N.I.L. Rulebook

Those paragraphs or sections marked with [$$$$$] will be in effect only if this league plays for real money. Unmarked paragraphs are in effect at all times.

I. OBJECT

Assemble a lineup of 23 MLB players whose cumulative stats during the regular season, compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those of all other teams in the league.

II. TEAMS

There are 12 teams in a duly constituted Rotisserie League composed of MLB players.

III. STATS

The weekly stat summaries published in USA Today constitute the official database for the computation of standings. The effective date of any transaction for the purposes of statistical calculation is the following day immediately after the deadline for reporting transactions. Transactions recorded during Auction Draft are effective retroactive to Opening Day. Stats of a player shall be assigned to a team only when he is on the active 23-man roster of that team. Standings shall be tabulated and issued in a regular and timely fashion as determined by the league teams.

IV. STANDINGS

The following criteria are used to determine team performance:

Batters:

Pitchers:

Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the categories and given points for each place, e.g. 13 for 1st, 12 for 2nd, etc., 1 for last.

V. ROSTER

A team's active roster consists of 5 OF, 2 C, a 2B, a SS, a MI (either 2B or SS), a 1B, a 3B, a CI (either 1B or 3B), a UT player (non-pitcher) and 9 pitchers.

VI. POSITION ELIGIBILITY

A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in 20 or more games in the preceding season. If a player did not appear in 20 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position at which he appeared most frequently. If a player did not play in the ML the previous year due to playing outside of ML, year-long DL, coming out of retirement, playing in Minors, etc., he will be eligible at the position using above qualifications in whatever league he played in last. If it is impossible to determine what the player's natural position is, the Commissioner will determine the player's eligibility to the best of ability.

Once the season is underway (but after the Auction Draft), a player becomes eligible for assignment to any position at which he appears at least once. A position played in an extra inning game does not qualify the player at that position.

VII. PLAYER SALARIES

The salary of a player is determined by the time and the means of his acquisition and does not change until the player is signed to a guaranteed long-term contract.

Form of Acquisition Salary
Draft -> auction price
Farm system call-up -> $5
Free agent signing -> $10
Waiver claim -> salary prior to waiver
September roster expansion from free agent pool -> $25

VIII. THE OPTION YEAR AND GUARANTEED CONTRACTS

A player who has been at the same salary during two consecutive seasons without interruption (such as being waived or released) must be released, signed at the same salary to a guaranteed contract for his option year, or signed to a long-term guaranteed contract prior to the freezing of rosters in his third season. Any player kept on the frozen roster and is not indicated as being signed to any contract will automatically go up 1 level, i.e. 'a' goes to 'b' and 'b' goes to 'h'.

In determining a player's status, "season" is understood to be a full season or any fraction thereof. A team may sign a player to only one long-term contract, at the end of which he becomes a free agent - he cannot be resigned to another contract. The years on the contract will include the year in which the player is signed to that contract, thus a player signed to a 3 years + option contract will have 2 years + option left on the contract after the season in which he was signed to that contract. Once a player is signed to a contract, the contract cannot be renegotiated (i.e. signed to a shorter or longer one)!

If signed to a guaranteed contract, the player's salary in the first year of the contract shall be the cumulative sum of prior year's salary plus $5 for every year on the contract, not counting the option year. After the initial year, the salary will increase $5 every year, except during the option year when it will remain the same as the prior year. If signed at the same salary for an option year, the player must be released at the end of the season.

For example:

This is what happens to a player's salary that is signed to a guaranteed contract with a starting salary of $1. Make sure to read the rules concerning players with contracts as far as releasing, waving, and trading. To figure out any other player's salary, just add his current (salary-1) to the contract, thus a $10 player signed to a 5+O contract will have a salary of $31 in the first year of the contract. (5+O means 5 years + option year)

Year 5+O (c) 4+O (d) 3+O (e) 2+O (f) 1+O (g) O (h)
1 26 21 16 11 6 1
2 31 26 21 16 6 -
3 36 31 26 16 - -
4 41 36 26 - - -
5 46 36 - - - -
6 46 - - - - -

a. Player no longer at NL Major League level

If, during the course of a long-term contract, a player is traded to the other league, the contract is rendered null and void.

If a player under a guaranteed contract is sent to the minors at any time after the start of the season, he must be kept on the NIL roster, but he can be reserved and a free agent signed to replace him.

