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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's always been "one per sim, max" ... if we need to make it official, so be it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I was about to claim 6-7 minor league FAs this sim and realized that probably was an asshole move, and there was no prohibition against it.
    Asshole.

    Agreed. Interestingly enough, though, look at quote in the first post of 2037 threads... http://www.thefobl.com/forums/showth...7+minor+league
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    Minimum 5-man starting rotation issue addressed.

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    1. Teams will not earn cash above a total of $20 million. The portion of a team's profits, both regular and postseason, that extend a team's cash total above $20 million shall be distributed evenly to other eligible teams.

    2. A team may not make trades that would push its cash total above $20 million.
    Seems to me that this should be clarified to say that "total" is not the amount earned that is being capped at $20 million (e.g. $2 million current balance, earn $20 million to get to $22 million cash balance). You want to make it so the actual cash balance of any team cannot ever exceed $20 million (except grandfathered in profits from earlier rules). Also, it could be interpreted as the profit seizing only occuring once you are already at $20 million plus 1. It is nitpicky, yes....

    1. The portion of a team's profits, both regular and postseason, that would raise a team's cash balance to any amount above $20 million shall be forfeited. If the team already has $20 million or more in its cash balance, all positive profits are forfeited. The forfeited amount shall be distributed evenly to all other teams whose cash balances would not exceed $20 million after adding their share of the distribution.

    2. A team may not make trades that would push its cash balance above $20 million at the time the trade is exectuted.
    The modification to the second item clarifies that the only thing prohibited is a trade in which actual cash is being exchanged in the trade that would at the time of the trade break through the cap. So a team at $18 million current balance cannot trade for a player plus $4 million cash. Trades could potentially push expected cash balance at the end of year above $20 million (e.g. trade away a high salary guy who is not covering his pay when you are near the cash cap but the trade involves no actual cash transfer - profitability rises and at the end of year you end up projected to make enough to get to $21 million instead). Presumably the mechanism in item 1 kicks in to correct it since the thing pushing it over would be "profits." This is also nitpicky...

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    It's good to have Morg back.

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    cuervo - thanks for going through all the calculations for me on the financial system's current equations. I figured out what was screwing me up - I was doing the SC part completely wrong. It works out and matches up to what you had, so we're all good now!

    Edit: Was thinking about it on the metro ride home - I think I know what else. I was being lazy with notation and I think I was forgetting that the /32 was still in my perf variables, which is why my min component was coming out so damn big. I need to learn to not be lazy about that and just do it the long way like you.

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    {continued from above - the post was too long and the forum choked every time I edited it}

    VII. ROSTER, POSITION AND INDIVIDUAL PLAYER SETTING RESTRICTIONS
    A. Unless otherwise noted, the following provisions related the restrictions in this Section VII will apply to both the regular season and playoffs.
    B. Teams must keep at least 25 players on the major-league roster (i.e., the “Active Roster”) at all times. This number must should be comprised of at least 12 position players (i.e., non-pitchers), and 10 pitchers.
    C. All nine lineup slots for RHB + DH and LHB + DH must be filled. Teams must maintain full line-ups and depth charts at all times during the regular season and play-offs.
    D. All position players (save the DH) must have an assigned backup player, who is not starting at another position, in at least one of the "Utility" slots. Having only a "Defensive Sub" does not satisfy this requirement. This only applies to the RHB + DH and LHB + DH depth charts.
    E. There are no restrictions on position learning in the minor leagues.
    F. During the regular season, each team must maintain, at minimum, a 5-man starting rotation. During the playoffs each team must maintain, at minimum, a 3-man rotation. Teams may use any of the “rotation mode” settings.
    G. The number one slot for the Middle Relief, Setup, and Closer slots must always be filled four relief positions (Mop-up Relief, Middle Relief, Setup, and Closer) must always be filled. A pitcher can be placed in more than one of the relief positions simultaneously, but cannot fill the number one slot in more than one relief position.
    H. During the regular season, players who are listed as "out with injury" for greater than two weeks do not count toward the 25 active player requirement and must be replaced on the major league roster until they are at least six days away from recovery. This rule does not apply during the playoffs or after rosters expand on September 1. During the playoffs, players who are out with injuries may only be placed on the post-season roster if they will recover from their injuries during the post-season. Those players eligible may not be slotted in a role until the sim in which they will recover. If the injured player is normally a starter, the team must slot an eligible player at his position in the starting lineup.
    I. Owners are responsible only for managing their own settings, not for in-game moves made by the OOTP AI.
    J. To the extent that OOTP allows for individual player settings, an owner may change any of these settings
    K. The Board of Governors may implement and modify, as necessary, reasonable procedures for the enforcement of the restrictions set forth in this Section VII. Multiple violations in one sim are counted as one offense. Penalties for subsequent violations of the provisions in this section are as follows:
    1st offense: Warning, accompanied by an explanation of the offense.
2nd offense: Automatic $31,000 fine
3rd offense: Automatic $124,000 fine
4th and Subsequent offense(s): Possible removal from the FOBL or other disciplinary action as the Board of Governors deems appropriate.



