Yahoo! Fantasy recently hosted a multi-part series on commissioner issues written by OIL commissioner Justin C. Cliburn.
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.