Welcome to a year-long competition where YOU own teams in four professional and two college sports, along with a PGA golfer and NASCAR driver.
What is it?
A year-long sports league where participants pick a team or player from each of 8 different professional and college sports leagues.
How long is the season?
The “season” runs for an entire year: September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018.
What do I have to do?
Not much besides picking your teams. The league organizers keep track of points for your teams. Results are updated automatically on the SYSL stat sheet. Due to the computational capacities of free score management, there is a chance that standings may be unavailable when you peruse the document. Don't fret - the scores are not lost and will return shortly. The only tinkering you may need to do is to trade out one of your non-performers during the year (one time only, and not mandatory).
What is the entry fee?
You can enter one team for the year for $30. Enter more than one team and get a deal! Can’t decide whether to go heavy in football or golf? Now add a second entry for just $20 more, and a third for another $20!
One entry: $30
Two entries: $50
Three entries: $70
Sorry, discounts are per person (no clustering!).
Payment is handled after you register. All registration fees must be received by September 15 in order to participate.
Are there prizes?
YES. Total prizes will depend on the number of participants. 2014-15 totaled $2,100! The pot is distributed as follows:
1st place - 5% of the total pot
2nd place - 4% of the total pot
3rd place - 3% of the total pot
4th place - 2% of the total pot
5th place - 1% of the total pot
Quarters are: Q1 - September-November; Q2 - December-February; Q3 - March-May; Q4 - June-August.
1st place - 15% of the total pot
2nd place - 7.5%
3rd place - 6%
4th place - 4%
5th place - 2%
6th place - 1.5%
7th place - 1%
8th place - 1%
9th place - 1%
10th place - 1%
How does it work?
Each participant will select a team in each of 6 team sports:
- NCAA football
- NCAA men’s basketball
And one member of the PGA Tour and one driver from the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
New as of SYSL 2016-17
There are now three ways to play SYSL! Instead of having a single cap and floor like previous years, each team entry can choose to play as a Big Spender, Cap Wizard, or a Floor Specialist. The overall concept is the same, the total cost of your 8 selections must be within a specified range, but there is now a new set of ranges that play to different levels of confidence in sports betting. There is an absolute minimum of $70 and absolute maximum of $85 in terms of what you can spend, but depending on where you fall on that spectrum, you may be eligible for a bonus. The different player levels work similar to a handicap; they play off the best competitor. The Big Spenders have the greatest advantage and the highest likelihood of doing well, all things being equal. For this reason, those who are Cap Wizards and spend between $76 - $80 get a 100 point boost over the Big Spenders. The Floor Specialists get an additional 100 point bonus, so they get a 200 point advantage over the Big Spenders.
How they work:
The preferred playing style of self-regarded 'sports connoisseurs'. If you are confident that you can pick the best low-middle range teams, then this is the style for you. If you choose to play as a floor specialist, you have a cap floor of $70 and a cap ceiling of $75. Spending in this range gets you a 200 Point Bonus over the course of the year, split up between the four quarters as follows: Q1 - 70pts, Q2 - 65pts, Q3 - 35pts, Q4 - 30pts.
Standard playing style and the same as previous iterations of SYSL. Cap Wizards have a salary floor of $76 and a ceiling of $80. Spending in this range gets you a 100 Point Bonus over the course of the year, split up between the four quarters as follows: Q1 - 35pts, Q2 - 35pts, Q3 - 15pts, Q4 - 15pts.
The style of choice for those who know little about the intricacies of the sporting world, but want to cash out on SYSL. If you choose to play as a floor specialist, you have a cap floor of $81 and a ceiling of $85. Spending in this range does not get you a points bonus like the other two, but that is made up for the fact that you get to spend up to $85.
If you decide to play as a Floor Specialist or a Cap Wizard, you essentially start the quarters with a points bonus (depending on the style and the quarter) while the Big Spenders start at zero and must 'catch up'.
