2018 PFL RULE BOOK
(NOTE CURRENT RULEBOOK IS BEING REVISED)
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ARTICLE I:  LEAGUE SETUP

(A)  The Primetime Football League (PFL) will consist of twelve (12) franchises.

(B)  The twelve franchises form two (2) conferences (the JEDI and EMPIRE) which feature six (6) teams each.

(C)  The two conferences maintain the same franchises from year to year.

(D)  A Commissioner shall preside over the PFL whose powers are set forth in Article IX.

(E)  A Treasurer shall be appointed by the Commissioner in the manner set forth under Article IX (Commissioners powers).  The Treasurer’s authority and duties are set forth under Article XI, subject to the limitations specified in Articles IX and XI.

 

ARTICLE II:  DRAFTING & ROSTER MANAGEMENT

(A)  The official draft order of the Conference Drafts will be in the reverse order of finish from the previous Regular Season. (NOTE: the official draft orders are subject to change as a result of trades made between team owners which involve draft picks).

(B)  All players not under contract from the previous PFL Season are eligible to be drafted in the next PFL Drafts.

(C)  Teams may have no more than twenty (20) players on their roster at any given time.

(D)  Any player not drafted during a Conference Draft is a "free-agent" in that Conference. Free-agent signings are allowed in both Conferences after their drafts are completed. If a player is not on any team in a Conference an owner may sign that player as a free-agent onto his team, so long as his team has no more than twenty (20) players. If a team wanting to sign a free-agent already has twenty (20) players, the team must first waive a player, or players, before a free-agent signing can be made.

 

ARTICLE III:  WEEKLY LINEUPS

(A)  For every game owners must select seven (7) players to represent their team, and submit them in accordance with the following rules:

        1 - Lineups must contain a maximum and minimum of 1 QB.
        2 - Lineups must contain a maximum and minimum of 1 TE.
        3 - Lineups must contain a maximum and minimum of 1 PK.
        4 - Lineups must contain a minimum of 1 RB and 1 WR and no less than a total of four (4) players from the RB and WR positions.  Owners may submit lineups containing 2 RB's and 2 WR's, or 1 RB and 3 WR's, or 3 RB's and 1 WR. Each players official position (RB, WR or TE) must match their official NFL roster position. The official roster positions for all players is available at http://www.nfl.com.

(B)  Each week, team owners must submit their weekly lineups to the Commissioner and their opponent no later than Saturday at 7PM PT. In weeks where games start before Sunday, owners must declare any players they want to start in a pre-Sunday game by 7PM PT on the night before the respective game(s). Players will not be assumed to start just because they were in the previous week's lineup. The Commissioner may accept lineups until kickoff of the first game, each week, if he feels that sufficient reason exists to do so.

Player substitutions can be made after the 7PM PT deadline, but only if the owner making the substitution(s) directly notifies his opponent and the Commissioner by phone or in person (e.g,. a voicemail message does not represent direct notification). (See Article IX-C). Assuming the Commissioner allows the substitution, owners may substitute in any player of appropriate position on their roster whose game has not yet started for a player in their lineup whose game also has not started.

Owners may attain a strong presumption of the effectiveness of a late substitution, until the official scheduled start time of each player's respective game, by both (1) submitting an emergency contact mobile number to the Commissioner in a reasonably timely fashion (such timely submitted number hereinafter an "Emergency Number"), and (2) submitting a timely weekly lineup to the commissioner for that week as set forth in the first paragraph of this section. Every owner who submits an Emergency Number and a timely weekly lineup may, until the start of the respective game(s) for each player in their lineup, make substitutions by submitting them by text message to the Commissioner and, if provided, the Emergency Number of his opponent. Actual timely receipt of the change by the opponent is not necessary, but a reasonable and genuine attempt for direct contact with both the Commissioner and the opponent must still be made to gain the benefit of the presumption. Owners who do not submit an Emergency Number cannot gain the benefit of the presumption, though the presumption may be held against them by opponents who have made a timely submission. The purpose of this provision is to facilitate late substitutions when desired to avoid gamesmanship, and to reward owners who make themselves available and submit lineups on time.

