League ratifies expansion to 15 teams for 2012

By an 11-1 margin, league managers have ratified a proposal to expand the league from 12 to 15 teams at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

This will mark just the second expansion in the league’s history and will come after the completion of its 32 year. The league began in 1980 with nine teams, and expanded to 12 teams in 2003 with a total redraft.

Under the terms of the expansion plan hashed out by managers:

* Existing 12 teams will protect 10 players; then each of three expansion teams will take turns selecting a total of 12 players, no more than one from each team.

* Existing teams will then protect two more players, and each of three expansion teams will take turns selecting a total of 12 players, no more than one from each team.

* Existing teams will then protect two more players, and each of three expansion teams will take turns selecting a total of 12 players, no more than one from each team.

* Existing teams will then trim their active player roster to a total of either 17 or 18 players. (Expansion teams will have 12 on their roster at this time.)

* A free-agent draft will then be held, with the expansion teams taking turns drafting a total of 18 players (six each) to attain a roster level of 18 players. Any existing teams that chose to protect 17, in reverse order of record, would then select free-agents to get themselves up to 18.

* Expansion teams will be slotted 1-3-5 in the first round of the March draft, and 7-8-9 in subsequent rounds.

* In each of the first four rounds, the expansion teams will also receive supplemental picks in the 16-17-18 slots, and up to two of these picks can be uncarded players.

* At the completion of the draft, barring trades, the expansion teams will have 36-man rosters and the existing teams 32-man rosters.

Still to be determined is how many players teams will be retaining beginning in 2012; the league currently retains 17 or 18 players.

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