I’m the commissioner of a long term competitive superflex league that because of its competitive nature, generally polices itself.
We voted as a group a few years back to switch over to collusion only based vetoing. (Good thing)
This year however, I (the commissioner) was involved in a trade after week 7 (Thursday game-the Mahomes injury game) and the league decided to lose its mind, neglect the rules, and throw a fit until I agreed to cancel the trade.
The trade FYI:
Me Getting: Saquon Barkley, Davante Adams, Patrick Mahomes
Me Giving: Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, John Brown, Carlos Hyde
I understand in a vacuum this trade looks crazy lopsided, but keep in mind all three of the guys I was getting were injured at the time, 2 of them were at risk for being shut down for the season, and based on injury and bye timelines I wouldn’t have all 3 players at the same time for 6 weeks.
At time of trade I was 4-2 in 1st place(most pts). He was 2-4 in last place(last pts). 12 team league.
I was leveraging my position to improve for the playoffs(8 teams make playoffs). He was scrambling to make playoffs and get out of toilet bowl.
In addition to not being a veto based on collusion, the league also did not complete the terms necessary to veto a trade based on our old veto rules which required a majority to post for a veto as well as each post valid reasons why they think a veto is appropriate. (They did have 6 people post to veto, but only 3 posted reasons). The reason being people were vetoing every trade in our league infancy and we decided they should at least have to take the time to write something coherent.
When they did not complete either of the two methods of veto, and after much thought, I stated I would be pushing the trade through.(as I would have done for any other member due to there being no collusion)
Peeps threw a fit and the threat of the league disbanding was very real.
In the end, we rescinded the trade in order to keep the league together.
Keeping a tally on the players to be traded, the last place team would have been able to avoid the toilet bowl had the trade gone through(we travel for our draft and have a cheerleader outfit at the draft/night out punishment so this is significant)
My team would have ended up in… exactly the same playoff position.
This is the second time this same group of guys has thrown a fit about a trade and threatened the fabric of our league. (The first time I was not involved in the trade, so I was able to keep them at bay under our rules as commissioner ultimately)
They were worried about us neglecting our fiduciary responsibility to them (it’s a few hundred dollar buy in) however they failed in their fiduciary responsibility to us.
It’s a great group of guys. But need to prevent this happening in the future. How do you keep squeaky wheels from getting too much power in a league? (Some of our wheels can be very squeaky)
Most importantly: What is an adequate punishment for guys in our league that went outside of our rules and threatened mutiny… and then ended up flat out wrong?