As mentioned, we will be expanding and adding the 12 team Nippon League in the offseason. This will actually take place once we get to February 2021 in game. The tentative date for this will be Monday 5/20/13. At that time, we will freeze all league activity until: League File converted to OOTP 14 and uploaded, all GM's have confirmed they are in '14, the Nippon League team draft is complete. So there may be a 48-72 hour advance from Preseason to Spring Training. If you have not yet purchased OOTP '14, now is the time. League Rule Changes for 2021 season (after conversion to OOTP '14) The 5 strike rule will modified to include: Missed Exports, Missed voting, Missed 1st or 2nd round draft picks, and missed signing of First or 2nd round draft picks all count as a strike. One you have 5 strikes, you will be fired from your ML team and the person who is elligible to join the MLB will be promoted. This will be determined as below. If you are fired from the Nippon League you will be removed from the Dugout. In addition... 2 consecutive years of ending the season in the red will now result in demotion to Nippon or removal from the league. GM of the Year winner will be awarded +5 point boost to Fan Interest. As the game selects the Managers of the Year and I have no input here, an award of some sort to the winner encourages running a great organization. ALL GM's (old and new) will be able to switch to your favorite MLB team. In the event that the GM of your favorite MLB team quits, or is fired, the option is now available to switch to your franchise. This is based on tenure. For example: Your favorite team is the Orioles. The current Orioles GM is fired. If you are in the MLB you have the option to switch to the Orioles. Your old team will now be the team in which the Nippon GM will move to. More nationalities will appear in all amateur drafts International Scouting discoveries will be disabled There will be more (And better) international Free Agents as well as Free Agents from other leagues which we do not have enabled. On 7/1 of each season, Amateur Free Agents are available to be bid on. Rules will be the same as in OOTP '14 but will be explained at that time. Nippon League things to know If you are interested in joining the Nippon League, now is the time to declare your intent to enter the team draft. If any current MLB GM's would like to switch to the Nippon League, now is the time. Promotion from Nippon to MLB is determined by: Championships, Playoff Appearances and finally Team Win % in that order. Trading between Nippon and MLB is not allowed. Free Agents can be bid on by either league. The Nippon Baseball League season is only 144 games compared to the 162 of MLB. The NBL amateur draft will occur on 10/1 to give GM's in that league something to do while the MLB playoffs are occuring. The NBL draft is 10 rounds. I am unsure if statslab will allow for an amateur draft for NBL and will not know until that time.