The Jury wrote:I would lean towards barring mathematically eliminated teams from making trades with contending teams.
When one has nothing to play for, there is little incentive for some managers to care about their teams anymore. When people don't care, there is an increased risk of vetoable trades, or worse, trades are aren't vetoable but definitely lopsided.
That's just plain BS. Maybe you think you have nothing to play for if you are out of it, but I completely disagree. I will never, ever, finish in the bottom third in one of my leagues. No matter what it takes.
By barring teams that people think are out you are seriously reducing the competitiveness of your league. By preventing certain teams from making moves you are creating the exact situation that you warn of. People wont care when the commish tells them that they are no longer allowed to make any moves. In fact, you should strive to find people in your league who have enough pride to do whatever they can to not finish lower in the rankings.
This boils down to having a decent veto system in place in your league. Learn to abide by it. Or put in a trade deadline.