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A Minor But Interesting Change in Free Agency.

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The user manual states that when an owner submits a bid on a player, the bid will remain active for 72 hours. If no one else bids, the player signs with the team. If another owner submits a higher bid, the clock restarts at 72 hours.

Based on the last round of playtesting, we got feedback that the competitive free agent wars dragged too long, with people waiting until the last hour and then bidding up to start the clock again. So we're making a minor process change. Going forward, here's the rule:

1. The first bidder starts a 72 hour clock for that player to sign.
2. The second bidder will reset the clock to 60 hours.
3. The third bid will reset the clock to 48 hours.
4. The fourth bid will reset the clock to 36 hours.
5. All subsequent bids will reset the clock to 24 hours.

This new system will make the competitive free agent wars faster while allowing the less competitive wars to linger long enough for people to study them.


We are now in the contract phase if you noticed your e-mail notification. That will stay open for three days or so, and then we'll have a minor shutdown while we confirm the changes being made above. The free agency will likely start in a week or so.
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  1. cdcox's Avatar
    I will likely leave the contract signing phase open until just before free agency starts. The approximately one week time frame is correct.
  2. Juggernaut's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cdcox
    I will likely leave the contract signing phase open until just before free agency starts. The approximately one week time frame is correct.
    Mr. Cox, do you have an exact date and time for the beginning of free agency? I'm scared to death of not getting some key positions filled for this season.
  3. Kevin's Avatar
    I'll leave it to cdcox for the exact answer about starting, but as a means of reducing your fright I'll note that the first contracts won't be signed until at least three days after free agency starts. If one person makes an offer and no one matches, the player still waits for three days before signing it while his agent works the phones. So as long as you show up in the first three days, you won't lose any prospects.
  4. cdcox's Avatar
    Sunday afternoon is my best estimate.
  5. FFSCOOP's Avatar
    Is anyone else having trouble accessing the Draft page? Every other tab works for me except the Draft one. Was working about an hour ago, but not anymore.
  6. Kevin's Avatar
    Yeah, something happened when the second pick went up. We're on it; sorry for the delay.
  7. FFSCOOP's Avatar
    No problem! Just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one and not miss my pick!