Any player who is under a guaranteed contract must finish the season on the NIL roster as long as he remains the property of a NL team, either at Major or Minor League level

b. Releasing players under guaranteed contract

Any player under a guaranteed contract can be released prior to the start of the auction at the beginning of the season by removing him from the Frozen Roster. The cost of removing a player under a contract shall be 50% (rounded down) of prior year's salary to be counted against the team's $260 limit for the current year.

A player who is entering the option year of his contract, may be released prior to the start of the season, i.e. not kept on the pre-season frozen roster, or may be kept for his option year at his present salary.

In all other cases a team must honor the terms of the long-term contract.

[$$$$$] In addition, a signing bonus, equal to one half the total value of the long-term contract, but not less than 5, shall also be paid (into the prize pool).

c. Emergency Clause

If the frozen pre-draft roster that is submitted to the Commissioner contains players only under contracts 'c' through 'g' and there is not enough money left to be able to draft the remainder of the team of at least $1 per needed player, the Commissioner shall remove from the roster, the lowest salaried player that will free up enough money to allow the drafting of the remainder of the team. If an owner can free up the required money by removing a player who is either under 'b' or 'h' contract, then that owner has the option of choosing the player to remove from the team. The owner has 24 hours after notification by the Commissioner to comply with the requirement.

For example:

Team A signs X number of players in the spring of year Z to multi-year contracts. All of the players are kept thru the season and winter. In the spring of year Z+1, it signs Y number of players to multi-year contracts, and the contracts of the original X players go up 1 level (including the salaries). All of the X and Y players stay with the team through the season and winter. In the Spring of year Z+2, all of X and Y players have at least 1 year besides the option year remaining on the contract, but because of the increased salaries, the team doesn't have enough money to be able to draft the rest of the team.

In this scenario, the Commissioner takes over and determines what player is removed from the team. In all cases, the Commissioner must do everything in his power to allow the owner to determine how to free up the necessary money, but owner participation is required!

d. Disclaimer

Since guaranteed contracts have a few gray areas, every effort will be done to follow the constitution as written. If a situation comes up that appears that a team is taking advantage of a loophole due to incorrect or missing wording, then the 'spirit' of the constitution will be followed. The same thing will be done if it appears that the loophole is hurting a team. This league is trying to emulate the actual Major League Baseball as much as possible and problems will be solved as much as possible according to MLB actions.

IX. ROSTER PROTECTION

For the first three seasons of the league's existence, each team must retain, from one season to the next, no fewer than 7 but no more than 15 of the players on its 23-man roster. After third season, the minimum requirement is eliminated.

The rosters of all NIL teams are frozen on and stats are collected from Opening Day. The auction starts immediately the next day.

Specific notice must also be made at that time of any guaranteed contract signings.

The cumulative salaries of players protected prior to Auction Draft are deducted from a team's 260 expenditure limit, and the balance is available for acquisition of the remaining players needed to complete the team's 23-man roster.

The Commissioner shall promptly notify all teams of all this information.

X. AUCTION DRAFT

The Frozen Roster is due on Opening Day, but before the opening pitch. Major League Player Auction is conducted starting on the second day of the baseball season. Each team must acquire 23 players at a total cost not to exceed 260 bidding "units".

a. Bidding lots

The Commissioner shall estimate the value of all eligible players, group the players into value ranges, and distribute the players in a random but uniform manner into five lots of equal size.

For example:

An initial NIL auction draft might consist of 360 players (the active roster of 12 teams plus players on the DL list). The Commissioner may determine that the talent is distributed as follows: 40 All-Star, 80 Star, 120 Good, and 120 Average (and Bad) players. Then each of the five lots would have 8 All-Star, 16 Star, 24 Good and 24 Average (and Bad) players.

Each lot shall be placed at auction in succession. The winning bids shall be announced as each lot is auctioned.

b. Making bids

Bids may not be made contingent on any type of event including the success or failure of previous bids in the current lot (exception: Round 5 - see below).

In the case of a tie, the team with the worst record during the previous season wins the bid, or if still tied then the tie is broken by random selection. (See Section XVIII. EXPANSION DRAFT for rules concerning expansion teams.)

c. Bidding units

If this is the first year of the NIL draft, each team will have a bankroll of $260. In subsequent years, your bankroll will depend on the salaries of the players kept between seasons. Because each team bids on a group of players in a 'blind bid' fashion, the bidding limit is 120% of the team's remaining bankroll, except during the 5th round. In the 5th round, each team is allowed to bid on any number of players as long as no individual bid is greater than the remaining bankroll.

