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1: Purpose 6: Starting Lineups 11: Trading 15:Amending the Constitution
2: League Hierarchy 7: Scoring System 12: Playoffs 16: League Activities
3: Membership 8: Season Schedule 13: Keepers 17: Ethics
4: Significant Dates 9: Tie Games

14: The Draft

5: Team Composition 10: Free Agent System


The NewsGroup Fantasy Football Leagues (NGFFL), hereby known as the league, were founded on December 8, 1998 for the pure enjoyment of participating in a fun, free, challenging, amicable fantasy football (FF) league with other newsgroup (NG) regulars. The official first year of the league was 1999.

Created and fully owned by NG regular Steve Margolis, the NGFFL is meant to serve as a way for NG regulars to participate together in FF leagues, have regular communications outside of the NG, and to provide a forum to enjoy professional football with other FF fanatics.

The league was run completely free for the first year in existence, but a mandatory three dollar fee to pay for the league's domain name and for winner awards was established to be effective starting in 2001. This league shall serve as a testament to the collective hard work and skills of loyal hard-working, intelligent people looking to serve their league to make the total experience of team ownership in a high exposure league more exciting.

Article 1: Purpose

1.1 The NGFFL leagues are run purely for fun and recreation, thus the prizes for winning should include only NG "bragging rights." However, due to the overwhelming generosity of several of the best known fantasy professionals in this hobby, several gifts and prizes were donated to the league to make it easier to manage and to reward some of the winners. On top of these prizes, a portion of the owner's three dollar league fee will go towards purchasing and shipping plaques or trophies to its many league winners. You may click here to see our current list of contributors and sponsors for 2000 and 2001. We will only ever be at the whim of generosity from contributors to the league to receive donated prizes. There will be no guarantee of prizes beyond what is listed in the link above, which shall be maintained and updated if new prizes or gifts to the league are donated.

1.2 The league's Chief Executive Officer shall be solely responsible for the distribution of prizes he solicits from sponsors. The method for distribution shall be announced prior to each season based on criteria which shall include the number of prizes to be distributed and the ranking of the top contests to win.

1.3 The league and its members and officers shall not be held liable if a prize is ever withdrawn by a sponsor after they have agreed to the donation.

1.4 Any team owner who wins (or is offered) and accepts (or is awarded) a prize must be a current NGFFL team owner during the time period of the prize (i.e., if an owner wins a subscription to a premium report for the following season, they must remain an active NGFFL team owner in that season to continue to receive the prize). If an owner quits or is removed during that time period, they will lose eligibility to receive that prize.


Article 2: League Hierarchy

2.1 The permanent League Chief Executive Officer, hereby referred to as the CEO, is the Owner and Creator of the NGFFL, Steve Margolis. He is responsible for coordinating all NGFFL leagues, all NGFFL activities, adding and removing members, leading the Executive Committee, maintaining the Constitution of the league, and other functions as the need arises. As the Owner of the NGFFL, Steve Margolis reserves all of his legal, moral and inherent rights in all matters related to the NGFFL including but never limited to copyright and legal issues, sales and advertising and league membership.

2.2 There will be a League President for each league. Each league will be run semi-independently by a League President and the CEO will not interfere in the day-to-day handling of the individual league affairs unless requested to intervene by the League President or by an owner appeal of a decision made by the League President to the Executive Committee.

    2.2.1 Each League President will serve one-year appointed terms in their league so that the positions can be rotated amongst the team owners if possible. An owner should only serve as a league President every other year at most in his/her own league (unless there are no other qualified volunteers or unless the CEO decides it is in the best interest of the league to retain the President). The term of each will be from May 1 to December 31.

    2.2.2 Each League President will be responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating and supervising their league's draft (via email and through the use of their web page).
  • Acting in all standard manners as the Commish for the 12 teams within their league, including but not limited to: keeping watch of the web page for their league concerning lineups, game scoring, running the free agent pool and overseeing all league trades. Much of this will be done through the use of league web pages, our free, donated, online management services, and the use of bulletin boards.
  • Assisting the CEO in running the league.
  • Participating on the Executive Committee to handle complaints and problems as they arise.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the CEO or as required to run their league as an independent league.

2.3 The Executive VP assists the CEO on all league matters, serves on the Executive Committee and serves as the interim CEO if the CEO becomes unavailable or at his request.

