Rossfan, I think thewobbler is right.
In every sport (if you don't like his examples)from the Grand National in Horse Racing to swimmers in the Olympics who get beaten by a length, there are "competitors" that enter for reasons other than to win a medal.
Someone else said earlier in the thread that if the players come out in force and say they want a second tier system then fair enough. As it stands, this is not the case. The only caveat to this is that perhaps the lads that have already opted out (and therefore haven't been asked) would prefer a second tier competition. I doubt it though.