The Franchise League – Update

Alright, the first Franchise League blog post laid out most of the groundwork for what has grown into a grass roots campaign to make sure the Franchise Draft League (aka Franchise Mode) gets off the ground. This updated will look to sort out any additional issues between now and the start of the upcoming season. There have been some minor tweaks to the official numbers as well as the addition of ‘Bird Rights’, so check out those updates below.

Sign-ups are OPEN. To save your spot for the league just email and I’ll keep an updated list running on the message boards.


Deadline to pay the league fee of $150 is Friday April 19th
Draft Combine will be held on Tuesday April 23rd @ CAC
Draft will be held on Saturday April 27th @ CAC
Preseason games will be played on Tuesday April 30th

Games will be played on Tuesday nights at C.A.C. starting on May 7th
Games will be played at 7:00 PM, 7:50 PM, 8:40 PM or 9:30 PM
The top 8 teams will qualify for the playoffs and the Finals will be a Best of 3, with schedule TBD

1st Off-season
The first draft will be held on April 27th at CAC. It will be conducted in the same manner as any other CAC draft league.
Captains will be determined by B Draft APR. Anyone with an APR under 40 an be a captain for the Franchise League. In order to have such a wide variation of talented captains a cap hit will be assessed each season based on the Captain’s APR
Captains with an APR from 0-19.99 do not have an additional cap hit each season.
Captains with an APR from 20-29.99 have an additional $2 cap hit each season.
Captains with an APR from 30-40 have an additional $4 cap hit each season
Oder is determined by lottery based on APR like every other Draft League and the Draft snakes after each round.

Players are assigned initial contract value based upon the round they are drafted in. All dollar amounts in ‘millions’

Round – Season 1 – Season 2
1st  – $11 – $14
2nd – $8 – $10
3rd – $5 – $7
4th – $3 – $4
5th – $1 – $2
Captains have the choice to offer draft picks a 1 or 2 season contract, with the second season of the contract increasing based on escalations. These escalations are also applicable to contract offers to free agents and auction players.
Less than $4 – additional season + $1
$4 or More – less than $10 – additional season + $2
$10 or more – additional season + $3
If a captain offers a draft player a two season contract, the player has the right of refusal and can take a 1 season contract. Captains have until Wednesday May 1st at 12 PM to turn in contract lengths to League Offices.

There will be a hard Salary Cap $40 million that teams cannot surpass unless they have a Cash Exemption (see Trades). Here’s an example of the salary structure projected a few seasons out:
The major changes to this league coming during the 2nd and ensuing off-seasons.
2nd Off-season
The off-season will contain 3 major activity periods (Cuts, “Free” Agency, and Auction) with Trades allowed throughout the entire off-season, that will begin once the full player pool has been determined and paid for. (August 26th, 2013 deadline).
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 after free agency starts. Deadline for cuts will be determined each 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
Every “free” agent must be signed before the auction draft
Contracts to free agents, and auction pool players, can only be offered as a whole number or .5
To sign a player captains must also have enough cap space to sign additional players to get to the required 6 players
All bids are made known to all the captains so each captain has a chance to bid on each player. Free agents must sign with the team that offers the highest initial season salary. This will prevent free agents from joining a friend’s team for below market value
Free Agent Mike Strange
Offer 1 – From Matty Bells – 1 season @ $4
Offer 2 – From Sam Boyer – 2 seasons @ $9.5 and $11.5
Offer 2 would win the Mike Strange sweepstakes, he would not be able to join Matty Bell’s team for a $4 contract if he is offered more $ by a different team.
Preference is given to contract offers that are for multiple seasons if there are two contracts offered of the same first season amount.
Offer 1 – 1 season @ $4.5
Offer 2 – 2 seasons @ $4.5 and $6.5
Offer 2 would be awarded the free agent player
If there are two identical bids in season length and contract money, the free agent can choose their team.
“Free” Agency period will be determined each season
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. For every $2 offered in the contract, the team with the players Bird Rights can sign that player for a $.5 discount
Offer 1 – non-Bird Rights – 2 seasons @ $8 and $10
Offer 2 – Bird Rights – 2 seasons @ $6 and $8
These offers are considered identical in money and length, so the free agent can choose which offer he wants to accept.
Discount is only applied to the whole $2, there is no partial discount
Offer 1 – non-Bird Rights – 2 season @ $9.5 and $11.5
Offer 2 – Bird Rights – 2 seasons @ $7.5 and $9.5
These offers are considered identical in money and length.
Auction Draft
Every subsequent season after the first, there will be an auction to add new players to the league. Every new player to the league will be a part of the auction draft. This will be in lieu of the traditional ‘draft’ in order to prevent tanking down the stretch of a regular season.
The auction draft is the last off-season transaction period before the season starts
Team captains bid on each player in the auction pool and every team must have 6 players at the end of the auction
Captains must have enough cap room to sign the player bid on plus additional cap room to have the required 5 players signed to the team for the bid to be valid
The minimum contract offer is $1 for 1 season.
Preference is given to contract offers that are for 2 seasons if there are two contracts offered of the same first season amount.
Ties in bids (same $ and length) to the same player will be broken by worst record the previous season. That captain will be awarded the player.
A player in the auction pool cannot refuse a contract offer of 2 seasons.
Auction date will be determined each season
Can be made at any time during the off-season, from the beginning of the Cuts until the very last player in the auction pool has been given a contract. There will be no in-season trades.
Trades must involve an equal number of players and can include Cash Exemptions. The monetary value of the contracts and cash exemptions must be within 125%
Team 1 Trades player A – 1 season left at $6
Team 2 Trades player B – 1 season left at $3
Team 2 can offer a Cash Exemption of anywhere from $2 to $4.5 in order to make the trade work. This exemption will be added to Team 1’s Salary Cap and deducted from Team 2’s
Captains can offer a 1 season contract extension to the player(s) they traded for if it fits under the salary cap. The additional dollar value will be assigned by the escalation chart based on the players salary for the upcoming season. Players can decline the contract extension but cannot prevent the trade.
Additional Notes
Captains that vacate their team between off-seasons will be replaced. A new captain must fall within the original captain’s APR limit AND must be a Free Agent during the off-season that a captain vacates. A player from within the APR range on the team that has a vacant captain spot can become a captain if they are not a free agent.
At the end of the Auction period, there can be no more trades. The season will then proceed as normal, with a 9 game regular season plus playoffs, until the next offseason, when you do it all over again!
Any/all loopholes found between now and the start of the league WILL be filled with additional amendments


  • Damn this is a lot to read. Once I win a 5v5 draft league championship, I’ll transition over to this league so that probably won’t be this upcoming season. Maybe I will have read all this by then too.

  • So based on which paragraph you read the draft is either April 27th Saturday or Monday April 29th which is the same day contracts are due. Question though when are the players expected to accept/decline contracts? Would it be possible to play a game with the team to find out who the people on the team are? Not everyone is Matty and knows every single person who has ever walked through the doors of CAC.

    • Draft will Saturday April 27th – I’ll update where it says the 29th. The reason for that is so we have time to squeeze in a pre-season game.
      Your second point is a good one, I’ll let captains wait until the day after the pre-season game to turn contracts in. So Wednesday May 1st by noon will be the deadline to get those to the League Offices

    • I’ll have to check the numbers, I don’t think you’re going to fall under 40

  • This is amazing!!! Count me in!

    lol…..I don’t see anything about endorsement deals though

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