Franchise League Rules Update – Fall 2014

It’s been almost a year since the last post updating Franchise League Rules and there have been many tweaks, adjustments and outright changes to the way things are done. Every season new situations and scenarios pop up that force the League Offices to view things in a different way. So below are new additions to the rules for the Fall 2014 off-season.

Here is an updated set of rules regarding the off-season period prior to the Fall 2014 season. Some rules have not changed, many have. Read them. Learn them. Live them.

DRAFT BOARD
There is only ONE Draft Board for the entire history of the Franchise League. Each off-season this board will be updated with the new player list, free agency tracker and team salary cap pages. You can find every piece of Franchise League history on this board: Franchise League

CUTS
Captains can cut 1 player under contract each season for a $2.0 penalty against the cap (cap hit) for the following season.
Captains are not penalized with a cap hit if a player decides to not return between seasons. That cap money is immediately freed up and available for use heading into the free agent period. A player not returning the following season does not count as a ‘cut’ against a captain.
No cuts can be made once the Rookie Auction Draft starts each season
ROOKIE AUCTION DRAFT
New players to the league are placed into the Rookie Pool and an auction draft will take place at noon on Sunday following the Payment Deadline, the official first day of a new #FranchiseLeague season.
Captains will nominate players based on the order of the regular season finish from the prior season. The captain with the worst record will nominate the first rookie, the new worst record will nominate the second and so on down the line until all the rookies have been nominated.
Captains DO NOT have to bid on a player they nominate, they can simply put that play up for auction. Competeing bids
If a player is nominated and NOT bid on, that player will move to the free agent pool following the completion of the Rookie Auction Draft.
2nd season extensions to players in the Rookie Auction Draft must be made by noon on the day of the third week of the regular season.
“FREE” AGENCY
Any player who’s contract has expired, or has been cut, and is also returning for the following season up will be subject to the rules of free agency. Free Agency will be a 3 day period that starts upon the completion of the Rookie Auction Draft (Sunday) and will conclude the following Wednesday at noon each season.
Contracts to free agents, and rookie auction draft players, can only be offered as a whole number or tenth of a decimal. To sign a player captains must also have enough cap space to sign additional players to get to the required 6 players (minimum contract = $1)
All bids are made known to all the captains so each captain has a chance to bid on each player. Free agents are given the option to sign with any team that makes a contract offer that is within $1 of the highest bid.
Example
Free Agent Xavier Holland
Offer 1 – From Matty Bells – 1 season @ $14.5
Offer 2 – From Sam Boyer – 2 seasons @ $13.6 and $16.6
Offer 3 – From Nate Mendes – 1 season @ $10
STAT could choose Offer 1 or 2 and Offer 3 would not be eligible as it isn’t within $1 of the highest offer.
Additional Offers can be able to be made on free agents for 12 hours after ‘High Offer’. Offers that match or are lower than ‘High Offer’ do not change the “Counter Deadline” time, only when a new ‘High Offer’ is made will the ‘Counter Deadline’ be updated. Any offer made (sent as an Email to League Offices) between midnight and 9 AM, will set the new Counter Deadline to 9 AM
Any Offer that comes in below the High Offer does not affect the Deadline. When the Deadline has been reached the Free Agent has a maximum of 6 hours to announce the team it will sign with the following season, if there are multiple offers to choose from.
Any offer, once made, cannot be lowered.
If a captain withdraws an offer on a free agent, that captain cannot bid on that free agent again. Captains cannot withdraw bids within 30 minutes of the Counter Deadline. When a captain withdraws an offer, the other captains with a bid on that free agent will be given one opportunity to change their bids on the player without resetting the clock
Captains can bid on only the number of players they need to round out their roster, plus 2 additional offers. If a captain has 3 roster openings, he can only have 5 bids out on players at any given time.
Free Agents are not eligible for contract extensions after the free agency period is over. Captains that wish to retain the rights to free agents for 2 seasons must include the second season in their offers.
“Free” Agency period will be determined each season, starting immediately following the completion of the Rookie Auction Draft (FALL 2014: 8/17/14 – 8/20/14)
CONTRACT RESTRUCTURING
Any player on a 2 season (non Bird Rights) deal can have their contract restructured provided a captain has the salary cap room in the current season to offset the cost of the next season. At no time may the value of the first season of the contract be equal to or exceed that of the second season
Example: Player A – S1 – $24,4000,000 S2- 29,400,000
Contract Restructure – S1 – 26,800,000 S2 – 27,000.000
This is provided that the captain in question has 2.5 in cap room in the CURRENT (S1) season. Captains are allowed to be over the cap in next season (S2) up until that offseason begins.
Bird Rights Contracts are not eligible for Contract Restructuring.
BIRD RIGHTS
Any player that has played 2 consecutive seasons on the same contract (either for the same team or, if traded, playing out the second season of a contract) is eligible to be resigned by the team that holds that players rights for a discount over two seasons. Bird Rights contract offers are a MATCH of the highest bid offered on a free agent, with a 15% discount. Bird Rights contract offers are not eligible to be used to make offers that would price other teams out of making contract offers on that free agent
Example
Offer 1 – non-Bird Rights high bid – 2 seasons @ $10 and $13
Offer 2 – Bird Rights Match – 2 seasons @ $8.5 and $10.5
This allows the free agent to always choose which offer he wants to accept. Teams with a player’s Bird Rights cannot offer a discounted contract worth more than the maximum amount offered by a team that doesn’t have his Bird Rights.
A captain can rescind their Bird Rights on a player if they wish to try and price out other offers by offering $1.1 more than another player can. Once a captain has rescinded a player’s Bird Rights they cannot be reclaimed that off-season.
Bird Rights contracts cannot be restructured.
BIRD RIGHTS EXTENSION
New in the Spring 2014 season, captains have the option of offering a 3rd season Bird Rights Extension (BRE) to their Bird Rights Free Agents (BRFA) for 1 season at 110% of the salary of the most recently completed season.
Players have the option of accepting or declining a BRE.
Players that accept do not head into free agency signed to a BRE do not head into free agency and captains do not retain a players Bird Rights heading at the end of the Extension. The season after the Extension, players are simply Free Agents
Players that decline the BRE head into free agency. Captains are able to sign the free agent using the Bird Rights Match Discount (85% of highest bid) and can resign a player to a 2 season contract (once again retaining that player’s Bird Rights at the end of the contract).
Bird Rights Extension must be offered and accepted by 5 pm on the day of the Rookie Auction Draft each season. After 5 PM captains are no longer able to offer a BRE to their Bird Rights Free Agents
TRADES
Trades can be completed until noon on the day of the start of the regular season
Players can be traded for other players, cash, or a combination of players and cash. “Cash” affects a captain’s salary cap for either the current or following season, or both. Captains can offer as much or as little cash as necessary to satisfy a trade, there is no limit or floor. Incoming and outgoing cash can be dispersed in a few different ways.
Incoming: All cash can be used during the current season, all cash can be deferred to the following season or cash can be split 50/50 between the current and following season.
Outgoing: All cash can be charged to the current season or cash charge can be split 50/50 between the current and following season
Players that have been traded cannot be traded back to their original team until the following off-season.

