Constitution of Jefferson League Baseball

 

Preamble

 

We the people of Jefferson League Baseball do ordain and establish this Constitution of Jefferson League Baseball.

 

Articles

 

I.                 Object

II.               Amending the Constitution

III.             Interpreting the Constitution

IV.             Role of the Commissioner

V.               Role of the Treasurer

VI.             Finance Board

VII.           Fining Board

VIII.         League Fees and Payments

IX.             Duration of the League

X.               Expansion

XI.             Shortened Season Contingency Plan

XII.           Determining the Winner

XIII.         Team Names and Ownership

XIV.         League Finances

1.     League Bank

2.     Purchasing Additional Cash

3.     Bankruptcy

XV.           Rosters

1.     Minor League Roster

2.     40-Man Roster

3.     Setting Rosters

XVI.         Drafts

1.     Amateur Draft

2.     Rule 5 Draft

3.     Minor League Draft

XVII.       Contracts

1.     Minor League Contracts

2.     Arbitration

3.     Free Agent Contracts

4.     Contract Buyouts

5.     Option Years

6.     Retirement, Career-ending Injury, and Death

7.     Luxury Tax

XVIII.     Mid-Season Signings

XIX.         Promotions

XX.           Disabled List Replacements

XXI.         Trades

XXII.       Fines

1.     Inactivity

2.     Unsportsmanlike Managerial Conduct

XXIII.     Transition Period

XXIV.    League Pot

  

 

Articles

 

I.†††††††† Object

 

To establish Jefferson League Baseball, the most comprehensive, competitive and elitist fantasy baseball league in the nation.

 

II.††††††††††† Amending the Constitution

 

All potential constitutional amendments must be written by a league member.For an amendment to be ratified it must be approved by no less than ĺ of the league members.

 

III.†††††††† Interpreting the Constitution

 

All constitutional issues are to be taken to and resolved by the commissioner.The commissioner has the option of opening the issue to a league vote, but is in no way obligated to.

 

IV.††††††††† Role of the Commissioner

 

The League is to have a commissioner.The commissioner is obligated to mediate any disputes among league members and resolve any constitutional issues in a timely manner for the betterment of the League.The commissioner is obligated to maintain an accurate list of transactions made by all league members during the season.The commissioner is obligated to monitor the effectiveness and diligence of the League Financial Officers.The commissioner is obligated to maintain a record of all league information and statistics relevant to future study (past draft results, final standings, et cetera).The commissioner is obligated to make this information available to any league member who is so interested.The commissioner can create a rule ex post facto if, in his opinion, it is for the good of the League.Any decision made by the commissioner may be overruled if a majority of the League members vote against the decision.

 

If the acting commissioner is performing his duties in a biased, lackadaisical, or unsatisfactory manner in the opinions of the league members, or is abusing his officeís privileges, then he may be dismissed.If no less than Ĺ of the league members, excluding the commissioner, vote for dismissed, then the active commissioner is dismissed.A new commissioner will be elected promptly by all league members.If the top vote-getter fails to garner a majority of the vote, then the top two candidates will enter a subsequent election.The eventual winner will assume the role of commissioner immediately.

 

V.††††††††††† Role of the Treasurer

 

The League is to have a treasurer.The treasurer will collect league fees from each league member before the beginning of each season in accordance with the league payment plan.He is responsible for depositing this money into a league bank account and/or investing it.The treasurer is responsible for any losses that may ensue.Any profit will be used for the benefit of the League and not for his personal use.

 

If the acting treasurer is performing his duties in a biased, lackadaisical, or unsatisfactory manner in the opinions of the league members, or is abusing his officeís privileges, then he may be dismissed.If no less than Ĺ of the league members, excluding the treasurer, vote for dismissal, then the active treasurer is dismissed.He will promptly transfer all funds and financial information to the new treasurer upon his election.The treasurer assumes total responsibility for all league-related money given to him by league members.

 

VI.††††††††† Finance Board

 

The League shall have a Finance Board.It shall be comprised of three League Financial Officers to be elected by nomination and majority vote confirmation by the League.League Financial Officers will serve indefinite terms on the Finance Board.

 

Each League Financial Officer is responsible for keeping accurate records of the league financial activities of one-third of the organizations in the League.No League Financial Officer shall be permitted to keep official league financial records for his own organization.The duties of each League Financial Officer include keeping accurate and updated rosters for each organization complete with contractual information, maintaining accurate records of any league costs or fees assessed to each organization, keeping accurate records of any player signings or trades involving league money for each organization, and having at all times an available cash figure for each organization.

 

League Financial Officers are responsible for providing each organization with a financial report at three times throughout the year:approximately one week prior to Opening Day, at the All-Star break, and within one month of the conclusion of the season.League Financial Officers are responsible for notifying the commissionerís office if any organization has exceeded the luxury tax threshold or is found to be temporarily bankrupt.

 

If any acting League Financial Officer is performing his duties in a biased, lackadaisical, or unsatisfactory manner in the opinions of the league members for whose organizations he is responsible, or is abusing his officeís privileges, then he may be dismissed.If no less than Ĺ of the league members for whose organizations the League Financial Officer is responsible vote for dismissal, then the League Financial Officer is dismissed.A new league member must be nominated and confirmed to take his place.