    2.3.1 The VP for League Operations is responsible for aiding the League Presidents as needed, serving on the Executive Committee, and serving as an interim President if a League President becomes unavailable.

2.4 There will be an Executive Committee to handle all league disputes upon appeal of a league President's decision by a team owner to the committee, or for any other matter deemed important by the committee or CEO. The committee shall be comprised of the following members: the CEO (as non-voting chairman), the Executive VP, the 5 League Presidents and the VP for League Operations.

    2.4.1 If a League President's decision or other issue is brought to the attention of the Executive Committee, the 5 Presidents and 2 VP's shall vote on the issue after consultation with the both the CEO and any involved parties as coordinated by the CEO. Normally, any decision by a League President will be in effect until the committee has voted, but a temporary stay order may be granted by the CEO until the committee has voted. The CEO will only consider staying a President's decision if it appears BOTH to be a credible request and time restrictions necessitate a temporary decision be made sooner. All committee member votes should normally be rendered within 48 hours of notification. A minimum of 5 committee members must vote to constitute a quorum. If this cannot be accomplished within 48 hours, the decision will be on hold until a quorum of 5 committee members (not including the CEO) can be reached. The CEO does not vote unless there is a tie, in which case he will cast the deciding vote.

    2.4.2 The decisions of the Executive Committee can only be overturned on appeal by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the league involved or the entire NGFFL if it is involved. All members will have exactly one vote and all affected parties will be allowed to vote on the matter. It will require 8 votes to pass in an individual league and 40 votes for the entire NGFFL.

    2.4.3 Any voting percentages in this Constitution may be changed accordingly by the CEO if any Alternate Owners who normally wouldn't vote are serving as a President or VP who would have a vote.


Article 3: Membership

3.1 The NGFFL is a 60-team league divided into five (5) separate and individual 12-team leagues. Each league shall have 2 divisions of 6 teams each. The inaugural 1999 leagues are named the George Halas League, the Art Rooney League and the Paul Brown League in honor of three of the more storied NFL franchises: the Bears, the Steelers, and the Browns. The 2000 expansion leagues are named the Vince Lombardi League and Tom Landry League in honor of the Packers and Cowboys franchises.

3.2 All new members must be accepted to play in the league by the League Chief Executive Officer. Members will be assigned teams by the CEO based on available openings. In future years before new members are added, the CEO will review an extensive application before awarding a team to a new member.

    3.2.1 All of the 36 original owners will be called Founding Owners. Any owner added after the original league is formed with the 36 Founding Owners will not be termed a Founding Owner. Any NGFFL owner as of June 1, 1999 is to be considered a Founding Owner.

3.3 In addition to the 60 team owners, the CEO will always attempt to maintain a membership of at least 2-3 "quality" Alternate Owners. These Alternate Owners will be welcome to participate in all league activities and may fully serve in any and all appointed or voluntary league positions and activities, with the exception that they will not have a vote unless they are serving as a President or VP (the CEO may make exceptions depending upon what is being voted on but their comments and input will always be welcomed and fully heard). In the best interests of the league, the CEO may move any alternate off the list and assign him/her to an available team.

    3.3.1 Alternate Owners may substitute for Owners (at the Owner's request) in temporarily running an Owner's team if the Owner will need to be away from access to the league for a period of one or two weeks during the season. No owner may run more than one league team at a time, but they may, with the consent of both involved Presidents and the CEO, temporarily run a team in the league in which they do not own a team in a similar fashion to how Alternate Owners can.

3.4 If an owner must be away from access to the league for 2 weeks during the season and cannot make suitable CEO-approved arrangements to cover this absence, he should request that a new owner take over his team. In the event that this were this to occur, that owner would automatically drop to Alternate Owner status and an Alternate Owner will take his place.

3.5 If the CEO removes a team owner for failing to participate in the responsibilities of an owner for two weeks or more or for any other reason, they will not receive Alternate Owner status.

3.6 Owners will not be subject to losing their teams in the off-season if they make suitable arrangements for management of their team for any off-season league events (the trading period, the draft, etc.) through their league President or the CEO.

3.7 Keeping article 3.6 in mind, owners are still responsible for keeping up with required email directions at all periods of the year. If owners do not respond to league emails in a timely manner as required and they do not arrange for a proxy to do so for them, they do stand in danger of losing their teams.


