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Fantasy Football Dispute No. 2306-T: SportsJudge.com Rejects Proposed Trade of Brian Westbrook for Several Reserves

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Index No. 2306-T

Date: October 30, 2008

League Type: 12 TEAM H-TO-H LEAGUE

Dispute: TRADE DISPUTE

Judge: MARC EDELMAN

COURT OF FANTASY FOOTBALL REJECTS TO PROPOSED TRADE IN ITS ENTIRETY

WICKED THREADZ FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE

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REAL MEN OF GENIUS & EXPRESS

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Petitioner, The Wicked Threadz Fantasy Football League, brings this claim in the Court of Fantasy Football, seeking to overturn the trade of Brian Westbrook (RB-Eagles) and the Tennessee Defense from Real Men of Genius to Express in exchange for Ryan Torain (RB-Broncos), Jonathan Stewart (RB-Panthers), Tory Holt (WR-Rams) and Mushin Muhammad (WR-Panthers).


This court fully overturns this trade. The court further rejects the commissioner’s proposed alterative trade.


The Law on Upholding a Trade


This question of when a fantasy sports arbitrator should intervene to overturn a trade is extremely tricky. On one hand, a major part of the fun of fantasy sports involves making trades and taking risks. The minute an outside party steps into the shoes and takes away the right of an individual fantasy team owner to make his own choices, a big part of the game’s fun is lost. However, on the other hand, if an arbitrator approved every single possible trade without regard to the ethical underpinnings of the deal or its impact on the integrity of the league overall, fantasy sports "would deteriorate into nothing more than a collection of near-Ponzi schemes of side dealing, trickery, and deceit." (See Commissioner v. Teams A, B. C & D, Docket No. 1443 (C) (Sept. 9, 2008)). If that were to happen, owners would also lose interest in fantasy sports. This result would be equally problematic.


To allow individual leagues the maximum deference in setting their own criteria for trade approval, SportsJudge.com maintains a policy of first turning to a given league’s constitution to provide guidance about when it should overturn a trade. (See Public Opinion No. 409-T, Commissioner P.K. v. Cartman). Leagues from around the country have adopted a wide range of different language to instruct our court. Some leagues request that SportsJudge.com uphold any trade so long as there is no actual finding of collusion (this standard has led to almost a 100% trade approval rate). Other leagues request that SportsJudge.com reject any trade where there even is the slightest argument of inequality (this leads has led to under a 30% trade approval rate).


Where a fantasy sports league fails to provide SportsJudge.com with a constitutional standard about when to overrule a trade, the SportsJudge.com court becomes forced to apply our default rule. This default rule states that “any fantasy baseball trade shall be upheld as long as the trade adequately benefits both teams.” (See Public Opinion No. 101, Big Red Rockers v. Big City Bombers).


SportsJudge.com arbitrators have long interpreted this rule to mean that a trade shall be upheld as long as there is a reasonable basis that both teams would benefit. Historically, SportsJudge.com have upheld close to 90% of all submitted trades when using this standard.


The Proposed Trade


The proposed trade is a 4-for-2. Express proposes to send to Real Men of Genius:

Player

Preseason Rotowire.com Rank

Current Actual Yahoo! Rank

Wicked Threadz Draft Position

Ryan Torain – RB

Not in Top 150

1692

Not Drafted

Jonathan Stewart -- RB

55

68

47

Tory Holt -- WR

35

181

26

Muhsin Muhammad -- WR

Not in Top 150

72

175


Real Men of Genius proposes to send Express:

Player

Preseason Rotowire.com Rank

Current Actual Yahoo! Rank (based on averages)

Wicked Threadz Draft Position

Michael Westbrook – RB

6

1

3

Tennessee Defense

Not Ranked

63 (third amongst defenses)

Not Drafted


Trade Analysis


Applying the review standard that considers whether this trade adequately benefits both teams, this court does not require that a trade be even; merely that both teams have a reasonable chance of benefiting. Essentially, this requires a level of good faith by all parties involved. It does not come nearly as far as requiring equality.


There is no doubt that Real Men of Genius benefits immensely from acquiring statistically one of the best running backs (Westbrook) and best defenses (Tennessee) in fantasy football this season.


