Ht Champs

2009 – DC Bailouts (Dante)

2010 – Brooklyn Bulldogs (Bren)

2011 – New York Sandhogs (Lox)

2012 –



Ht CDL Constitution

1. Purpose
2. League Operation
3. Franchise Ownership
4. Teams
5. Rosters
6. Starting Lineups
7. Scoring
8. Player Contracts
9. Credits
10. Trading
11. Free Agency
12. No Transaction Period
13. Inaugural Draft
14. Rookie Drafts
15. Waivers
16. Restricted Free Agency
17. Schedule (regular season)
18. Schedule (playoffs)
19. Tie-breakers
20. League Governance
21. Extraordinary Situations
22. The Bottom Line
23. Amendments

1.  Purpose

1.1 The Hostile Takeover Contract Dynasty League (HtCDL) exists for the enjoyment of its members first and foremost.

2. League Operation

2.1  The league will be operated and scored in two separate formats.

2.2  Overall Points:  Regardless of Division, a cumulative total of the points scored each week will be kept and the winner (HtCDL Overall Points Champion) will be declared after the final regular season game.

2.3  Head to Head:  Traditional Head to Head competition will be played through week 13. Playoffs will occur in weeks 14-16, with the Hostility Bowl played in week 16.

3.  Franchise Ownership

3.1   Dues:  The cost to own a franchise and participate in the draft is $25 plus one-twelfth of the cost of league management fees (approx. ~$5-$6 each)
3.2 An owner may only own one franchise.

3.3  If an owner chooses to leave the league or is not heard from for two consecutive weeks during the season or one week during the RFA signing period a replacement owner will be sought.

3.4  The waiting list will be used to determine replacement owners.  If a replacement can not be gained from the waiting list, friends of Ht will be given first priority, and then a general announcement at one of the fantasy football boards will be used.

4.  Teams

4.1  Teams/Divisions/Conferences:  There will be two conferences (AFFL and NFFL). Each conference will have two divisions consisting of three teams each.  Teams will remain in their original divisions for the duration of HtCDL.

4.2  Team Retention:  HtCDL is a dynasty league, which means that all players drafted will be kept from year to year. Players may be waived or acquired through free agency and traded among teams. Because of the nature of this league, teams will continue from season to season, though owners may change. When a new owner takes over an existing team, the new owner will be allowed to change the team name and make all decisions the previous owner was entitled to make. The new owner will also maintain the draft position earned by the previous owner.

5. Rosters

5.1  Number of Players/Position:  The maximum number of players on a team’s roster is twenty (20) players. Position limits are not set and a team may have any number of players at each position. A team may exceed the maximum number of players after a draft, but must cut the roster down to 20 players the Wednesday before the beginning of the season.  Any team that exceeds the cut down deadline will be fined ten credits immediately and 5 credits per day till the roster is reduced.  If the roster is not reduced by season start, the commissioner will cut players off the team in order of most recent acquisition until roster limit and contract limits are met.

5.2  Position Eligibility:  Player position eligibility will be determined by what position the player is listed as at, the official web site of the NFL. In the event of a player being listed in multiple positions, the player is available to be inserted in the starting lineup at any of the positions listed, provided that is what the owner lists him as. For example, if Joe Doodad is listed as a TE and RB, he may be put into either position on a team.

5.3  Injured Reserve:  Each team will have two (2) injured reserve slots. Once a player is designated IR by a team, he will not be able to return to active duty for the duration of the current season. An IR player may be released; however his IR designation stays with him whether he is acquired by another team through free agency or trade. The new team must make room for the IR player on that team’s IR squad. Each owner also has the option of waiving the injured player outright (before sending him to IR), thereby sending him to the free agent pool, or simply riding out the injury. A player must be listed as “out for season” in the NFL Injury Report before he may be placed on IR. (In other words, this is a true IR squad and may not be used to simply hold on to players you don’t wish to play who are not injured.)  There are exceptions to this rule.  In some cases, a player may not be designated “out for season” but is effectively out for the fantasy season.  Cases like this will be handled on an individual basis and will be decided by the commissioner.

5.4  A player assigned to IR will still count against the contract cap.

5.5  Player Retention:  HtCDL is a dynasty league, which means that all players acquired (whether by draft, free agency, or trade) will be kept from year to year. Players may be waived or acquired through free agency and traded among teams.

