New rule regarding leagues with custom rules

Ottoneu Prestige League has a new rule regarding teams that are eligible to join. It has been added to the rules page and the OPL dashboard.

Teams in leagues with custom rules including but not limited to arbitration/inflation adjustments, any kind of coupon system and/or extended MiLB-only rosters are ineligible for OPL and will be removed from this contest once detected.

This will rely both on some software detection and manual inspection and will take effect starting with the 2022 OPL.


Can you please clarify whether leagues will be allowed to “get right” for 2022: e.g., can a 5MiLB league add all players to rosters (as $1 players) during the offseason and remove the MiLB rosters going forward in order for teams to be able to participate? Or will teams have had to be “standard” for x number of years prior?

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Sure. My inclination is for leeway here. If leagues decide they want to get rid of custom rules in the 2021-22 offseason and do not have these rules in place when OPL registration opens up in March '22, those teams will be eligible for OPL.

Just to be clear, any league that does not to standard inflation or arbitration at the end of the 2021 season will not be eligible for 2022 OPL, even if they plan on having normal arbitration/inflation in 2022.

However if your league decides to do away with MiLB rosters and don’t have them once 2022 OPL opens up for registration, teams in that league will be eligible to join 2022 OPL.

The league I participate in, League 168, uses a coupon system. In 2021, there are two teams from this league in OPL. The coupon system is in place to, 1) Exact a price for those teams who take on huge loans (reduced coupon amount), and, 2) Exact a price for not reaching certain innings and games limits (again, by reducing coupon amount).

The $2 increases result in 12 * 23 (avg # of players kept) * 2 = $552 of league inflation
Arbitration which is almost always met by all teams: 12 * 33 = $396 of league inflation
Maximum coupon amount is: 12 * 16 = $192 of league deflation - so about 20% of total

Any chance that this coupon system could get in via your leeway considerations?

No, any league that uses a coupon system that reduces arbitration will not be eligible for OPL in 2022. If you choose to get rid of that coupon system now, then that league will be eligible.

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FYI, we actually suspended the coupons for 2020 since it was a screwy season so there was no adjustment of arbitration last season.

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No one is going to be yanked out of the 2021 OPL. This change is for 2022 OPL and beyond.