Where do you get your extra 21k fans from?
By the way be careful with comparing a gain of SL fans to a loss of NL fans. It is the latter (like me) who are more likely to be a hardcore RL fan, subscriber to sky for RL only, watcher of internationals/cup finals, rather than the former who is more likely to be a casual fan/handwaver
The average attendances at clubs are all published for 1996 to date and you can add it up yourself.
It was Trojan who repeatedly spoke about shut out NL clubs losing the game fans, which is a one sided argument as SL gains fans.
So a simple (And I note that it's not as simple as that given your last comment to take care) evaluation of the stats revealed that in effect Superleague has seen the game attract more fans over the last 14 years, by my calculation 21,000.
You will know an NL with an average fan base of 1720 per club (last season) can't lose that many fans can they??
In any event I entirely refute the idea that attendances collapse when SL is refused.
Take Dewsbury - Their fanbase hasn't collapsed it has just consolidated and that has happened after several years of no chance of superleague. 1,263 last year isn't that much different to their fan base pre their failed SL application.
Look at the SL average in 1996 - 6,400 and see how that has grown over the years.....
Your argument is the usual impassioned one and good on you, but the figures don't add up on fans.
I do wonder if the figures add up in terms of finances. Last year Leigh averaged 1917 fans. I would expect that in Superleague that will double and more. You had 4750 for your only Superleague campaign.
However we know that 4750 is the sort of attendance that means big big losses Between £1million (ala HKR) and £1.5Million (ala Quins) a year. Seriously....
1. Does your board wish to make up such losses??
2. Or will your board operate on a very low salary cap to try to break even??
3. Does your board even want to be in Superleague???
I'd like your opinion on the real issue which is money.
I don't buy your justification for NL clubs entering SL.
But I do have massive sympathy for the "moral" argument that clubs should be able to have a go. That being said Leigh had a go as did Halifax - but both in old grounds to be fair.
So by all means I'm happy to give you a tacit agreement that such as Fev, Fax and Leigh should somewhere be be given a three year chance to show what they can do. How we manage to accomodate that without heavily risking losing fans and ruining other bigger clubs like Bradford or clubs with more potential like Wakefield or clubs with larger fan bases - like Cas - well answr that??