EugeneStyles wrote:I think the best way to deal with it is have 2 veto votes cause the trade to be brought in front of the commissioner for approval. Unfortunately, most of the time the commissioner plays in the league, and so in most yahoo leagues you never know if he's gonna be impartial or not.
For private leagues, this is the way to go. You have to have a fair and dedicated commissioner, but usually that's not a problem.
In my league, we are going to handle things in the following way.
We have a 12 team league. To determine how many votes are needed to bring the trade to the attention of the commissioner, we came up with the following. The two teams involved shouldn't factor into the voting. Neither should the commissioner, as they can review the trade by virtue of being commissioner. That leaves 9 other managers. I don't think it should take a majority to have a trade reviewed. If 1/3 of the managers are unhappy with a trade (i.e., 3), then it will be reviewed by the commissioner.
The first thing the commissioner will do is consider whether the trade is collusive. If not, then it is up to the 3 managers who voted to veto to tell the commish why they are unhappy with the trade. After considering this, the commish will ask both of the parties involved in the trade to argue in favor of the trade on the merits of the players involved and impact on the respective teams. The commish may have them address specific concerns. The commish may also make suggestions to each team in order for the trade to address valid concerns.
In the Manny for Julio scenario, whether the trade would go through or not would depend on league situations. The line dividing collusion from idiocy is often a fine one. As commissioner I might suggest that either a lesser player than Manny or a greater player that Julio be replaced to address concerns - unless the owners had good reasons otherwise.
If the commissioner is involved in a trade, then there needs to be another member of the league who can act as commish in case the trade needs to be reviewed.
This is a pretty rough description. You get the idea.
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