Yahoo! Fantasy recently hosted a multi-part series on commissioner issues written by OIL commissioner Justin C. Cliburn.
Part 2: Keep the Peace Through Bylaws
Fix problems before they start and ensure the long-term stability of the league.
Part 3: Build a Culture Through Franchises
Build a culture by transforming teams into franchises using permanent team names, logos, and uniforms.
Part 4: Motivate Your League Through Prizes
Award your champions the only thing better than money: a trophy with their name engraved on it . . . or a custom team jersey and mini-helmet.
Part 5: Embrace the Hate with Rivalry Week
Give everyone something to look forward to in the final week of the regular season: the opportunity to best their arch rival.
Part 6: Engage the League Year-Round by Making the Draft Order an Event
The saddest way to determine draft order is by random choice. Don't be sad. Use one of these ideas instead.
Part 7: Set the Tone with an Amazing Draft Day
Draft Day is your league's Daytona 500. Start the season off right with a day to remember.
Part 8: Captivate Your League with In-Season Coverage
Your job is to cover your league as if it’s the most important league in the world . . . because it is.
Part 9: Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Keep your league talking through group email, texts, chats, blogs, Twitter feeds and more.
Part 10: Determine the GOAT by Tracking Your League History
Track every win, every point, every head-to-head matchup with our league history spreadsheet.
Part 11: Keep the League Alive by Telling Your Story
Remember that your league is more than a collection of individual relationships. It's a collective friendship and its story deserves to be told.
The OIL has been competing for over 10 years, and we take pride in what our league has become. Commissioners often ask us for advice, and we're glad to share. So here is a quick tutorial to help commissioners take their fantasy football league to the next level. You'll notice we don't cover league settings such as roster positions and scoring categories. Whatever works for your league is what you should use. But a great scoring system doesn't make a league great. Instead, it's the community you build that makes your league something to be proud of. So here we go:
The easiest way to change the dynamic of your league is to add a traveling trophy. The OIL awards a traveling trophy in lieu of a cash prize, but your league could easily award both. A "traveling" trophy is one that is held in trust by the league champion. He or she keeps the trophy until a new champion is crowned. The OIL uses SculptureAlley.net for its trophies but there are a lot of options out there. The OIL's trophies have a laser-engraved title plate with the league logo and each season's champion is engraved onto the trophy base. Think of it like the Stanley Cup. Due to the popularity of the FX show The League, many leagues refer to their trophy as The Shiva.