Draft Day 2014 will be the first time we draft under our own banners. VistaPrint is now the official banner provider of the OIL.
The banners' cost totaled about $30. If you want to throw in some money, you can do that on the Donate page.
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.