There is now a donation page on the site and donation buttons spread throughout the site as well. The reasons for this are simple.
The OIL has grown a lot in eight years. We have traveling trophies, a Web site, and multiple domain names (the original OklahomIraqis.com, TheOIL.org, and okiraqi.org).
The trophies cost money to produce and ship. It costs money to engrave the champion's name each year. And it costs money to transport the trophy to the new champion.
Our Web site is hosted by Weebly. The administrative fees for hosting a site like ours cost about $50 each year.
Plus, our domain names have to be renewed each year and their prices vary.
And there are incidental fees, which include professional logo design for teams and random purchases for the league (e.g. league banner for draft day [coming in 2014] and league-branded beer coozies).
These are things I do because I love our league and being the best commissioner I can be truly is my hobby. I know that nothing I do is required of me, so I don't expect to be compensated for each and every expense. But if you're interested in helping out, there's a way to do that now.
This will always be a free league. We play for pride, and we play for trophies. But consider donating to the league every so often so that it continues to be the best fantasy football experience around.
You may also donate to the league by purchasing OIL merchandise from our league store. We have a little bit of everything for the league and individual teams. Check out some examples:
Expect to receive OIL-branded beer coozies in the near future. Thanks to imprint.com for the quick turnaround.
Finch asked about small OIL stickers. Those are in production. It was $33 for 100 4" x 2" stickers including shipping.
Should anyone want to pitch in for the coozies, stickers, or web site fees, PayPal the funds to the commissioner using the donate page.
Remember that our CafePress store has hundreds of items you can customize with your league or team logo. If there's a product you want in the store that is not already included, let the commissioner or co-commissioner know and we'll add it.
Solid regulation football: http://sculpturealley.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=5
Silver wine cooler trophy: http://sculpturealley.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=16
Two-tone football sculpture trophy:
Big Daddy: http://sculpturealley.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=10
Leatherhead trophy: http://sculpturealley.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=120
Large Runner trophy: http://sculpturealley.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=11
POLL: How should we structure our league's trophy policy? Individual trophies or a traveling trophy?
I have a dilemma. I really like the idea of sending trophies to the champions each year, but I think the league may be better served having one traveling trophy that stays with the champion until he loses the crown. What do you think?
I was thinking of something like this: Sculpture Alley. For $10 extra, they can even engrave our logo into the trophy. What do you think about this one with 18 engraving plates?
Think of it as the Stanley Cup of our league. For about $5 each, we can order a really nice perpetual trophy and have it stay with the champion until a new champion is crowned.
Even though it is kind of a pain in the ass to see ads on our site, I decided to add Google AdSense. If we have the ads and everyone clicks on them at least once when visiting the site, we'll be able to offset some of the cost of running such a great site. If we get enough clicks, we can maybe bank the excess money for a better trophy or to cover the food costs of our next draft. It's just a thought, but please click the ads and help out.