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    Talking Official Voting/Ratification Thread: FOBL Constitution v2011

    The current FOBL Constitution is located here. Discussion of the new Constitution is located here and here.

    The purpose of this revision is to implement a new version of the Constitution to reduce administrative workload and bring several aspects of FOBL governance and gameplay in line with OOTP 11.

    It is therefore proposed that the FOBL Constitution linked above above be amended to read as follows. I have not pasted a redlined version here, because you can view that at one of the above links.

    Please note I made a few minor changes between the above posts and this post to fix grammatical errors. The main change was allowing the BOG to change the trading deadline at their discretion. This may be used to make sure the trading deadline always falls on a Monday in-game.

    Please vote YES or NO on this amendment. Unclear answers and abstentions will be edited to "NO" by the BOG. This amendment requires 22 YES votes to pass.

    This voting thread will also serve as ratification of the new FOBL Constitution; if it passes, then all owners who voted YES will be considered to have ratified the FOBL Constitution v2011, and all owners who voted NO will be required to post their assent to the new Constitution in order to keep their team. Going forward, this thread will be used for new owners to ratify the Constitution.

    Every owner is required to vote, or else risk fines and/or additional penalties.

    If passed, the new Constitution will go into effect immediately.

    This vote is scheduled to close on Friday, September 30 at 10 p.m. ET; however, this deadline may be extended to allow owners who are on vacation to vote.




    CONSTITUTION OF THE FRONT OFFICE BASEBALL LEAGUE (“FOBL”)

    Date of Ratification: September 30, 2011

    Preamble

    We the owners of the Front Office Baseball League (“FOBL”), in order to form a more perfect union of dorks and their dork league, establish a smackdown forum, ensure the destruction of our real-life relationships, provide for the common E-rated defense, promote the general welfare of wacky German programmers, and secure the blessings of dolaposting to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Front Office Baseball League, with Calzones and Burritos for all.

    I. ORGANIZATION

    A. The FOBL is made up of 32 teams which are divided into two leagues of 16 teams each. Each league is further divided into two divisions of eight teams each. The names of the leagues and divisions are:

    Vaughan League
    
Fresca Division
    
Ice Cream Sandwich Division

    Gindin League

    DEFCON Division
    
Skates Division

    B. Each team shall have four minor league organizations (AAA, AA, A, Rookie).

    1. Players on an organization's Rookie League team may not be older than 20 years of age as of Opening Day of that season, OR must be in his first professional season.

    C. Any changes to the structure of the Leagues or Divisions must be accomplished by Constitutional Amendment.

    II. GOVERNANCE

    A. The FOBL will be governed by the Board of Governors, which consists of the Commissioner Emeritus, the Commissioner and three At-Large Board Members.

    B. Commissioner

    1. General Powers

    a. The Commissioner may take, subject to the review of the Board of Governors, actions in the best interests of the League. This includes the ability, in extraordinary circumstances and for the greater good of the League, to temporarily suspend and/or change any provision in this Constitution, except Articles II and XI. These changes to and/or suspensions of the rules will be temporary in nature and not officially part of the Constitution unless ratified as provided for in Article XI.

    b. The Commissioner has ultimate responsibility for (i) setting procedures for roster submissions, (ii) running simulations, (iii) maintaining the League website, (iv) supervising the draft, (v) overseeing free agency, (vi) maintaining the Waiting List of potential owners, and (vii) all other issues of day-to-day governance of the FOBL.

    c. The Commissioner may delegate his responsibilities as necessary.

