Our rules clearly listed in our draftroom here on the Cafe say this about draft order:
4. For all subsequent rookie drafts, the order will be the reverse of the past season's end of season ranking (i.e. #12 overall drafts first, league champion drafts last.)
Unfortunately, Fleaflicker automatically puts the losing teams into a consolation playoff bracket, and when I asked if that Consoltion bracket meant anything, the Commish decided to change the rules so that the winner of the consolation bracket gets the first pick. When I objected, he said he was sorry but that was his decision. I AM in some other Fleaflicker leagues where the 1st round draft pick goes to the consolation round winner, but that rule was decided upon PRIOR to the beginning of the season, not after it.
Yesterday, I lost in the consolation finals and now supposedly get the 2nd pick in the draft, and not the first. Being that this means I won't be able to pick Knowshon, I am really Peeved.
Here is how the retroactive rule change altered the draft order for next year.
Team A went from 1st to 2nd pick
Team B went from 2nd to 6th pick
Team C went from 3rd to 1st pick
Team D went from 4th to 5th pick
Team E went from 5th to 4th pick
Team F went from 6th to 3rd pick
Also, the way that Fleaflicker seeds the playoffs instantly resulted in draft order improvements for 2 teams just by virtue of them getting a bye in the 1st round of the consolation playoffs.
Is the league commish changing the rules after the fact, without any league vote, an okay thing to do? Anyone else have this happen in their Fleaflicker league???
I don't know if there is anything I can do about it, but just posted the following on our league's Fleaflicker message board.
Can't remember if I've ever been in a league where the Commish stepped in and changed the rules for who gets the first draft pick AFTER the regular season had concluded.
If you read the rules clearly posted in our Leagues Draftroom, this is what they say:
"4. For all subsequent rookie drafts, the order will be the reverse of the past season's end of season ranking (i.e. #12 overall drafts first, league champion drafts last.)"
I don't see a freakin thing in the rules about the leagues worse regular season needing to then also win a consolation playoff in order to keep his first pick in the draft.
Can't say that in all my years of playing FF I have ever been in a league where the Commish changed a rule after the season ended which impacted RETROACTIVELY that just concluded season.
Of course, this retroactive and un-voted upon change has cost me the first draft pick which, according to the rules, I had earned during the regular season.... so of course I am pissed by this Bush league change.
Anyone know what else I can do about it???