Originally Posted by mercedes0001
You can't call this semi pro. Upper pro and lower pro. Teams get pro sponsorships so be careful what you call it.
Let the sponsors work out the terminology or create a lower level "semi-pro" sponsorship program if they have to. That's all on them. If I'm a sponsor, I'm paying based on performance and marketability anyway, not just a division name.
My 5 step plan, repeated each year....
-Create a semi-pro division and open it to all that's willing to pay.
-Only allow 10 total teams in the pro-division.
-Top 8 from pro the previous year get to stay pro, all the rest get dropped to semi-pro.
-Top 4 from D1 get promoted to semi-pro, top 2 from semi-pro get promoted to pro.
-Only rank a player as pro if they finish top 8 twice in the season.