The Court Reporter: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Greetings and salutations to everyone out there.  As Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Fantasy Judgment, it is my duty and obligation to maintain impartiality and objectivity when it comes to issuing decisions.  But that is in the world of fantasy sports.  In real sports, I am a lifelong die-hard Mets fan and have been savoring this magical ride to the World Series.  Even though they are down 2-0 to an impressive Kansas City  team, let’s not forget that the Mets also lost the first two games to Boston in 1986.  I think we all know how that turned out.

This year has been the busiest for Fantasy Judgment since the Court was created six years ago.  The volume of cases for both fantasy baseball and fantasy football has been incredible.  Many of my clients have been with us for several years, so I want to thank them for their loyalty. Given the volume of cases that get submitted, I have taken a different approach this year to manage the workload and ensure quicker and more concise decisions.  You will notice that decisions have not been posted to the website in 2015.  That is because most of the cases I have resolved have been written up in a detailed email directly to the person who submitted the case.  Over 90% of the cases submitted are disputed trades, and many do not require a four-page write-up because the analysis is much simpler than that.  So rather than make clients wait any longer than they need to, decisions have been rendered much quicker and more streamlined by simplifying the process.

Of course the cases that come which are more complex and involve further investigation and analysis will be treated accordingly.  However, the data shows that those kind of cases are much less frequent than the typical trade dispute.

All of this is to tell you that Fantasy Judgment is alive and well, and after six years we have seen a significant increase in cases submitted during the 2015 fantasy baseball and fantasy football season.  Since the decisions are not being posted one by one anymore, I will make a concerted effort to provide some type of summary and breakdown of the types of cases coming in and how we are ruling on them.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck down the stretch in your fantasy football leagues!

Michael A. Stein, Chief Justice

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