Article 4: Significant Dates

  • Franchise Swap Period: January 1 - May 31
  • Franchise Swap Vote Date: June 1st
  • League Fees Deadline: the mandatory payment date is June 1st
  • Alternate Owner Appreciation Day: June 2nd - this is the day teams are given away because owners failed to make their league fees payment on time
  • Summer Trading Period: June 1st until your draft ends (there is no trading Thurs after week 12 until this period -and- there is no trading after the draft until 7 days before opening day)
  • First Cut Deadline: Roster cuts from 16 to 8 are due by midnight on June 20th
  • Final Cut Deadline: Roster cuts from 8 to 5 are due by midnight on June 30th
  • Post-Cuts Waiting Period: one-week waiting period after keeper cut downs and before the drafts begin is July 1-7 to allow owners time to make their draft lists
  • Drafts Begin: July 8th at 12:01 am
  • August Free Agency: 1-3 weeks before opening day (TBA by CEO each season)
  • In-Season Free Agency Begins: The Thurs following week #1
  • In-Season Free Agency Ends: The Thurs following week #12
  • In-Season Trading Begins: 7 days before opening day
  • In-Season Trading Ends: The Thurs following week #12
  • Weekly Lineup Deadline: See Article 6.2
  • Weekly Trading Deadline: Sat midnight or 12 hours prior to the first game of the week if before Sun
  • Playoffs: Start in week 14; league championship games to be held in week 16; Unification and Toilet bowls in week 17
  • Eastern Time: All times are ET unless directly told otherwise by the CEO (Eastern "Standard or Daylight" Time as appropriate for the time of year)


Article 5: Roster Composition

5.1 A roster may never exceed 20 players.

5.2 You must always have enough players on your roster to be able to submit a valid lineup each week.

    5.2.1 Owners must at all times have one QB, one Kicker and one TM D/ST on their roster. Owners must also always have at least five players that are a legal lineup combination of RB's, WR's and TE's on their roster. This minimum roster of eight players is considered the smallest legal roster an owner may have.

    5.2.2 A roster may never drop below any position minimums at any time. Owners may not be without a required positional player waiting for a trade or free agent bid to be processed.

5.3 Owners must never allow their off-season rosters to drop below five players.

5.4 Rosters as of June 20th must have a minimum of five players and a maximum of eight players. As of June 30th, rosters must contain EXACTLY five players. Once the draft starts, there are no more roster size restrictions except that upon completion of the draft, an owner must fulfill all positional minimums as described in Article 5.2.1.

5.5 All owners must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 16 players by Thursday noon after week four's games. Owners do so by naming these cuts on their weekly free agency bid forms in the comments section.

5.6 Owners who do not name their cuts as described here in the Constitution will have their rosters cut by the CEO in consultation with their League President.

5.7 There is no injured reserve. If a player gets hurt, an owner may keep him, trade him or cut him. It is each owner's choice.


Article 6: Starting Lineups

6.1 Starting lineups shall consist of 8 players. There will be 1 QB, 1 PK, and 1 TM Defense/Special Teams. The other 5 players will be RB's, WR's or TE's, with no more than 3 RB's able to start. It is each owner's discretion how to play those 5.

6.2 All lineups must be submitted via the web site for your league (or to your President if necessary) before kickoff of the first NFL game of the week. The system is the final judge as to whether a lineup was turned in on time.

6.3 If no lineup is turned in by the deadline, the previous week's lineup will be used. Only the individual team owner may turn in his or her own lineup.

    6.3.1 Lineups may be turned in as far ahead of time as you want through the lineups link on your page.


Article 7: Scoring System

7.1 Scoring will consist of the following for individual players (QB-RB-WR-TE-K) regardless of position:

  • 6 pts for rushing/receiving TD's
  • 6 pts for a kick off/punt return TD's
  • 4 pts for passing TD's
  • .04 pts for each yard passing
  • .10 pts for each yard rushing or receiving
  • 2 pts for a conversion rushed/received
  • 1 pt for a conversion pass
  • 3 pts for a FG under 50 yards
  • 4 pts for a FG 50 yards or more
  • 1 pt for each Extra Point kicked

Defensive and special teams scoring will be as follows:

  • 4 points for each TD
  • 2 points for any turnover
  • 1 point for each sack
  • 2 points for a safety
  • 10 points for a shutout

7.2 Fumbles ruled by the NFL to be recovered in the end zone by an offensive player will not count as a score for any individual offensive players.

