ERRORS AND/OR VIRUSES. YOU SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE OPERATOR PARTIES ARE NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OF THE SITE OR THIRD PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH YOU. YOU USE THE SITE AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
This paragraph states that the NBA claims no responsibility for any inaccuracies, incomplete information, errors or viruses on the website. They also disclaim all responsibility for any offensive or illegal conduct of other users of the site. The last sentence is really the most important, but to avoid any confusion or loopholes should a case go to court, they must fully and completely state that they don’t claim responsibility.
However necessary such a style may be, conflict does occur between the average user and the NBA because of the ambiguity and jargon involved. Terms and phrases such as “pursuant to applicable law,” “implied warranties of merchantability,” and “operator parties” make it difficult at best to understand unless you already know what those phrases mean. This is typical of the official style. By writing at a grade level of 18, the NBA has excluded most of the population from being able to understand this. The target audience that the legality of the writing is focused at (lawyers, court system) is the link between the two activity systems because that audience is who would need to understand the text, should problems arise.