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The Tecmo 2K league is a modernized version of our beloved Tecmo Super Bowl.  We use updated rosters from todays 32 NFL teams with hacks such as 2 point conversion, current OT rules, and XP's from further distance. 


In here you will find everything you need to know about the league.  It’s overwhelming in information so to best help you navigate through this thread, please use the links below to jump to certain topics of interest to you (or just scroll through the posts). 

(Click blue text for link to topic)

  1. General League Items
    • Hacks
    • League Size
    • Divisions
    • Player Pool
    • Draft
  2. League timelines and Schedules
    • General Timeline
    • Schedule and Pace
    • ROM Release Schedule
    • Deadline Consequences
  3. Playoffs
  4. Game Play Rules (Overtime rules listed in here)

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1.  General League Items


A.  Hacks:

  • 2 point conversion!  Ball will be placed on 3 yd line
  • 30 yd XP’s.  Ball will be placed on 13 yd line.
  • Modern NFL Overtime Rules!  See Game play rules section for detailed rules.
  • In game playbook change hack. Limited to twice per game.
  • Preseason injuries hack (you can play your season games in preseason),
  • Tackle-stats hack (it will count the tackles defenders make)
  • The fumble in the end zone hack (which prevents stats from being lost when a player is tackled in the endzone and fumbles)
  • Bruddog's stat extractions including the Tap Meter during game play.


B.  League Size:  Tecmo 2K will be comprised of 32 league owners that will represent all 32 NFL teams.


C.  Divisions

  • There will be 8 divisions with 4 owners in each.  4 divisions will reside in the AFC and 4 in the NFC.  We will utilize the tiered division format grouping players together by skill.  The divisions will be named Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Top players will battle with each other for division titles while less skilled are grouped together and have a better chance at the playoffs each season.   The AFC will have AFC  Platinum, AFC Gold, AFC Silver, and AFC Bronze.  The NFC will have similar classifications NFC Platinum, NFC Gold, NFC Silver, and NFC Bronze.  
  • The real NFL teams will remain in their conference to keep semblance of the real NFL.  For Example, all the AFC divisions will consist of real AFC teams and same with NFC.  Owners will be organized by their team preference the best way possible but may not get what they requested due to balancing of the league.
  • After each season, all division winners will get promoted to the next level while last place finishers will drop down a division.  For example, first place finisher in Gold will move to the Platinum division while last place finisher in Platinum moves down to Gold.
  • New owners will be placed based on incoming skill as best as possible.  This may mean having to move multiple owners if needed. However, since this may be challenging, the new owner may end up being in a division where he may be over qualified.  For example, if Joeygats is coming into the league replacing an owner in Bronze, commish will try best to move him to Silver or above.


D.  Player Pool:  This is a current NFL player ROM so we will use todays NFL players.  The commissioner will create player ratings once a calendar year and those ratings will be used anywhere from 2-4 seasons before a new set of ratings are created.  


E.  Draft and Draft Lottery: 

  • We will re-draft from the current 32 team NFL players similar to fantasy football.  Owners will draft QB's, RB's, WR's, OL, DL, LB's and DB's to fill their roster.  The commissioner will determine "tandems" and communicate to the league prior to the draft.
  • The draft will be conducted on the forums and managed through a google sheet. There will be a separate draft thread with more detailed rules specific for that season’s draft format.
  • Draft order will be a lottery system, broken into tiers based on the owner's prior record and reputation. For season 4, the owners will be broken up by their division classification with the AFC+NFC Bronze division drawing for first 8 picks.  Then AFC/NFC Silver will draw the next 8 picks, and so on and so forth.  Any subsequent draft lotteries will be determined by order of finish+ division classification.  

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2.  League Timeline and Schedules

A.  League Timeline

  • The 2K league will follow a general timeline for a given calendar year.  The general timeline will be as follows:
    1. Jan/Feb:  New ratings released
    2. Feb-June:  Complete 2 seasons with the ratings released in Jan/Feb
    3. June-August:  Summer Break
    4. August-December: Complete 2 seasons with ratings released in Jan/Feb + minor tweaks adding rookies and free agency team changes.
    5. Start over from step 1. 


B.  Schedule and Season Pace

  • Each season will consist of a 16 game schedule.  The schedule breakdown will be as follows:
    • Division opponents twice (6 games)
    • 2 out of conference games
    • 8 games vs Conference opponents dependent on your current division classification
  • The pace will be moderate and will be slightly slower than HSTL.  From draft to championship game should take approximately 2-2.5 months.  There will be ~ 3-4 seasons every calendar year as long as there is interest.  The commissioner can adjust this season to season by making pace faster or slower.   


C.  ROM Release

  • ROM drops will occur once a week on Friday (2-3 ROMS).  Commissioner may drop additional ROM's on different days if it is warranted or may have a different pace for a given season depending on circumstances (COVID-19 meaning faster pace).  He will communicate ahead of time to allow owners to align.  There will be a separate ROM release thread that lists exact dates and deadlines.  



D.  Deadlines and Consequences

  • There is only 1 deadline.  That is the regular season deadline. If the End of Season Deadline is missed, the offending parties will be given an opportunity to explain why in hopes of leniency.  


  • If leniency is showed, the offending parties will drop to the Worst Draft Tier.  If leniency is showed and the offending parties don't rectify the situation in a timely manner, they will be given losses and can be booted at commissioners discretion.   


  • If one party makes more of an effort than the other, only way to show this is DIRECT MESSAGES.  I dont care if you tag someone a million times in the discord channel.  Proof only counts if its direct messaging.  If one party shows SIGNIFICANT effort to schedule, commissioner will make a decision.  Messaging someone over and over again a few days before deadline or at very last minute will not count towards significant effort.