(C)  Whenever inter-conference games are held any players that the teams have in common are considered ineligible to play that week under the rules laid out in Article III-D.

(D)  Teams may not sign free-agents from the time the previous weeks games start just to prevent their opponent from using one of their players in the upcoming week of inter-conference games. During weeks of inter-conference games teams may sign free-agent players that are on their opponent's current roster, but they may not play them against their opponent that week, though their opponent will have full use of the player. If a trade is made that involves players on an inter-conference opponent's roster, than that player(s) is ineligible to play for the team that had him first and the team that acquires him via trade, so long as the trade is announced to the league before 7PM PT on the Friday before the teams play.

 

ARTICLE IV:  SCORING SYSTEM

(A)   QUARTERBACKS, RUNNING-BACKS, WIDE-RECEIVERS, TIGHT-ENDS:

        --6 POINTS are awarded for each touchdown run in, caught, or recovered.
        --3 POINTS are awarded for each touchdown pass thrown.
        --2 POINTS are awarded for each two-point conversion run in, caught, or recovered.
        --1 POINT is awarded for each two-point conversion thrown.

(B)  PLACE-KICKERS:

        --3 POINTS are awarded for each field goal kicked.
        --1 POINT is awarded for each extra-point kicked.

(C)  Place-kickers are also awarded points for throwing, running in, catching, or scoring a touchdown by any other means.

(D)  The PFL uses the official NFL scoring statistics kept by the NFL League Office.  The official NFL scoring statistics are available at http://www.nfl.com.

 

ARTICLE V:  PLAYER CONTRACTS

(A)  Each team owner entering a new PFL Season may carry over a maximum of four (4) players from their previous team roster to be members of their new season team. That includes one (1) two-year player contract, two (2) one-year player contracts, and one (1) optional two-year rookie contract. (See Article V-B).

       1 - Teams will declare a two-year contract player every season.  That means that the two year contract players we declare this season will automatically become one year contracts the next year.  Each following season teams we'll declare one new two-year contract and one new one year contract.  This rule has no affect on “rookie contracts.”

(B)  Teams have the option of using a fourth player contract, called the "Rookie Contract", if they draft a rookie within their first four (4) picks of the PFL Draft. Any team drafting a rookie in their first four (4) picks of the Draft may issue a "Rookie Contract" to that player. Any player drafted in a teams first four (4) picks of the draft may also be used as a "Rookie Contract" if acquired by trade. Limit one (1) "Rookie Contract" per team. "Rookie Contracts" expire when new contracts are announced after Week #6 of their final year, as do all player contracts.

(C)  Each team must declare their player contracts before the start of Week #7 of the Regular Season.

(D)  All players not placed under contract will be eligible to be drafted in the following year's drafts.

 

ARTICLE VI:  TRADES & TRANSACTIONS

(A)  Owners may trade players and draft picks to teams within their own Conference.  Only trades within two seasons are allowed.  A team cannot trade picks more than two drafts ahead.

(B)  No trades are permitted between kickoff of the first Week 10 game of the Regular Season and the conclusion of the Fantasy Bowl, however, owners may trade players and draft picks during all other periods.

(C)  Teams may waive players and sign free-agents at any point during the Regular Season and Playoffs, so long as they maintain a roster of no more than twenty (20) players at any given time.

(D)  Teams may make trades that involve players that are under contract.

        1 - If an equal number of contract players are traded for each other, than the incoming players automatically fill the contract spots of the exiting contract players.  This includes trades involving players under different length contracts.  Only players who qualify as rookie contracts under ARTICLE V-B are eligible to fill "Rookie Contract" spots.

        2 - If an unequal number of contract players are traded, than the owner giving up the extra contract player loses one of his contract spots.

