@BDMedema Each Tier could have it's own league fees and payouts. Keep the guys that get bumped into those low tiers something to play for.
Could try something where you can win the most money in Tier 4, but obviously Tier 1 is where the most skilled players are, so it kind of balances out the Tiers in terms of enjoyment?
I know if I was at the least 3 years away from the the Top League, Id take solace knowing I have a bigger prize pool to play for as well as promotion.
And as you rise in the tiers, the skill level increases but the cash prize decreases? Like earlier, it makes the sting of relegation not so terrible.
I bring it up only because there's maybe a risk of some owners in the lower two tiers to not want to put in what could be years to get to the top Tier, and replacing owners every year would be a drag.
Just some ideas.