For example:

Team A has $50, Team B has $30, team C has $40 remaining for the 5th round. There are 10 players available that each team wants: Team A decides to bid $10 on every player. Team B decides to bid $30 on player 2, and $30 on player 4. Team C decides to bid $15 on every player.

Here's how the results of this round would go:

player 1 -> team C (A = $50, B = $30, C = $25)

player 2 -> team B (A = $50, B = $0, C = $25)

player 3 -> team C (A = $50, B = $0, C = $10)

player 4 -> team A (A = $40, B = $0, C = $10)

player 5 -> team A (A = $30, B = $0, C = $10)

player 6 -> team A (A = $20, B = $0, C = $10)

player 7 -> team A (A = $10, B = $0, C = $10)

player 8 -> team A (A = $0, B = $0, C = $10)

player 9 -> team C (A = $0, B = $0, C = $0)

player 10 -> ignored

During the auction, a bid that exceeds the team's available salary pool will be reduced to fit within the salary limits or voided, if that is not possible.

d. Releasing players to auction

Any team may, at any time prior to the start of the supplemental round, release any player purchased in the current auction back to the auction. Any player that was on the frozen roster cannot be released until after the draft is completed.

The team shall receive a refund of 90% of the original bid (rounded down). If one $10 player is returned, the team gets $9 back. If ten $1 players are returned, the team gets nothing back. The released players shall become part of the last lot or the supplemental round, depending on when released. Each team must have at least $1 for each open position since that is the minimum salary.

e. Legal rosters

Prior to the start of the supplemental round, each team must attempt to make a legal team with respect to size, position, and salary requirements. A team is allowed to reserve any player who did not start the season as an active player on the ML roster.

During the supplemental round, teams may not request players that are unable to fill a natural opening in their roster. They may request any player they had previously released during the current auction, but they have absolutely last priority on that player. Any players that do not fit into the roster must be released. Each team must also show that it has at least $1 left for each open position on the roster.

f. Supplemental Draft

If, after the last auction round, one or more teams do not have a complete and legal roster, those teams shall participate in a supplemental draft.

When submitting rosters before the supplemental draft, the 'fixed' positions (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS) must be filled (if possible) and requests are for 'floating' (CI, MI) positions. If a UT is a player that qualifies at any of the open positions, he will be automatically moved and the UT spot will become open. A team is never allowed to have a utility spot filled if the player in the utility spot can fill one of the open positions or players can be shifted around to make the UT spot open.

Each team shall submit a list of eligible players for each position that needs to be filled. The order will be determined as follows:

  1. team that needs the most players
  2. 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, C
  3. CI, MI, OF
  4. UT
  5. reverse of last year's standings (if first year, by random draw) (See section XVIII. EXPANSION DRAFT for rules concerning expansion teams.)
  6. pitchers will be determined by (a) and (e) only and are exclusive of the field players when counting number of players needed

A team is not allowed to shift a player's position to gain higher priority, but shifting within the same priority to request a player (i.e. shift from 1B to 2B to get a 1B, or CI to MI to get a CI) is allowed. Players who qualify at OF and infield positions are special cases and will be handled as they pop up. If a player is forced to move to another position to get another player, the team will still have the original priority.

For example:

1B has priority over CI, but player Y is assigned as a 1B because the team is not sure if it can get a 1B. The team requests a player as a CI, but fails to get him because another team wants him as a 1B. The first team finished the season lower than the other team, so player Y is shifted into CI, and now the first team requests the same player as a 1B. THIS IS NOT ALLOWED!

Instructions regarding position eligibility are allowed when picks are submitted. Players selected in the supplemental draft have a salary of $1 - there is no bidding.

g. Roster modification during auction

If a player is traded during the draft, the new team assumes all contract and salary requirements of the player acquired.

For example:

Team A has $10 left and Team B has $15. Team A trades Player A ($10) for Player B ($5). Team A now has $15 and Team B has $10 left.

If, on the other hand, Team A traded to Team B a player who is $16+, then Team B must immediately release a player back into the pool to acquire the needed money to complete the transaction. Otherwise, the trade would not be legal.

At the end of every transaction, a team must be able to show that it is at $0 or more - the balance cannot go into negative. Please note the consequences of having $0 and still needing players.