    7.2.1 Fumbles must be returned at least 1 yard (as credited by the NFL) to count for an offensive player if they happen to score. Section 7.1 states we credit only tds rushed, received, or passed (the offensive tds). The action of rushing, receiving or passing indicates a movement of the ball, not a falling on it.

7.3 If the offensive special teams unit is on the field (to kick a field goal or extra point or to punt) and an offensive play such as a pass or rush attempt is made, stats will count only for the individual offensive players involved in the event of any score and/or yardage gained as appropriate by the rules.

7.4 The defense must be on the field for a turnover in the end zone to count as a score in which case it will be scored both a turnover and a td.


Article 8: Season Schedule

8.1 In the initial season for each league, all league schedules were randomly determined. It is not expected that the league will expand beyond the five current league it contains.

8.2 All teams in the initial year of a league will face each division team two times and three random non-division teams one time each.

8.3 In subsequent years, each team will still face each division team two times.

    8.3.1 The three non-division games will be determined by each team's division standing (decided by playoff seeding). If you finish in the top three in your division in any year, you will face the top three teams from out of your division the following year. If you finish in the bottom three teams in your division, you will face the bottom three teams in the opposite division.

8.4 Schedules will then be created annually using the schedule matrix that will be updated each year based on draft order.


Article 9: Tie Games

9.1 During the regular season and playoffs, no game will end in a tie. If a tie exists the following will be used in order until a winner is determined:

1. Highest scoring fantasy starter.
2. Longest FG by starting kicker.
3. Longest TD pass thrown by starting QB.
4. Longest TD run by starting RB.
5. Coin flip by the CEO.

9.2 Whichever team wins the tie breaker will have 1 point added to their score and be declared the winner.


Article 10: Free Agent System

10.1 There will be a weekly in-season free agent bidding process. Each owner will be given $25 annually in totally fictional "cash" to spend on a season's worth of free agent pick ups. This cash is available to owners on July 1st each year.

10.2 Bids must be emailed by Thursdays at noon to your individual league Hotmail email account (linked from your page) that your League President will oversee. He will send out results by Thursdays at midnight (on occasion, the CEO, Exec VP or VP for League Operations will process the bids for a league).

    10.2.1 Anyone with access to their league's Hotmail account (Executive Committee members) will be required to have their bids in to Hotmail 24 hours prior to the "owner" submission deadline for all in-season and off-season bidding sessions. This deadline is to guard against any Executive Committee member looking to see how full the mailbox is before submitting a bid. It is recommended that team owners submit their bids during the season from Wednesdays at noon until Thursdays at noon (or within 24 hours of the deadline in any off-season bidding sessions), but they may always submit them earlier at their convenience.

    10.2.2 Only delegated Executive Committee members will ever have access to the Hotmail accounts. The password will be changed often if necessary. Mail will be confirmed to be unopened by two executive committee members on Thursday mornings before any mail is opened to ensure honesty in the process. Opened mail is flagged as open, so it will easily be seen if any emails have been opened.

    10.2.3 Owners will annually be assigned mandatory passwords that they must use to make a successful bid for a free agent.

    10.2.4 The date/time stamp on the bid form itself (which is the independent source in comparison with the date/time stamp on the bid as received at Hotmail shall determine the correct day and time a bid was sent and received. An owner who also adds their own email address to the bid form can provide that email as an offer of
    proof if necessary of the day and time they sent in their bids in case of any dispute.

10.3 Each team owner is allowed to bid weekly on up to 4 players and may acquire up to 4 players. Players will be "sold" for the amount of cash bid to the highest bidder. "Acquired" means you're adding one player to your team and dropping one player based on the bid being accepted. A "bid" is a request to acquire a player by using your available bidding cash in a system that rewards the team owner with the highest bid in cash. A "cut" must be named on the bid for a bid to be successful. A cut may be contingent, but a bid may not be.

10.4 Bids must be in even dollar amounts only. Bids made in excess of available cash at the time of the bid will be discarded.