OPEN CAPTAIN SPOTS
When a captain spot opens up, any free agent (including BRFA) are able to assume control of the team. If multiple players would like to be captain, a 1v1 battle (or multiple battles) will take place to determine who will earn the captain spot.
New captains assume all contracts, obligations, and salary restrictions of the team they are taking over

EXPANSION
The following guidelines have been put in place in the event of expansion to the Franchise League and may change even closer to the start of the season.
Expansion will only be done with an even number of teams.
Captain spots for expansion franchises will be open to both free agents AND rookies.
In the event of more interested captains than expansion spots available, there will be 1v1 games to determine the captain spots.
Expansion Franchises will be given the opportunity to sign one (1) Free Agent prior to the start of the offseason from an ‘expansion pool’ with certain restrictions on which free agents are eligible for the pool
Bird Rights Free Agents are not eligible to be signed
Free Agents that made more than $23.0 or more the previous season are not eligible to be signed
Rookies are not eligible to be signed
Any expansion captain that wishes to sign a free agent from the expansion pool must offer 115% of the free agent’s previous salary. Expansion captains do not HAVE to sign a free agent out of the expansion pool, and also cannot sign more than one.
Free Agents cannot decline to be signed by an expansion franchise, but they can decline a second season being added to the contract.
If both expansion franchises target the same free agent, the free agent will get to choose the team he’d like to play on.

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