The total sum of the salaries of all players on the roster after the draft must not exceed $260. All of this is nullified after the supplemental round at which point the regular trading rules take effect (see below).

XI. TRADES

NIL teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit so long as the active rosters of all teams involved in a trade conform to the position distribution requirements upon completion of the transaction.

Any team below positional distribution after a trade must successfully add a player before the weekly deadline to make sure it meets the positional distribution requirement. Any team above positional distribution after a trade must successfully remove a player from the active roster before the weekly deadline to make sure it meets the positional distribution requirement.

If after all transactions are processed, one or more team is short of the required 23 active players, the Commissioner will pick alphabetically from the free agent list the first eligible player to fill the empty roster spot.

If after all transactions are processed, one or more teams has more than the required 23 active players, the trade and all transactions directly related to said trade would be voided.

No trades are permitted from September 1 through the end of the season. Trades made from the day after the season ends until rosters are frozen are not bound by the position distribution requirement.

The Commissioner may rule to void any trade if such trade is deemed by the Commissioner to be not in the best interests of the league. For instance, trading Fred McGriff and Greg Maddux for Gerald Perry and Rob Murphy might be viewed as attempting to stack one of the teams in the league.

XII. THE RESERVE LIST

a. Reserving a player

A team may reserve any player on its 23-man roster who is placed on the disabled list, sent down to the minors, etc. provided he is still the 'property' of a NL team. Any player who is no longer the 'property' of a NL team, either at Major or Minor League level, cannot be reserved by his NIL team but can be released or kept on the roster without a replacement.

A player is removed from a team's active roster at the end of the stat week and placed on the team's reserve list. There is no limit to the number of players a team may have on its reserve list. Reserving a player protects a team's rights to that player.

A team can replace an inactive player at any time. A player suspended for a short period of time, i.e. not the rest of the season or life, may not be reserved, released, or replaced unless he falls under conditions outlined elsewhere in the constitution.

Once a specific action has been taken to remove a player from the 23-man roster, a team is then free to select any eligible player from the free agent pool. If the same player is claimed by more than one team in a given week, he goes to the team ranking lowest in the most recent standings. A concomitant replacement player must accompany every reserve move.

b. Player activation

When a player on a reserve list is returned to active Major League duty, he must be reinstated to the active 23-man roster within two weeks after his activation or else he must be waived.

In the event a team fails to activate, within 2 weeks, a player who is under a guaranteed contract, the player who replaced him will be waived. If that the player is no longer on the roster, the 'chain' of transactions will be followed to determine who is the current player on the roster to occupy the spot of the reserved player. If such determination is not possible, the lowest priced player not under contract who is filling the reserved player's position will be waived.

To free a spot for the activated player, any player not under a guaranteed contract on the 23-man roster can be waived provided the position requirements are adhered to, unless one of the players can be shifted to another natural opening on the roster for which he qualifies.

Failure to notify the Commissioner shall be considered a waiver of the player on the reserve list. A player may not be reinstated or waived until his MLB team has activated him. If the player to be waived is under a guaranteed contract, then any player not under a guaranteed contract can we waived provided the position requirements are maintained.

c. Special Condition

Any player who becomes injured and is determined (by the Commissioner) to miss a considerable amount of playing time (i.e. miss remainder of season, sidelined indefinitely, had surgery, etc., but not day-to-day) will be eligible to be reserved by his NIL team even if his ML team fails to reserve the player.

d. 'Inactivity' Marks

* = the player didn't play in a single game the past week

! = the player didn't play in a single game the past 2 weeks

@ = the player didn't play in a single game the past 3+ weeks

# = player is reserved

Every '+' at the end of the stats line for a reserved player indicates the number of weeks that player has been active.

XIII. WAIVERS

a. Replacing active player from free agent pool

A player with a guaranteed contract may not be waived during the season. He may be released and replaced if traded to the other league.

Any player who is not under a guaranteed contract may be waived at any time during the season and another player signed in his place from the free agent pool as long as the position eligibility is adhered to. This unconditional waiver can be done only 5 times during the season, after which a player can be released only if he's placed on the "designated for assignment" list, sent to the minors, placed on the "disqualified" list, traded to the other league, or placed on the disabled list.

b. Replacing active player from within your system

When a Rotisserie reserved player is activated by his NL team, either he or another player, provided position requirements are legal, must be placed on waivers unless the newly activated player can be placed into a natural opening.