10.5 Bids must be prioritized from the highest bid amount (in $$) to the smallest. If two bids are identical from an owner, the order in which they are listed will be used to determine which player an owner wants more. In the event of tie bids between two or more owners, the player will be sold to the bidder with the worst season won/loss record (the tiebreaker method for the playoffs will be used to break any further ties). Where an owner lists a player on a bid form is meaningless when it comes to scoring a particular legal bid. Presidents should never compare where a player is listed on a bid form - only how much the bid is for and how that compares to other bids.

    10.5.1 Owners must state whether they would like to acquire 1 to 4 players based on their bids if acquiring more than 1 is possible; otherwise a bid will always be assumed at all times to only be to acquire 1 player. However, you may acquire up to 4 players each week if your bid is successful.

    10.5.2 "If" bids will not be allowed. An "if" bid is one that states you want to grab 1 one qb (or any position) "if" not one then another.

    10.5.3 If an owner submits a subsequent Hotmail bid email in addition to one sent previously, any and all previous bid emails are ruled void. Only the most recent bid email by an owner will ever be considered for bidding purposes.

10.6 Once an owner's cash is depleted they will be unable to pick up free agents for the season unless they trade for cash from another owner.

    10.6.1 Owners are allowed to bank up to $5 for carryover to the following season. Any excess funds an owner possesses at the final cut down date will be forfeited.

    10.6.2 Any new owner added to a previously existing league after each season will start with either $30 for bidding or $25 plus the available cash the departing owners possesses (keeping in mind article 10.6.1) at the discretion of the CEO.

10.7 Owners playing in individual league championship games may make one FREE (bidding dollars not required) drop/add 48 hours before their games in case of injury or benching ONLY if another "named NFL starting player" is not available on your bench (this will be at the discretion of the CEO in consultation with each involved President and the order will be based on playoff seeding with the higher seed getting priority).

    10.7.1 Owners in this situation must notify the CEO of their intentions to use this clause by Tuesday midnight after week 15. Bids will then be due 48 hours before the first week 16 game and the results will be granted soon thereafter. In the event of an unlikely Thursday week 16 game, bids will be due Tues midnight and will be considered notification.

10.8 There will be one off-season free agent bidding session that will occur between one to three weeks prior to the first NFL game each year in August. It will be run identically to how a normal weekly free agent bidding week during the season is except that Presidents will have 2 full days to process results on this occasion.


Article 11: Trading

11.1 Trading rules will be extremely liberal. Owners are encouraged to be creative in making trades, but "player to be named later" trades will not be allowed.

    11.1.1 Owners in returning leagues may trade players, cash or draft picks. Owners in expansion leagues may not trade draft picks until after they have been in the league for one full year.

    11.1.2 Owners who may trade draft picks may only do so for the current year and one year beyond the current year. Any trade for a future draft pick beyond the current year must be approved in advance by the CEO or his designee.

    11.1.3 No trades will be allowed between leagues.

11.2 Trades that appear to be collusional in nature may be subject to appeal and may be held up until an investigation by the involved President and CEO can start and end.

    11.2.1 Owners who collude to fraud the league with extremely unfair trades, loaning of players, or any other action or non-action which has a direct negative effect on a franchise and/or the league will be removed from the league if it is determined by the CEO collusion and/or cheating has occurred.

    11.2.2 For this reason, a player acquired by trade must remain on your roster for 2 NFL games. In practice, this rule may not be actively enforced, but if it does get noticed that a team violated this rule, they will be subject to sanctions.

    11.2.3 No money (legal tender) or products/services with a real cash value may be tendered as part of any trade or negotiation.

11.3 Trades of players and/or free agent cash is allowed as long as they are fair and reasonable and will only become valid after all owners involved make and post their trades on the league's web page. The League Presidents have the right to void any obviously unfair or unreasonable trade after consultation with the CEO.

11.4 No trading will be allowed after Thursday at noon after Week 12. Trading will resume again in the 4-week trading period in June each year.

11.5 The weekly in-season trading deadline will be Saturdays at midnight EST (or 12 hours before the start of the first game of the week for weeks with Thursday, Friday and Saturday games).

    11.5.1 Any players traded or received in trade after the trade deadline up until the lineup deadline are not eligible to be started that week.

    11.5.2 Anyone found starting a player acquired in trade after the trade deadline for that week will receive a zero for that player that week.