(E)  "Rookie Contracts" must be traded in exchange other "Rookie Contracts" otherwise the owner trading away the contracted player loses the contract spot and the owner receiving the contracted player gains the "Rookie Contract".

        1 - If an owner drafts a rookie within their first four (4) picks of the draft they may trade that rookie to another owner within their own conference who may then declare them as their own "rookie contract" before the contract deadline passes.

(F)  When PFL teams make a trade the details of that trade must immediately go out in email to all other teams. This will make certain all PFL Owners are notified and aware of which teams are trading for talent or trading away talent. Once a trade is announced to all owners, they will have four days to initiate a protest vote to overturn trades (or force their reworking) when trades are considered negligent or unfair.

(G)  There is no limit to the number of trades or free-agent signings an owner can make during the allotted transaction periods.

 

ARTICLE VII:  FREE-AGENT WAIVER WIRE

(A)  Players are placed on the waiver wire at the start of each weekend's games if they not on a team already, or whenever they are released by a team.  Whenever a player is waived by a team, that player cannot be signed by another team until after a week of games takes place, and the following weeks waiver-wire arrives on the next Tuesday.

(B)  Free-agent players reside on waivers until 5PM PT each Tuesday. At the clearance time, free-agent players leave the waiver wire to join either a team (if a request was made) or the free-agent pool (if no request was made). Unclaimed players become free-agents and may be signed from Tuesday 5:01PM PT until the start of that weekend's games on a first-come-first-served basis without affecting a team's waiver position.

(C)  Waiver requests must be submitted by owners in the preferential order in which they wish to sign free-agents.  The proper form for a Waiver Request Email is as follows. Note that rankings order matters in this process, because waivers are carried out in rounds exactly like the Draft is carried out. So RANK THE PLAYER YOU WANT MOST FIRST.

Being 1st on the Waiver Wire DOES NOT guarantee you get the first contested player. It means you get the first pick in the Waiver Wire. If you rank Jimmy 2nd and someone else ranks him first they will get Jimmy ahead of you. 

DROP:
1. Ron Tess
2. Jimmy Kotsianas
3. Mike Lebo

ADD:
1. Frankie Fumbler (RB--ARI)
2. Drunky Droppass (WR--NYG)
3. Will Missedyu (QB--OAK)

(D)  Waiver claims are awarded based on the waiver position of each team. Your waiver position is the relative power you have when selecting a player off of the waiver wire. When more than one team requests a player in waivers, the player is awarded to the team with the better waiver position (closest to 1).

(E)  When a waiver claim is resolved as per Article VII-D, the waiver position for the team that received the player is changed to 6 (the lowest priority) and all the other teams move up a position.  This process takes place in all instances during the waiver-wire when two or more teams request the same player on the same waiver week no matter how many players the teams are requesting, or in what order.

(F)  Any player signed as a free-agent must remain on the signing team's roster for a minimum of one week of games, not to be waived before the following weeks waiver wire.  An exception to this rule exists in instances of trades where teams exchange an uneven number of players, however, the Commissioner can disallow these trade waivers if they appear to be done with the intent to deny other owners access to players that were on Waivers.

(G)  Owners may trade their position on the Waiver Wire to other teams in return for future Draft Picks.

 

ARTICLE VIII:  PLAYOFF SYSTEM

(A)  At the end of the PFL Regular Season, four (4) teams qualify for the PFL Playoffs. The four (4) teams are made up by the first and second place finishers in each conference at the end of the Regular Season.

(B)  The two (2) qualifiers from each conference will play in their Conference Championship Game in Week #15 of the Season, so that the winners of each conference will meet in the Fantasy Bowl in Week #16.

(C) Tie-Breakers:

If two or more teams have the same record at the end of the PFL Regular Season, the following tie-breakers will be used to determine which teams will take part in the PFL Playoffs. These tie-breakers are also used to seed the teams in the playoffs.

