Rules: Fair Play / Conduct
Please keep in mind that the following rules will only be enforced in premium standard leagues.
Standard League Rules
A: More than one team in the same league
One person can not control more than one team in the same league. If two or more teams in the same league are under the same account, they must be controlled by different people sharing that account, but not sharing the teams. Violation of this will lead to cancellation of the teams and expulsion from the game.
If an owner finds himself in this situation due to accident, he should e-mail the League Office immediately and explain the situation.
B: Collusive transactions
Collusion occurs when one team makes moves to benefit another team, without trying to improve its own position. One-sided trades are an obvious example of this. Another example is a player drop made so another team can pick up that player. Teams found in violation of this policy will be cancelled, and their owners prohibited from participating in future ESPN fantasy games.
C: Impeding other owners
Certain transactions made solely to impede other owners is not allowed. Tanking games for the sole purpose of denying another players chances to make the playoffs is against the rules. In particular, cycling through players in free agency to put them on waivers and make them unavailable to other teams in your league is strictly prohibited, and is grounds for expulsion from the game.
D: Roster Dumping
Owners that are found to have dumped their players to the player pool in an attempt to undermine the league may be subject to expulsion from the game. If you are giving up on the season, we ask that you maintain league strength by providing the other owners with the most competitive team you are able to field.
E: Owner interaction
Owners should always be polite and gracious when dealing with one another. Threats and obscenities are not only against the Rules, they are illegal in many jurisdictions. Owners that are found to have sent threatening email to another owner will be warned and/or kicked out of the game completely. This extends to Bulletin Board posts as well.
F: Offensive posts
Any posts of a derogatory nature are strictly prohibited, whether it is in a Chat room, message board or on a League's Bulletin Board. This includes personal attacks and sexist or racist remarks. There will be a zero tolerance level - if someone in your league is violating this policy, please contact the League Office.
In order to maintain the integrity of the league, the commissioner may contact owners of teams that remain inactive for extended periods of time. The commissioner will send notification to the email of record. Shortly thereafter, if the team remains inactive, the commissioner reserves the right to reassign ownership of the inactive team.
Customizable League Rules
ESPN Fantasy Football Customizable Leagues (CL) are created to the specifications implemented by their league creators. The league creator and other team owners are responsible for handling all conduct, communication, and fair play issues that arise in these CL leagues. The ESPN League Office is not responsible or liable for handling any conduct or communication problems that may take place in these leagues.
Remember - the game is for fun! Creating confrontation in your league inevitably leads to a worse time for all involved. Play hard, but play fair!