5.6  Open Roster Spot Contracts  Teams may carry less than 20 players on their roster at any time with no contract penalties or requirements for open roster spots

5.7. Roster Practice Squad:  Owners may place 1 (one) player, drafted in the 3rd round of the Rookie Draft, on their roster with no impact on their roster cap or contract cap. No matter how many third round picks a team has, each team would only be allowed to allocate 1 (one) player to this ‘squad’.Should a team wish to activate this player during the season, he must immediately be signed to a contract. Obviously, the team must have Contract Cap space available to do so, or manipulate their roster to do so.
Should the team not wish to activate the player, the player will go into the offseason as an RFA, however the team with his rights will have the option to sign the player to a contract prior to the start of RFA. If the team chooses not to do so, the player will lose restricted status, and revert to a UFA and be available to the highest bidder, with no right of retention by the previous owner.

6.  Starting Lineups

6.1  Formations:  The following formations may be used for starting lineups.
HtCDL Offenses Allowed
Pro Set   Wishbone   Run n Shoot   Goal Line   Two TE’s
QB   1   1   1   1   1
RB   2   3   1   2   1
WR   3   2   4   2   3
TE   1   1   1   2   2
K   1   1   1   1   1
D/ST   1   1   1   1   1

6.2 Lineup Submission:  The deadline for submitting starting lineups will be the start of the Sunday games.  Whatever lineup is set on the mfl site for that weeks games at game time will be your starting lineup that week.  If a team has starting players in any game taking place before Sunday, then only those players starting must be declared prior to the start of those games.

6.3  Default Starting Lineup:  If an owner fails to submit a starting lineup by the deadline, then the previous week’s lineup will serve as the default starting lineup. That lineup will be used regardless of players being on bye weeks. If a player on the previous week’s lineup was traded or cut, then the owner will not receive any points from that player. For the first week of the season, a team will lose by default if no starting lineup is submitted by the appropriate deadline. If an illegal lineup is submitted, the lineup will be treated as invalid to the whole and therefore the previous week’s lineup will be used.  Please note, any owner not submitting a lineup for two consecutive weeks will be removed from the league.

6.4  Default Starting Lineups Playoffs:  If an owner does not submit a lineup for a playoff game, that owner will forfeit the game and be removed immediately from the league.

6.5  Owners may start injured & bye week players but only if no other options are available, i.e. (only 1 kicker on roster and he is on a bye).

7.  Scoring

Offensive Scoring      Defensive Scoring
Category   Points   Category   Points
Passing TD / All other TDs   4/6   D/ST Touchdowns   6
Passing Yards   1/20   Interception   2
Points per reception   1   Fumble Recovery   2
Rush/Receive Yards   1/10   Sack   2
Two Point Conversions
(pass, rush or receive)   2   Safety   4
Extra Points   1   Points Allowed: 0   10
FG 0-39 Yds   3   Points Allowed: 2-9   5
FG 40-49 Yds   4   Points Allowed: 10-19   3
FG 50+ Yds   5    Blocked punt/kick         2

8.  Player Contracts

8.1  Each franchise has a contract cap of 50 years

8.2  A player contract is the number of years that the player can remain on your roster without becoming a Restricted Free Agent (RFA).

8.3  The deadline for announcing the length of new player contracts will be the Wednesday just prior to the NFL kickoff.   If a team does not meet this deadline, said team will be docked one (1) contract year each day for that season.

8.4   Contract years conclude on March 1st.

8.5   All players who have only one year remaining on their contracts at the end of a season become RFAs.

8.6   All players who have multiple contract years remaining at the end of a season will be reduced by one contract year.

8.7   On March 1st all teams recover any years encumbered by players waived during the year.

8.8   Free agents acquired during the season must immediately be signed to a contract.

8.9  Retired Players:  If a NFL player decides to retire at any point, then the team currently owning that player will have the option to void that players contract and release the player.  Replacements can then be sought via normal player acquisition procedures.

9.  Credits

9.1  A money system will be implemented for free agent acquisitions. These money units will be called credits.  During the inaugural 2009 season each team will receive 125 credits.  At the beginning of each successive season, each HtCDL team will be assigned 25 Credits. After the inaugural season, annual credit allotments will be awarded on March 1st.

