Commissioner’s Preparation for Next Year

As we breach the halfway point of the NFL season, most leagues are closing in on the end of their regular season. Most leagues will only put half or fewer of their teams into the playoffs. Once you make that cut, the teams that are not in the playoffs will quickly lose interest and stop logging on. Now is the time to communicate with your owners, especially in keeper and dynasty leagues.

There are several key points that you want to get out to the league before you lose them until next year. Are all your owners coming back to the league next year? This may sound like a given, especially in keeper and dynasty leagues, but asking this question may just give you the answers to the next questions without having to ask every owner. Owners that are frustrated with the website, the rules, the competitive balance, etc. are likely to bail out in between seasons. Asking them now will allow you to ask address their concerns in the coming weeks. These owners that are leaving the league will generally fall into one of two categories:

First, are the owners that have bad teams and don’t see a way to become competitive in the near future. These are usually the most difficult to address, because there isn’t a simple way for you, as the commissioner, to fix that for them.

Second, are the owners that are bailing out from frustration. These owners are the ones who can typically help you make a better league. Owners that are frustrated with the website, the rules, the competitive balance, etc. are likely to minimize their activity level during the season and eventually bail out in between seasons. Talk to these owners and find out why they’re leaving. Their answers can help you make a better league for next year.

The next installment will provide recommendations on things you can do as your leagues commissioner to help retain owners, increase the leagues importance to other owners and simultaneously keep the league interesting and fun for years to come.

Author: Derek Braun
Email: staleys1920@hattywaiverwireguru.com
(Feel free to email Derek with any help for ensuring your league is succesful not only this year but for years to come!)