    2. Election/Removal

    a. The FOBL Commissioner is elected by the Board of Governors, including the outgoing Commissioner, to a lifetime term.

    b. The Commissioner may retire or be removed by the following procedure.

    i. Proceedings to remove the FOBL Commissioner may be initiated by any one current, “Active” Owner calling for a removal vote. After one owner has called for a vote, at least three additional owners must support the motion in a post on the league Forum for a removal vote to be called.

    ii. Once an owner has called for a removal vote and three additional owners have supported the motion for a removal vote, such vote must be held not sooner than 48 hours and not later than one week after the removal vote is called. This is to allow for proper reflection and comment and to provide for a definite end to the process.

    iii. At least 22 votes of the Active Ownership are required to remove the Commissioner. If the Commissioner is a team owner, he is allowed to vote. Abstentions and blank votes will be used to achieve a quorum if necessary; however, for all other purposes they shall be treated as votes against removal of the Commissioner.

    iv. If more than 16 and less than 22 of the Active Ownership cast votes in favor of removal, then the matter will go before the Board of Governors for a new vote. The Commissioner will be removed if all members of the Board of Governors vote for removal in the new vote, excluding the Commissioner, who is not allowed to vote.

    C. Board of Governors

    1. Composition

    a. The Board of Governors consists of the Commissioner Emeritus, the Commissioner and three At-Large Board Members. No owner may hold more than one concurrent position on the Board of Governors.

    2. General Powers

    a. The Board of Governors has the sole and final authority to interpret the Constitution.

    D. At-Large Board Members

    1. Three At-Large Board Members are elected by placing all candidates on a ballot and allowing all Owners three votes to be used on three different candidates. The top three vote-getters win the election. In the case of a tie, a follow-up election is held between the tied candidates using the same procedure, but with all Owners having one vote for each position not yet filled due to the tie.

    2. The At-Large Board Members are elected to a term of 3 FOBL seasons.

    3. An At-Large Board Member is free to retire; however, he may be removed by the vote of 22 owners. The procedure for the removal vote will be the same as the procedure for removal of a commissioner, except that, in the circumstance described by Section II.B.3.iv, the League President that is the subject of the voting will be excluded from the vote, and the Commissioner will be allowed to vote (if the Commissioner is an owner in the same league as the League President who is the subject of the vote).

    4. If an At-Large Board Member retires, a successor must be nominated and voted on by FOBL owners as soon as is reasonably possible, using an election procedure designated by the remaining Board members.

    5. There are no term limits for At-Large Board Members.

    III. OWNERSHIP

    A. FOBL cannot survive unless its owners participate on a regular basis. To this end, if an owner persists in an extended period of inactivity, the Board of Governors may remove that owner. In determining if an owner is inactive, the Board of Governors will examine, among other things, submission of exports, presence and activity on the FOBL Forum, participation in league votes, attendance at simulations and communication and interaction with other league members. However, no single factor is determinative in evaluating an owner's activity in the FOBL.

    B. If an owner is not going to be able to participate in the FOBL for a short period of time, another owner from the opposing league may take over his team.

    1. The absentee owner must inform the Commissioner that he will not be able to participate and when he will be able to resume active ownership.

    2. The absentee owner must inform the Commissioner which owner is to take over temporary guardianship of his team.

    3. During the period of time that the temporary replacement owner manages the absentee owner’s team, the temporary owner may only manage the absentee owner’s rosters.

    C. If an owner is not going to be able to participate in the FOBL for an extended period of time, the Board of Governors may assign an owner from the opposing league or an officially recognized vulture (“vultures” are individuals on the Waiting List or former owners whose contributions to the league have merited special status with respect to certain FOBL matters) to take over the team until the absentee owner is able to resume active membership.

    1. The BoG has the discretion to define the scope of the long-term replacement owner’s powers with respect to trades, free agency, the amateur draft and all other aspects of team management.

    2. If the absentee owner is able to vote, he may do so at the Commissioner’s discretion, either by voting normally on the forum or by informing the Commissioner or any other member of the Board of Governors of his vote, whereby the Commissioner or other member of the Board of Governors will record the vote on the forum. The long-term replacement owner may not participate in any vote on behalf of the absentee owner unless the Commissioner decides that allowing the replacement owner to vote is in the best interests of the league. Under no circumstance may the absentee owner and the replacement owner record separate votes on the same issue.

    D. No vulture may serve as a replacement owner before such vulture has ratified this Constitution.

    E. If an owner resigns or is removed from the FOBL in accordance with Section III.A, a person from the Waiting List shall be chosen as the new team owner, except as provided in Section III.E.4, with all the attendant rights and responsibilities of FOBL ownership.

