How do I veto or protest a trade?
Whether you're in a standard or prize-eligible league, there is now a 24-hour trade review period after a trade is accepted which allows team owners the chance to review a trade after it's accepted. This is done to prevent unbalanced trades from processing or collusion between two teams. 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 page. In addition, the owner may receive an email informing them of the proposal had you selected that option during the trade offer process. That team owner can then go to his/her team page to review the deal, and either accept or decline it. 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 on both team pages.

If the trade is rejected, the team proposing the trade will receive an email notifying them of that result. If the offer is accepted, the entire league will be notified via email and the other team owners can review it based on your league settings.

NOTE: In prior seasons, ESPN Fantasy Hockey rules stated a 48 hour Standard league default trade review period. It is now 24 hours.

  • Free leagues: During the trade review period, if four (4) of the ten (10) team owners vote to veto a trade it will be cancelled. A link on the main League Office page allows you to view pending trades and submit your veto should you so choose.
  • Prize-Eligible leagues: During the trade review period, all team owners now have a 24-hour period to review the deal, and should they feel the trade is not fair or balanced, submit a formal protest to the ESPN trade panel. Within 12 hours following the trade review period, the final decision registered by the ESPN experts will cause the deal to either process or be vetoed.

This is the period of time allowed for the other team owners to decide if a trade is fair. In LM leagues, League Managers can determine the span of time for the review period. If one of the "hour" review periods is selected and the trade is not vetoed it will process within the hour (not that exact minute) when the period expires. This setting can be changed by the League Managers at any time during the season.
  • 24 hours - Default setting
  • 48 hours
  • 72 hours
  • No Trade Review - Trades process immediately once the trade is accepted.
  • "24 hours" Example: A trade is accepted at 11:05 a.m. ET on Friday in a league with a 24 hour Trade Review period. If the trade is not vetoed it will process within the hour after the 11:05 a.m. ET time on Saturday (24 hours after the time the trade was accepted on Friday).

    NOTE: Any trades which are pending at the time the Trade Review Period is changed will be grandfathered. The change to the Trade Review Period will only be used for trades moving forward.

    ESPN introduced this option to allow custom leagues to decide whether a trade is fair to both parties and to prevent collusion. The power to veto trades can be given to the league owners or only to the League Manager. If league owners are given veto power, the number of owner votes will determine whether a trade is vetoed. This setting can be changed by the League Manager at any time during the season.

  • League Manager Only - If selected, all accepted trades can only be vetoed by the League Manager within the time length specified in the "Trade Review Period" setting. All team owners are given the option to submit their comments about the trade (which only the League Manager can view). If the trade is vetoed by the League Manager, the trade is immediately cancelled. If the trade is upheld by the League Manager (or the time length expires without a decision from the League Manager), the trade processes according to the league's "Trade Review Period" setting.
  • Specific number of teams - If selected, the number of teams listed must vote to veto the trade in order for it to be cancelled. If the number is not reached by the time the "Trade Review Period" expires, the trade will be upheld. If the number is reached, the trade will be immediately cancelled. Teams with more than one owner will only receive one veto vote, but either owner may cast it.
  • NOTE: If the setting is changed while a trade is pending, the trade will be grandfathered to use the setting that was in place when the trade was accepted.