When a Rotisserie farm system player is activated, except into a natural opening, the player dropped to make room for him must be waived.

A player no longer on the active roster of a NL team and whose position is taken by a player activated from the reserve list or farm system may not be placed on waivers but must be released outright or reserved.

c. Replacing active player from the "Waiver Wire"

The waiver period begins as soon as the transaction results are sent out, and lasts until next deadline for transactions to be submitted to the Commissioner at which time the player shall become the property of the lowest ranked team to have claimed him.

The team who places a player on waivers has last priority of claiming that same player. If no teams successfully claim that player during that weeks transaction period, that same team who waived him can claim him.

To make room for the acquired player, the team must assign him to a natural opening or waive a player at the same position played by the newly acquired player.

There is no priority of replacing an inactive player over an active player. The only priority wil l be based on the current week’s standings as of Saturday using the NIL website’s daily updated standings as the source. A team may acquire on waivers no more than one player in a given week.

XIV. SEPTEMBER ROSTER EXPANSION

If it chooses, a team may expand its roster for the pennant drive by calling up one additional pitcher and/or one additional batter at any time after September 1 until the end of the season from the free agent pool, its own reserve list, or its own farm system.

The order of selection for the expansion is determined by the most recent standings, with the last place team having first selection. During the first transaction period after or on September 1, expansion claims take precedence over any other acquisitions. The owner must state that a player is being taken for expansion purposes.

XV. LOSS OF PLAYERS BEYOND YOUR CONTROL

(a) - (d) below continues until all of the teams have had the opportunity to be compensated.

a. Inter-league trade involving players on ML and NIL rosters

The team of the highest salaried player traded away has the option to pick up any one of the players coming into the league. Once it has chosen a player (or stated that it is waiving the right to choose), the team of the next highest salaried player can pick up any one of the remaining players. This continues until all of the teams had the opportunity to be compensated.

Each new player will acquire the salary and the contract status of the player he is replacing. During the regular season, the integrity of roster positions must be maintained.

If such trade was conducted during the off-season, the above rule will hold except any leftover players will go into the general free agent pool and will be available for draft.

b. Inter-league trade involving players not on NIL rosters

Any player coming into the league is immediately available to be claimed by any team. If no one claims him, he will automatically go on the waiver wire after the transaction deadline.

During the off-season, the new players will go into the general free agent pool and will be available for draft.

c. Inter-league trade of Minor League players

The team lowest in the standings of the player traded away has the option to pick up any one of the players coming into the league. Once the team has chosen a player (or stated that it is waiving the right to choose), the next lowest team in standings can pick up any one of the remaining players. This continues until all of the teams have had the opportunity to be compensated. Any Minor League player left will be ignored.

d. Inter-league trade of Minor League for Major League players

If a NIL team loses a Minor League player, the team lowest in the standings has the option of:

  1. Pick up the Major League player and put him on the roster by releasing, waiving, or reserving (if eligible) a player, or
  2. Pick up another player from the Minor Leagues and put him in its farm system.

If a NIL team loses a Major League player, the team of the highest salaried player has the option of:

  1. Pick another player either from the free agent pool without a loss of an unconditional waiver or it's own system, or
  2. Pick up the Minor League player and put him in its Minor League system. If the team already has 3 players in its farm system, it must remove one of the players from the system and then sign a free agent (if necessary) with a loss of an unconditional waiver. If the team doesn't have any left, then (1) must be followed.

e. Salaries

Any player coming into the league and not picked up via other means will have a salary of $10 when picked either from the "Waiver Wire" or the free agent pool.

f. Deadlines

A team has until the next transaction deadline, but never less than 3 days, to either declare which player is being chosen or state that it is waiving the right to choose. After the deadline, the team loses its priority and the next team has the choice. After the deadline has passed, all new MLB players follow rule (b) above.

g. Players leaving the NL due to retirement, being cut, free agency, etc.

If a player is no longer on a NL roster due to various conditions where the NL team does not receive compensation, the team can release him even if the player is under guaranteed contract. If this happens during the regular season, the team can choose another player from the free agent pool without the loss of an unconditional waiver or its own system. If this happens during the off-season, then the player need not be kept on the frozen pre-season roster even if he is under guaranteed contract.

h. Other

The Commissioner, to the best of ability and in the best interests of the league, will settle any situation that comes up that is not covered by any of these rules.