    1. The Waiting List shall be maintained by the Commissioner. Any person who requests placement on the Waiting List and who provides information requested by, and follows a procedure created by, the Commissioner, may have their names placed on the Waiting List subject to the Commissioner’s discretion.

    2. There is no express order to the Waiting List. Being on the Waiting List confers no rights to a team nor does it guarantee future FOBL ownership.

    3. The Board of Governors shall set the procedure for selecting new owners.

    4. If a new owner cannot be selected after a reasonable period of time according to a majority vote or other reasonable procedures established by the Board of Governors, the Board of Governors shall choose the new owner by any reasonable procedure they agree upon. In the event that the Board of Governors must select a new team owner, the Board of Governors may choose an individual who is not currently on the Waiting List.

    F. If an owner shows a pattern of failing to vote on league issues or otherwise delaying the league through his inaction, the Board of Governors may, in its discretion, take disciplinary action against the owner. Such disciplinary action may include fines, loss of draft picks, and/or expulsion from the FOBL.

    IV. GAMEPLAY

    A. Regular season simulations will be run 3 times in every 7-day period, preferably on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. After the trade deadline has passed, a 4th sim every week on Sundays will be added. The Commissioner, subject to oversight by the Board of Governors, may alter the date of any simulation at his discretion provided that reasonable notice has been given to the ownership of such change. The Commissioner may delegate another owner to run the simulation (the "Simmer").

    1. To the extent that an owner wishes to submit a roster export, such export is due to the Simmer prior to the time designated as the start time of the simulation.

    2. If an owner is unable to submit an export, he may communicate his wishes to the Simmer via Instant Messaging or any other method, including another team owner if necessary. The process is meant to be informal and all reasonable effort should be expended to allow an owner to change his roster prior to the scheduled simulation actually being run; however, the Simmer may disallow an owner’s roster changes at his discretion if that owner fails to follow any procedures for roster submissions that have been designated by the Simmer.

    3. An owner who shows a pattern of submitting faulty exports that endanger the physical integrity of the league file shall be subject to discipline at the discretion of the Board of Governors.

    4. Games may or may not be simulated live.

    5. Each regular-season simulation will process one week in the FOBL and will be run without interruption. No changes may be made once the simulation has commenced. If, after the simulation has commenced, an error is found that makes continuation of the sim impossible or endangers the physical integrity of the league file, the Commissioner (or other owner delegated to run the simulation) may (i) make any changes to a team’s roster, (ii) abort the simulation, or (iii) take any other reasonable action that he deems to be in the best interests of the league.

    6. If the Simmer is unable to simulate games according to schedule, he will make every reasonable effort to notify the owners that there will be a delay, either by e-mail or via the FOBL website or Forum.

    7. A new league file will be made available and corresponding HTML output will be updated as soon as possible following the conclusion of the scheduled simulation.

    B. The top 4 teams in each division will qualify for the playoffs. The first two playoff series will be intradivision and the "Solecismic Series" will be between the teams advancing from each league. Each playoff series will be a best-of-seven format.

    1. A playoff simulation schedule will be at the Commissioner’s discretion. Preferably, the Commissioner should adopt a schedule and a process which allows the participating owners maximum flexibility in submitting exports and changing lineups. This may include allowing playoff teams to alter their lineups on a game-by-game basis.

    C. An unofficial All-Star game may be simulated at a time determined by the Commissioner and/or Board of Governors.

    D. The FOBL may utilize the automatic scheduling feature of OOTP or may use a customized schedule determined by the Commissioner and/or Board of Governors. However, the Board of Governors should make its best efforts to consult with and secure a consensus of the league members with respect to scheduling.

    E. No “simming ahead” is allowed except by the Commissioner, the Board of Governors or their delegates in their official capacity, and such “simming ahead” should only be conducted when such action is in the best interests of the league. “Simming ahead” is defined as (i) simulating scheduled regular season or playoff games before the season in which those games would have occurred is completed or (ii) any other action in which the league file is used to simulate games or events in advance to gain a competitive advantage over other league owners. Any owner found to have done so is subject to discipline at the discretion of the Board of Governors.

