In that case I'll continue to hang out as the Bengals until DVO gets back. I'm not going to be going out and scheduling preseason games, but if any of the Bengals opponents want to play them, just shoot me a PM and I'll be more than willing to do so.
Sounds good. I don't think he cared too much about his preseason games anyway. So, having somebody play the CPU wouldn't be a big deal. Whatever is easiest on everyone until we get to a point of more stability.
Ok so i see the arguing that is going over in the Official league about Free Agency and it'd be nice if we could avoid that. We mine as well get the specifics about how it's going to work so teams can start planning their rosters around when they will be able to get free agents.
So here's the few questions i have about how it's going to work. In the OP it says the estimated week is Week 4, have you made up your mind about that being the week or not?
Second, i know you said it's going to be based on record but what is the tiebreaker between lets say 5 teams with a 2-2 record? Point differential sounds like a decent tiebreaker.
Thirdly, will there be multiple rounds and how many free agents would we be able to pick up at that point in the season?
I feel like once those four questions are answered it will give us a pretty good feel on how it's going to work and for me personally, it would let me know how aggressive i should be going for trades. I'm sure it would help other people with there personnel strategies as well.
I think Week 4 is a good week to do it. Initially, I could have sworn that the game said the trading deadline was Week 6, but when I looked yesterday, it does say Week 9. I still feel pretty good about doing free agent pick ups in Week 4 though.
As for the process, the way we did it last year, and the way the other league does it is by dividing up into groups based on record (ie. possibly 4 groups of 8). Each group has a time to sign a free agent.
When that time comes, anyone from that group can sign one free agent, regardless of their order. This might not be 100% "fair", but considering how long it took just to draft teams one by one and how much prodding was required, it's just not reasonable to do that every time.
Each team only gets one free agent acquisition. Other than potential injury replacements, that should be enough to get through the first season...which is really all we need to worry about. Once free agents can be bid on and negotiated with, it should make things easier on everyone.