LFL Charter
  23.11.12
Article I.  LFL Mission Statement:
A.  The Luseland Football League (LFL) was established in 1999 to allow owners of Front Page Sports Football Pro '98 online play in league format. LFL owners control all General Manager and Head Coaching functions and play their games live via IP/Kali each week. Only stock plays are used, however, owners may assemble custom game plans out of stock plays. Custom profiles can be assembled by coaches for use in their games. The LFL currently uses an 12 team 1994 CFL/NFL/fantasy format, real CFL players and generated players are drafted each year.
 
 

Article II.  LFL Commissioner:
A.  The LFL Commissioner is responsible for most aspects of  the league, which include uploading all files and performing off-season activities.

B.  The Commissioner may also an  active owners in the league.

C.  The Commissioner will also respond to every message sent to him.
 
 

Article III.  LFL Assistants:
The Assistant can serve as a backup to the Commissioner when necessary and both assist the Commissioner with various league activities.
 
 

Article IV.  LFL Owners:
A.  Any owner, if not satisfied with a rule, must submit the change request to the LFL Commissioner. The Commissioner will then consider the request and may place it into a vote for the league. A 3/4 majority will be required to change any rule.

B.  It is required that all Owners have access to a copy of Front Page Sports Football Pro 98.

C.  Owners may switch teams at the end of a season. Switching teams is not allowed during the season.

D.  Each Owner is responsible for the weekly operation of his/her team.

E.  If an Owner has not sent any email to the Commissioner for 2 consecutive weeks, he/she will be subject to loss of ownership. The owner will be sent a notice regarding possible loss of ownership. The Owner will then have 1 week to reply to the message. If no reply is received, then automatic removal will be enforced.

F.  If an Owner is going to be without access for an extended period of time, he/she must contact the Commissioner. During this time, roster changes for the team will only be allowed for injuries. All trading involving that team will be on hold until the owner returns.

G.  If an owner is removed from the league, or there are teams available, the computer will be allowed to control all aspects of that teams business only if there is no one waiting to take control of that team that does not already own a team in the LFL.
 
 

Article V.  Divisional Realignment:
Teams may change divisions apon a league vote.
 
 

Article VI.  Using Custom Game Plans and Profiles (PPP's)
Custom PPP's can be used in LFL games however they must contain ONLY stock plays from FBPRO98 (v1.08). If an owner is caught using a custom play he/she faces immediate expulsion from the LFL.

The following plays are considered"AI Busters" by the LFL and are banned from use during any LFL game.
 
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** Any owner caught using a play listed above in an LFL game can be subject to losing their top draft pick in the next season's LFL College Draft. Also, if the violating team won the game in question the game will automatically be forfeited by the violating team.
*** TEAMS HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE CURRENT WEEK TO PROTEST ***

Article VII.  Resolution of "Using a Banned Play":
Once it has been proven that someone used one of the above listed plays in a LFL league game the following takes place:
1. The Commissioner will create a panel consisting of the Commissioner and 2 owners not involved in the game or preferably in the same division as the teams involved in the game.

2. If the Commissioner is involved in the game as an owner then the LFL Assistant will serve as the Commissioner on the panel. If the LFL Assistant is involved as an owner in the game along with the Commissioner then the LFL Operations guy will serve as the Commissioner on the panel.

3. The panel will review all aspects of the game, review both owners accounts and make a decision on whether the violating owner should lose their top draft choice in the next LFL College Draft.

4. The outcome of the panel vote will be final.
 
 

Article VIII.  Roster Rules:
The LFL will use the same Active, Inactive, and Open roster slot rules thatFBPRO98 uses.

*IMPORTANT* During the season every team must maintain a 53 man roster.  Without this rule the salary cap would be too easy to circumvent.

Note: Once a player is placed on IR they must remain therefor the remainder of the season.
 
 

Article IX.  Player Position Changes:
No positional changes are allowed. Any owner caught in violation of this rule will automatically lose their highest college draft choice for the next draft.
 
 

Article X.  Trades between Owners:
A.  All trade deals completed in the LFL will require each owner to email the commissioner with name and position details  Once both emails are received the Commissioner will complete the deal on the master league files.

B.  Trading is allowed from the completion of the Grail Game until 10 weeks into the next season.

C.  Draft choices can be traded up to 2 seasons in advance.  The Commissioner is responsible for keeping track of all draft choices traded.  All draft choices can be found on the Draft Pick List page.

D.  A player cannot be traded back to his original team for 1 season. 

E. New owners: If new owners join during the offseason, they will not be able to trade until AFTER they have participated in the drafts. During their first season new owners may trade only with league approval of all trades.
 

Article XI.  Trades with CPU Teams:
Trades with CPU teams are not allowed in the LFL.
 
