Top Ten Reasons to run a team in your own league
10. Love of Softball - Simple you want to keep the game alive. Noble but other things get in the way like ....
9. Cheat - Of course.
Let's be honest.
You want a good league but you also want to win.
You do what's to your advantage.
Corruption even in the most subtlest of forms is so easy and almost impossible to resist.
You make money running the league, umpire kick back, and most importantly you have the chance to
Stop the Money. Stop the Money means if you win the league you also get to keep the prize money and not have to pay it out to someone else. Stop the Money is key!!!
7. Attract/Retain Players - Like chicken heads some players go where the money is.
Other players go where the best chance to win is. As a commissioner with a team in the league you most likely fill both these 2 requirements. However, players that go where the best playing time opportunities or loyalty/friendships exist are out of your control,
6. Schedule. You play who you want, when you want, where you want.
What's better than that?
5. Power/Control - Power corrupts. Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.
You love being in control - see points 8 & 6 above.
But like Ben Parker told Peter Parker in Spider Man "With Great Power comes Great Responsibility"
Don't let greed and wanting to win get in the way of running a competitive league
4.Controversy - You love controversy and you have the balls to deal with it.
Making the Tough calls on banning pitchers, throwing a player out of the league, overruling an umpire. reviewing a protest is a huge reason why you took the job. Warning: It's like walking around a shooting range with a Target on your back.
3. Softball Dominatrix Effect
You love abuse.
You love being called a cheater and shiesty.
You love it when people say "it's the commissioners team of course they get the calls".
P.S. That's not Me in that outfit above
Someone hasn't paid you yet?
Someone team blatantly cheats?
Some teams doesn't return your calls?
Some other teams tries to steal your players?
Well you the commissioners and you can pay them back where it hurts.
Give them a hard schedule in terms of starting time or competition, not return their phone calls when they have an issue or want prize money, remove a player from their team from the playoffs, throw them out of the league.
That's a commissioners why of say Fuck You Asshole.
and the Number One Reasons to run a team in your own league
1. Playing Time - you and your boys are always in the lineup, playing/batting where you want.