    V. FREE AGENCY

    A. No contract may be more than 5 years in length.

    B. Players remaining in the free agent pool after the season has begun (“In-Season Free Agents”) may be claimed and signed according to the procedures set forth below. The claims are processed at the conclusion of a sim. The processing begins at the conclusion of the second regular-season sim and ends after the final regular-season sim, not including a tiebreaker sim.

    C. In-Season Free Agents

    1. A Minor League Free Agent is a player in the FA pool who has not accumulated any previous Major League Service Time, regardless of age or other experience. A Major League Free Agent is a player in the FA pool who does not qualify to be a Minor League Free Agent.

    2. In order to claim an In-Season Free Agent, an owner must post in a thread designated for said purpose. These threads will not be open for posting until after the Opening Day sim. There will be different threads and different procedures for Minor League Free Agents and Major League Free Agents. These procedures may be temporarily altered by the Board of Governors if necessary; however, the Board of Governors should initiate efforts to correct any issues that led to the temporary changes within a reasonably prompt timeframe.

    3. Minor League Free Agent procedure

    a. No more than one Minor League Free Agent claim per team, per sim.

    b. If more than one team places a claim for the same Minor League Free Agent, via posting in the designated thread prior to the beginning of the sim in which the owner desires to obtain the Minor League Free Agent, the team with the worse record at the time of the claim will be entitled to the player. If the two or more teams making a claim have the same record at the time of the claim, the tiebreakers will be as follows:

    (1) Lower Team batting average at the time of the claim.

    (2) Higher Team ERA at the time of the claim.

    c. No changes are allowed to a post claiming a player, unless the original post claims a player who was subsequently claimed in a later post by a team with a superior tiebreaking position. In that event, the Owner may make a new post for a new player and the original claim is disregarded. If an Owner edits a post claiming a player, both the original claim and the edited one will be disallowed.

    d. Upon a successful claim being made for a Minor League Free Agent, the Minor League Free Agent will be signed to a minor league contract and placed in the minor leagues of the team making the successful claim.

    4. Major League Free Agent Procedure

    a. No more than one Major League Free Agent claim per team, per sim.

    b. All claims are first-come, first-served.

    c. All players are signed to a 1-year, non-renewing $100,000 Major League contract.

    5. Contracts may not be enacted via in-game offers. Teams found to have signed players to minor league contracts via in-game offers will:

    a. For a first offense in a season, forfeit the player.

    b. For all subsequent offenses in that season, forfeit the player and pay a fine of $186,000.

    6. A released player must be in the free agent pool for one sim period prior to being signed by another team. Violation of this rule will result in the player being re-released into the free agent pool and the offending team not being eligible to own that player for the rest of the season in which the infraction occurs.

    7. Any time a player with an annual salary of $500,000 or more is released after the close of offseason free agency but before the next Solecismic Series is played, the owner who released that player must post a new thread in the Contracts Extensions section of the forum stating they have done so.

    a. Violation of this rule will result in the player being re-signed to the releasing team at the same salary the player had prior to release.

    b. A team's first violation of this rule results in a warning. Each subsequent violation of this rule by that team results in a fine of $155,000 assigned to the releasing team.

    c. The prorated amount of any such re-signed player's salary shall be added retroactively as necessary to the violating team's Final Payroll (see: Financial System) to effectively make it as if the player had never been released.

    d. If a player subject to such re-signing to a violating team has already been signed to another team, the player is released from the new team and re-signed to the original team as stated above. The new team from which the player was taken (to be put back on his old team) is reimbursed for any expenses incurred by having that player on their roster.

    D. All free agents signed after the last post-season game of a particular season has been simulated and prior to the first simulation of the subsequent season are considered "Off-Season free agents".