    11.5.3 On the second offense, that owner would forfeit their next game with a score of zero.

    11.5.4 If an owner was in violation of this rule for a third overall time, they will not be allowed to participate in free agent bidding or trading for 10 consecutive NGFFL weeks (whether they fall in one year or not).

11.6 Trading may take place during the one-week period between the announcement of the keepers and the commencement of the annual draft; however, at that time, trades must be for an equal number of players so that each team remains at 5 keepers.

11.7 After each season is over, returning team owners will be permitted to negotiate to trade franchises with any other NGFFL returning or newly-appointed team owner.

    11.7.1 The open trading period for trading franchises will be from Jan 1 until May 31 each year.

    11.7.2 Franchise trading includes trading every asset your team owns for every asset the other team owns. That includes: your entire roster, your league and division placement, your rights to future draft picks, all of your available free agent cash, etc. You carry no rights from the former team that you previously held to your new team.

    11.7.3 To have a franchise trade with an owner in your league be successful, it will need the approval of at least 2/3 of the returning, non-involved owners in your league.

    11.7.4 To have a franchise trade with an owner outside of your league be successful, it will need the approval of at least 1/2 of the returning non-involved owners in EACH league. If either league votes against the trade, it will not be approved.

    11.7.5 The CEO may deny any franchise trade in the best interests of the NGFFL, but will only intervene in such trades if it appears the trade was collusional in any aspect.

    11.7.6 Votes will be called by the CEO on June 1st for all potential trades that are negotiated in the open trading period. A vote shall not be official until all returning owners in the league at that time cast a vote. If a new owner is added to the league after the season, they shall not have a vote and the CEO will modify the required vote percentages accordingly.

    11.7.7 Each owner may only have one potential franchise trade voted on each year.

    11.7.8 If an owner makes a successful franchise trade, they will not be allowed to attempt another franchise trade for 3 years.


Article 12: Playoffs

12.1 Weeks 14, 15 and 16 of the NFL season are reserved for the league playoffs. At the end of the 13 weeks, the 2 division winners, the next top 3 best teams according to won/loss record (and tiebreakers), and the remaining team with the highest number of total points scored will enter the playoffs.

12.2 The following will be used if two or more teams have identical records in determining the best and worse won/loss records and the 6th playoff spot for the remaining team with the highest points scored:

    1) Head-to-head record by winning percentage (wins divided by total games involved) if all involved teams have played each other at least once each.
    2) Best season points total.
    3) Division record (10 games).
    4) Record against non-division teams (3 games).
    5) Best division points total.
    6) Coin flip by CEO.

12.3 For the playoffs, each individual league is handled separately. For the first week, the two division winners get a bye. The wild card team with the best record plays the 6th place team. The other two wild card teams play each other. For the second week, the #1 seeded division winner plays the wild card remaining with the worst record and the #2 seed division winner plays the other team. The two winners meet in the league championship games the following week.

12.4 The remaining 6 teams will begin the Consolation Bowl playoffs. The top two teams by record (#7 and #8) will have a first round bye. The #9 team will play the #12 team, and the #10 team will play the #11 team. In the second round, the #7 team will play the winner of the 10/11 game, and the #8 team will play the winner of the 9/12 game. The two winners in round 2 will play for the Consolation Bowl championship.

12.5 There will also be a NGFFL Points Champion. The winner will be the one team in all of the NGFFL to score more points by the sum of their weekly starting lineups over the course of the season than any other team. This award will be realized after the results of the week 13 games and this award is totally separate from anything that may occur in the playoffs.

12.6 There will be a Unification Title Game that will pit the five league winners against each other and will take place in week 17 of the NFL season. The winner of this game is declared the NGFFL Champion. There will also be a Toilet Bowl game. To qualify for this game, the last place team in each league that does not win the Consolation Bowl will play in this game. The Unification Title Game and Toilet Bowl Game will be played in week 17 of the NFL season.

    12.6.1 In these two games, the involved teams will play "roster versus roster." Every member of each team will be scored in determining the final scores for each team. If any team has less than a full, healthy 16-player roster due to injured players or non-starters, that will be the risk they take in not fielding a full bench in preparation for this game.