 

VII.†††††† Fining Board

 

The League shall have a Fining Board.It shall determine which actions deserve fines besides those defined in the Constitution.It shall determine the type of fine and the amount of the fine for all offenses.The board will be comprised of three elected owners, each serving indefinite terms.An alternate will be elected to sit on the Fining Board if and when a regular Fining Board member is accused of an infraction.A fine must be approved by the commissioner.If it is not, then the remaining members of the League (excluding the Fining Board members, the commissioner and the accused owner) will vote to decide whether or not the fine should be assessed.If a fine is overturned, a new fine is not to be assessed and the accused is acquitted.

 

VIII.†††† League Fees and Payments

 

League fees are $300 per organization.Every winter, each organization must pay the annual fee for the season three years from that point.

 

League fees must be paid by the 1st of February every year.If a League member does not pay his annual fees on time, he may be fined $100,000 per day late.If he is financially unable to pay his dues on time, he may work out a payment plan with the treasurer to fulfill his financial obligation.All League members must pay their dues as soon as they are able.If, at the treasurer's discretion, a financially delinquent League member is paying his debt to the best of his ability, the treasurer may waive the daily fine.For a payment plan to be waiver-eligible, 25% of League fees must be paid by the 1st of February, and 100% of League fees must be paid by the 1st of July.

 

Each year, the top four finishers will receive awards in accordance with the following ratios:8 (1st place):4 (2nd place):2 (3rd place):1 (4th place).The League Champion will be granted possession of the League Trophy for one year.

 

IX.††††††††† Duration of the League

 

The League will exist for an indefinite number of seasons.If a league member chooses to leave the JLB, he must notify the League three full seasons in advance.From the time of his announcement, said member must pay or have paid league fees for the next three full seasons.

 

If a league member chooses to leave the JLB, all players from the disbanded organization become free agents following the league memberís last season in the JLB.

 

All league members will be given one opportunity to leave the League immediately with no monetary penalty whatsoever following the completion of the second season under the terms of the Constitution of Jefferson League Baseball.Any league member choosing to leave the League at this time shall be forever stricken from all JLB-related activities.

 

If the League ever drops below ten members, then it shall be disbanded.

 

X.††††††††††† Expansion

 

Expansion may occur in the offseason prior to the 1st of November.Any potential league member must be recommended by an existing league member and submit an essay detailing why they feel his inclusion would benefit the League.The essay ought to prove his dedication and commitment to Jefferson League Baseball.For a potential league member to be accepted he must be approved by no less than ĺ of the League.

 

Expansion organizations will receive the top draft picks in the Rule 5 Draft, the Minor League Draft and the following seasonís Amateur Draft.

 

If a new league member is accepted, the expansion organization will participate in a minor league expansion draft prior to the Minor League Draft.One week before the Minor League Draft, each incumbent organization will be responsible for providing a list of ten protected players from their minor league roster.The expansion organization will then be able to choose up to fifteen players who were not protected.No more than two unprotected players may be taken from each incumbent organization for every expansion organization.

 

XI.††††††††† Shortened Season Contingency Plan

 

If a strike, lockout, war, or natural disaster results in an average of less than 110 games played per MLB team, then the JLB season will not count and all league fees will be refunded for that season.If an average of at least 110 games per MLB team is played, then the JLB season will count.The league winnings will be adjusted proportionally to the number of games played so that the percentage of a full MLB season played is equivalent to the percentage of each prize that will be awarded to the appropriate league members.The remaining money will be returned equally to each league member or added to the League Pot.

 

XII.†††††† Determining the Winner

 

The following criteria are used to determine team performance: composite batting average, total home runs, total runs batted in, total runs scored, total stolen bases, composite walks and hits per innings pitched, composite ERA, total wins, total strikeouts, and total saves.Teams are ranked in each of the ten categories and given a number of points corresponding to their ranking, with last place receiving one point, second-to-last receiving two points, et cetera.

 

In case of a tie in a category, the points in question will be equally distributed to the tied teams.The team with the most overall points wins the League Championship.In case of a tie in the overall standings, the prize money in question will be equally distributed to the tied teams.

 

For record keeping, draft order and playoff bonus purposes, a tie in the final overall standings will be broken by determining which team wins more categories in a head-to-head matchup of the tied teams. If the teams remain tied, the team with more 12-point categories will receive the higher place in the standings.  If the teams remain tied, than the higher place will be determined by most 11.5-point categories, then most 11-point categories, et cetera.

 

XIII.†††† Team Names and Ownership

 

Team names must be alliterative and creative.A name should consist of a city, which must be the league memberís hometown, and a nickname, which must start with the same letter as the city.After Opening Day of the inaugural season, a league member must obtain the approval of the entire league to change his teamís name.Failure to comply with team name regulations will result in a $5 fine per day to be paid to the League Pot.

 

Teams may be relocated with the approval of the entire League.Teams may only be relocated within Northern Virginia, which includes any location in the counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Loudon, Prince William and Stafford or the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park or Fredericksburg.

