So I play in two hardcore dynasty leagues. A 12 man football and an 18 man baseball. 9 of the people in the football are in the baseball. This issue just came up and wanted to know what people thought about how to deal with it in the future.
Long story short, our playoffs came down to 2-start pitchers, and I got burned since I relied on closers more then starters all season. I decided that I wanted to add 3-5 premier starters going in to next season, ensuring me 3 guys with 2 starts most weeks.
I have had ongoing trade negotiations with a guy in my baseball league since July. He really wanted K-Rod then (K-Rod wound up as our top scoring player) and I refused to trade him. Instead we made another deal right before the deadline ( essentially Oswalt/J.Upton for Quentin/J.Johnson).
Now the season is over we revisited the issue. I regret trading Johnson, and would like him back, so we worked out a deal where I send K-Rod, Blanton, Furcal, Moustakous and my 1st for Sheets and J. Johnson. Now, on paper that deal definitely favors him, but I was dealing from strength (have Aviles, Lowrie and Ramirez to play SS) to help my strategy for next season, and needed to free up some spots to keep some minor leaguers..
Meanwhile, while we were talking talks drifted to football, where his RBs (Parker, Taylor, Smith) and TEs (Shockey,Heap) were absolutely decimated right now. We eventually worked out a football trade as well, sending him a couple picks, Jacobs, Lendale and Heath Miller for S-Jax. This was submitted Saturday night before Jackson's big game . Obviously Jax is the big name, but hes getting back a top 15 back, a solid flex play, a starting TE and some picks for a guy he was way down on.
So, the issue. The baseball trade goes through no problem Saturday morning. The commissioner of the football league decides Monday that we are "colluding" because the baseball trade was slanted for him and the football trade was slanted for me (in his opinion) and vetoes. I would obviously rather have the football deal now, but is there any way to explain that two people dealing in multiple leagues isn't collusion? I see the conflict, but since they are long-term dynasty leagues I would think common sense says we wouldnt be cheating.
*Quick note, due to some fairness issues we, as a league, instituted a rule saying deals submitted after 1PM on Saturday don't get put through till the following Monday . Too often deals would get approved Sunday morning and people didnt have a chance to fix their rosters, and would wind up with an illegal roster and a loss.