Background: 7 year running active keeper league. Our trade policy is that there is a review panel of 3 teams in which 2 of 3 must vote approve on trades. Abstained votes after 48 hours are "approves". While the espn setting is to process trades in 3 days, after the 2 days if it hasn't received 2 votes against, I as commish push them through.
Team A traded 4 players to Team B for 2 players. Therefore Team A was to have 2 open roster spots open post trade. Based on the time of when the trade was accepted, I should have pushed the trade through Friday morning at 12:11AM. Waivers went through on Friday morning at 3:30AM. Team A that was to have the open roster spots texts me on Friday that he is mad that I never pushed the trade through the night before and that he would have put a claim in for waiver wire player Brandon Lafell. Instead, another team, team C in the league added Lafell.
I kindly asked Team C if he would be willing to give Lafell to team A but he replied that he didn't feel that was necessary and made the claim that anybody could always then just say "oh but I would have made the claim". While it is true I did not follow our Constitution and push the trade through on time, there is no proof that team A was either awake or would have actually made that waiver claim for Lafell in the approximately 3.5 hour time window before waivers pushed through. And while Team A asked me on Thursday when I would or could process the trade, he never indicated or gave me any reason as to why he was inquiring such as that he was planning on adding a waiver player.
If that's not bad enough, it gets worse. Team A lost this week by EXACTLY 4 points which is what Lafell scored.
If that's not bad enough, it gets worse. When I went to post something about the issue on our league page tonight (Monday), I find a message that I missed Sunday morning by Team C that said he would be willing to give up Lafell BEFORE any of the games were even played this weekend.
I have no other choice but to take this to a non-partisan arbitrator to rule on this.
I see 2 options of resolution:
1) Leave everything as is. While it was my fault that I not process the trade on time, there is NO proof that team A would have actually made the waiver claim in the 3.5 hour time window. Team C made the claim and was awarded the player. Nothing else should be done.
2) Place Lafell on team A's roster. The first and most significant error was that the trade was not processed timely allowing him to make his waiver claim. His intention was clear that he wanted that player. Also, alter his scoring from this weeks matchup to add the 4 points that Lafell would have scored giving him and his opponent a tie.
Please help decide for our league. Please vote and explain your reply. It will be the best of the first 5 replies to decide. If only 3 people reply it will be best of 3 and if only 1 person replies by Thursday 5PM CST, I will go with that 1 reply.
Last edited by SHOTimer on Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:29 am, edited 1 time in total.