Hoping for some helpful advice, but mostly venting...
Back in 2005 I joined a league that I found via this very message board. Paid my $100 buy-in the first three years promptly, without winning anything (only the top four teams get anything, with half the money going to the winning team). In 2007, I won the league, and the commissioner deducted my 2008 fees from my winnings and sent me a check for the rest. Through great good fortune and obsessive dealmaking, I won the next two years as well,but...
The league has now folded because the now Ex-Commissioner basically let it die. He was the one who handled all the finances for the league, along with running other leagues for football and basketball that a few other owners played in with him (but I had nothing to do with).
Long story short, I never got my money for winning either of the last two years. The Ex-Com claims that he never collected any fees for 2009 from anyone, so there will be no money paid out for last year. I wrote the other owners, and only one knew for sure that he paid any money for 2009, and another owner said that he "paid" his fees out of winnings from those other leagues (something the Ex-Com had insisted he didn't allow...HA!)
The Ex-Com does readily admit that he still owes me my winnings for 2008 (about $500), but states that he doesn't have that year's money anymore because it covered fees some owners no longer in the league who didn't pay some time back in 2004, before I ever heard of the league, let alone paid to play in it. Regardless, he says he cannot afford to pay me. He insists that when he has the money he will pay up, but refuses to commit to a timetable when that might be possible.
We live in different cities (Chicago and Cleveland), and I've never met the guy in person. It's not like I am actually out any money that I paid him, but the principle of the matter really, really bothers me, and the fact remains that he did in fact collect fees for the year from other owners, and has not paid out any winnings. Do I have any other tactics to employ other than continuing to harass him by phone and email, and laying on the guilt? Am I permitted to name this person here, as a warning to others not to trust him?
We crack us up.