    VIII. AWARDS
    A. After the Solecismic Series, the Board of Governors shall coordinate a process by which season awards are determined. Generally, award winners will be selected by the in-game OOTP system; however, an additional or alternative process may be instituted by the BoG where one or more award winners may be selected by a vote of all league owners and officially recognized vultures. Specific rules relating to season awards (including, among other things, the nature of and voting procedures for season awards) have been intentionally omitted from this Constitution to allow the Board of Governors flexibility in adjusting the rules as appropriate. However, the Board of Governors should make its best efforts to consult with and secure a consensus of the league members with respect to changes to awards procedures.



    IX. HALL OF FAME
    A. There is no requirement for Hall of Fame elections to occur at any regular interval. The decision whether to elect players to the Hall of Fame, along with procedures for said election, are subject to any action reasonably deemed appropriate by the Board of Governors. Specific rules concerning the Hall of Fame have been intentionally omitted from this Constitution to allow the Board of Governors flexibility in adjusting the procedures as appropriate. However, the Board of Governors should make its best efforts to consult with and secure a consensus of the league members with respect to the Hall of Fame.

    A. Players shall become eligible for the Hall of Fame two years after retirement. For instance, if a player retires after the 2010 season, he will be eligible for election during the 2012 season.
    B. During the offseason, an official committee of five (5) owners will assemble a slate of candidates. The committee will accept suggestions and lobbying from league members, but should strive to only place serious candidates on the ballot. There is no minimum or maximum number of players that shall be on the ballot. The official ballot should be announced on or before opening day.
    C. After the ballot is posted, a period of two (2) real-time weeks will be allotted for discussion, debate, and lobbying.
    D. After that two-week period, the vote shall commence. Each owner may vote for up to ten (10) candidates. Write-in votes are allowed. The voting period shall last one week. All owners and officially recognized vultures (“vultures” are individuals on the Waiting List and former owners whose contributions to the league have merited special status with respect to certain FOBL matters) are eligible to vote.
    E. A player is inducted into the Hall of Fame if he receives votes totaling at least seventy-five (75) percent of the total number of ballots cast.
    F. If a player receives less than ten (10) percent of the total vote, he shall lose his remaining eligibility. If a player is neither elected nor removed from the ballot after ten (10) seasons, he shall no longer be eligible.




