Didn't know that you wanted this game to last two months. If 15 guys are waiting for one guy to pick, I don't think they should clear 4 hours of their schedule just to wait for that one guy. If you weren't planning to be active today, send a list like you were told to. 30 min is a fine amount of time to have, if you miss your pick blame yourself.
It's the first day. If people are going to consistently take too long then yeah skipping them makes sense. But for ****s sake a couple of hours isn't going to kill you.