XVI. MINOR LEAGUE DRAFT

A Minor League Player Draft is conducted on the day of the All-Star Game, in which each team may acquire players who are not on any active roster and who still have official rookie status.

If the owner of a Minor League player no longer wants the player to be in his farm system, he must specifically state that on Saturday prior to the All-Star game, otherwise, the player will remain in the farm system. The list of players released from the farm system will be sent out to all of the current owners.

Selection takes place in 2 rounds of a simple draft, not an auction. The selection order of the draft shall be the reverse order of the current standings. Each team will submit a list of 3-5 players and the Commissioner will assign the players based in the above-mentioned method.

XVII. FARM SYSTEM

A player can be placed into the farm system from the NIL roster at any time as long as he still qualifies as a rookie, is the property of a NL team, and is not on the ML roster of any team. If the team already has 3 players in its farm system, then one of the players must be released.

a. Contract status

Any minor league player promoted by the NIL team after the All-Star break, will retain his contract status of 'a' for the following year.

b. Farm player on Opening Day roster

If a Minor League player makes the Opening Day roster, he can still remain in the farm system but must abide by the rules below.

If an owner wishes to bring up a farm player who makes Opening Day roster prior to the start of the draft, he must be submitted as part of the frozen roster and will be assigned a salary of $5 with 'a' contract status.

c. Farm player promoted prior to September 1

If a farm system player is promoted to the active roster of a NL team at any time during the regular season prior to September 1, his NIL team has 75 AB or 25 IP (respectively) after his promotion to activate him or waive him.

If the player is activated, the player displaced from the 23-man roster to make room for him must be placed on waivers, unless the farm player can be activated into a natural opening.

d. Farm player promoted after September 1

If a Minor League player is called up after September 1, the 75 Ab/25 IP requirement is disregarded.

e. Appearance limits

If during the course of being at MLB level, a farm player reaches 130 AB or 50 IP cumulative over the course of 1 or more years, the NIL team has 2 weeks to either activate or waive him - this overrides the 75/25 requirement.

A player who reaches the 130 AB or 50 IP at MLB level can never again be drafted into, returned to, or kept for next season at the Minor League level.

The end of the season overrides any deadlines, except the owner cannot keep that player in the farm system at the start of next season.

e. Trading

A farm player may be traded, as may a team's selection rights in the Minor League draft. If a NIL team has 3 players in its farm system and receives a minor league player as part of a trade from another NIL team, it must release one of its minor league players or promote him to the NIL roster if that is possible.

XVIII. EXPANSION DRAFT

In the event that the National League expands its number of teams, NIL will have the option to also expand by no more than the same number of teams. The exact number of teams to expand will be determined by a 2/3-majority vote of the active teams of the league. If expansion is approved, the league will seek new owners either by advertising or individually contacting prospective owners. The new teams will follow the draft rules as stated below.

a. Expansion draft

Each active team in the league shall submit a list of seven protected players on the roster. When an expansion team, picking in an order determined by lot, selects a player from a team, that team can protect an additional 2 players. Each expansion team will continue to select until it has selected seven players from the unprotected rosters of active teams. No team may lose more than 2 players. The salaries and contract statuses of these players remain unchanged. Players who just finished playing out 'h' status do not need to be protected, nor can they be drafted.

b. Expansion team vs. expansion team

During the expansion draft, the order shall be randomly selected.

During the regular draft, the priority order of expansion teams is reverse of the order they picked during the expansion dra

During the supplemental round, the priority order of expansion teams is reverse of the order they picked during the expansion draft.

c. Expansion teams vs. existing team

For the purposes of the regular draft, if the expansion team ties with an existing team, the existing team has the higher priority.

For the purposes of the supplemental round, all pre-existing teams have higher priority than the expansion team(s).

d. Farm system

In addition, each expansion team shall receive one additional first round farm system draft pick, coming at the end of the normal first round.

XIX. GENERIC DRAFT SCHEDULE

Day 1 will be Opening Day! Please make sure that all bids are on players actually on the Opening Day roster of a MLB team or on DL, but not in minors!

Any won player who is later discovered to be ineligible will be immediately dropped from the roster. The best possible effort has been done to eliminate all players who are no longer eligible for the draft, but obviously some will be missed.