    12.6.2 Any ties in these games will not be broken. In that instance, co-champs will be declared.

    12.6.3 If co-champs are declared, a coin flip will take place by the CEO to determine draft order.

12.7 How you fare in the playoffs will determine your draft position for the following year. For each league, this will be the draft order based on playoff and regular season performance:

    1st position - will be the Consolation Bowl winner. This is to reward the team who does not make the league championship playoffs who wins in the Consolation Game.

    2nd thru 6th positions - will be the worst five teams by inverse regular season record that do not win the Consolation Bowl game and that did not make the league championship playoffs.

    7th position - will be the League Champion.

    8th thru 12th positions - will be the 5 playoff teams who do not win the league championship game by inverse regular season record.


Article 13: Keepers

13.1 The 16-player rosters must be reduced to 8 players by June 20 at midnight each year by emailing "CUT" players to the league's Hotmail account. The 8-player rosters must then be cut to exactly 5 players/keepers by June 30 at midnight in the same manner.

    13.1.1 If a team owner does not respond to specific required duties contained in league emails in a timely manner during the 4-week trading period or does not announce his/her keepers on either cut day, it will be assumed they have quit the league and an Alternate Owner will be named to take over the team.

13.2 There will be a 7-day waiting period after keepers are announced from July 1-7. The annual drafts will then begin on July 8th each year.

    13.2.1 The email/web-based draft will then last until all teams have acquired 20 players.

13.3 If an Alternate Owner is named according to 13.1.1 to take over a team, they will inherit the full available roster and have 48 hours to decide which 5 players they will keep.

    13.3.1 The Alternate Owner will be allowed to trade during this 48-hour period with the rest of their league which has already cut down to 5 keepers, but trades must be even in the number of players traded by both sides so that they remain at 5 keepers at all times.

    13.3.2 If the Alternate Owner takes over a team after the first cut deadline, they will participate with the other owners as normal.


Article 14: The Draft

14.1 The draft will start approximately July 8th each year and continue until it is done.

    14.1.1 Owners may only draft current NFL players, rookie draft picks from that calendar year and players not in the NFL who have played in the NFL (or other pro league) at any time in the previous two years.

14.2 Owners must check email and the web page several times every day and should take no more than a few hours after receiving notification to make a selection.

    14.2.1 Owners who exceed 16 hours on the clock to make a pick will lose their pick for that round and will make 2 selections consecutively in the next round at the spot in the round that owner would normally pick.

    14.2.2 Owners are highly encouraged to use the pre-draft method described at to be sure all picks are made in a timely manner. This will be mandatory in some circumstances as determined by the CEO.

    14.2.3 If an owner misses one pick in the draft regardless of the excuse, his pick is automatically moved down per 14.2.1.

    14.2.4 If an owner misses a pick at any point in the draft, he will be required to pre-draft at at least two rounds ahead from that point on.

    14.2.5 If that same owner then misses another pick in the draft for any reason, he may lose his team.

    14.2.6 All situations are unique and at the discretion of the CEO in consultation with the involved League President, alternate sanctions may be enforced if removing an owner from his team is not deemed the best solution to the problem or issue that arises.

14.3 Once you draft a player, you may not "undraft" him and draft another in his place.

14.4 As the commencement of the season grows near, the CEO may shorten the time frame an owner may have to make a selection.

14.5 If the season is getting too close and the CEO feels the draft will not end on time, the CEO will call a live chat room draft meeting with a two week's notice to finish the draft. Any owner who fails to show up at that time will have his or her team draft completed by the CEO or a designee appointed by the CEO.


Article 15 - Amending the Constitution

15.1 All votes to amend the Constitution will be conducted by June 15 before the first set of cuts must be announced each season.

15.2 Any voted rules changes must be approved by 2/3 of all league owners.

15.3 Any proposed rules changes will be considered by the CEO, and based on the appropriateness of the rule change proposal, a league-wide vote may take place.

15.4 The CEO reserves the right to make rules changes in the best interests of the league. Not all rules changes will be voted on at the discretion of the CEO.

15.5 Very few, if any, rules will ever be changed during the season unless it is absolutely necessary, and only then after bringing the issue up for a league-wide discussion.


Article 16 - League Activities

16.1 In addition to the positions described above for the running of the leagues, other things may be going on and all owners are highly encouraged to take an active part.