    X. LIMITED DUTY CALL-UPS
    A. Players who have appeared in limited duty during their first season on a major league roster shall be eligible for a sixth year at minimum salary. Limited duty shall be defined as follows:
    1. Position players shall not have appeared in more than 36 games.
    2. Pitchers shall have started no more than 9 games.
    3. Pitchers shall not have appeared in more than 24 games in a relief role.
    4. Pitchers used in both starting and relief roles shall not have appeared in more than 24 games, with each start shall counting as the equivalent of 2.5 games in a relief role for the purposes of this subsection.
    5. Players who appear on postseason rosters in their first year on a major league roster do not qualify for the additional minimum salary season.
    B. It shall be the responsibility of each individual owner to apply for the sixth minimum salary year, and provide evidence of eligibility, after the list of fifth-year prospective free agents is posted by league executives. The preferred evidence of eligibility shall be a link to the player's page, where the qualifying statistics can be easily verified.
    C. The deadline for application shall be the end of the contract extension process as determined by the BoG.



    XI. AMENDMENT PROCEDURE
    A. Amendments to the FOBL Constitution can only be implemented with the “yes” votes of 22 24 owners. Any owner may post a proposal at any time in the appropriate forum. If and when it becomes clear that the proposal has been fully discussed and has sufficient support to warrant a vote, a BoG member will post a voting thread, which should ideally include both the text of the proposed amendment and all other applicable changes to this Constitution necessary to ensure that the entire Constitution remains cohesive and consistent.
    1. Even if all league owners have not voted on the proposed amendment(s) within a time frame to be specified by the Commissioner (usually a week), the amendment cannot be passed without 22 24 “yes” votes.
    2. Votes that are neither a “yes” nor a “no” vote (including abstentions) will be counted as a “no” vote.


    XII. TECHNICAL MATTERS

    A. Designated Hitter
    1. The FOBL will use the DH league-wide.

    B. Amateur Draft
    1. Non-playoff teams will always draft ahead of playoff teams, regardless of their respective records in the regular season.
    2. Non-playoff teams will be seeded according to their regular-season records only. In the case of two or more teams having identical regular season records, the Commissioner and a Board of Governors member will determine which team will pick first using a method that randomly determines the draft order of those teams.
    3. All teams that make the playoffs will pick between #17 and #32, and will be seeded according to the order in which they were eliminated from the playoffs. Between 2 teams who were eliminated at the same level in the playoffs, the team with the better regular season record will have the lower pick. If the 2 teams have identical regular season records, the Commissioner will determine which team will pick first using a method that randomly determines the draft order of those teams.
    4. All draft administration issues not specifically covered in another section of this Constitution are hereby left to the discretion of the BoG. This includes, but is not limited to, the number of rounds, the adjustment of player creation modifiers, the timing of the draft and the manner of conducting the draft.

    C. Spring Training
    1. The use, scheduling and regulation of Spring Training is hereby left to the discretion of the BoG.

    D. Park Effects
    1. The effects of various “Park Ratings” have been discussed and debated among the FOBL Ownership; as a result, the Ownership has decided to restrict the range of values for all stadiums in the FOBL.
    a. RAVG and LAVG ratings must fall between 90-110.
    b. RHR, LHR, 2B, and 3B ratings must fall between 75-125.
    2. New owners will be given one "free" change to their ballpark, but only in the first off-season following the date when they assume ownership, or during the off-season in which they assume ownership, whichever is applicable.

    3. Future changes to ballpark effects can be made by a team once per every three sim years, at a cost of $2,170,000, which will then be distributed evenly among the remaining 31 owners. The amount is set at $2,170,000 because that amount results in each of the other teams receiving an even $70,000. If the number of teams in the FOBL changes from the current 32, this Amendment will immediately be revisited by the Board of Governors, with authority given to the Board of Governors to make minor changes to the cost in order to satisfy the requirement that all teams receive an even amount.

    3. Future changes to ballpark effects can be made by a team once per every three sim years, at a cost of $2,100,000, which will then be distributed evenly among the remaining 35 owners. The amount is set at $2,170,000, as $2.17 million results in each of the other 31 teams receiving an even $70,000. If the number of teams in the FOBL changes from the current 32, this Amendment will immediately be revisited by the Board of Governors.

    E. Changing Player Positions
    1. Owners may change the primary position of their players so long as the player has a defensive rating at the new position.