You get points for every regular season or playoff victory your teams earn (none awarded for exhibition, pre-season, any of those dumb college basketball tournaments for losers, or ties). Your PGA golfer and NASCAR driver earn you points for every PGA Tour and NASCAR Sprint Cup victory, top five, and top ten finish. The PGA Tour season never really ends; there are six FedEx Cup point-earning tournaments running from October through November. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ends November 20th with the race in Miami.
You may want to leave some room under the cap, because you might need to make a change...
TRADE A TEAM/PLAYER: Trade one of your teams or players! You might need some cap space to trade out one of your teams or players for a better performing one. Each player gets to trade out one team/individual during the year for another in the same sport. However, you can’t go over the salary cap for your specified style. You can trade for a cheaper alternative, a more expensive one, or one at the same price - as long as you don't go over the cap! Once you trade out a team or individual, you get any future points from the new team/individual (plus the points up to that date earned from your old team).
Important! - With the new style categories, trading behaves a bit differently. Once you lock in your picks and register, your playing style and corresponding floor/ceiling are locked in as well. This means that if you choose to be a Floor Specialist, you cannot trade up a team so that your total cap hit is above $75 and if you are a Cap Wizard, you cannot trade up to a team that puts your cap hit above $80. You are more than welcome to trade down in price, but you do not receive the bonus point values if your new cap hit falls within one of the two bonus-getting playing styles.
Example: Your total picks equal 76, and your NFL team is the Jacksonville Jaguars. You realize that choosing Jacksonville was a dumb idea. Now you can swap that pick out! Since you had $4 left under the cap, you can trade the Jaguars for another NFL team - for as much as $4 more than Jacksonville's value. You only get one trade for the year, and each sport will have a specific trade deadline date (see below). Trades must be made by and take effect on the dates specified.
Example 2: Your total picks equal 74, and your NHL team is the Colorado Avalanche. You realize that it was foolish to think that the Avs would be any better this year than they were last year, so you decide to trade up. You only have $1 left of cap space, and are not allowed to leave the Floor Specialist style range and upgrade to the Cap Wizard style range.
Example 3: Your picks total 85, and somehow the Golden State Warriors swap places with the 76'ers and lose their first 30 games. You can trade down to the 76'ers but you do not then get the bonus points associated with being in one of the lower style ranges.
MORE GROUND RULES ON TRADES: You can only make one trade during the year among the 8 sports. You CAN trade down (meaning, swap a more expensive team for a cheaper team), but you don’t get to use any freed up cap space. You DON’T HAVE TO MAKE A TRADE at all if you are satisfied with your lineup.
What if one of my teams wins the championship?
Good for you! Bonus points are awarded to teams (or driver or golfer) that win their championship (or win one of the four major tournaments in golf).
Leagues play different numbers of games. How are scores determined to keep it fair?
Point values for victories are different depending on the league and how many games are played. The league is designed to give approximately the same weight for each of the 8 sports.
MLB - 2 points per win
NBA - 3 points per win
NFL - 15 points per win
NHL - 4 points per win
NCAA Football - 18 points per win
NCAA Basketball - 7 points per win
PGA Golf - 10 points per Top-10 finish; 20 points for a Top 5; 30 points for a win. Bigger points for majors (20 for Top-10; 30 for Top-5; 50 for a win)
NASCAR - 5 points per Top-10 finish; 10 points for a Top-5; 20 points for a win
Championship Bonuses (50 points each, except PGA)
2017 World Series Winner
2018 NBA Champion
Super Bowl Whatever it is (played Feb-2018) Winner
2018 Stanley Cup Champion
2018 BCS or whatever College Football Championship Game Winner
2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion
2017 Monster Energy Cup Champion
2017 FedEx Cup Championship (25 points)
2018 PGA Majors (20 points in addition to win)
Trade Deadlines for Each Sport (entrants may only make ONE trade in ONE sport during the year)
NCAA FB: September 30, 2017
NFL: October 31, 2017
NHL: November 30, 2017
NBA: December 31, 2017
NCAA BB: December 31, 2017
PGA: April 30, 2018
MLB: May 31, 2018
NASCAR: May 31, 2018