Please read - important - Our status for 2011 with TF http://www.traditionfootball.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=235 Ok so heres the deal we need to discuss. TF has moved over to a new system where there will be premier and non premier leagues. Frisk could probably do a much much better job of explaining what this means but I'll do my best. Basically premier leagues pay to be here, but they also get additional things for doing so. The fee is $12 a year or $50 for a lifetime. A premier league must have all of its owners be paying members. TF has approached me asking if we would be their premier Madden PS3 league. For us to do so would mean all of us paying and getting all of the owners to pay. Benefits for being a premier league are: Premier Leagues is tier system we moved to during the end of NCAA '09 to try and distinguish leagues that met all the criteria and expectations we had for a 110% sim and reputable league. This year we formed three premier leagues which had blog access (www.traditionfootball.com) in which people could update their team pages with news, articles and blogs. Next year, we are building on that concept. Premier leagues will be supported in a completely new way than our leagues are now. Below are the outlined details of what benefits a premier league would have over a regular league here on this site: 1. Your league will be included on the front page of the new website. - Meaning on www.traditionfootball.com for NCAA. People will be able to see any posts or blogs your members upload to the page. News from all the different leagues will cycle through the front page much like you see now. 2. You (or anyone you deem responsible for your league) will have access to post league news updates directly to the homepage. - Same thing as above except that the league commissioner can control who can post main articles to the league page. This is opposed to someone just posting articles/blogs to their individual team pages. 3. You will have access to premier level members for recruiting purposes. - This means you can post openings in your league to members who are of premier status. So as a commissioner you won't have to pick through the newbies that register with the site to fill your spot if you don't want. You can choose from veteran and quality members. 4. You will get league wide custom sigs. - The sigs that you see in the current premier league member's signatures were the iterations for the '10 leagues. Next year's leagues will receive something similar. These will likely be designed by Ryno and generated by Hack and Drifter again. 5. Your league will be able to participate in the Tradition Football Rankings system. (IMO the biggest reason to do it.) - We have spent a ton of money and resources on developing a ranking system. More information is coming soon on this feature. Basically you will be able to record the results of your league games and ladder matches and the system will generate a site-wide leaderboard. It's going to be really neat. 6. Access to chatbox starting 6/10/2010 - A chatbox is something people have been wanting for a long time. Now that we are going to have a responsible user base, it's not going to be that big of a deal to moderate it, which was the only reason we were hesitant to institute such a feature. If you haven't seen one before, it's basically a site-wide instant messaging box where anyone who is logged into the site can all chat at once. It's essentially a chat room at the top of the page. Honestly, nothing there super excites me. Sounds cool and all but I am not a ultimate gamer and dont have time for anything other than what I get on to play now. I am not interested in tourneys, rankings couldn't interest me any, and a chat box is something i'd rarely use since we all have AIM. Basically I'd love to be their premier league and I'd love to help make TF better at what it already is, a great community of sim online gamers. Here are my worries, MONEY! I've done some things in the past where members were offered the chance to put in and help pay for forums, website up keep, ect, but I've never forced owners to do so. My issues are what do we do when it comes to booting people? It's much easier to boot someone who isn't paying, you involve money and things get hairy. What do we do to fill the league. A premier league must be full of pay owners, We have a hard enough time now to get owners in here how in the world will we do it if they have to pay to just get here. If I were a new cat looking for a online league, theres no way I am going to pay to just try out the league and see if it's worth it. I donno guys. I like the exposure it gives us, I like that we would be helping keep TF running here (it cost someone something to give us these forums and website), but I have some major concerns that would need to be answered first, and I am not sure those can be answered. Thoughts?