This year, we've decided to do a little something to reward the brave folks out there who create and administer America's fantasy football leagues. Yahoo! has established "Commissioner Appreciation Day," coming up on Monday, August 27. Because apparently we have the authority to declare holidays.
(Please check with your employer to see if you're required to go to work — probably not, but it's best to make sure).
If you've ever served as a league commish, then you understand what a thankless, punishing task it can be. You're expected to schedule the draft, collect fees, enforce rules, resolve disputes and listen to gripes, while simultaneously managing your own team. It ain't no picnic. As a small thank-you for the efforts of commissioners everywhere, Yahoo! will be tossing a few prizes your way.
Here are the essential details...
• If you're already a Yahoo! commissioner, then simply tweet your league's ID number to @YahooSports with the hashtag #YahooCommish. Do this before midnight Pacific Time on August 27 and you'll be entered to win free stuff. Done deal. Nothing more to do. Just sit back and wait for the congratulatory message.
• For those who aren't yet commissioners, go create a fantasy league, then revisit the previous bullet.
• Three grand prize winners will each receive a pair of tickets from SeatGeek to every regular-season home game of whichever pro football team they choose. So that's awesome. This is the prize you want, no doubt. There's a BIG step down in quality to the next one...
• Fifteen randomly selected commissioners will each receive a one-on-one fantasy consultation with one of the Yahoo! experts. I am not making this up. It's a real prize.
"Hey, bummer you missed out on those Giants season tickets. But at least you get to spend 15 minutes Skyping with Brad Evans!"
• Fifty additional commishes will receive t-shirt prize packages, each with 10 Yahoo! Fantasy Football shirts to be shared with the members of their leagues. If you don't actually win one of these, maybe check your local resale shop in a few months.
Those are the basics. You'll find additional details right here, in the official rules.
Sincere thanks for choosing us, gamers, and good luck to all who enter.