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bshell27

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Do you offer a tip or a fee for acting as commissioner? They don't do too much, besides putting up with headaches of guys calling and asking to change lineup if they do not have access to computer, or inputting rules (rule changes), inputting draft results etc. There is extra work involved and I do not know what FF etiquette requires. I don't know if this has been discussed here before or even if this is the appropriate forum, but I have been playing for 4 years now and have never really figured this one out yet.

What do you all do for your league commish?

 
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.

 
Hm, I have never been offered nor have I ever expected or wanted anything for being commish. I don't think it is difficult and I actually enjoy it quite a bit.

 
Ours doesn't get a thing. I'm going to start my own league next year and I don't expect to receive anything.

 
We generally pay a small % extra at the beginning of the season to our league commish.

It amounts to about half his entry fee.

Guy goes over and above what should be required.

Then again, when we first started doing this, we had to get the stats out of the Monday morning paper.

 
just say thanks

Regarding the difficulty factor - not difficult, but sometimes it's a pain. I write league articles, manually award waiver wire dollars based on NFL picks, set up the league website, load the rosters, handle the money, create new rules and contests to keep things interesting. Once in a blue moon, you have to mediate a dispute. Anyway, it's not rocket science, but there is responsibility involved.

I run 4 leagues, one for over 10 years. I do it because I like it, but mostly because I keep things fair and fun. The one I don't run, we had shady trades and scoring rule changes after the draft. I won't be in that league again.

 
being a commish is a thankless job.

I think it is smart to rotate the commish every few years. You can get burned out as a commish

 
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
 
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.

 
Really not a tough job once initial set up is done. The winner usually gives me 10% that I always put back into the league in a form of food for draft, draft board, travelling trophy etc. The guys that win see what I do for the league draft day and feel like they should help with cost (I usually spend around $150 for food and beer and I don't ask for cash). I commish bc I want to and enjoy it.

 
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
When dealing with an old league of friends, its not easy to kick them out. You can trust them and you know they will pay, but they just decide that they can wait forever. Every year I have a couple of guys do this to me in two different leagues. At the end of the year I'm trying to pay out winnings, but I'm also busy trying to collect fees. Its rediculous, but it happens. I can deal with it because I know they are good, active owners for the most part. As far as getting money for being the commish... The power trip is enough for me.
 
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
When dealing with an old league of friends, its not easy to kick them out. You can trust them and you know they will pay, but they just decide that they can wait forever. Every year I have a couple of guys do this to me in two different leagues. At the end of the year I'm trying to pay out winnings, but I'm also busy trying to collect fees. Its rediculous, but it happens. I can deal with it because I know they are good, active owners for the most part. As far as getting money for being the commish... The power trip is enough for me.
League fees hasn't been an issue with us for a long time now but collecting waiver wire and trade fees at the end of the season can be a problem, particularly when those who are never those who won money in the playoffs. Still it has never been a serious problem for us.
 
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
When dealing with an old league of friends, its not easy to kick them out. You can trust them and you know they will pay, but they just decide that they can wait forever. Every year I have a couple of guys do this to me in two different leagues. At the end of the year I'm trying to pay out winnings, but I'm also busy trying to collect fees. Its rediculous, but it happens. I can deal with it because I know they are good, active owners for the most part. As far as getting money for being the commish... The power trip is enough for me.
yup. i got the same problem. their either family or old friends so i there's no reason to be a harda ss about it. they always come through ... it just takes longer than id prefer.
 
Pictus Cat said:
Appreciation and knowing that the league had fun is enough.A thanks and let go of the little things.
:thumbup: Say "thanks" at the end of the year. I like being commish and I like knowing that everybody enjoyed themselves and appreciated the work my co-commish and I put in. The internet has made things a lot easier than the old days.
 
Chaka said:
fsufan said:
Chaka said:
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
Easier said then done. You schedule the draft weeks ahead of time. Then on draft day a guy shows up short. You've got 11 other guys standing there ready to draft. Do you have any idea how difficult it can be to set up an in-person live draft with 12 people?IN todays leagues run on MFL, there's no real need for a "tip" as (in most of them), the actual time the commish needs to put in is fairly low. But I used to run (years ago) a league with complex manual scoring, and I put out a newsletter every week. I never asked for it, but every year the guys paid 1/2 my fees.

It really depends on the league and it's nature. I can see some complex salary cap and contract leagues out there where a "tip" might still be warrented.

 
Chaka said:
fsufan said:
Chaka said:
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
Easier said then done. You schedule the draft weeks ahead of time. Then on draft day a guy shows up short. You've got 11 other guys standing there ready to draft. Do you have any idea how difficult it can be to set up an in-person live draft with 12 people?IN todays leagues run on MFL, there's no real need for a "tip" as (in most of them), the actual time the commish needs to put in is fairly low. But I used to run (years ago) a league with complex manual scoring, and I put out a newsletter every week. I never asked for it, but every year the guys paid 1/2 my fees.

It really depends on the league and it's nature. I can see some complex salary cap and contract leagues out there where a "tip" might still be warrented.
That's why the payment deadline should be at least a week before the draft.But it can be difficult when you play in a friends and family league. I get the feeling that I am lucky with the guys in my league.

 
Our commish plays for free.

12 team league, everyone pays $50 (except commish). Out of the $550, we pay for the stats service and the remainder goes $1 to the winner of the toilet bowl, and everything else is split 65/25/10 for the top 3 finishers.

We might start charging everyone now that we use an online service. Before it made sense to let him play for free when he was compiling scores by hand.

