TRADING OVERVIEW (Prize-Eligible Leagues)

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.

To propose a trade, go to another team owner's main team page, click the Propose Trade button 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. If the offer is accepted, you and your entire league will be notified via email. This allows the other team owners to review the trade based on your league settings.

There is no limit on the number of trades you can make in Prize-Eligible leagues.

All Prize-Eligible leagues have a trading deadline. For all Standard leagues, the trade deadline is as follows:

    ALL trades must be accepted before Friday, Aug. 14 at 12 p.m. ET.
NOTE: The trade deadline is only for trade transactions between teams. Owners are still free to add and drop players via free agency and waivers throughout the entire season.

In Prize-Eligible 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:

  • ESPN Trade Review
    After the trade acceptance, other league owners have a 48 hour period to review the deal, and should they feel the move is not fair or balanced, submit a formal protest to the ESPN trade panel using the link accessible within their league. Within 12 hours following the initial 36 hour period, the final decision registered by the ESPN experts will cause the deal to either process or be vetoed. Whether a deal is protested or not, the total processing time is the same and takes 48 hours.
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 1 p.m. 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 once the Monday scoring period begins.