We have a couple notorious deadbeat owners in my one long-time league. Not deadbeat in terms of entry fee payment, but in terms of team management. Year after year, these two either compete early or pack it in for the season by about the end of the first quarter. From that point on, they become easy wins for the rest of the league, often impacting the playoff race.
This year one of these guys is 0-11 and hasn't bothered to adjust his lineup all through the bye weeks. Several victories were missed simply because he didn't start bench players. Effing sux.
So here's my idea. Instead of charging a fixed entry fee, why not make it variable, based on # of losses? Let's say the entry fee is 50 units with ten owners for a total of 500 units. If we instead made it 10 units per loss (there are 70 total losses in a season), that would give us 700 units, which means a 200 unit cushion in case someone decides not to pay due to heavy losses. It directly detracts owners from going home in week 4. And it rewards something crazy on the opposite side, like 14-0 or 13-1 before the playoffs even begin.
Everyone in this league can afford to pay the extra units if they happen to suck. We haven't changed the entry fee in something like 8 years and we are all older and more accomplished now, so this wouldn't cause someone to drop out because of affordability.
I think it's "genuis." And I'd love to hear your thoughts/comments before I propose this to my league.