Trades are an agreement between two team owners to exchange one or more players. Trades can be processed with an uneven number of players as long as they do not violate any roster settings. Trading can be the most enjoyable part of the game, but it can also be a source of frustration for owners who don't understand certain policies or don't do their research on the player/players involved in a trade. Here is a brief overview of the art of trading.
PROPOSE A TRADE
To propose a trade, go to another team owner's main team page, click "Propose Trade" and select the player(s) you wish to receive. You will then be asked which of your player(s) you want to trade and how long you wish the trade offer to be active for. You will be given the option of sending the Team Owner an email notifying them of your proposed deal or offering the trade without sending a corresponding email. After the trade offer is submitted the system will display a "Pending Move" on your Team page, as well as on the other owner's Team page. In addition, the other team owner may receive a notification email of the proposal - providing you selected that option during the trade offer process.
That team owner can then go to their Team page to review the deal, and either accept or decline your offer. If no action is taken within the specified number of days, the system will automatically cancel the trade offer. The pending move will then disappear from both owners' Team pages.
If the trade is rejected, you will receive an email notification of that result (and the email may include a counter-offer proposal if the other team owner chooses to offer one). If the offer is accepted, you and your entire league will be notified via email. This allows the team owners within the league to review the trade based on your league settings.
There is no limit on the number of trades you can make in Free Standard leagues.
All Free Standard leagues have a trading deadline. For all Standard leagues, the trade deadline is as follows:
- ALL trades must be accepted before Wednesday, November 25th, at 12pm ET.
FREE STANDARD LEAGUETRADE REVIEW PROCESS
In Free Standard leagues, there is a trade review period. This 48-hour review period allows your leagues team owners to review the trade to prevent collusion. The process is described below:
- Team Owners Vote
In Free Standard Leagues, four (4) out of ten (10) team owners must vote to veto a trade within 48 hours of the trade offer being accepted in order to have it cancelled. A link on the main league page allows you to view accepted trades and submit your veto vote should you so choose. This number will be displayed in your league settings.
PRIZE-ELIGIBLE LEAGUE TRADE REVIEW PROCESS
- ESPN Trade Review
In Prize-Eligible Leagues, a team owner must protest a trade if he/she feels it is collusive. Once a trade is officially protested, a panel of ESPN FFL experts will vote to either uphold or veto the trade within 48 hours of the trade offer being accepted. A link on the main league page allows you to view accepted trades and submit your protest vote should you so choose.
TRADE PROCESSING TIMETABLE
Once a trade has been accepted by the team who had received the offer, the 48-hour trade review period begins. If a trade is accepted and not vetoed, it will process within the hour (not the exact minute) when the 48-hour review period expires. Therefore, it is important to consider the time window when accepting trades offered to you, as shown in the following example.
- "48-hours Example": In Week 3 you accept a one-for-one trade at 4:27 p.m. ET on Friday. The 48-hour trade review period begins at 4:27 p.m. ET. If the trade is not vetoed, it will process within the hour after 4:27 p.m. ET time on Sunday (no later than 5:27 p.m. ET). However, both players' teams involved in the trade started games at 1pm ET on Sunday. In this case, the players being traded will stay on their original owners' rosters for Sunday. The traded players will appear on their new Team pages on Tuesday, when the new scoring week begins.