I thought I would take a moment to explain the current situation with the Nippon League Draft as well as other issues that have arisen. I want to assure all of you who are in the NBL that you are not second class citizens. In fact, every member in the NBL if they stick with it long enough and contribute to the league in terms of discussions, team news or even league wide content, you will be recognized and promoted at the next available opportunity. This is the largest league on the site, and due to the technology of an all sim PC league, the time restraints required are very high. That is why we have such a large leadership team. To assist with all duties which not only include sims themselves, but back end issues, filling vacancies, updating of reports, etc. I want you to know that your feedback is always welcome and we want to make sure that everyone is happy and satisfied and the league continues to grow. With that said, the first issue I would like to address is the removal of your League Commissioner. There was a difference of opinion with Roggie and the rest of the leadership team. Unfortunately due to the draft issue, we could not see eye to eye and have decided to part ways. In the interim, either myself, Timpegoose, Bigsmooth33 or Ty5oke can be your contact moving forward. If you are interested in assisting with the NBL in a commissioner's role, please let me know and I will happy to promote the right person. This does not mean you will lose your responsibilities once promoted to "The Show." But with a league this large, someone needs to be able to be the ear of the 16 members in the NBL and follow the league more closely than others. As for the draft issue itself. It was unfortunate that a few teams were unable to sign any or only some of their draft picks. First... a little background on the expansion of The Dugout. This was a major undertaking to expand and add a second league. This is the largest OOTP league in the entire OOTP community as far as I know. I personally tested expansion several times and simmed multiple seasons prior to going live with the league. I had a few issues with schedules (which is why you play 162 games), and some other things. The issue with the draft did not appear in testing as far as I saw. At this time, the issue is potentially related to a change in the draft date from the 2021 to the 2022 season. It was quite confusing to conduct a draft while the MLB playoffs were going on which is what happened in 2021. The schedule was a bit of a mess, and to make things easier for the leadership team, as close of a mirrored schedule as possible was required. The draft unfortunately, had to be scheduled at a different time so as to not confuse statslab. Essentially two drafts occurred within one calendar year, which affects team with little or no projected budget room. This has not been 100% confirmed, but it seems to be the hypothesis. Regardless... the only alternative to fix this was to manually edit budgets of the teams involved so they could sign these picks. This was something I refused to allow to happen. We rarely, if ever, edit anything within the engine itself to make things work. Especially when we have not 100% confirmed the problem. This has the potential to screw up future seasons or even the current one. Editing of anything in the game is a last resort. The last major edit to any settings (outside of conversion from '13 to '14) was changing our development and aging modifiers back in 2015 or something as we noticed players were losing their ratings much too quickly once they hit 34 or 35. Unfortunately, for those teams involved, you will lose those picks this year. Thankfully, you will receive them for the 2022 year so you will essentially have two picks in each of those rounds to work with. I apologize for this. Those of you affected have to understand, that we will be playing this game for years, and years to come. And this was just a small blip in the road. I am thankful that it was a minor issue such as this, and not a rollback for an entire calendar year. That was my biggest fear when year 1 was complete. As scheduling of playoffs was not occuring in the test file until I got the settings correct. I honestly thought we could possibly have to replay the 2021 season. So I thank you for your understanding and I truly apologize for the issue. With a PC game, nothing is bound to work perfectly. Especially such a major change as adding a second complete league in our universe (with 2 additional teams!). I would say things could have been much worse.