Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Football 2007: What's New?

Front Office: Contract Extensions (League Configurable)

Before the season starts - users may extend a few contracts for a fixed amounts of money. You may extend as many contracts for as long as you wish so long as:

  • The sum of all extension years does not exceed the Total setting. (Recommended: 2 total years
  • No one extension is for more than the Max years setting. (Recommended: 1-year extensions max)

FAB: Bid Calculator

GM's can use the newly added FAB Bid Calculator to explore the effects of updating the amount, years and no trade clause your offer to a given player, increasing the visibility into the bid process and allowing for better team planning.

FAB: Blackout Period (League Option)

Between 75% of a player's total time On the Market (36 hrs for 48hr OtM, 18hrs for 24hr OtM, etc) and the end of their time, they will randomly enter a blacked-out deliberation period where NO changes to any offers may be made. Enable this setting if you fear "sniping" could be a worry in your league - or if you expect disparate Internet access amongst your users. This will force late bidders to get in before the 75% mark to be guaranteed a shot, and will hence allow other users some time to react.

FAB: Shorter FABs for Returning Leagues (League Option)

Returning leagues may opt to shorten their FAB since they will have a number of players under contract already.

Front Office: Transaction Duration (League Option)

The time that players are On the Market, Waivers Wire, and subject to Trade Voting. This does not apply to the FAB On the Market period.

Accounts: Memberships

Users can now choose to join as members with extended features such as the ability to create unlimited teams, reduced advertising and more flexibility. See here for more details.

FAB: Metering

In an effort to avoid degraded server performance, the number of simultaneous FABs that are taking place across gamedayritual will be metered this season. League Commissioners should be mindful of scheduling, and will not be able to schedule FABs during busy periods. Leagues where the number of GM's with gamedayritual members is 50% or greater will be exempt from this metering.

GM Rating: Updated Behaviour

The following items now impact your GM Rating:

  • Failing to sign a player you've made an offer to: -1
  • Signing a player: +2
  • Waiving a player: -3

Front Office: Trade Block

GM's can now put players on the 'Trade Block'. This is a space where players can be advertised as trade bait to let the rest of the league know you're looking to make a move. You can add players to your Trade Block and view who's on the block around the league on the Contracts page, and there's a summary in the Tools Tab if you're using a Standard team or a Membership.

Football 2007 User's Guide:

http://www.gamedayritual.com/football/help/manual.htm

New for 2007: http://www.gamedayritual.com/football/help/manual.htm#New%20For%20This%20Season

Click here for Football 2007 Signup

Football 2007 Is Live

The team at gamedayritual is pleased to announce that Football 2007 is live and open for new teams and leagues, team activations and general FAB fun and games! You can head to this link to signup and get going.

http://www.gamedayritual.com/signup/presignup.aspx

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!!!


Saturday, July 21, 2007

Baseball Trade Deadline

A reminder to all MLB.com gamedayritual GM's that the baseball trade deadline is approaching. All trades must be accepted by 11:59 PM EDT on July 31, 2007 in order to go through.

Happy trading!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Football Front Page - Relaunched

As you've likely noticed, we've re-launched our gamedayritual Football Front Page on http://www.gamedayritual.com ahead of our Football 2007 launch. We haven't finalized the launch date for Football 2007, but I can tell you we're likely inside a week until we open for sales, and we're going to do our best to stick to that.

A few features worth mention on the Front Page. You can find links just above the "What's Happenin'" graphic on the right hand side which will allow you to toggle between our Baseball and Football Front Pages. Note that you can login to either your Baseball or Football teams from either Front Page - you can change teams once your logged in by using the drop down list in the upper right corner.

As well, you'll notice that we've released the Football 2007 Player DB including revised MinSal values for 2007. So you can start scouting your talent for 2007! You can find those files linked on the right hand side of the Football Front Page, or I've added the links to this post for your convenience.

Enjoy!

Football 2007 DB, HTML: http://www.gamedayritual.com/football/downloads/GDRFootball2007.htm

Football 2007 DB, Excel:
http://www.gamedayritual.com/football/downloads/GDRFootball2007.xls

Football 2007 DB, CSV:
http://www.gamedayritual.com/football/downloads/GDRFootball2007.csv

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Mid-Summer Classic: A Classic

As you likely know, the AL celebrated their 10th straight win at the All-Star game with Ichiro Suzuki's MVP effort, which included the first ever inside-the-park in the All-Star game. While the game doesn't count towards MLB.com gamedayritual's regular season, there were some Fantasy highlights of note. You can find the All-Star game box score here.

  • There were 8 total holds awarded in the game... now that's an All-Star total! All possible pitching outcomes were awarded: no decision, W, L, BS, Ho and S.
  • The AL batting FP leader was (naturally) MVP Ichiro with 9 FP (3AB, 1R, 3H, 1 HR, 2 RBI). The NL batting FP high-man was Alfonso Soriano with 6 FP (3AB, 1R, 1H, 2 RBI, 1SO).
  • With the W for the AL, Josh Beckett took out the pitching high-man for the game with 17 FP (2.0IP, 1H, 2SO, 30 pitches, 18 for strikes).
  • While he made a great comeback in All-Star voting, Barry Bonds didn't manage any big-flys on his home field.
  • Position players Michael Young and Albert Pujols missed out on making appearances despite being available. ("Maybe he was saving me for next year's All-Star Game," Pujols jokingly said. LOL!)

And so, the MLB bandwagon moves on from Barry Bonds in the All-Star game to Barry Bonds pursuit of Hank Aaron...

A reminder that this week's MLB.com gamedayritual roster deadline is Thursday July 12, 7:05 PM ET.



Tuesday, July 03, 2007

All-Star Week Deadlines

Here's a reminder to all MLB.com gamedayritual GM's that the 2007 MLB All-Star Game falls in Week 15. Deadlines are as follows:

One Game-a-Week Leagues
For GM's in leagues with one game a week, the deadline for transactions will be Thursday July 12, 7:05 PM ET.

Two Game-a-Week Leagues
For GM's in leagues with two games a week, the Monday-Thursday game for Week 15 does not take place. The deadline for transactions will be Thursday July 12, 7:05 PM ET.