 

Article XII.  Unfair Trades Resolution :
Any trade can be vetoed if deemed not in the best interest of the LFL. If an owner does not think a trade is fair he can submit the trade to the Commissioner and the following steps will occur:
1. The Commissioner will create a panel consisting of the Commissioner and 2 owners not involved in the trade and preferrably not in the same division as the teams involved in the trade.

2. If the Commissioner is involved in the trade as an owner then the Assistant will serve as the Commissioner on the panel. If one Assistant is involved as an owner in the trade along with the Commissioner then the operations guy will serve as the Commissioner on the panel.

3. The panel will review all aspects of the trade, including both owners accounts and make a decision via vote.

4. The outcome of the panel vote will be final.
 
 

Article XIII.  Claiming Free Agents:
A.  See the Free Agency Rulespage for details on signing free agents both during the season and in the off-season.
 
 

Article XIV.  Releasing Players:
A.  See the Free Agency Rulespage for details on releasing players.
 
 

Article XV.  Renaming or Creating Players:
Players may not be renamed nor may they have their abilities and attributes changed, except to correct an error that existed when the game was released. Newly created players by means other than the game creating them will be excepted in certain circumstances (example- new CFL players, etc.).
 
 

Article XVI.  College Draft:
The College Draft is held at the beginning of each new season. The draft will be held live using DRAFTSOCK at a specified time. Each club will have 3 minutes on the clock to make theirselections in the 1st round. Rounds 2 through 7 will use a 1.5 minute time limit. Owners may choose to submit a list of players for the Commissioner to draft from instead of attending the live draft. If an owner does not send in picks for the college draft, the Commissioner will be allowed to draft for the team. 

 Article XVI.i Playoff Seeding 

6 teams make the playoffs. The winner of each division (3) and 3 wildcards. The two divisional winners with the best record will get a bye week in the first round. The teams will then be seeded and play a wildcard round. The winners of the wildcard will then play the bye teams to determine who will play in the Grail.

1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
1a.Best net points in H2H games.
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
5. Strength of victory.
6. Strength of schedule.
7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
9. Best net points in common games.
10. Best net points in all games.
11. Best net touchdowns in all games.  

Article XVII.  Retirement:
Retirement occurs immediately following the Grail Game. The computer will select who retires.
 
 

Article XVIII.  Salary Cap:
See the Free Agency Rules page for details on the Salary Cap.
 
 

Article XIX.  PlayerSalaries:
See the Free Agency Rules page for details on Player Salaries.
 
 

Article XX.  PlayerContracts:
See the Free Agency Rules page for details on Player Contracts.
 
 

Article XXI.  Free AgentClassification:
See the FreeAgency Rules page for more details on Free Agent Classification.
 
 

Article XXII.  Training Camp
1.  Training camp occurs immediately following roster cutdown after the collage draft. The LFL uses the  Campcomp utility   Owners can submit a file or let the CPU handle their allocations.

2.  Allocations must be a minimum of 5% in every category. There is no max..
 
 

Article XXIII.  Conflicts and Resolution between owners:
If there is a dispute between two or more owners, it will be referred to the Commissioner and the following steps will occur:
1. The Commissioner will create a panel consisting of the Commissioner and 2 owners not involved in the dispute.

2. If the Commissioner is involved in the dispute as an owner then the Assistant will serve as the Commissioner on the panel. If the Assistant is involved as an owner in the dispute along with the Commissioner then the Operations Guy will serve as the Commissioner on the panel.

3. The panel will review all aspects of the dispute and make a decision via vote.

4. If the owners involved in the dispute reject the decision made by the panel vote then it will be forwarded to all league owners for avote, minus the owners involved in the dispute. A 3/4 vote will be necessary to overturn the panel’s decision. The outcome of the vote will be final.
 
 

Aricle XXIV.  Forced Removal of an Owner:
In the very rare but unfortunate case where an owner is asked to resign from the LFL by the Commissioner and refuses the following steps will occur:
1. The Commissioner will create a panel consisting of the Commissioner, assistant and Operations guy
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2. If the owner in question happens to be one of the above then another owner will be chosen for the panel.

3. The panel will review all aspects of the dispute and make a decision via vote.

4. If the vote results in expulsion from the LFL for the owner in question they will be informed immediately by the Commissioner via email and removed from the league.

5. If the now expelled and removed owner still refuses to accept the result of the vote he/she may petition the Commissioner for readmission to the LFL. This must be done via email. After the Commissioner receives the owner's application for readmission a league wide vote will be taken. A 3/4 vote for readmission will be necessary to overturn the panel’s decision. The outcome of the vote will be final.
 
 

Article XXV.  Amendments:
Modifications to existing Amendments or new Amendments to the LFL Charter may be added at any time by the Commissioner upon approval from 2/3 of the league owners.  An owner wishing to add or modify an Amendment can do so upon approval from 3/4 of theleague owners.  If an owner or owners are not satisfied with an amendment or modification to an existing amendment then the "Conflicts and Resolution Amendment" above will be used to decide the issue.