 

Each founding league member retains all rights associated with ownership of his JLB franchise.Each league member may delegate various organizational powers to third party individuals as he sees fit.While a founding league member possesses the right to sell his franchise to a third party individual, any prospective buyer must apply and be approved by the other league members just as would any prospective owner of an expansion team.

 

XIV.†† League Finances

 

1.†††††††† League Bank

 

Each organization is to have a JLB bank account.Money from each organizationís league bank account will be withdrawn each season on Opening Day to cover the entire cost of each contracted playerís salary and/or any league costs or fees for the upcoming season.Funds can be withdrawn over the course of the season to pay for player signings, promotions, trades, fines and all other applicable taxes and league costs.

 

The league bank will be established following the conclusion of the 2005 season.Beginning in the transitional offseason, a base annual income of $100,000,000 will be deposited into each organizationís league bank account.The base income is subject to a performance-based alteration.Organizations with over sixty-five standings points in the previous season will receive an additional $100,000 for every standings point over sixty-five.Organizations with under sixty-five standings points in the previous season will lose $100,000 for every standings point below sixty-five down to fifty-five, $200,000 for every standings point below fifty-five down to forty-five, $400,000 for every standings point below forty-five down to thirty-five, and $800,000 for every standings point below thirty-five.The last place team will lose an additional $1,000,000.

 

Postseason bonuses will be awarded to the top four teams each season.The first place team will receive an additional $2,000,000; the second place team will receive an additional $1,000,000; the third place team will receive an additional $500,000; and the fourth place team will receive an additional $250,000.

 

2.†††††††† Purchasing Additional Cash

 

Each organization may purchase additional JLB cash at a 1:100,000 U.S. Dollar-to-JLB Dollar exchange rate.The maximum amount an organization may purchase in one year is $30,000,000 JLB (equating to $300 US), beginning the first day of the offseason and ending on the 15th of August.From the 16th of August until the end of the season, no JLB cash may be purchased.The minimum cash purchase per transaction is $10,000,000 JLB (equating to $100 US).

 

All proceeds from JLB cash purchases will be added to that seasonís League Fees pot and paid out according to the ratios listed in Article VIII.

 

Each organization may also choose to pay end-of-season standings points penalties and inactivity fines with real money in lieu of JLB cash at the aforementioned exchange rate.Such payments are not subject to the annual cash purchase ceiling. The deadline for paying standings points penalties and inactivity fines with real money in lieu of JLB cash is the 31st of October or one week after the official penalties and fines have been publicly posted.Such payments will be added to the previous seasonís League Fees pot and paid out according to the ratios listed in Article VIII.

 

3.†††††††† Bankruptcy

 

The cost of annual player salaries, fines and any other applicable taxes or legitimate league costs including the luxury tax should never exceed the amount found in an organizationís league bank account.If an organization is unable to immediately make any of the aforementioned payments in full, it will be rendered temporarily bankrupt.

 

A bankrupt organization will be unable to take on any additional salary or exercise player promotions or options.A bankrupt organization will be limited to daily roster moves and DL replacements.Bankrupt organizations can make trades in an effort to emerge from bankruptcy.Any trade involving a bankrupt organization which does not improve the financial status of the bankrupt organization is prohibited.The commissioner and the appropriate League Financial Officer reserve the right to veto any such trade should they find that it does not serve to improve the financial status of the bankrupt organization.

 

No organization will be permitted to exceed the luxury tax threshold if by doing so the organization is put into debt.Any transaction or trade which puts an organization into debt is prohibited.If a fine puts an organization into debt, then the outstanding balance of the fine may be paid with real money in lieu of JLB cash at the exchange rate listed in Article XIV.2.Such payments will be added to that seasonís League Fees pot and paid out according to the ratios listed in Article VIII.

 

During the offseason, any bankrupt organization is only permitted to sign free agents to one-year contracts worth the league minimum.

 

When an organization emerges from bankruptcy, it is responsible for the payment of any overdue, unpaid player salaries or league fees.

 

XV.††††††† Rosters

 

1.†††††††† Minor League Roster

 

Each organization will have a minor league roster consisting of a maximum of thirty (30) players.There is no minimum number of players nor are there any position requirements for the minor league roster.No player who has begun his arbitration track or has ever appeared on any organizationís 40-man roster is eligible to appear at any time on any organizationís minor league roster.

 

2.†††††††† 40-Man Roster

 

Each organization will have a 40-man roster consisting of players properly signed to a contract or in their arbitration periods.Each organization will have a JLB roster, to which a maximum of twenty-five (25) players from the 40-man roster may be assigned at any time.

 

Each day during the season, each league member may select players from his JLB roster to appear in a starting lineup consisting of a catcher, first basemen, second basemen, third basemen, shortstop, three outfielders, a utility player and eight pitchers.The statistics accumulated by the players in the starting JLB lineup each day will count towards the league standing points.

 

3.†††††††† Setting Rosters

 

At least one week prior to Opening Day each season, each league member shall have submitted to the commissionerís office a finalized roster for each organizational level.An organization will be fined $800,000 for every 40-man roster spot that is not filled by this deadline.Any organization failing to submit Opening Day rosters for each organizational level at least one week prior to Opening Day will be fined $250,000 per day until submission.

