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I'm often asked to resolve fantasy disputes involving lopsided trades, scoring discrepancies and other league-related matters. I'm happy to say there's a dedicated service that now handles these types of issues. is the brainchild of lawyer Bill Green, who wrote in an e-mail he came up with the idea because there was no service specific to fantasy sports for resolving disputes.

"If the commissioner, who is normally charged with the responsibility of resolving league disputes, was not also a team owner, there would be no need for my service," according to Green. "However, since the majority of leagues do consist of a player-commissioner, there is a need for a neutral third-party to resolve disputes where the commissioner is involved or may have a vested interest in the outcome, which is quite often the case."

Green even authored a Fantasy Sports Bill of Rights, and here it is:

1st Amendment: Each owner shall play fairly and use good sportsmanship. Each owner shall make transactions with the intent of improving their own team.

2nd Amendment: The league commissioner shall use reasonable discretion to resolve league disputes.

3rd Amendment: If an owner disagrees with the league commissioner's decision regarding a dispute, the owner has the right to submit the dispute to for binding resolution at that owner's expense.

FantasyDispute charges $14.95 for same-day rulings, and it has issued binding resolution on many cases.

By Gene Wang  |  September 15, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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