Of course most of those grounds will never be used for Super League because one or at most two Championship clubs will make their way into Super League. So have the clubs unsuccessful in getting a SL license wasted their money and time?
Not at all. Thiis upgrading of stadia is very important for the public image of rugby league if the Championship is being televised every week. It will also help the club's gate receipts over the long term.
At the same time the stadium criterion is obviously very important for Super League clubs which are all going to be on television for at least one game a year. Moreover they too need to attract big crowds if they are to be successful businesses.
So the RFL has imposed a licensing rule that will help all clubs, regardless of their division.
Hopefully it will offer the same promotion incentive in 2015. However if it does so, it may have to contemplate expanding the number of Super League clubs to 16 then, because the clubs that get licenses for 2012 may all have satisfied all the SL criteria in 2014.
The slack Championship clubs, like Barrow, which have not yet provided an adequate stadium, will have to get their stadium improved or rebuilt if they want to ever be taken seriously for Super League.
Ce message a été modifié par ParisSurtout - 04 août 2010 - 06:19 .