 

If at any point during the season or offseason, an organization makes a transaction resulting in a roster limit being exceeded, it will be allowed twenty-four (24) hours to bring all of its rosters into compliance with this document.The organization may not release any players acquired in the unfinished transaction in order to complete said transaction.If, after twenty-four (24) hours, the organization has not complied with all roster limits, it will be fined $100,000 for each day that it is in violation of any such limits.If the organization is unaware of its roster infraction, the total fine will be limited to $300,000 until the organization is informed of its illegal roster, at which point it has twenty-four (24) hours to rectify its rosters, after which the daily fines will resume.

 

XVI.†††† Drafts

 

1.†††††††† Amateur Draft

 

A five-round JLB amateur draft is to be held each year in June shortly before the MLB First-Year Player Draft.The draft order will be the reverse standings order from the previous season.Only players eligible for the MLB First-Year Player Draft are eligible for this draft.Amateur players may only be acquired via the Amateur Draft.

 

Every drafted player, if signed, will receive a signing bonus according to his position selected.The signing bonus replaces the playerís salary for the season during which he is drafted and signed.The 1st overall pick will receive $2,000,000.The 2nd through 4th overall picks will receive $1,600,000.The 5th through 8th overall picks will receive $1,200,000.The 9th through 12th overall picks will receive $1,000,000.All 2nd round picks will receive $800,000.All 3rd round picks will receive $600,000.All 4th round picks will receive $400,000.All 5th round picks will receive $200,000.Beginning in 2021, all 1st round picks will receive $500,000, all 2nd round picks will receive $400,000, all 3rd round picks will receive $300,000, all 4th round picks will receive $200,000, and all 5th round picks will receive $100,000.

 

Drafted players are not required to be signed.Each organization has until the 5th of September following the draft to decide whether to sign its drafted players and assign them to any organizational level.Any drafted player who is not signed becomes a minor league free agent.

 

2.†††††††† Rule 5 Draft

 

Every year on the 31st of January minor league players who have met minimum MLB experience thresholds will be automatically promoted to the JLB 40-man roster.A player will be automatically promoted if he is currently in a JLB organization but has never appeared on a 40-man roster and either 1) he had 503 career plate appearances, 162 career innings pitched, or 50 career pitching appearances at the end of the previous season or 2) he had 130 career plate appearances, 50 career innings pitched, or 20 career pitching appearances by the end of the season before last.Any such player, whether promoted voluntarily before the 31st of January or automatically on that date, will be guaranteed a contract for the following season.

 

3.†††††††† Minor League Draft

 

A Minor League Draft shall be held each spring before Opening Day at a time most convenient to a majority of the League.  The draft order will be the reverse standings order from the previous season.  A player is ineligible for the Minor League Draft if he has over 130 career plate appearances, 50 career innings pitched, or 20 career pitching appearances; has appeared on a JLB 40-man roster; has been nominated for bidding in offseason free agency; has played at a major-league level abroad; or was not officially announced as under contract with a major-league organization as of the 1st of March that year.

 

Each Minor League Draft selection costs the drafting organization $100,000.The draft will continue until each organization has passed on drafting another player.  Once an organization passes on a pick, it cannot re-enter the draft.  At no point may an organization possess more than thirty-five (35) draftees plus previously owned minor league players.By midnight on the second day following the completion of the draft, each organization may own no more than thirty (30) players on its minor league roster.  Any owned minor league player at this point is guaranteed a contract for the following season.Specific organizational levels need not be assigned until the pre-Opening Day due date.If any draftees are promoted to the 40-man roster before the pre-Opening Day due date, their first-year arbitration salary is $600,000.

 

XVII.†† Contracts

 

1.†††††††† Minor League Contracts

 

In 2011 and 2012, the annual salary for the first fifteen (15) players on an organizationís minor league roster is $75,000.The annual salary for any remaining minor league players is $200,000.Beginning in 2013, the annual salary for a player on a minor league roster is $125,000.

 

All minor league contracts are one-year contracts.Organizations have the option of resigning minor league players every offseason.All minor league contracts are guaranteed and must be paid in full by Opening Day each season.

 

2.†††††††† Arbitration

 

A player begins his arbitration period once he is added to a 40-man roster.His arbitration track begins the following season if he was added on or after the 1st of September and was either signed off of regular waivers after making his MLB debut or promoted from the minor leagues.The arbitration period lasts six years.During his arbitration period, a player receives $400,000 in his first year, $600,000 in his second, $1,000,000 in his third, $3,000,000 in his fourth, $4,500,000 in his fifth, and $6,500,000 in his sixth.If a player is promoted from the minor leagues to the 40-man roster before September 1st, then his promotion contract supersedes his first-arbitration-year contract.

 

A player may be non-tendered in any offseason during his arbitration period at no cost to his organization.The last day to non-tender a player each offseason is the 31st of January.If a player is non-tendered, then he becomes a free agent.After his sixth season in arbitration, a player becomes a free agent.If a player is traded during his arbitration period, his contract progression is not altered.

