By OIL Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn
This is always a difficult discussion to have, but I want to be as transparent as possible. In the near future, you will be asked to vote on alterations to the league bylaws. One such change is the inclusion of dues in our governing document. How dues were never included in the bylaws in the first place is my fault, and I am aiming to remedy that.
In the GroupMe chat, the question was raised: what actually are our dues and expenses? Unofficially, I've been asking everyone to pitch in $15 per season, which doesn't sound like much. It covers all our expenses except for the draft party. Those expenses are:
I've added a PAY DUES button in the sidebar of the website, and it has two options: $8.50 monthly; or $102 annually. That total would cover everything. At $8.50 per month, it wouldn't be incredibly difficult to maintain. As one OILer put it, "if we each eat two less quarter-pounders each month," we have everything funded. I understand that $102 per year is a bigger number to some than others, but it is the goal based on our setup. The dues have not been memorialized in the bylaws yet, so do not take this as an edict to pay up or leave. In fact, I would hate to see anyone leave the league over financial issues or otherwise. I know that some guys will always step up to make up for other guys, but, if you can, it would help if we all start pitching in $8.50 a month right now.
I would argue that our league is certainly worth it. Whenever strangers email or message me asking how much dues are for a league as amazing as ours, I always get disbelief that they're so low. I truly don't believe any of us could have a better fantasy football experience in another league. It's beyond anything I ever imagined. But it takes money to keep it up. Like any good leader, I wouldn't ask you to do anything I wouldn't do. To that end, I've set up my monthly PayPal draft of $8.50 to go into the OIL treasury.
On that note, I'd like to propose a Treasurer position be added to the bylaws in the interest of maximum transparency (and to take just a little off my plate). More on that in the future.