Day 1: Frozen rosters are due along with any contract signings by 5 PM, EST. That evening, the frozen rosters will be released to all teams along with the 5 lists of draft rounds. Please cut out the appropriate team, delete all players being dropped, and to the right of the contract label, indicate what is the player's new contract if he was under 'b' contract the previous season. Player under 'a' (if kept) can be ignored since he automatically goes to 'b' (unless they were a farm player promoted after the All-Star break) and 'c' through 'g' players can be ignored since they automatically go to next level.

Day 2: Round 1 bids are due and the results are sent out. When bidding on players, it is easiest, if the bid is put to the RIGHT of the player's position and players not bid on are deleted. If the team is not bidding on any player in any one of the rounds, then a message stating that should be sent to the Commissioner. Otherwise, it is assumed that the team is having computer problems and the draft gets delayed. Also, please let the Commissioner know if somebody is omitted from any of the lists.

Day 3: Round 2 bids are due and the results are sent out.

Day 4: Round 3 bids are due and the results are sent out.

Day 5: Round 4 bids are due and the results are sent out.

Day 6: Last chance for teams to release any player(s) not wanted for 90% refund to be included in round 5.

Day 7: All players that were originally scheduled for round 5 along with any released players and players omitted from original draft list are bid on and the results are sent out.

Day 8: Teams submit legal rosters by position and release any other players not wanted and everybody's rosters along with the info for supplemental round are sent out.

Day 9: Lists for supplemental draft are received, players are assigned, and results are sent out and.... PLAY BALL!

Day 10: Reserve lists for players on DL/minors due. If any of the team's players went on DL or were sent to minors between the start of the draft and the current day, the team is allowed to replace them under the following provisions. All players that have been called up to the majors since opening day are eligible. If a player replaced became inactive before Opening Day, then the replacement player's stats will be retroactive to Opening Day. If the player became inactive between Opening Day and second transaction deadline after Opening Day, 5 PM EST, then his stats will start counting only from that day's game. If he became inactive after that, then he will be handled in the following week's transactions.

XX. ADMINISTRAVIA

a. Governance

The team owners shall elect a Commissioner of the League. The Commissioner shall take full responsibility for the normal running of league, appointing assistants as necessary, resolving all disputes. The Commissioner shall serve until retirement or until a two-thirds majority of the owners elects a new Commissioner. There are no meetings of any type.

b. Special Dates/Deadlines

The end of the season overrides any and all deadlines. Frozen rosters and contract signings are due on Opening Day

Unless otherwise stated, the Commissioner at the beginning of the season will send out all transaction deadlines.

c. Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the Constitution will be voted on only during the off-season and require that at least 2/3 of the active teams cast a vote, and of those cast, 2/3 of the votes are in favor of the change. All fractions will be rounded down.

d. Franchise Ownership

After a league has been established, a team franchise shall be considered abandoned after 3 consecutive weeks of no communication between the team and the Commissioner. An owner may protect his franchise by notifying the Commissioner at any time, by any means possible, of any expected communication blackouts.

Once a team has been abandoned, the Commissioner shall make every effort to confirm that the team owner is either unable or unwilling to participate in the league. After the confirmation, or an additional 2 weeks have passed, the Commissioner shall announce that the franchise has been abandoned and will advertise for a new owner.

XXI. PRIZE MONEY [$$$$$]

The value of units used in bidding, salaries, and all transaction fees is $0.05, e.g. the salary cap of 260 units is $13.

All fees shall be promptly collected and paid out as follow:

  • 1st place 50%
  • 2nd place 25%
  • 3rd place 15%
  • 4th place 10%

XXII. FEES [$$$$$]

There are no fees covering player personnel moves. $26 season fee is paid to the commissioner before the season draft.

XXIII. DEFINITIONS

Active Team - A team that currently has an owner and said owner has indicated to the Commissioner that he plans to participate in the league in the upcoming season.

Guaranteed Contract - Any contract that is neither 'a' or 'b', i.e. even a player who is under an 'h' contract for that year is under a guaranteed contract and is bound by all restrictions of such contract.

Natural Opening - An opening on the 23-man roster that was not created by the owner of the NIL team, i.e. the natural events of the game caused the player to be no longer active.

Release - Removing a player from the 23-man roster of the NIL team who is no longer on the active roster of the MLB team.

Rookie - A player who has fewer than 130 total at-bats or 50 innings pitched at the Major League level over the course of his career.

Waive - Removing a player from the 23-man roster of the NIL team who is still active on the MLB team.