 
Chaka said:
fsufan said:
Chaka said:
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
i agree but I like to keep the peace with local owners. not going to let FF come between friends and family. the are not deadbeats. just have a few owners who I have to bug about the fee, they always pay. my main dynasty league is 11 years old, must be doing something right
 
Chaka said:
fsufan said:
Chaka said:
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
Easier said then done. You schedule the draft weeks ahead of time. Then on draft day a guy shows up short. You've got 11 other guys standing there ready to draft. Do you have any idea how difficult it can be to set up an in-person live draft with 12 people?IN todays leagues run on MFL, there's no real need for a "tip" as (in most of them), the actual time the commish needs to put in is fairly low. But I used to run (years ago) a league with complex manual scoring, and I put out a newsletter every week. I never asked for it, but every year the guys paid 1/2 my fees.

It really depends on the league and it's nature. I can see some complex salary cap and contract leagues out there where a "tip" might still be warrented.
a doctor plays in one of my local leagues, he make about 200K a year. He NEVER in 5 years has showed up with the $150 fee.
 
Chaka said:
fsufan said:
Chaka said:
I have known many commishes who talk about how difficult the job is but when you offer to take over they never take you up on it.

Commishes generally want to do the job and if they don't someone else will be happy to do it for them.

The job is not that difficult.
the biggest headache is local leagues. owners(friends and family) think they can pay the fee when every they want to even when the league rules says it is due on draft day. I also run an Internet league and will not hesitate to kick someone out if they do not pay on time.
A good commish won't let that #### happen. If you don't pay by the deadline (always at least a week before draft day so you can fill the spot with an emergency reserve -- all established good local leagues have someone who is dying to get in) we move on without you.Deadbeats are not allowed. Good leaguemates should understand that...or perhaps I am just lucky with the quality of owners in my league.
Easier said then done. You schedule the draft weeks ahead of time. Then on draft day a guy shows up short. You've got 11 other guys standing there ready to draft. Do you have any idea how difficult it can be to set up an in-person live draft with 12 people?IN todays leagues run on MFL, there's no real need for a "tip" as (in most of them), the actual time the commish needs to put in is fairly low. But I used to run (years ago) a league with complex manual scoring, and I put out a newsletter every week. I never asked for it, but every year the guys paid 1/2 my fees.

It really depends on the league and it's nature. I can see some complex salary cap and contract leagues out there where a "tip" might still be warrented.
That's why the payment deadline should be at least a week before the draft.But it can be difficult when you play in a friends and family league. I get the feeling that I am lucky with the guys in my league.
i also run 2 Internet leagues. the fee is due July 1. if not paid my July 15th I look for a replacement
 
I've been running a dynasty league for 4 years and have never received or even been offered a tip or a financial break, but to be perfectly honest, the idea has never even occurred to me. I started my league because I wanted it to run based on the concept I had in my head. I didn't want outside influences chiming in at every opportunity telling me what I should've done. Entitlement among owners and feeling like they deserve some representation or that the league is a democracy are all things wish to avoid. That being said, if I ever accepted a dime I'd be opening myself up to more of these types of complaints than I already get.

I'm OK with a certain level of harassment as I feel it comes with the job. I know I was guilty of it in the past in leagues in which I wasn't the Commish so I recognize that what comes around ... However I will also say that I have lost all patience for the perpetual whiner/victim type in my league (I've got 1-2). I also have zero tolerance for those that question my integrity. My feeling is you shouldn't compete in a league if you can't trust your commish. So smearing him just for the sake of doing so or because you have an axe to grind is the quickest way into my doghouse.

Even though my league is on MFL I still have to award the fictional currency on a weekly basis, manually process waivers and police certain aspects. I also write a weekly recap and post some photos. All told, I'd estimate that I spend 2 hours a week just acting as commissioner, not running my team. I'll admit in the past few years, with the addition of kids, my energy to keep up with this facet of running the league isn't what it used to be but because the league has been successfuly (in my opinion) I willingly accept the role. I have thought about allowing a successor as there are times I think the league would be in better hands now that it's up and running however the guys that I feel would do a good job likely wouldn't take the job. The guys who would grossly F up the league would rush to the front of the line. So in short, if I felt I had a competent successor I'd give up the throne but I'm not confident at present.

I made the decision that I'd have a Treasurer so that I don't have to handle the money as I detest having to chase guys for funds. We penalize teams fictional currency if they're late paying their dues and it's worked perfectly. First year I had two offenders that got heavily taxed. I've had one late payment since in three years and that was only 5 days late.

The only recognition I want as a Commish is a simple thank you at season's end and most of our guys have been pretty good about that.

 
I have commished my league for 13 years. I used to take $50 in free transactions when the $50 really mattered to me - but now I do it for the love of the game.

One year, the winner was gracious enough to fly me out to SF (with frequent flyer miles) and cover the expenses of a night at a fine establishment in the Bay area called "Mitchell Brothers". Anyone that lives out that way and has male genetalia probably knows what a generous and awesome thank you gift that was for me!

If I aint gonna win, I will always be rooting for the North Jersey Godfathers (relocated from SF)!

 
Do you offer a tip or a fee for acting as commissioner? They don't do too much, besides putting up with headaches of guys calling and asking to change lineup if they do not have access to computer, or inputting rules (rule changes), inputting draft results etc. There is extra work involved and I do not know what FF etiquette requires. I don't know if this has been discussed here before or even if this is the appropriate forum, but I have been playing for 4 years now and have never really figured this one out yet. What do you all do for your league commish?
Over the years I won some money prizes and gave my commish a tip average was $20. But two of commish's doesn't play in our leagues, if they are in the league hell no tip!
 

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