Commissioner Guide, Part 7: Solving Disputes

Our commissioner guide offers tips on solving league disputes

As a commissioner, a dispute between two teams in the league regarding a league setting, rule, or situation is one of the most difficult tasks to manage. An owner may submit a questionable lineup. Two owners may make a trade which looks very one-sided. The NFL may change the scoring of a particular play and it changes the outcome of a fantasy game, or one site may say a player is a tight end and the other may say the player is a wide receiver. The longer your league is in existence, the more likely you will run across one of these situations. You can try to anticipate these type of things with your constitution, but what if you run into a situation that does not quite fit into what you already have in place? Here are a couple of different approaches you can take to resolve these situations without tearing your league apart.

the approach

Always remember any dispute should be resolved with the overall goal of the league in mind. It is not about what works best for you or the guy who is your best friend. You need to approach each situation thinking, "How will the league benefit the most from this decision." Even if the dispute is only between two owners, the rest of the league will be impacted by the decision. You are setting a precedent for future situations, and it might not involve just two owners next time. Always ask yourself what will benefit the most people going forward. If you proceed in a reasonable manner, you should come to a fair decision that works best for your league.

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