I just started using 0 advanced scouting very recently after studying it extensively for what seemed like years. I am on board with making it relevant. I really like deathinaholes idea a lot. I would love to get correspondence on players around the league. Actually I like the original idea on page 1 of this thread too and I could envision even a combination of the two.
If we used the first idea I would probably still have $0 advanced. If we combined it with DIAH's idea I would be tempted to boost it up to high single digits.
How about this? Similar to how the draft used to work in Madden games, you can pick players during the "prepare for amateur draft phase," and your scouts pay extra attention to them prior to draft and throughout their entire careers. For every $1m you spend on advanced scouting you can pick 2 amateurs to scout. Say you spend $10 on advanced so you pick 20 guys you like. Could be your top 20 players or maybe you have a different strategy in mind. Make a link to a page that shows all 20 of those players after the draft. Say you drafted 2 of them and 18 others are on different teams. At varying points of the season you get correspondence telling you scouts have learned more info about the players. Maybe this happens twice per season. You go to this page and the players projected ratings have changed to more accurately reflect their true projectctions. Next season you scout 20 more players now you have 40 players on this page. By the time a player is in his 4th season you've scouted him long enough that the projections you see are actually his REAL projections no matter what your advanced budget is. The advantage of advanced budget is you'll see a lot more players. More I think about maybe we combine all 3 ideas. I'm thinking it could be fun and it would definitely be relevant.