Question: What will the PFFL do if people stop managing their teams?
Answer: The PFFL is officially putting a "No Quitters" policy in 2011. Since we're playing all of our leagues in Yahoo this year, the Commissioner is going to set up all 252 teams under our own accounts and invite new teams as "co-managers" to each team. If someone fails to start a full roster, or starts a player on a bye, you will get one warning. If it happens again, the Commish will simply replace you with someone from a lower tier or from our waiting list.
Question: Once this league gets big, won't it take forever for new players to work their way up? Why would anyone join if it would take a minimum of 5 years to get to the top?
Answer: That is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. Here are a few possible solutions:
"Lightning Moves" -- an opportunity to move up more than one tier per year. In 2011, the top overall team from Tier-3 will get to move up two tiers to Tier-1, and we'll offer more of these opportunities for the absolute "best of the best" to move up faster. While we still want everyone to earn it, we also want to let you move more quickly if you really are elite.
Question: How is The PFFL going to grow? Won't everyone that has to move down a tier just quit the next year?
Answer: No doubt, attrition is going to be a reality, but we think it can more than be overcome. Here is how we expect to keep people around:
As long as we keep growing, you'll play for bigger prizes even if you move down. Let's say you're in Tier-1 this year, playing for our $1,638 grand prize. You finish in 8th place and have to move down to Tier-2 for 2012, but since we've now expanded to 5 tiers, you'll be playing for $2,054 in 2012.
Question: Once the PFFL is full for 2011, can I still sign up?
Answer: Of course -- we're capping the 2011 season at 252 participants this year, but as soon as that is full we want to start filling up Tier-4 and even Tier-5 ASAP. Our first goal is to do something totally unheard of: turn Fantasy Football into a spectator sport unto itself. So we'll take anyone an everyone to join us as "fans" even if they can't play this year. Our next goal is to build toward 5 tiers in 2012 -- that's 4,092 total teams, so the sooner we start filling that up, the better. So even if you can't play in 2011, you should lock in your Tier-4 team before it fills up -- better to be in Tier-4 than Tier-5, right?
Answer: We of course urge and insist that you check with your state/local/international laws to ensure that you are eligble to play in your area, but as a matter of US Federal law this is absolutely legal.
Answer: Absolutely not. While there is a resemblence between the Tier Structure and a pyramid, it neither legally nor practically functions as a "pyramid scheme." We run a sustainable business model, and we also make no promises that you will make any money on a guaranteed basis. We simply give you the opportunity to make money. If you're into the nitty-gritty explanation, read on!
Answer: Yes -- you can own up to one team per Tier you are eligible for. Supposing you have a team in Tier-1, this means you can own up to three teams in 2011, but you can reserve teams all the way down to Tier-5 if you're really a "superfan" of the PFFL. Tier-4 and Tier-5 won't play this year, but by signing up now you can be sure to have a team in those tiers for next year -- we're going to try to fill those up with new players and teams as soon as possible.