    1. The Off-Season free agency process will be defined by the Commissioner and will take place prior to the first simulation of the upcoming season, at a time designated by the Commissioner or BoG. The Off-Season free agency process will be conducted outside of the OOTP engine using any applications or procedures reasonably deemed appropriate by the Board of Governors. Specific rules for conducting free agency 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 changes to Off-Season free agency rules.

    2. Bids on Off-Season free agents may be for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years and for any amount, subject to rules of the Financial System and other rules in Section V of this Constitution.

    E. The following is the process by which teams will be allowed to sign Off-Season free agents:

    1. Stage 1: Qualifying Offers
    At the end of each season, each team will have the opportunity to make a Qualifying Offer on a contract extension to each player with an expiring contract they would like to retain. All Qualifying Offers may be for a period of 1-5 years, and must be for a minimum annual salary equal to or greater than 3/4 of the player's current salary or $1 million, whichever is greater. Any player who does not receive a Qualifying Offer by a deadline determined by the Commissioner or BoG becomes an unrestricted free agent, and enters Unrestricted Free Agency.

    2. Stage 2: Restricted Free Agency (RFA)

    a. All players who received Qualifying Offers will become Restricted Free Agents, and enter the RFA auction. The auction will be conducted with the FOBL's auction software (or any other method that the FOBL may employ for conducting free agency) and with the same contract length valuation rules used during the Unrestricted Free Agent auction. These contract length valuation rules incorporate a three-year sweet spot indifference curve calculation and are demonstrated via a spreadsheet available at this link (link may be changed to a more current version of the spreadsheet without an amendment vote); however, the exact details of the calculation may change for a particular offseason upon notice from the Commissioner or BoG. The auction will last for a period specified by the Commissioner or BoG. If, during the RFA auction, a team holds the highest bid on a player for 24 consecutive hours, the auction for that player closes. The identity of all bidders will be hidden until the auction for a player closes, whereupon only the identity of the winning bidder will be revealed.

    b. If a restricted free agent's current owner is the high bidder, the current owner may, after the auction is complete, apply the following discounts to its bid, as applicable:

    1) Loyalty Discounts:
    2% reduction per OOTP loyalty point (2-20%, total)

    2) Hometown Discount:
    Any Restricted Free Agent who played his first major league game with his current team and has never been traded or released, and has not otherwise played for another team since his first game receives an addition 5% discount in addition to his loyalty discount. Teams are responsible for registering players who are eligible for the hometown discount at the time they make the qualifying offer. The penalty for falsely registering an ineligible player is forfeiture of all discounts.

    3) Legacy Discount:
    If a current team wins an auction, it may elect to apply an additional, optional “legacy” discount on players who have spent more than 5 consecutive seasons with the current team. The legacy discount shall equal 2% multiplied by the number of consecutive seasons beyond 5 that the player has spent on the current team while playing under a paid (non-MLC) contract and without playing for any other team. If the current team elects to take this legacy discount, the player is then untradable for the length of his new contract. To indicate that the player is untradable, one dollar shall be added to his annual salary.

    c. If there are no bids on a player, the player receives a contract extension from his current team with a length and salary equal to the Qualifying Offer minus any legacy, hometown or loyalty discounts as outlined above.

    d. Under no circumstances may the final salary of a player who has received a Qualifying Offer fall below the salary of the Qualifying Offer minus the relevant hometown, loyalty, and legacy discounts.

    3. Stage 3: Unrestricted Free Agency (UFA)
    No legacy, loyalty or hometown discounts will apply during or after the UFA auction. The UFA process may be combined with the RFA process.

    VI. TRADING

    A. The trading deadline is July 31st in OOTP time. The final trades of the season will be processed following the completion of the sim week immediately prior to the sim week encompassing July 31st. The trading deadline may be adjusted at the discretion of the Board of Governors.

    B. Any combination of players, draft picks, and/or cash may be traded, subject to the following limitations.

    1. Prior to the All-Star break of a given season, only the draft picks of the upcoming draft are available for trading by an owner. After the in-game All-Star break has passed, but before the upcoming draft is completed, draft picks of both the upcoming draft and the following year's draft are available for trading by an owner. Once the upcoming draft is completed, only the picks of the newly upcoming draft may be traded, until the upcoming All-Star break. At no time may an owner trade a draft pick from a draft occurring after the upcoming and following draft, i.e., two seasons away.