 

An organization may avoid the escalating salary of a player in arbitration by signing him to a long-term contract.Before his first season on the 40-man roster, a player may be signed to a 6-year, $1,700,000 per year contract.   Before his second season, a player may be signed to a 5-year, $2,300,000 per year contract.  Before his third season, a player may be signed to a 4-year, $3,000,000 per year contract.   Before his fourth season, a player may be signed to a 3-year, $4,200,000 per year contract.  Before his fifth season, a player may be signed to a 2-year, $4,900,000 per year contract.A player may not be signed beyond his 6-year arbitration period.The last day to buy out a playerís arbitration years each offseason is one week before Opening Day.During the season, a player promoted from the minor leagues to the 40-man roster may be signed to a 6-year, $1,700,000 per year contract as part of the same transaction as his promotion, in which case his $1,700,000 salary that year would supersede his promotion contract.

 

A player signed during the offseason may be offered arbitration should his contract expire within six years of his 40-man roster debut.Should he be offered arbitration, he will receive an arbitration salary determined by the year he was first added to a 40-man roster, unless doing so would result in a reduction in salary, in which case he will receive the same salary as the previous season.If a player is signed via the waiver process during the season, his future arbitration salaries will be unaffected by his waiver claim price.

3.†††††††† Free Agent Contracts

 

Every offseason, beginning on the 1st of February, each organization may nominate one free agent for bidding every day.  Beginning on the 1st of March, each organization may nominate two free agents for bidding every day until a deadline announced by the Commissioner.A player is eligible to be nominated for offseason free agent bidding if he has either made his MLB debut; has been posted for MLB bidding after having played in a foreign professional baseball league; has been drafted in the most recent MLB Rule 5 Draft; or was at least 23 years old on the day that the current offseason free agency period began and is under contract with a major-league organization.All free agent offers must be public and include an annual salary, a contract length, and the Total Contract Value.  The organization that nominated the free agent must offer at least the minimum free agent contract of $600,000 for one (1) year.

 

The leading contract offer is that with the highest Total Contract Value.  The Total Contract Value of any offer is the product of its annual salary and its length-based multiplier.  The various contract length multipliers are as follows:  one (1) year, 1.00; two (2) years, 1.29; three (3) years, 1.46; four (4) years, 1.6; five (5) years, 1.7; six (6) years, 1.79; seven (7) or more years, 1.87.

 

To determine the minimum raise above the leading Total Contract Value, divide the leading Total Contract Value by the intended new contract offer length, round the quotient up to the nearest $100,000, and then add the minimum raise to the obtained figure to determine the annual salary of the new offer.  If the obtained figure is below $2,000,000, the minimum raise is $100,000.  If the obtained figure is $2,000,000 or more but less than $5,000,000, the minimum raise is $200,000.  If the obtained figure is $5,000,000 or more but less than $10,000,000, the minimum raise is $300,000.If the obtained figure is $10,000,000 or more but less than $15,000,000, the minimum raise is $400,000.If the obtained figure is $15,000,000 or more, the minimum raise is $500,000.A new contract offer consisting of the resultant annual salary and the originally intended contract offer length will be sufficient to exceed the previous leading offer.

 

Once a free agent is nominated, a six-day preliminary bidding period ensues during which any organization may bid for his services.   After the preliminary bidding period has passed, every organization has 24 hours to top the best offer.  The bidding closes when the offer with the highest Total Contract Value goes 24 hours to the minute without having been exceeded.   The free agent then signs that contract.

 

If a free agent was under contract at the conclusion of the previous season, then his previous organization is eligible for a hometown discount on his annual salary.   That organization must only match the leading offer to be considered ahead.  If the hometown organization wishes to match the leading offer with another offer of a different length, it may do so by dividing the leading Total Contract Value by the intended contract offer length and rounding the quotient up to the nearest $100,000 to determine the annual salary of its new offer.  At this point, the hometown organization does not need to increase the annual salary of its new offer by the minimum raise in order to be considered ahead.  If the hometown organization wins the bidding, the annual salary it owes that player is 90% of the salary in its winning offer.

 

The maximum contract offer length for an annual salary of $600,000 is one (1) year.  The maximum contract offer length for an annual salary of $1,200,000 or less is two (2) years.   The maximum contract offer length for an annual salary of $1,800,000 or less is three (3) years.  The maximum contract offer length for an annual salary of $2,400,000 or less is four (4) years.   The maximum contract offer length for an annual salary of $3,000,000 or less is five (5) years.  The maximum contract length for any player, regardless of salary, is ten (10) years.

 

4.†††††††† Contract Buyouts

 

At any time an organization can buy out the remainder of any playerís contract by paying out immediately and in full the remaining value of the contract.Any player whose contract is bought out is immediately placed on waivers.

 

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for a promoted minor league player or a signed player, a player currently under contract must be released.An organization is not eligible to recover any portion of a released playerís salary for that year.If an organization chooses to release a player with multiple years remaining on his contract, then it must buy out the remainder of his contract, to be paid immediately and in full.All released players are immediately placed on Regular Waivers.

