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Important Update - Southampton Originals Draft

Hi folks,
As you know, we have been doing everything possible to keep a live draft in the calendar for this year, despite all the obstacles COVID has thrown at us!
However, I now have an extra issue: my mum is ill in hospital and is not expected to last more than a month or two. This is going to make running the draft day tougher as I may have to duck out at very short notice. Of course, several of our regular commissioners from other leagues would step in to help out I am sure.

At this point, I am offering an option (assuming I can make a poll work on this site…)

  • I definitely want to draft live
  • I prefer to draft live, but will still take part if we draft on line
  • I prefer to draft on line, but will still take part if we draft live
  • I definitely want to draft online

0 voters

I’d appreciate it if those people signed up to the league could vote to give an indication then I will make a call.

I know that there are a couple of people at least who have not signed up to the league, but who have said they would play if the draft was online for this year - we still have a couple of spaces so may be able to accommodate you if the decision is to go online.

Apologies for the late change of direction, I am sure you appreciate this isn’t something I wanted to do.
Cheers, Jon

Thanks all for voting so quickly (and for your messages :+1: )

I am going to go with an online draft for this year. Please God let this be back to normal next year…

Draft date will remain Saturday 5 September, and the first draft pick will be scheduled for midday. Based on how Al and Sean organised their draft last week, I will aim to run the draft on Sleeper, and also set up a Teams or Zoom chat to allow us all to insult each other between picks.
I am still aiming to have the league run on NFL.com so I will copy the draft results across - I think Sleeper will just be more convenient on the day.
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I will add Sleeper and NFL.com and Zoom / Teams links on here as I sort them out.

We have 14 managers at the time of writing:
Me, Sean, Noel, Shani, Robert, Chris, Dan N, Andy, Ian, Adam, Al R, Sam, Toby, Jordan

edit - 15 managers, Javier has now joined

edit - 16 managers, Drew has now joined

If any of you want to drop out based on this change, that is no problem, just drop me a line and I will send a refund.
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I know a few people were interested in playing if we switched to online, so please let me know if this is the case, the maximum league size is 16 as usual.
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One bit of good news, I will save money by cancelling the hotel function room, so prize money should be higher. Prizes confirmed once I know final numbers!

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I’ve never used Zoom or Sleeper so gonna need some hand holding on this please guys.

Thanks - gutted no live draft, just as well I hadn’t got around to booking that hotel. My rail warrant I was saving will expire before next year - darn shame as I never use train lately with no job and no live sports to attend.

Hope the live meet is back on for 2021.

If there’s room or a waiting list or space anyone thought of contacting Drew as a online one might work for him more than a live one based on his sea faring?

Think he was an Original, original. :football:

The video call worked fine for the Northampton draft Noel, so I am sure it will be fine. I will organise a dry run a day or two before the draft, for anyone who wants one.

And, good call re Drew, I will drop him a line

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