    16.1.1 A Newsletter Editor will be appointed by the CEO based on hearing from volunteers. The Editor will be responsible for all activities of the newsletter with help from an Assistant Editor, league correspondents, and power rankings correspondents from owner volunteers. It will be up to the Editor to ensure the newsletter is sent out as scheduled and they will work with their staff to set up the roles of each person on staff. All functions of the newsletter will be up to the Editor. If the Editor can no longer meet their commitment, a new Editor will be appointed by the CEO. We will have a newsletter that will publish once per week in-season (from the NFL week 1 through the week of the NGFFL playoffs), and once in the off-season (June to August).

    16.1.2 There will also be a league Webmaster appointed by the CEO. This person will acquire, develop, maintain, and post all league activities on the league web page in cooperation with the CEO. This person should be relatively experienced in web page design by having run a league or web page before and must be willing to the time commitment of a few hours or so each week. This person may appoint an assistant and/or staff if they choose. The webmaster will work closely with the CEO, each President, and the newsletter editor. Owners may serve in dual roles with the approval of the CEO if they feel they can handle it.

    16.1.3 There may also be others who are asked to run certain activities such as Grudge Matches, Chat Activities, NGFFL Olympics, Survival Game, Power Rankings, etc. Other activities may include the Predict the Playoffs contest and Mr. Football contest.

16.2 An Annual NGFFL Masters League will take place starting in 2000. In the first year, the top 12 teams by Hall of Fame scores will battle it out in a points-only format with their weekly scores from 2000 in their regular leagues being their Masters League weekly scores. Starting in year 2001, the top 15 teams will be invited to play as well as the winner and runner-up from the previous season. In the year 2000, the winner will receive 12 HOF bonus points and the runner-up will receive 7 points. Starting in 2001, the winner and runner-up will receive 15 and 10 respectively.


Article 17: Ethics

17.1 Each owner is ethically responsible for fielding their best possible lineup each week to win each and every league game for that season. What is considered your best possible lineup will be left to each owner, but if an owner appears to be tanking a game for any reason, they may be removed from the league.

17.2 Owners will not make it a point to police the lineups and trades of other owners. If a lineup or trade appears to cross the line, the owner who feels it needs to be brought out in the open should first contact their President (a courtesy copy to the CEO is also a good idea). All attempts shall be made in private by the President and CEO to resolve the issue. If the issue needs to be brought to the league(s) attention, be assured the CEO will do so.

17.3 Public or private attempts to harass or malign another league member will not and should not go on. We are all adults. Talking a little smack I'm sure will go on and will be fun, humorous, and good natured; however, personal attacks are something else altogether. It is each owner's responsibility to remain civil and friendly to everyone else in the league at all times. If you end up not getting along with someone, it doesn't need to be an issue dragged thru the league.

17.4 Tanking will consist of the following: attempting to lose to get a better draft slot, attempting to lose to help another owner make the playoffs, attempting to lose to help eliminate an owner from the playoffs, submitting injured players when healthy ones are available, not actively trying to trade or pick up free agents to improve your team if your season hits the skids, or any other definition of tanking that has the effect of hurting your team and/or the league.

17.5 Owner communications will not be considered tanking or collusion on its face; however, if they can be shown to be such, that owner won't be allowed to continue in the league. Owners may and should freely talk to each other however is appropriate. It is only when the line of collusion, tanking, or trying to defraud the league in any way is crossed where the CEO will step in and conduct an investigation. The CEO will also not hesitate to drop an owner who quits responding to the league if they lose interest or violate league rules. Remember, we are here for fun, but it does take work to make fun.

17.6 At no time shall an owner make any attempt, either openly or covertly, to remove another owner from the league. If an issue that comes up rises to the level that sanctions are discussed, removing an owner will only occur as a last resort if other ways to resolve the issue are not considered by the CEO to be in the best interests of the league.



P.1 Several controversial scoring situations arose at the end of the 1998 season. As a result, all individual player/team scoring as computed by the system shall be considered final. If the system later "corrects" a scoring play, changes will be made retroactively.

However, any owner may appeal any scoring decision to the CEO and Executive Committee for an emergency appeal. If timeliness is not an issue, a majority vote of 2/3 of the entire NGFFL will be required to reverse the scoring decision of

P.2 The newsgroup will not be used for any NGFFL business - official or unofficial. Any team owner doing so may be removed from the league without warning.