    F. OOTP Settings
    1. The Player Fatigue Option in OOTP will be enabled.
    2. League TV Contracts and other financial features will not be used.
    3. The OOTP Morale system will be turned off.
    4. League minimum salary will be set at $100,000.
    5. To the extent that the version of OOTP currently used by the league allows for the use of arbitration or minor league option years, the FOBL shall not use them. This provision should not be construed to suggest that the use any other OOTP feature not expressly provided for by this Constitution or by decision of the Board of Governors is precluded.
    6. Rookie contracts will last for five years.

    G. Financial System
    1. The OOTP financial system as it relates to revenue is hereby discarded and replaced with the customized system detailed in Appendix A.

    H. Owners are solely responsible for verifying the accuracy of all free agent transactions and player contract status and attributes, such as: contract amounts, contract lengths, discounts applied, inclusion in the correct phase of Free Agency, and all other matters relating to a player's contract status or terms. If an owner does not bring an error or inaccuracy to the attention of the BoG within a time limit specified by the BoG, or within a reasonable time if no time limit is specified, then the BoG has final discretion in determining an appropriate remedy, if any is determined to be justified. For example, if a player is mistakenly excluded from RFA, but the owner does not bring the error to the attention of the BoG until after the expiration of a reasonable amount of time, then the BoG has final discretion in adjudicating the complaint.


    APPENDIX A: FINANCIAL SYSTEM
    A. There are 4 components by which regular season revenue will be calculated for each team.
    1. Current Performance (CP)
    a. First, define a team's expected wins (EW) by the following formula: EW = [RS ^ 2 / (RS ^ 2 + RA ^ 2)], where RS = Runs Scored and RA = Runs Allowed.
    b. Next, calculate the Expected Wins Factor by finding the average EW for the 32 teams, and dividing by .500.
    EWF = [Sum(EW)/32]/.500
    c. Next, calculate Current Performance (CP) per the following formula: CP = WP + EW/EWF, where WP = current WP.
    2. SportsCenter Component (SCRANK)
    a. First, rank all 32 teams in Runs Scored (RS) and Runs Allowed (RA) from 1 to 32, 1 being best and 32 being worst; e.g., the team scoring the most runs is ranked 1 in RS and the team allowing the fewest runs is ranked 1 in RA.
    b. Next, calculate a team’s SportsCenter Component (SC) for each team per the following formula: SC = (RS rank * RA rank)
    c. Then, rank all teams from 1 to 32 according to their SC, 1 being best and 32 being worst. A team’s numerical rank is their SCRANK.
    3. Bandwagon Component (BWRANK)
    a. First, calculate the Bandwagon Component (BC) for each team per the following formula: BC = [(3 * last season’s wins) + (2 * wins two seasons ago) + (wins three seasons ago)] / 6
    b. Then, rank all teams from 1 to 32 according to their BC, 1 being best and 32 being worst. A team’s numerical rank is their BWRANK.
    4. Payroll Component
    a. First, look at the team’s Front Office screen inside of OOTP.
    b. Next, define Final Payroll (FP) as the half of the amount listed as “Player Expenses so far” immediately after the Solecismic Series. If “Player Expenses so far” > $60 million, then FP = $30 million.
    5. Ties
    a. If there is a tie for RS Rank, RA Rank, SCRANK, or BWRANK, they are broken by averaging the positions that are "used up" by the teams which are tied.
    Examples:
- Two teams tie for 7th. They are using up ranks 7 and 8, so they both get 7.5 ranks.
- Three teams tie for 21st. They are using up ranks 21, 22, and 23, so they all get 22 ranks.

