hongandrewp wrote:MY QUESTIONS FOR OTHER COMMISSIONERS:
-Did I act within my bounds taking control of “team 4” after repeated messages, emails, warnings and with the rule about keeping the league’s integrity?
-Was I wrong in vetoing a trade that was clearly one-sided?
-Was I wrong to remove “Team 1” from the league after he dropped all of his players?
-After misspeaking to “team 1” about tie-breakers scenarios, what should I have done? (I apologized for misspeaking, but I also mentioned that these rules were clearly outlined in the rules).
-What would you guys have done in the situations? Did I act within my bounds, overall?
1. Yes, absolutely. If a team owner hasn't made a move in 3 weeks, and isn't responding to messages and emails, it's fine to assume they have quit. And as long as it's written in the league by-laws/constitution that you will take over any abandoned teams, then it's fine. Since you obviously asked the league about it and they agreed to let you do it, then you were totally in the right there.
2. I probably wouldn't have vetoed the trade, but then again I have a league that watches trades like hawks and they can vote to approve or deny any trade. This year they actually vetoed a trade among themselves so I didn't even have to do anything about it (the trade was Cam Newton for Jay Cutler, after he was injured). If your league isn't one that reviews trades, then I think it makes it a little better, but in terms of pure value, I think the trade was balanced. It was just really unfair because it was a 2 for 4...and the 4 were all pretty useless. I probably would have let it slide, knowing that one guy was getting screwed. It's part of the learning process for inexperienced players, and I don't like to deny someone who successfully negotiated a deal in their favor.
3. It sounds like the guy was sour grapes to begin with, and I think he was just hurt that none of the 3 teams he paid for made it in the money. The guy was trying to place the blame on you, and I think he was wrong to do it. He has no one to blame but himself. If the guy is going to release his entire roster, DURING THE PLAYOFFs, that's grounds for removal IMO. And speaking of, I'm going to put something about that in my own constitution right now!
4. Nothing to do there but apologize. The rules are there, and he pretty clearly was too lazy to look them up himself. I wouldn't feel bad about it.
5. Outside of the trade veto, I probably would have handled the scenarios in a similar manner. One of the best lessons here is to ensure that you have an ironclad constitution. It doesn't have to be so specific as to cover every possible issue, but it does need to be general enough that it can handle most any situation.