ironman wrote: This isn't to say I don't get my fair share of complaints every now and then, but it would take a large majority of managers from the league(at least 50%) to get me to veto a trade. I find that most trades that get bitched about often aren't that big of a deal after a few months.
Two excellent points here.
The second point: Ain't that the truth! Time heals. Hindsight aids the healing.
I, as commish, always defered to the league collective mind to determine the fate of their brethrens trades. I ran many leagues from 1984 thru 1999 and we had not one case of dumping or fraud.
However, all the leagues I ran were local; not internet. All the folks sat in my den each Spring and drafted teams across the room from their opponents, often their friends and allies. Perhaps looking into the eyes of your foe helps make it more clear,"Don't cheat."
I have mentioned before in various threads, that I ran and played in a league with a SPECIAL TRADE RULE
. It worked like this.
Player A and B want to trade marquee players (not Marquis Grissom). Player C and Player D think the trade is b.s. so they appeal to the commish. Player C thinks that 'A' is screwing 'B'.
Player D just wants to be able to trade for one the players changing hands himself! Player C gets to intercede and offer Team B, who he believes is being screwed, a trade for the marquee player which he believes is better than what Team A is offering. Team B can accept either offer...his choice. The onus is on Team A to enrich the trade originally offered or lose to Team C the player he wanted. Player D then gets into the middle, on his appeal, an offers both Player A & B trades for either/both players. Now A and B both need to decide with whom they want to trade with...and for whom.
Rather than VETO, we adopted this proactive approach so that any team could offer fair value for players changing hands. It worked marvelously the three years this league was together. Again, any time that a lopsided trade appeared we had an owner step-up and make the offered team a better deal than the original traders had put forth.
As always, my .02.
I love to hear the MOANS and GROANS of my competetors when I take their draft pick one round too early.