"League Manager" leagues are private and can only be joined if invited to play. All invitations are sent in the form of an email which contains a unique URL. This URL is the ticket to play in the league. Invites can be sent by the LM to each team and once joined each team has the option to invite a 2nd owner to co-manage the team. To accept an invitation, click the URL or copy and past it into your browser's 'Address' field. You will need an ESPN.com Member Name and Password to play. Upon a successful join, your Member ID will be associated with a team ID and you will become that team's owner.
ESPN Custom and League Manager (LM) Fantasy Basketball leagues are non-standard scoring leagues which use modified rule settings. LM Leagues are managed their league creator (League Manager). All LM leagues are private participation leagues. This means you will only be able to join if the League Manager emails you with an invitation to join.
ESPN Custom Leagues are leagues that use custom rules and settings determined by their league creator. Once created, however, the rules cannot be changed and the league is managed the same as any Standard league - using the custom settings. ESPN Custom leagues may be Public or Private. These league automatically appear in the public League Directory and can be joined by anyone.
ACCEPTING AN INVITATION TO A PRIVATE LEAGUE
Private leagues can only be joined if invited to play by the league creator. All invitations are sent in the form of an email which contains a unique URL. This unique URL is the ticket to play in the league. To accept the invitation, the URL must be clicked on or it can be copied and pasted into your browser's 'Address' field. Upon a successful join, your ESPN.com Member Id will be associated with a Team Id and you will become that team's owner.
NOTE: Only the league creator can invite people to play in a private league.