A sports game without a proper management and season-by-season structure is like X-COM without its Geoscape or Total War as a series of historical battles, without a strategic map. That's why Frozen Cortex [official site] hasn't been stealing my evenings, despite the quality of the tense, tactical in-match action. Mode 7 have just announced a major singleplayer update, however, and it sounds like exactly what's needed to convert the futuresport sim from occasional pleasure to glorious time thief. You can play the beta version right now by opting in. Details and instructions below.
As far as I can tell, you'll need to be running the game through Steam to activate the beta. Simply right click the game's title, choose properties, then betas and select 'staging2'. Then, once in game "choose the middle Single player option (Global Cortex League) and then either choose Manager Easy or Manager from the next menu." I'll quote the next part as well because I'm not entirely sure what it means - "Right now easy only allows you to see AI plans in matches". That makes sense if 'only' and 'easy' switch places, I think. Maybe?
The actual content in the update does make sense though. Delicious sense. The kind of sense I'd order for dessert and then ask for a second helping.
"It's pretty big - it has full AI simming of other matches, a salary cap, player bidding, injuries, player stats, AI strategy stettings, a 90 team college league with players leaving for a GCL draft, and more."
Mode 7 are hoping for plenty of feedback from beta testers, so let them know what you make of the update over on the forums. It's great to see this level of post-release support - Cortex seemed like a game in search of an ideal mode and this may well be the answer.