        1 - Total points scored for the season.
        2 - Head-to-head record.
        3 - Total points against for the season. (The team with more points against advances).
        4 - Head-to-head total points.
        5 - Coin toss, administered by the Commissioner or assigned agent.

(D) PLAYOFF SCHEDULE:

        1 - In Week #15, the PFL Conference Championship games will be played with 2nd Squad lineups being submitted by both teams as a tie-breaker.  If a tie still persists the team with the better record will play in the Fantasy Bowl.
        2 - In Week #16, the two Conference Champions will meet in the Fantasy Bowl.  A Week 16 tie will result in a Week 17 Fantasy Bowl replay with 2nd Squad lineups being submitted by both teams.  If a tie still exists after Week 17's replay, the team that scored more points during the regular season will be named Champion, in accordance with the rules specified in RULE VIII-C.

 

ARTICLE IX:  COMMISSIONER'S AUTHORITY

(A)  The PFL Commissioner may void any trade he feels is overly one-sided, or made by an owner to help another team at the expense of their own.

        1 - Additionally, any trade that appears to be made for the purpose of bailing a franchise out of an awful contract situation will be struck down.  Owners will not be able to work out "clever trades" that allow them to get rid of weak two-year contracts in return for one year contracts.

(B)  The Commissioner has the final say on any rule contentions that arise during or after the season. (See Article X-A).

(C)  The Commissioner maintains the right to add, remove, modify, or suspend league rules at any point of the season or off-season provided he has sufficient reason to do so as approved by a majority vote of PFL team owners.

(D)  The Commissioner may issue reasonable sanctions against franchise owners that commit acts that harm the good-standing of the league.  (i.e. cheating, conspiring with fellow franchise owners to work against other teams, or sabotaging trade talks between team owners).

(E)  Every year the Commissioner shall appoint a Treasurer, whose authority and duties are set forth in Article XI. In the event that the Commissioner makes no official appointment, the Treasurer from the previous year maintains his office.

        1 - The Commissioner shall have no power to remove the Treasurer from office after the opening kickoff of the first PFL game of the season, nor shall the Commissioner have any authority independent from his status as an owner to inhibit the Treasurer from exercising his duties as Treasurer. The Commissioner may remove the Treasurer from office before opening kickoff of the first PFL game of the season, but must immediately make another appointment.

        2 - The Commissioner may not serve as Treasurer.

 

ARTICLE X:  OWNER'S RIGHTS

(A)  The PFL League Owners can overturn a Commissioner ruling by obtaining at least nine (9) out of twelve (12) votes on any league ballot.

(B)  In any situation where time is of the essence, any owner who cannot be contacted for voting purposes shall not be considered in the vote, and a majority of the remaining owners will be required to overturn a ruling by the Commissioner. The Commissioner shall act in good faith and in a reasonable manner in attempting to contact all owners.

(C)  In any situation where the Commissioner’s PFL franchise is in a position to receive a benefit from any ambiguity in the rules, any owner whose interests may be adversely affected from the Commissioner’s exercise of his powers may call to a vote any decision the Commissioner makes on such issue. The Commissioner’s decision may be overturned by a majority of both interested and disinterested owners. Any owner not voting shall not be considered in determining a majority, if such owner was notified of the vote in a timely fashion and had a reasonable time with which to cast his vote. The Commissioner’s decision prevails in the event of a tie.

(D)  Three or more owners may propose an amendment to the PFL Rule Book without action by the Commissioner. Upon proposal, all owners shall vote; any non-vote shall be considered as a vote against such amendment. For an amendment to become an official rule when proposed by owners, nine (9) out of twelve (12) owners must vote for the amendment.

(E)  Upon a change in ownership, current owners may reject the admission of a prospective new owner when at least four (4) current owners vote against the prospective new owner being admitted to the PFL.

 

ARTICLE XI:  TREASURER'S RIGHTS

(A)  The Treasurer shall collect the annual League Dues from each owner, although it shall be the duty of each owner to insure that the Treasurer receives such Dues in a timely manner.