9.2  Credits are used to acquire free agents, bid on restricted free agents and used in certain trade agreements.

9.3  Credits not used during the regular season will be carried over to the following season.

9.4  There is no credit cap.

10.  Trading

10.1  Any exchange of players between teams cannot leave either team with more than 50 total contract years for all players or exceed the maximum 20-man roster. (not counting IR). Therefore, some players may need to be waived to come down to 20.

10.2  For a trade to be valid, it must be approved by the Co-Commissioner and will be posted to the League Board.  Trades involving the Co-Commissioner will be approved by the commissioner.  Trades between the commissioner and co-commissioner will be approved by a panel of three teams, the three teams with the best record at the time of the trade other than the commissioner or co-commissioner.

10.3  Trades must be fair. Fairness will be decided by the Co-Commissioner and he reserves the right to veto a trade (but see 20.2 below).

10.4 Once a trade has been confirmed by a team, that team can not rescind the trade.

10.5 Trades may be made for future draft picks, not to exceed two drafts into the future. Trades may include credits as well, whether that money is included with player trades or strictly credits for a player.

10.6 Players traded carry their contract status with them, including the current year.  This contract will be counted against the total years available to his NEW team and removed from his prior team.

10.7  Trades may not be made for cash, future considerations, or a player or pick to be named later.

10.8  The deadline for trading will be the beginning of week 10 games.

11.  Free Agency

11.1  The term free agency applies to unrestricted free agents, those players not currently on any teams roster.  Although, waived free agents may carry a contract that must be acquired with the free agent.

11.2  The minimum bid for a free agent is 1 credit.

11.3  To sign a free agent, a team must post a F/A bid to the league board designating the bidding team, the player, the bid amount and the waived player if the acquisition will cause the team roster to exceed 20 players. Any team may exceed the current bid. A player is signed if any bid is not exceeded by a higher bid within 48 hours of placing the bid.  The bid amount will be deducted from the acquiring team’s credit total.

11.4  Once a free agent is signed the co-commissioner will post to the free agent thread that the player is acquired.  All bidding will stop at that time.  If the co-commissioner is late in his post of acquisition, the time limit will still be enforced.  After the thread has been stopped, the acquiring team needs to immediately assign a contract to the acquired player and post it to the thread.  The commissioner will post that the transaction has been applied to the mfl site. Then the thread will be locked.

11.5  The deadline for free agent pickups will be the beginning of week 13, the last week of the regular season.  In other words, all free agent threads must be started before the kick off of week 13 games.

12.  No Transaction Period

12.1  Beginning at the start of week 13 and lasting until Restricted Free Agency Opens, there will be a no transaction period where all trading and free agency is closed.

13.  The Inaugural 2009 Draft

13.1  Date:  The date for the inaugural draft will be ~July 12th.

13.2  Draft Order:  The draft order for the first year will be determined randomly by using the web dice machine located at and ordering from 1 to 12.  Each team will roll a set number of dice and post their results to the draft placement thread at the league board.  Highest roll will receive the first overall pick.

13.3  Serpentine Draft:  The initial draft will be conducted on the mfl site in a serpentine manner of twenty (20) rounds. Draft picks in odd numbered rounds are selected in the order 1 through 12. Even numbered rounds are reversed and selected 12 down to 1. For example, the owner who drafts the 1st pick would draft next in the 24th and then the 25th position (1st pick of third round). An owner drafting in the 12 position would also have the 13th pick (1st pick of second round).

13.4  Trades:  Draft picks may be traded for players currently on your roster or for other picks. An equal number of picks \ players must be traded. For example if you are trading away 2 picks you have to receiver 2 picks in return. Draft picks cannot be traded for credits or other considerations. Draft picks may not be traded any further than 2 seasons in advance.

13.5  Time Limit:  Each team will have 12 hours on the clock to make their pick.  Any pick not made in the time limit will be forfeited.  A viable excuse and advance notice will be taken into consideration if pick can not be made, this will be a commissioners decision. Pre-drafting is greatly encouraged and appreciated.

14.  Rookie Drafts (every year following the inaugural draft)

14.1  Date:  The rookie draft will begin with the close of the RFA period but no later than Aug 10th.

14.2  Draft Order:  Rookie draft order will be a reverse of the previous seasons standings, with the following exceptions:  the HtCDL Champion will draft 12th and the runner up will draft 11th, non playoff teams comprise first 6 picks. With the remaining playoff teams placed by how far they go in the playoffs then divided by regular tie breakers (ie. the two wildcard losers would get picks 7 and 8. regular tie breakers would be used to determine seeding).

