This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Nothing beats the real thing. However, due to the circumstances, many fantasy leagues are opting to conduct their auction online. Some younger, more tech savvy crowds are incorporating video conferencing, or even running their entire auction in that manner.
Last week, Tout Wars was forced to move our four auctions online. As the member of the five-person board overseeing the group with the most experience in this area, I took the lead organizing and administering the festivities. What follows are some tips for running and participating in an online auction. For the record, we used Fantrax as I am very familiar with their platform and confident I would make it work. That said, the ensuing discussion transcends all site mechanisms.
Even though Tout Wars weekend went off smoothly, I'm kicking myself for not remembering a league I've been in for several years has used CBS to run our online auction with the league commissioner mandate we're all on an audio Skype call. I have no idea if our auctions would have worked even better or have been more enjoyable with everyone able to speak with one another. I do know it's added to the experience in the private league. While obviously the hope is we never have to deal with this situation again, next time I'd include a group Skype call.
For those wondering, sure, you can carry out your entire auction via some sort of audio conferencing. Back in the day, before online auction software was available, auction via