Barring extenuating circumstances, I stick to a "no pay, no play" rule. If you don't get your dues in before draft day, you're out. It wasn't always like this, as I know everyone in this league well and have no problem extending temporary credit to them. This rule came about because a few year's back, an owner (Owner X) who had to autodraft wasn't satisfied with his team and never paid up. His rationale was that he didn't draft his team, so he shouldn't have to pay for it. He obviously wasn't eligible for payouts that year, and I probably should have booted him.
This year, I set the draft day in early June. Everyone, either through silence or affirmative confirmation, indicated that the date (tomorrow, 8/18) was fine. Owner X e-mailed the league listserv in July indicating that he'd be out of the country starting August 9th for a few weeks. I tried to find an alternative draft date, but nothing else worked. We decided to stick with 8/18 and Owner X said no big deal, he'd just rank his guys and autodraft. On August 2 (a full week before his trip), I finalized the buy-in and began collecting money.
Thus far, I've collected from everyone but Owner X. I e-mailed him a few days ago, and he responded that he was unable to send me the money via PayPal because he was in Europe. I told him it would take under a minute and to please get the money in, that I couldn't let him play by a separate set of rules, told him the app was very easy to use (his e-mail was sent from his iPhone), offered to send him a PayPal invoice, etc. I've yet to receive a response, but the guy has posted plenty of pictures to Facebook so I know he has internet access.
My question: do I kick him out of the league or cut him some slack? Given his history re: autodrafting and paying, I'm leaning hard toward the latter. Even assuming he somehow can't access PayPal in Europe, I gave him plenty of lead time before his vacation to pay. 7 owners (12-team league) have contacted me to tell me to boot him, and have suggested a couple people who could jump in last minute to take his spot. Would appreciate the Cafe's advice.