14.3  Non-Serpentine Draft:  The rookie drafts will be one through twelve in each round.  The team with the first pick in the rookie draft will draft first in each round.

14.4  Duration:  The rookie draft will last 3 rounds.

14.5  Trades:  Rookie draft picks may be traded for players currently on your roster, for other picks or for credits.

14.6 Time Limit:  Each team will have 12 hours on the clock to make their pick.  Any pick not made in the time limit will be forfeited.  Again, special circumstances can be adjusted for with commissioner’s approval.

15.  Waivers

15.1  HtCDL does not function on a waivers free agency system.  The term waivers applies to the release of a player from a teams roster.

15.2  Players that are waived during the season still count one year against a team’s total contract cap until such time as the player is re-acquired by any other HtCDL franchise.  Note, that if a player contracted for three years currently is waived, that players cap count is reduced to just one year.

15.3  If a franchise waives a player they may not bid to reacquire that player for one full week.  If a free agent acquisition thread begins within that week, the releasing team may not participate even if the thread last longer than the week restriction.

15.4  If an owner is successful in reacquiring a player, a new contract may be assigned.

15.5  Players who are waived and not signed by any other team during the year will each count as one (1) year against the waiving team’s contract ceiling until the March 1st end of year date.

16.  Restricted Free Agency (RFA)

16.1  The term restricted free agent applies to all players whose contracts had 1 year remaining at the beginning of the previous season or any free agents signed to a one year contract during the previous season.

16.2  Date:  RFA bidding will begin on July 1st and closes on July 31st.  No new bids will be accepted after July 31st; bidding in process may continue beyond July 31st until a final offer is reached for a player.

16.3  RFA bids will be made to the league board in the same fashion as a free agent.  Bidding team will put team name, RFA name  and amount bidded.

16.4  Franchises can not bid on their own players but may bid on any other RFA available.

16.5  Just like free agency, once a high bid holds for 48 hours that thread will be stopped.  At this time the original owner of the RFA will have 48 hours to match the high bid.  If matched the RFA will remain with his original team and the credits will be deducted from their total.  If not, the RFA will be put on the highest bidder’s roster and the credits will be deducted from their total.

16.6  If any owner outbids their budget at any time, that owner will not be allowed to bid on anymore players during the current RFA process.  All players that said team has the high bid will be removed from the rfa board and said player will be announced as a rfa once again to the league on the board and bids may be made once again.

16.7  If an owner overbids their balance and is “locked out” of the RFA process, they may match or decline the bids placed on their own players.

16.8  After the RFA signing period, any players that did not receive bids will remain on the current team’s roster for no cost.  Although, if this places the team over 20 players along with the rookie draft, the team must reduce their roster to 20 players by the Wednesday before the season begins.

17.  Schedule (Regular Season)

17.1  The regular season will consist of 13 weeks.  Each team will play divisional opponents twice and all other teams once.

18.  Schedule (Playoffs)

18.1  Playoffs begin in week 14 and run for three rounds.  Wildcard Round, Conference Championship and Championship.

18.2  Six teams will make the playoffs.  The four division winners, seeded A1, A2, N1 and N2.  Then the team in each conference with the best record behind the division champions will earn wildcard berths seeded AW and NW.

18.3  Wildcard Round:  In this round A2 will play AW and N2 will play NW.  A1 and N1 will receive byes.

18.4  Conference Championship:  A1 will play winner of A2 and AW and N1 will  play the winner of N2 and NW.

18.5  Championship:  The Conference Champions will advance and play each other for the HtCDL Championship.

19.  Tie Breakers

19.1  Game Tie Breakers:  If a regular season or playoff game ends in a tie, the following will be used to determine a winner.
1.   Decimal Scoring
2.   Total TD’s
3.   Total Yds Quarterback
4.   Total Yards RB, WR and TE combined
5.   K scoring
6.   D/ST scoring
7.   Coin toss

19.2  Divisional Season Standings Tie Breakers:  If two or more teams finish the season with identical win-loss records, the following steps will be taken to determine the divisional champion.
1.   Head to Head Record
2.   Divisional Record
3.   Highest Divisional Points
4.   Highest Divisional +/- (Points For – Points Against = +/-)
5.   Highest Overall Points
6.   Highest Overall +/-
7.   Most Starting TD’s
8.   Coin Toss

