Thank you all again. Much appreciated. Using my first pass for a long post:
CMill- according to our current rules in the roster thread, FA will open when we all determine. The new league year starts sometime in the summer according to FF. We have always had the draft first, which this year is April 26. Last year we opened FA in early August because of the lockout, but before that it was in July.
As far as an agenda for the offseason, Im not gonna start making a bunch of rule change proposals. I think we should establish a system for them to be evaluated so that legitimate claims that members have will be addressed in a manner that is respectful to both them and the league. I think standardization of this process will take alot of the human element out of the equation, minimizing acute reaction, and groupthink. If we can address issues or sources of confusion during the offseason, hopefully we can lay the foundation for a smoother and more enjoyable league.
As much as I would like to start that disussion, we need to address the elephant in the room: league membership. We should discuss the current condition, expectations of yourself and other league members. Then, lets start the discussion on how people think rules should be evaluated when people have an issue. I think its OK to start offering issues/ make proposals, but I dont think they should be evaluated until we standardize a system and address the league membership.
My two cents are as follows: league membership starts with expectations. I think we could use some standardized expectations because I believe we all share them. Number one, check your lineup on sunday morning. Life happens, expectations will not always be met, and that's OK. In the last quarter of the regular season, the issue of tanking will be brought up as inevitably life happens. I would never accuse anyone of tanking but I dont think it hurts to have some incentives for late season activity. In regards to our currently absent league member(s), I would like more than just a public vow to recommit. I apologize for asking someone to do something I dont want to do but it would be awesome if someone could have a heart to heart with our absent league member(s), and figure out some way to fix this.
In regards to the system for rules changes, I think any rule change during the season needs to be either commisioner forced or unanimously voted upon. I think the commissioner needs the option to correct any problems that are at the core of the league, but only in the extremist of cases. Otherwise, any change midstream deserves the attention and approval of all league members. Changes during the offseason should be OK with a league majority. If the league as whole has the feeling that they dont want to discuss all the rule proposals, there should be a hearing by a rules committee that would establish legitimacy of the proposals for overall league approval and majority vote. This could streamline the process if we find that alot of the issues are only disputed amongst a minority of the league.