 

If a team wishes to pursue the option of escaping a player's contract without executing a Contract Buyout, it may place the player on Irrevocable Waivers.Once said player is placed on Irrevocable Waivers, his contract is open to claim from all other teams for 96 hours.If the player is claimed, the claiming team will immediately add the player to its 40-man roster and assume responsibility of the remainder of the player's contract.If multiple organizations claim the player, the lowest in the standings at the conclusion of the playerís waiver period receives the player.From Opening Day until the 1st of May, the standings from the end of the previous season will be used.The remaining prorated salary owed to the player for that current season will be paid immediately and automatically to his previous team (rounded to the nearest $50,000).If more than one team has placed a claim on the player within his waiver period, the player will be awarded to the team lowest in the standings order as it appears on the morning of the final day of his waiver period.If no one claims the player before the end of his waiver period, his team may elect to retain the player or buy out his contract, thus placing him on Regular Waivers.A player is only eligible to be placed on Irrevocable Waivers once per calendar year.

 

5.†††††††† Option Years

 

An organization may add an option year to the contract of any free agent signed during the offseason.After the annual salary and contract length for a free agent have been finalized, the organization has 24 hours to add an option year to the end of the contract to be worth 150% of the original annual salary or $3,000,000, whichever is greater.If an option year is included in a contract but not exercised, then the organization must buy out the option year at 20% of the contractís original annual salary or $500,000, whichever is greater.The deadline for exercising an option year on a playerís contract is the 31st of January the offseason after the playerís base contract expires.If an organization takes no action by the 31st of January, the player becomes a free agent.

 

6.†††††††† Retirement, Career-ending Injury, and Death

 

If a player with a multi-year contract retires before his contract expires, his organization may be relieved from payment of a portion of said player's contract.  For the organization to be eligible for contract relief, the player must have retired voluntarily and unexpectedly, while still possessing the ability to play in MLB.  If the player retired out of an inability to secure a MLB contract, no contract relief will be granted.  The distinction between the two cases will be at the Commissioner's discretion.  Should the organization be granted contract relief, part of his remaining contract must still be paid.Every year, for as many years as remain on his contract, his organization must pay one-tenth of the product of his annual salary and the number of years left on his contract when he retired.The organization may buy out what it owes the player at any time by paying its debt in full.

 

In the case of a non-baseball related career-ending injury to a player with a multi-year JLB contract, then the playerís organization assumes the responsibility of paying for 20% of the remaining value of the entire contract.The organization has no longer than the amount of years remaining on the contract to make full payment.The commissioner reserves the right to make a determination as to the nature of any career-ending injury, and subsequently, as to whether or not an organization is eligible to pay only the reduced rate.

 

Any organization that has begun to make reduced payments to a retired or injured player loses all rights to said player, who becomes a free agent.However, if an injured or retired player does return and is signed by another JLB organization, his previous owner is absolved of all further payments.

 

In the unfortunate case of the death of any player under contract, any years remaining on the contract of the deceased player will be voided and his organization is absolved of all further payments.

 

7.†††††††† Luxury Tax

 

A luxury tax shall be assessed to any organization whose 40-man roster payroll, including waiver claims and Opening Day empty roster spot fees, exceeds $100,000,000.An organizationís payroll figure is the sum of the salaries of all players currently on its 40-man roster, regardless of which organization paid those salaries to said players.If an organization exceeds the $100,000,000 threshold, it will be responsible for paying a tax equal to 50% of the difference between the actual payroll and $100,000,000.This luxury tax must be paid in full when the payroll for that season is withdrawn from an organizationís league bank account.The luxury tax is not recoverable.If an organization cannot afford the luxury tax, it will be considered to be bankrupt.

 

If at any point during the season an organization takes on additional salary such that the organizationís total 40-man roster payroll exceeds $100,000,000, then it will be allowed 24 hours to reduce its payroll figure before the luxury tax will be assessed.  If an organization is already over the luxury tax threshold and it takes on additional salary so that its payroll reaches a new season-high, then it will be allowed 24 hours to reduce its payroll figure before a tax will be assessed equal to 50% of the difference between the organizationís new payroll and its previous high payroll for that season.

 

XVIII. Mid-Season Signings

 

If, during the season, an unowned player makes his MLB debut or a player on a 40-man roster is cut, then he will be placed on Regular Waivers.  The waiver period for a player making his MLB debut begins the day after his debut game day and lasts until midnight eastern time on the fourth day after his debut game day.  On Opening Day, all free agents are placed on Regular Waivers until midnight eastern time on the fourth day of the season.  During the waiver period for a player, any organization may make a one-year contract offer, to be worth no less than $600,000 and in $100,000 increments, to said player.  All offers must be submitted to the Commissionerís Office marked with the appropriate date for opening, which should be the fifth day of the season or five days after a player either makes his MLB debut or is cut from a 40-man roster.The organization with the highest offer must sign the player to that contract, regardless of the point in the season, to be paid in full immediately upon signing.If multiple organizations offer the same amount, the lowest in the standings at the conclusion of the playersí waiver period receives the player.From Opening Day until the 1st of May, the standings from the end of the previous season will be used.

 

If a player on Regular Waivers receives no contract offers by the end of his fourth day on waivers, then he becomes a free agent.At the start of a season, all unowned players who have made their MLB debut are free agents.Before the All-Star break, a free agent may be signed by any organization to a one-year contract worth $600,000, to be paid in full immediately upon signing.At midnight eastern time on the Sunday night before the All-Star Game, all free agents are placed on Regular Waivers for three days.From this point until the end of the season the minimum contract offer to a player on Regular Waivers is $300,000.After midnight eastern time on the Wednesday after the All-Star Game all unclaimed players are returned to free agent status and may be signed by any organization to a one-year contract worth $300,000, to be paid in full immediately upon signing.