However, unless Westbrook gets injured (and there is no reason to presume that event), there is less than an angstrom of chance that Express would ultimately benefit. Without the proposed trade, Express logically would be expected to start the following players at the applicable for the remainder of the season (factoring in teams that have bye weeks to remainder of the way, and presuming that Larry Johnson misses the rest of the season with a suspension -- a presumption that looks at the trade in its most favorable light):

Position

Week 9

Week 10

Rest of the Way

WR – 1

Roddy White

Roddy White

Roddy White

WR –2

Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes

RB – 1

Jamal Lewis

Jamal Lewis

Jamal Lewis

RB – 2

Brian Westbrook

Brian Westbrook

Brian Westbrook

FLEX

Randle El

Henderson

Randle El or Henderson

Defense

Tennessee

Tennessee

Tennessee


After the trade, however, Express instead would start this team:

Position

Week 9

Week 10

Rest of the Way

WR – 1

White

White

White

WR –2

Holmes

Holmes

Holmes

RB – 1

Lewis

Lewis

Lewis

RB – 2

Torain

Stewart

Stewart

FLEX

Holt

Holt or Muhammad

Holt or Muhammad

Defense

WAIVER PICK

WAIVER PICK

WAIVER PICK


Stated otherwise, by making this trade, Express assumes a gaping hole at defense and a substantially weaker running back, while gaining little elsewhere. Even in terms of depth, any gains for Express are questionable. Two of the players that Express acquired are amongst the less than 33% of players in the league that still have their bye weeks lying ahead.


In addition, if you tabulate starting lineups based on average points per week thus far this season (and indeed, that is an imperfect method of projection), this trade will yield Express on average an astounding 15.54 point drop per week.

Old Player

Likely New Player

Average Difference Per Week

Westbrook (20.92)

Stewart (8.31)

Loss of 12.61 points/week

Tennessee (10.50)

Seattle (6.50)

Loss of 4.00 points/week

Holmes (8.59)

Muhammad (9.66)

Gain of 0.93 points/week



Loss of 15.54 points/week


With that said, there is absolutely no good faith argument that this trade could reasonably benefit Express. This trade is problematic from every possible angle.


The Commissioner’s Proposed Compromise


The second issue this court must discuss is the viability of the Wicked Threadz Fantasy League Commissioner’s good faith effort to produce a compromise solution that would allow for a more reasonable version of this trade. The Commissioner here has suggested removing the Tennessee Defense from the deal and approving this trade as a four-for-one. However, this compromise does not seem to solve the problem, nor is it permissible pursuant to the SportsJudge.com default rules.


While I commend the league commissioner for attempting to play Henry Clay, unless a league constitution explicitly gives a league commissioner power to involve himself in a trade, the commissioner does not have the right do so. While there is no doubt the commissioner had only the best intentions in mind, allowing him to intermingle himself in a trade produces too high risks that the commissioner will substitute his own self-interest for the needs of the respective teams.


In addition, allowing such a remedy encourages teams to propose the most uneven trades imaginable—knowing that if they are seen as too unfair the commissioner would just fix them. Ultimately, it could put the commissioner in the inevitable position of consistently needing to rework trades.


Final Thought

As a final thought, I wish to turn attention now to a comment on the message board from the owner of Real Men of Genius:

Re: some thoughts

Posted by: timmaaay40 (Real Men of Genius)

To [Another Team Owner]: I don't think its (sic) my responsibility not to [rip off] people. If they let it happen then its (sic) their fault not mine. You dont (sic) always have to give something good to get something better. The integrity of this league is still there.

Based upon the SportsJudge.com default rules, that statement is not accurate. While there is nothing wrong with a team making a trade that benefits them far more than their trade partner, our default rules will not allow a trade that does not even lead to a reasonable possibility that both parties would benefit.

If you wish if the future for SportsJudge.com to take a more hands-off approach to trades, you should write that standard directly into the league constitution for next season. That obviously, however, is an issue for you to discuss with your league mates.


Conclusion


For the foregoing reason, the commissioner rejects the proposed trade in its entirety.






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