        1 - League Dues must be paid by the first day of League play.

        2 - Although the Treasurer should make every effort to maintain detailed records of payment, it is each owner’s individual duty to retain some proof of payment; the Treasurer shall provide a receipt of payment, signed by the Treasurer, if demanded by an owner at the time payment is tendered.

        3 - In the event that the Treasurer does not receive any owner’s League Dues by opening day, then the Treasurer shall impose a $15 late fee upon such owner, plus a $5 fee for each day of tardiness; thus the late fee for payment one (1) day late is $20, two (2) days late is $25, etc.  The Treasurer has no discretion to relieve any owner from paying such sanctions.

        4 - If the Treasurer does not receive an owner’s League Dues, together with the appropriate late fees, before the 2nd week of League play, he shall, without any discretion to do otherwise, put that owner’s team up for sale; the Treasurer is under an obligation to make reasonable, good-faith efforts to sell the franchise under such a circumstance.  Such franchise may be purchased by any prospective owner, subject to the standard owner veto power (see Article X), unless the delinquent owner pays the required League Dues and late fees before such sale.  The Treasurer shall interpret any ambiguity in this rule in favor of retaining the delinquent owner, as the purpose of this Rule is to compel payment rather than eject an owner.

(B)  The Treasurer shall collect transaction fees from each owner, although it is the duty of each owner to make certain that the Treasurer receives such Fees in a timely manner.

        1 - Each owner shall have a Transaction Fee Account, within which the appropriate Fees shall be tallied for each transaction made by that owner.

        2 - Transaction Fees are due and payable precisely one (1) week after an owner has accumulated $15.00 in fees in his Transaction Fee Account, or exactly one (1) week after the Fantasy Bowl for that year, whichever is earlier. When an Account becomes due and payable, the respective owner shall pay the entire amount accumulated in his Transaction Fee Account, thus bringing his Account back to zero (0).

        3 - Although the Treasurer should make every effort to maintain detailed records of payment, it is each owner’s individual duty to retain some proof of payment; the Treasurer shall provide a receipt of payment, signed by the Treasurer, if demanded by an owner upon payment.

        4 - In the event that the Treasurer does not receive any Transaction Fees when they become due and payable, then the Treasurer shall impose a $3 Fee for The Treasurer has no discretion to relieve any owner from paying such sanctions.

        5 - If the Treasurer does not receive an owner’s Transaction Fees, together with any sanctions imposed for tardiness in paying those Fees, one (1) week after such Fees have become due and payable, the Treasurer shall, without any discretion to do otherwise, put that owner’s team up for sale pursuant to the same terms and conditions set forth in subsection (A)(4) of this Article governing the sale of a team for failure to pay League Dues.

(C)  Any payment sent through the U.S. Postal Service to satisfy any obligation created pursuant to this Article shall be considered received by the Treasurer on the day that such payment is postmarked.

(D)  In the event that any payment obligation is due on a date when the U.S. Postal Service’s post offices are closed, e.g., Sunday and national holidays, then payment must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Treasurer on the next day that such post offices are open for business, and such payment will be considered timely made, and no sanctions will be imposed. However, if any obligation to pay is tolled pursuant to this subsection, and payment is not postmarked or hand-delivered to the Treasurer on the first available day that post offices are open for business, then sanctions or late fees will be considered to have begun accumulating as if this subsection was non-existent.

(E)  The sole manner to remove a Treasurer from office, or to reverse a Treasurer’s exercise of authority, is by a League vote. A majority of owners is needed to remove the Treasurer from office or to overturn a Treasurer’s exercise of authority; a non-vote by any owner shall be considered a vote to uphold the Treasurer’s ruling, or alternatively, to keep the Treasurer in office. The Commissioner shall make a good faith effort to insure that all owners are notified in the event a vote is called, and shall give each owner a reasonable time within which to cast his vote.

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