  • Additionally, the Commissioner may boot someone at his discretion in the interest of the league at large.  

    • If you get booted due to demerits or quit mid season, get booted for missing draft picks or whatever reason, you will not be able to join the 2K wait list for 4 full seasons after the season you were booted.  I ask that if you're thinking about quitting, to just try to finish out the season. The banishment from the league only applies if you drop out current season. If you leave during the offseason or after you completed your games for the season, you are welcome to come back at any point.
      • jonnyv currently ineligible for Wait list until after end of Season 9

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3.  Playoffs


  • Qualification:
    • 7 teams will make the playoffs from each conference.  4 division winners and 3 wild cards (14 total playoff teams).  
      • Replacement owners must play at least 8 games with their team before they are eligible for the playoffs.


  • Seeding and Byes
    • #1 Seed:  The Platinum division winner is automatically the #1 seed regardless of record and receives a bye.
    • #2-7 The remaining 6 teams will be seeded by win % regardless of division winners or wild cards.  Wild card team can be seeded higher than division winner if better win %.  Any tiebreakers needed will follow wild card tiebreakers in the NFL rules. 


  • Playoff Matchups:
    • Wild Card Round:  #7 seed @ #2 seed.  #6 seed @ #3 seed.  #5 seed @ #4 seed.
    • Divisional Playoffs:  #1 seed home vs worst remaining seed.  Highest remaining seed vs remaining team.
    • Conference Championships:  Winners of divisional round games.  Highest seed is home.
    • Super Bowl.  Starting in season 5, P1 will be alternating AFC/NFC.  Odd number seasons will be NFC home and even season will be AFC.  NOTE:  Season 4 will go to best record at home since there was no detail in the rules.  Past seasons were best record. 


Tie-breakers:  We will adhere to the NFL's Tie-breaking Procedures if needed to break ties for division winners and wild card seeding. https://www.nfl.com/standings/tiebreakingprocedures

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4.  Game Play Rules


POSITION LIMITATIONS: RBs can play RB, WR or TE without restriction.  WRs & TEs can play RB, WR or TE... BUT THEY MAY NEVER RUN THE BALL FROM THE RB POSITION.  Any player may run the ball on reverses, however. 


NO LURCHING:  When crossing over the line of scrimmage WITHIN the restricted circle with a DL, before making a play on the ball carrier (QB or RB), you must first bump or grapple with an opposing player who is not the ball carrier. There are no restrictions on DL when the offense is in the shotgun or when crossing over the line of scrimmage OUTSIDE the restricted circle.


  • If opponent lurches (whether the runner is tackled or not) the offensive team is awarded an automatic first down. 
  • If opponent does it again (after first time consequence is enforced) the game is automatically awarded to the other team.


**If lurching occurs and nobody says anything until game is over or later on in the game, there is no going back to enforce.  The rules must be enforced as it happened and will not go back and replay anything.  KNOW THE RULE and KNOW TO ENFORCE THE RULE!


FOURTH MAN DOWN: Use of fourth man down on PATs is ILLEGAL.  FGs are LEGAL.

**If 4th man on XP occurs and kick is missed/blocked, then offending player must take safety on ensuing kickoff and give their opponent 2 points.  After the safety and ensuing kickoff, the ball must be punted back to the offender and game resumes on.  If 4th man down occurs and nobody says anything until game is over or later on in the game, there is no going back to enforce.  The rules must be enforced as it happened and will not go back and replay anything.  KNOW THE RULE and KNOW TO ENFORCE THE RULE!


ONSIDE KICKS: Onside kicks are legal at any point in the game.


OVERTIME:  The 2K league will use the modern NFL OT hack.

  • Each team must possess, or have the opportunity to possess, the ball. The exception: if the team that gets the ball first scores a touchdown on the opening possession or the defense scores a safety on opening possession.
  • If team with ball first kicks a FG, then other team gets the ball and can win on TD or can force sudden death if they kick a FG to tie.
  • There will be no clock for overtime.  NO TIES.  Game gets settled until there is a victor.


CONDITION CHECKER:  Condition checker is allowed.


PLAYBOOK CHANGES:  The 2K ROM allows teams to change playbooks in the middle of the game.  There are no longer restrictions to how many times you can change per game.  However, please be respectful to your opponent and try to limit this. 


DESYNCS or DISCONNECTS, and UNPLAYABLE LAG: In the event of a game desyncing, disconnecting or if there is unplayable lag, the owners involved need to man up and sort it out.  For desyncs and disconnects, the commish guideline is replay from point of desync/disconnect. But if both come to an agreement on replay, then that is fine.  For unplayable lag it’s simple. Speak up! Dont play through it and then complain when you lose. If you dont like the lag, stop playing and try to reconnect. If you reconnect, then same guideline for desync/disconnect applies.  Play from where you left off or come to separate agreement.  


QUITTING/CHEATING/DOUCHEBAGGERY:  Do I even need to say anything here?  The commish will handle all cases individually and act as he deems fit.


COMMISH: The commish, or whomever is dropping ROMS, is not allowed to change his alignments during a double ROM drop.  For example, if Weeks 3 and 4 are scheduled to drop on the same date, the commish cannot change his alignments in between the Week 3 and 4 drop, since other players don't have that privilege.


COMPLAINTS:  If you think your opponent has broken any of the game rules or the game was unplayable due to lag or desynchs, please register your complaint with them. If a just conclusion is not reached between the two contestants, or if the violation affects the result of the game, then you may file a complaint AFTER THE GAME with the commissioner by sending him a PM, preferably.  Cases of game rule violations will be dealt with on a game-by-game basis; possible penalties may include, but are not limited to, a forced replay or forfeited win.

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