The new FPL season was launched on Saturday and along with the usual discussions surrounding updated player prices, newly promoted players and the elusive £4m defender playing out of position (may you rest in peace Lord Lundstram) a hot topic for debate in Twitter and Reddit communities has been that of the cash league.
Let’s make this perfectly clear for anyone who doesn’t understand, cash leagues constitute unlicensed gambling and as such they are entirely illegal.
Let’s also make it perfectly clear that this happens a lot. And for the most part it would appear to be harmless fun between friends, with a few quid helping to make things a bit more interesting. However, the flipside is there are always going to be those who look to profit from a game of chance (and skill) like Fantasy Premier League at the expense of others.
You don’t pay to play the official game and whilst there are prizes to won, none of them are cash prizes.
The official rules, according to FPL’s terms and conditions are:
“Players (and Players on behalf of others and organisations) can establish mini-leagues in accordance with the Game Rules. The Premier League does not permit Players charging for entry to mini-leagues they have created, strongly encourages Players not to join such leagues and cannot be held responsible for their management or any loss suffered through Players’ involvement in such leagues. The Premier League reserves the right to suspend and delete Registrations of Players that charge entry to mini-leagues they have created.”
The final part of that particular term will see plenty of high-profile FPL players walk away from their previously established cash leagues. At the end of the day it is a game that is played for the prestige of winning. When football enters the off-season, Twitter and Reddit becomes awash with rank history. Years of mining data, crunching numbers and taking calculated risks all boiled down in a series of overall finishes that determines whether or nor you are one of the best players out there.
If you take away a players account then you take away everything that they have established over the years and for a lot of people who play the game that reputation is more important that buzz of winning a few quid on the side.
And make no mistake about it. If FPL has to get tough and ban those accounts then they will. It was only a matter of a few days ago now that the FPL community was rocked by the news that their current champion was being stripped of his title.
The 2019/20 champion has had that entire season removed from the annuals of FPL and will now only exist as the winner in a series of screenshots and his own memories.
Why? He made a racist comment about a footballer. He did so in a private messenger group and someone in that group passed copies of those messages on to the powers that be FPL. He was stripped of his title for this year but will be allowed to compete under the same handle in future seasons.
The most important lesson to be learned from this should be that no one should be a racist and that thankfully racist behaviour will not go unpunished.
Something else worth realising is that there really is no such thing a private group chat and as such there really is no such thing as a private cash league.
You could argue that avoiding cash leagues in fantasy sports is the right thing to do because they are illegal and there is guarantee that if you do throw your in that you will see any of it back.
The additional caveat is that if you organise a cash league and someone in that league sends details of it to the organiser of that competition there is a good chance that you will have your entire overall rank history deleted.
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