 

XIX.†††† Promotions

 

During the season, if a minor league player is promoted to the 40-man roster, the player receives a one-year contract, which is to be paid in full immediately upon the playerís promotion, and which is paid in addition to the playerís minor league contract for the season.Prior to the All-Star break a player promoted to the 40-man roster from the minor league roster receives a $600,000 contract.After the All-Star break a player promoted to the 40-man roster from the minor league roster receives a $300,000 contract.Adding a player on the 40-man roster to the JLB roster is free of charge.

 

XX.††††††† Disabled List Replacements

 

If a JLB player is placed on the MLB Disabled List, Bereavement List, Family Medical Emergency List, Paternity List, or Restricted List, then he no longer counts against the 25-man JLB roster limit, although he does still count against the 40-man roster limit.His organization may add another player to the 25-man JLB roster without demoting someone.Players on the Suspended List still count against both roster limits.

 

A player may not be returned to the JLB roster within seven (7) days of being demoted unless it is done on the same day as placing another player in a JLB roster DL or NA spot and the latter player was on the JLB roster while added to one of the five MLB lists mentioned in the previous paragraph.The aforementioned exception may only be applied once per listed player per list assignment.No early recalls are permitted to replace players on the Suspended List.

 

If, on or before the 31st of August, a player is either placed on the MLB 60-day Disabled List or suffers an injury that is widely expected to prevent him from playing in MLB for either at least 60 days or the remainder of the season then he is eligible for the JLB 60-day Disabled List.  If a player is placed on the JLB 60-day Disabled List, then he no longer counts against the 40-man roster limit.  If the injured player was placed on the MLB 60-day Disabled List, then once he is removed from said list he is no longer eligible for the JLB 60-day Disabled List.  If the injured player was never placed on the MLB 60-day Disabled List, then once he resumes playing in MLB he is no longer eligible for the JLB 60-day Disabled List, however he may not appear in a JLB game until at least 60 days have passed since his last MLB game played before he was placed on the JLB 60-day Disabled List.  Players are only eligible to be placed on the JLB 60-day Disabled List during the season.  The 60-day windows mentioned in this paragraph do not carry over from one season to the next.

 

If, from the 1st of September until the end of the season, a player suffers an injury that is widely expected to prevent him from playing in MLB for the remainder of the season but his MLB team does not place him on any type of Disabled List, then he is eligible for the regular JLB Disabled List, but not the JLB 60-day Disabled List.He may be demoted from the 25-man roster and replaced by an early recall if so desired.

 

XXI.†††† Trades

 

Trades between organizations may involve players from all organizational levels, future Amateur Draft and Minor League Draft picks, options, and JLB cash.If JLB cash is involved in a trade, it must be paid immediately in full. If an organization agrees to pick up any or all of the future salary of a player it is trading away, it will pay that salary at the appropriate time(s) as described in the original contract.Regardless of which organization pays the playerís salary, his entire salary will count against the luxury tax figure of the organization that owns him.

 

The commissioner reserves the right to veto any league trade if in doing so he is protecting the integrity of the League.Trades involving real money are considered bribery and violate the integrity of the League.A processed trade involving money will result in a fine paid to the League Pot by both organizations involved equal to the dollar amount included in the trade.Any such trades will be immediately reversed.

 

Any player in the minor leagues may be freely traded at any point.Any player on the 40-man roster may be freely traded until August 15th of each season, with the exception of free agent signees, who may not be traded until the 15th of May in the year they were signed.From August 16th until the conclusion of the season, no player on the 40-man roster may be traded.

 

XXII.†† Fines

 

Fines can either involve real dollars and/or fantasy dollars.Any fine whose amount is not specifically articulated in the Constitution is to be handled by the Fining Board.All real money fines are to be collected by the treasurer.If an owner is fined for any offense, he has 96 hours to appeal the amount of the fine.  If he chooses to appeal, he must provide the rest of the League with an alternative fine, which may be as low as zero dollars.  The League members, excluding the appealing owner and the members of the Fining Board, will then vote between the two fines.  If the majority of the voting owners votes for the alternative fine, then it shall replace the original fine.  If the vote is a tie, the original fine stands.

 

1.†††††††† Inactivity

 

League members may be fined for inactivity.At any point during the year any league member can request a league check-in.To do so, he must post a message at the leagueís main website requesting that each league member respond to the check-in.Each league member has 96 hours to respond in some manner, be it via message post, e-mail, telephone, et cetera.If any league member responds late, he may be fined in real dollars or fantasy dollars.If a league member will be without internet access for an extended period of time, he must notify the League.

 

2.†††††††† Unsportsmanlike Managerial Conduct

 

In the interest of maintaining the integrity of league competition and sportsmanship, each and every owner shall conduct his team's business in a spirit of sportsmanlike managerial conduct.An owner is automatically, but not exclusively, involved in unsportsmanlike managerial conduct if he:

 

1.†† Attempts to worsen the performance of his team, either by playing injured or grossly inferior players or eliminating or trading productive commodities from his roster in the interest of sinking his team in the standings or in an act of despair or protest.