    2. “Players to be named later” and conditional picks are not allowed.

    3. No draft pick from any round later than the 5th may be traded.

    C. All trades are final after both owners have confirmed the trade on the Forum and the Commissioner has locked the thread; provided, the Board of Governors may review and cancel a trade at its discretion. The Board must provide a reason for canceling a trade.

    D. All players who sign restricted free agent contracts are untradable until after the All-Star break of the first season of the contract.

    E. No In-Season free agent may be traded until after the All-Star break of the season in which they were signed.

    VII. ROSTER, POSITION AND INDIVIDUAL PLAYER SETTING RESTRICTIONS

    A. Unless otherwise noted, the following provisions 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 be comprised of at least 12 position players (i.e., non-pitchers), and at least 10 pitchers.

    C. All nine lineup slots for RHB + DH and LHB + DH must be filled.

    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. (Repealed during the 2042 season)

    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. 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 most 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. (Repealed during 2042 Preseason)

    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.

    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 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 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 “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.

    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 amount listed as “Player Expenses so far” immediately after the Solecismic Series.

    c. At the start of every regular season, the Expense Floor (EF) of each team for that season is set equal to a multiple of its cash balance at the start of the first sim for that season (before any regular season games are played).

    1. Starting with the 2039 season, the multiple is one times (1.0) that team's cash balance.

    2. For all subsequent seasons after the 2039 season, the multiple will be set at the discretion of the Board of Governors, provided that: the multiple may only be changed prior to the beginning of the season in which it will be in effect, the value of the change may only be plus or minus one-half times (0.5) and reasonable notice should be provided of the change.

    d. If a team's FP is less than its EF, for any computation that requires the team's FP (including leaguewide totals), its EF shall be used instead. This rule is subject to a maximum replacement FP of $40 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). The amount contributed by each team to this value is the higher of the following two values: EF or FP. EXP is the sum of all 32 of these team contributions.

    2. Also determine the total payroll rebate (tFPR) as the sum of FPR values for all teams.

    a. The final payroll rebate (FPR) for each team is equal to one half of FP. These rebates are subject to replacement of FP by EF.

    b. No team may receive a final payroll rebate larger than $30 million. If FPR would be greater than $30 million based on FP, it is instead set equal to $30 million.

    3. Define the pool for performance revenue (PERF Pool) as: PERF Pool = EXP - tFPR - $23 million

    4. Define the minimum, increment, and average as follows:

    a. MIN = PERF Pool / 48


    b. INC = MIN / 31


    c. ATP = PERF Pool/32

    5. A team’s regular season revenue is calculated per the following formula:

    Revenue = [ .4 * ATP * (CP + BC) + .2 * MIN ] * TK + .2 * INC * (32 - SCRANK ) + FPR

    C. The four teams in each division at the end of the season who qualify for the playoffs receive $800k, $600k, $400k, and $200k in order of seeding. 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. 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.

    3. No team can receive cash for any reason if receipt of the money would extend its cash balance to any level 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. Subject to other provisions in this Constitution, all fines of any team for any reason shall be evenly distributed to the other thirty-one teams.
    Last edited by Morgado; 06-10-2013 at 06:42 PM. Reason: Inserted "than" in Appendix A, section A.4.d

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    5. Contracts may not be enacted via in-game offers. Teams found to have signed players to minor league contracts via in-game offers will:

    a. For a first offense in a season, forfeit the player.

    b. For all subsequent offenses in that season, forfeit the player and pay a fine of $210k.
    Is this a typo that should read $310?

    Regardless, I vote yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsFan915 View Post
    Is this a typo that should read $310?

    Regardless, I vote yes.
    That was when we had 36 teams, so it should be $186,000 so the final amount to each team is the same now. Good catch.

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    Affirmed.


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    Davenport votes maybe yes.

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