Sportsmanship Rules for Private/Custom Leagues
I propose mirroring the sportsmanship rules, to some extent, currently being utilized in the Public League. Having five impartial league owners, randomly selected by Yahoo, to submit to Yahoo their conclusion for appropriate action Yahoo can implement.
General: If an owner does not comply with the sportsmanship rules as defined in "Fair play and sportsmanship rules for public leagues", or a league determines that an owner has acted in an unsportsmanlike manner, the league reserves the right to disqualify the owner, void points and/or remove that owner from the league and select a new owner. The resolution will be handled by a panel of five league owners, selected randomly by Yahoo, for the so purpose of reviewing any and all allegations and rendering a final decision, which will be binding.
Multiple Teams: In order to keep the leagues as competitive as possible, owners will only be allowed to have one team in a league. If it is discovered that two (2) or more teams are being operated by one owner in the same league, the resolution will be handled by a panel of five league owners, selected randomly by Yahoo, for the so purpose of reviewing any and all allegations and rendering a final decision, which will be binding, and Yahoo reserves the right to disqualify that owner from participating in any Fantasy league.
Collusion: Yahoo does not permit two or more owners in the same league to work together to better one team at the expense of the other (for example, making one-sided trades, one team dropping highly-rated players so the other team can pick them up) If it is discovered that two or more owners are colluding, the resolution will be handled by a panel of five league owners, selected randomly by Yahoo, for the so purpose of reviewing any and all allegations and rendering a final decision, which will be binding, of which Yahoo reserves the right to disqualify all involved owners from participating in any Yahoo Fantasy league.
Johann Sy commented
I really like Yahoo's style of fantasy basketball but the lack of rule for cheating/unsportsmanlike is really disappointing. A player could just create a league and just do everything he can to increase his rating. I have chatted with a Yahoo specialist and he too is saddened that he can't do anything about private league ruling. With the introduction of ratings to our fantasy profile i would have thought that sportsmanship ruling would be implemented. Again learning about this and knowing it is already a ongoing issue and still no solution is really saddening, frustrating and disappointing.
Tony Parslow commented
I'm tired of joining **** Custom Leagues. Looks like their are hundreds of them. Also make i possible for me to opt out of these bad leagues.
James McNutt commented
Same happened to me
James McNutt commented
Joseph Mohrsaz commented
There should be a way for us to leave the league should we find something like this,.
Commishes can run their leagues as they sit fit, good, bad or ugly.
I'm in a Private league I joined from the list of open leagues. AFTER the draft the Commish changed it from a Roto league to an H2H-One Win league and made other changes like limiting the total number of transactions on the season to 4.
Who knows what he will do next. None of the other owners are happy, but since Yahoo! lost it's stones and won't do anything about situations like this any more, we are all stuck.
There is no reason a Commissioner should be even able to make major changes like that after a draft. Minor changes yes, but wholesale changes like this are unacceptable.
If it is a private league, the commish needs to handle this.
If it is a public league, you can send an email to Yahoo! customer care and they can restore the roster and lock the team.
nick Liang commented
there r some guys just dumping his whole team ruing the league badly
Many of us will change accounts at least once. There should be an option to merge/transfer old fantasy accounts and the statistics (trophies) tied to those accounts with the account we are currently using (perhaps include the option to close the old account to avoid duplicate data)
Can't be done.
Please allow me to merge my 2 fantasy accounts (same email addresses) so that I can include my old trophies!!
There are leagues playing thru 4/13. When they complete, Yahoo! will post trophies for all leagues.
Ted OLooney commented
There are leagues playing thru 4/13. When they complete, Yahoo! will post trophies for all leagues. You have about a week to wait.
How to fix this situation...
I totally agree with this idea. It's much better than that terrible trophies thing that clutters up my homepage. Who cares about getting a stupid trophy for posting a message or making a trade. Get rid of that junk.
Yahoo Public 183932 has two teams that are trying to do their third bad totally lopsided trade this season. Every time I do a lopsided trade, I get Teamed Alphed, how do I get this rule applied to teams like this?
Upon reviewing the message boards, additional recommendations would be necessary:
Pay/Money Leagues: All monetary exchanges should be made through an escrow account, which would remove any impropriety, but provide a due diligent fiduciary accountability for all parties involved, of which, all parties must agreed to the respective licensed escrow entity.
Impeding other owners: Certain transactions made solely to impede other owners is not allowed. Tanking games for the sole purpose of denying another player's chance to make the playoffs is against the rules. In particular, cycling through players in free agency to put them on waivers and make them unavailable to other teams in your league is strictly prohibited and is grounds for expulsion from the game.
Roster Dumping: Owners that are found to have dumped their players to the player pool in an attempt to undermine the league may be subject to expulsion from the game. If you are giving up on the season, we ask that you maintain league strength by providing the other owners with the most competitive team you are able to field.
Owner interaction: Owners should always be polite and gracious when dealing with one another. Threats and obscenities are not only against the Rules, they are illegal in many jurisdictions. Owners that are found to have sent threatening email to another owner will be warned and/or kicked out of the game completely. This extends to message board posts as well.
Offensive posts, league or team names: Any posts (including league and team names) of a derogatory nature are strictly prohibited, whether it is in a chat room, message board or on a league's bulletin board. This includes personal attacks and sexist or racist remarks. There will be a zero tolerance level - if someone in your league is violating this policy.
Inactivity: In order to maintain the integrity of the league, the commissioner may contact owners of teams that remain inactive for extended periods of time. The commissioner will send notification to the email of record. Shortly thereafter, if the team remains inactive, the commissioner reserves the right to reassign ownership of the inactive team.
The private/custom leagues should become the wild wild west of fantasy sports. Integrity and credibility should be paramount for anyone participating within Yahoo network infrastructure and to maintain a high level of participation and satisfying experience.
It is in Yahoo best interest to set the standards in fantasy sports in relation to competing public and private entities (e.g., ESPN).