Joined a league in Ottoneu last year and had a lot of fun, but it has also become apparent to me that ottoneu suffers from some of the same problems you’d find in any other format. Namely, 1) Owners in last place bailing on season when they are out, 2) Owners who are just in general MIA.
I feel like one way to keep owners involved no matter where they place is to have pyramid-style tiered leagues. At the top would be a 12-man champions league. At the end of the year the bottom 2 owners would each be relegated to one of two leagues in the next rung. They would take over those leagues first place teams while the owners who won the lower division leagues would take over the relegated owners teams in the higher tier league. Obviously, these rungs can be expanded downward with multiple lower divisions based on interest (e.g. next lower rung would have 4 leagues so that relegated owners each have a team to take over and vice versa).
I feel like this would create a lot of completion among the bottom tier of teams in these type of leagues, and would keep things fun and interesting even when your team sucks (Because who would want to be relegated!). I also like the idea of progressing upward when you win a league rather than just settling for an ego boost and an insignificant amount of winnings. I for one would also be willing to pay more for these types of leagues rather than the random public ones you can claim.
There would be a number of other logistics to work out. For instance, what happens when an owner leaves the league? Who gets priority to join a league in a higher tier?
Interested to know what people think.