    6. Tank Coefficient (TK)
    a. The Tank Coefficient (TK) will be set to TK = 1.0 for all teams regardless of record.

    B. A team’s regular season revenue is calculated in the following manner:
    1. Determine total player expenses for the entire league (EXP). Also determine the total payroll component (tFP).
    2. Define the pool for performance revenue (PERF Pool) as: PERF Pool = EXP - tFP - 23 million
    3. Define the minimum, increment, and average as follows:
    MIN = PERF Pool / 48
INC = MIN / 31
AVG = PERF Pool/32
    4. A team’s regular season revenue is calculated per the following formula:
    Revenue = [ .4 * AVG (CP + BC) + .2 * MIN ] * TK + .2 * INC * (32 - SCRANK ) + FP
    C. If a team makes the playoffs, it will receive a bonus determined by its final position in divisional standings: $800k for 1st place, $600k for 2nd place, $400k for 3rd place, and $200k for 4th place. Bonuses for tied teams will be averaged and split evenly between the teams tied. Winners in each playoff round will receive an additional $1 million in revenue. Therefore, in addition to standings bonuses, the SS winner will receive an extra $4 million, the SS loser an extra $3 million, the LCS losers an extra $2 million, and first-round winners an extra $1 million.

    D. There is no cash maximum.
    D. Cash Limits

    1. Teams will not earn cash above a total of $20 million. The portion of a team's profits, both regular and postseason, that extend a team's cash total above $20 million shall be distributed evenly to other eligible teams.

    2. A team may not make trades that would push its cash total above $20 million.


    E. There is a salary cap of $60 million for each team, known as the “League Cap.” Additionally, before each season and at the trading deadline, an “Owner’s Cap” will be calculated for each team. The Preseason Owner’s Cap is calculated as (2 * (last season’s non-payroll revenue + cash)). The Trading Deadline Owner’s Cap is calculated as (2 * (current-season projected non-payroll revenue + cash)). While an Owner’s Cap may exceed $60 million, a team’s actual payroll at the checkpoints shall result in a fine if it exceeds $60 million.
    1. The “Owner’s Cap” and “League Cap” are checked before week 1 of the regular season and following the sim week immediately prior to, but not including, the July 31st trading deadline.
    2. The penalty for being over the League Cap at the checkpoints is:
    $1 for every $1 over the Cap for the first $5 million;
$2 for every $1 over the Cap for the next $5 million;
$3 for every $1 over the Cap for the next $5 million; and so forth.
    3. Teams must also be under their Owner’s Cap at each Cap Checkpoint. If a team is over their Owner’s Cap at the Cap Checkpoint, the Commissioner and/or the Board of Governors will take the necessary actions to get the team under their Owner’s Cap. These actions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the auction of players and/or draft picks.
    4. Teams must not have a negative cash balance prior to RFA. Teams with a negative cash balance at this checkpoint will be given a designated window of time by the BoG within which to take steps to rectify the situation. After the designated period has expired without the owner eliminating the negative cash balance, or prior to the expiration of the designated period if the BoG determines the situation warrants immediate action, the Commissioner and/or the Board of Governors have total discretion to take actions to restore the team's cash balance to a positive number. These actions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, the auction of players and/or draft picks.
    F. Fines
    1. Any revenue lost due to a team's TK being less than 1.0 shall be evenly distributed to all teams with TK equal to 1.0.
    2. All other fines of any team for any reason shall be evenly distributed to the other thirty-one teams.
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    Had to split the Constitution into 2 posts.

    1. Added Rookie League
    2. Added new BoG format and election process
    3. Will be adding Cash Cap and Expense Floor

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    I clarified Article VII, Sections C and D. The original wording was a bit overlapping and confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I clarified Article VII, Sections C and D. The original wording was a bit overlapping and confusing.
    Those are really good changes. Going to go post a suggested amendments thread for the FA release/claim thing during the season later today.

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    I notice the constitution references BWRANK, but is that truly used anywhere? The formula uses only the Bandwagon Component and not the subsequent ranking. Unless I am missing something?

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    Yeah, that's an error. We're working on a rewrite (with Morg's help) on the wording of that entire section, adding the expense floor in the process. That will be patched into this version.


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