One of my work leagues just ended and the commish sends out an email asking everyone to pay their $50. The problem is half the league says they're not going to pay because they thought it wasn't a paid entry.
Our work league has always been a $50 buy-in going on 7 years now. But what's changed is our normal commish and 2-3 steady teams declined to play this year, no money was collected before the season and the commish used a free NFL fantasy league. Normally we'd always go with a premium service. We couldn't even draft our own players this year with this service. All you could do was rank them.
So anyway, half of the league says they played all year thinking this was a free league.
I can see both sides of the story and I know if I'd won I'd be pissed if half didn't pay up, but on the other hand I can see how they'd think it was a play-for-fun league.
What should we do?