2.†† Expresses over the course of more than one season a general lack of competitiveness and has failed to seek the betterment of his team whatsoever.

3.†† Fails to meet a one-thousand one-hundred (1,100) innings-pitched minimum over the course of any full season.The recommended fine will be $20,000 for each inning below the aforementioned minimum.

4.†† Fails to meet a games-played minimum of 1,385 batter games.  The recommended fine is $100,000 for each game short of the 1,385-game minimum down to 1,360 games played, and $250,000 for each game short of 1360 games played.

 

The following acts are not to be considered examples of unsportsmanlike managerial conduct:the proliferation of false information to another owner, the giving of faulty or malicious advice to another owner, or the false presentation of business intentions to another owner.

 

If one owner believes another owner to be guilty of unsportsmanlike managerial conduct in any way not explicitly forbidden by the Constitution, he may accuse said owner of said crime.The accusation shall then fall under the review of the Fining Board, which shall decide by vote if the accused is guilty of such behavior.A unanimous guilty verdict shall then yield an assessment of an appropriate fine by the board, which may include the forfeiture of one or more draft picks.The minimum fine shall be $15 (real) or $200,000 (organizational) and the maximum fine shall never exceed the offending owner's winnings for the season(s) of the offense, if any exist, or $5,000,000 in organizational penalties.The fine may not be vetoed by the commissioner, but if the accused owner wishes to appeal the verdict of the Board, his case shall be made subject to an open vote of the league, with himself and the Board abstaining.A 2/3 majority shall be needed to overrule the Board's verdict.Should the offending owner choose to appeal the amount and/or content of the fine, he may do so as he would any other.If, upon the appeal vote, the accused owner is still found guilty of unsportsmanlike managerial conduct, the fine shall be increased by 20% of its initial value.

 

XXIII.  Transition Period

 

By the 1st of November 2005, all outstanding debts for seasons up to 2007 must be paid.

 

By the 15th of November 2005, each league member shall have submitted to the commissionerís office the beginnings of his organizationís 40-man roster.The 40-man roster need not be complete at this point and may be added to before Opening Day, but serves to protect players from the initial Rule 5 Draft.Any player added to the 40-man roster specifically to avoid selection in the Rule 5 Draft is guaranteed to receive either a transitional contract or arbitration for the 2006 season.Any organization failing to submit a list of protected players to the commissionerís office on time will be fined $100,000 per day late.

 

On the 21st of November 2005, the initial Rule 5 Draft will begin.During the draft, no organization may add players to its 40-man roster.Normal Rule 5 Draft rules apply, except that no player who has made his JFBL debut is eligible to be drafted.

 

By the 1st of December 2005, each league member shall have submitted to the commissionerís office a list of all currently owned low-minor-league level players whom the organization wishes to protect during the offseason.All protected players are guaranteed to receive a contract of some type for the 2006 season.At this point, all unprotected players who have not yet made their JFBL debut are granted free agency.Any organization failing to submit a list of protected low-minor-league level players to the commissionerís office by the 1st of December 2005 will be fined $100,000 per day until submission.

 

On the 5th of December 2005, the initial Minor League Draft will begin.Normal Minor League Draft rules apply, except that no player who has made his JFBL debut is eligible to be drafted.

 

By the 24th of December 2005, each league member shall have submitted a final list of protected players for his entire organization.All other players are granted free agency.At this point, all protected players must receive a contract of some type for the 2006 season, with the exception of recent minor-league draftees.If an owned player has made his JFBL debut, he must be on his organizationís 40-man roster.

 

By the 29th of December 2005, any protected or recently drafted player may be signed by his organization to a standardized transitional contract for a period of up to ten years.League members may sign their respective players to the following transitional contracts:one year for $1.6 million per year; two years for $2.8 million per year; three years for $4.6 million per year; four years for $7.2 million per year; five years for $9.4 million per year; six years for $11.2 million per year; seven years for $11.2 million per year; eight years for $10.6 million per year; nine years for $10.0 million per year; or ten years for $10.0 million per year.All players that receive transitional contracts will begin the 2006 season on the 40-man roster.All transitional contracts are guaranteed and must be paid by Opening Day each season.Contracts must be paid out in equal annual installments.Transitional contracts may not include an option year.

 

All protected players who are on the 40-man roster but not offered a transitional contract must be offered arbitration.The arbitration year in which the player begins depends on when he made his JFBL debut.A player who debuted in 2005 may enter his second season of arbitration; a player who debuted in 2004 may enter his third season of arbitration; a player who debuted in 2003 may enter his fourth season of arbitration; a player who debuted in 2002 may enter his fifth season of arbitration; and a player who debuted in 2001 may enter his sixth and final season of arbitration.If a player has never played in the JFBL but begins 2006 on a 40-man roster, then 2006 will be his first year of arbitration.

 

The first free agency signing period will open on the 1st of January 2006.

 

XXIV.   League Pot

 

The League Pot is a collection of all real money league fines and any additional revenue created by the League.The League Pot will be used to finance any league-sponsored events, such as the annual winter meetings.

 

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