19.3  Non Divisional Season Standings Tie Breakers (Wildcard Tie Breakers):  If two or more teams within the league are tied and ranking is needed for wildcard seeding or draft order the following tie breakers will be applied.
1.   Head to Head Record
2.   Highest Overall Points
3.   Highest Overall +/-
4.   Most Starting TD’s
5.   Coin Toss

19.4  Overall Points Standings:  In the case of a tie for overall points standings, apply the following steps to break the tie.
1.   Highest Overall +/-
2.   Head to Head
3.   Highest Overall Record
4.   It’s a tie, split the money

20.  League Governance

20.1  Commissioner:  The goal is to have a very strong yet fair Commissioner. The Commissioner is sworn to act at all times in the best interests of the League and is vested with the following powers:
1.   Interpret these rules as he sees just and fit.
2.   Approve teams and new owners.
3.   Preside over draft and settle draft disputes.
4.   Provide timely weekly scoring results.
5.   Maintain the integrity of the league and its owners.

20.2  Co-Commissioner:  The Co-C is responsible for all transactions and to provide support to the commissioner in times the commissioner is unavailable.
1.    Settle all position eligibility questions.
2.    Distribute free agents and restricted free agents through the bid process.
3.    Approve all trades and transactions.
4.    Maintain rosters.

20.3  Committee of the Whole:   The league owners will function as the Committee of the Whole (CW), in which all league owners will each have an equal vote. The CW reserves the right to veto any decision made by the Commissioner with a 2/3 majority vote (with at least 2/3 of all current owners casting a vote). Each member of the CW will be charged with the responsibility of acting in the best interests of the League.

20.4  Prize Distribution:
Hostile Champion: 75% ($225)
Runner-up: 8% ($25)
Regular Season Points Leader: 17% ($50)

21.  Extraordinary Situations

The following are serious situations and should be treated as such:

21.1  Amendments to the Constitution:  Any owner may call for an amendment to the constitution.  Amendments will be offered up on the league board for discussion and then a vote thread will be started.
•   During the off season, vote calls will require a 2/3 majority (8 votes) to pass.
•   During the season, vote calls will require a complete majority (12 votes) to pass.

21.2  Appealing a Commissioners Decision:  ONLY ONE (1) APPEAL PER OWNER WILL BE ALLOWED PER SEASON. NO EXCEPTIONS. Once an owner has appealed one (1) decision, all further Commissioner decisions involving that owner will be final with no appeal possible. Appealing the decision of the Commissioner is a very serious action and is expected to be a rare occurrence. The process for appeal is as follows:

1.   Owner notifies the Commissioner that he is appealing the decision.
2.   Commissioner notifies the Committee of the Whole via email and begins a vote thread on the league board.
3.   Owner and Commissioner present their positions to the Committee of the Whole via the thread on the league board.
4.   Each owner will vote on the issue on the vote thread on the league board.  Comments are not allowed in the vote thread.
5.   Vote calls will be decided by a majority vote (7 votes).  If there is a tie, the commissioners decision stands.

21.3  Reprimanding an Owner:  If an owner is considered by the Commissioner to be conducting himself in a manner not in the best interest of the league, this path is followed:
1.   The commissioner will talk with the owner via email and inform him that his actions are detrimental to the league.
2.   The commissioner will post a warning to the league board.
3.   If a second warning is issued, the Commissioner may recommend to the Committee of the Whole that the owner be removed from the league. (see section 21.4 below)

21.4  Removing an owner:  This is an extremely serious consideration, one which the league will seek to avoid at all costs. If it arises, this process will be followed:

1.   Three (3) league owners together or the Commissioner may recommend that an owner be removed.
2.   The commissioner will post a vote thread to the league board and email everyone in the league about the vote call.
3.   If 2/3 of the Committee of the Whole vote to remove the owner (with at least 2/3 of all owners casting a vote), the owner is removed from the league.
4.   The Commissioner assumes control of the team and a replacement owner is found as soon as possible. The new owner will inherit the team’s roster and draft position for the coming season.

22.  The Bottom Line:

This League was founded on the ideals of competition and fun. Every team owner is a vital part of that process and is essential to the success of the league.

23.  Original Constitution Voted into effect 2009 by:

HtCDL Inaugural Owners

AFFC Manning


AFFC Marino


NFFC Favre


NFFC Young