And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue. Both networks are part of the Walt Disney Company, which looks to be making its best play for NFL football as discussions about broadcast rights for the sport are nearing a new round.
Once you're there click on a room name.
Note: The listed league names all NFL team names -- aka "Packers Room" are for vanity purposes only and will change to generic league names which you can customize by league vote after the draft is complete. After entering the lobby you will see the "Join This League" button. Waiting for the draft to start After you successfully join a lobby league your team name and info will appear on the page in bold.
The league's start time is displayed in the middle of the page and countdown clock below it. In order for the draft to turnover into drafting mode all the "Open Slots" must be filled by the listed start time.
Recruit members to join via the message board or simply wait hoping the room will fill itself by the time the page automatically reloads itself every 30 seconds.
If the room does NOT fill by the listed start time the start time will reset for another 5 minute time period. If the room does completely fill when the countdown clock expires then you're in business for the actual draft to begin.
Starting the live draft If your league is full at the listed start time the lobby room page will automatically reload itself with a link to "Launch Draft". On this view a java area will appear. Click on the "Load" button to launch the java applet.
Java Draft After clicking on the "Load Draft" button the java draft applet will launch -- converting your team into drafting mode, determining the draft order and loading all the players and default draft lists for each team. You have 90 seconds to make each pick and the draft will last for 16 grueling rounds.
Pick some winners! A system message will appear when the draft is complete.
If you want to continue chatting through the java applet you can do so for about 45 minutes by clicking the "Ok" button. To close the applet simply click the X in the upper-right corner of the applet. Lite Version draft They might appear completely different but really the Lite and Java draft work in much the same way.
Both allow you to select your players and view others teams and you can use BOTH during your live drafts. The Lite draft is available from "Launch Draft " page and will open a new window when clicked.
It's a good backup to have in case your system has any problems with the java applet during the draft. After the draft After the draft is complete the system needs a few minutes to convert your team from drafting to season mode.
After it converts your freshly-drafted team will be accessible in regular HTML mode from the Fantasy Football frontpage.
The only difference is the Mock Draft does not count. Once you draft in a Live Draft Lobby league, the team is yours for the duration of the season.
The Mock Draft lobby can be used for draft practice or for testing purposes. We encourage you to try it out.
Good luck with the season!