1. How has the salary cap forced any club to build a new ground?
2. How would having no salary cap allow clubs to have squads bigger than 25?
3. How would having no salary cap stop a club marketing itself?
4. Marketing is not driven by anything other than a desire to increase revenue and brand awareness. e.g Bradford Bulls.
5. How does not having a salary cap prevent player development?
6. It is impossible to create an even competition.
7. How many sides outside the top 3 have won the Grand Final?
8. A debt cap would prevent your scenario of going off on an investment tangent and ruining the business?
1. It hasn't.
2. it wouldn't but the richest clubs would have the best 25
3. Wage inflation takes away money for marketing unless your director has a bottomless wallet
4. Marketing is indeed a business tool
5. It doesn't but when you can buy anyone you like who needs a youth set up ala Warrington
6. In theory you are right but the cap has created a much more even competition.
7. Not many but the ones that have have been succesful in youth development - only very recently has the penny dropped with the rest - and some will catch up in time.
8. I'd like you to extend your idea of a debt cap.
What I feel is that if you move to a "free market" again then those clubs with money and rich backers will fly out far in front of the rest, and forever more buy up the best players and polarise the Superleague.
That's how Wigan got their success so there's a historical model. This is how the premier league has a league within a league - rich men unfettered.
If RL clubs at the top can get their wallets out then you are looking at a league of blowout scores with the top clubs winning all the time. Will that increase their crowds? Wigan, Hull, Leeds, Saints have big crowds and win a lot already so I don't see it creating more interest do you?
And where do the clubs below them go?? They would develop players for the rich clubs to pick them off for their mini league - so would they bother??
What would the fans of the also rans do - stay at home???
It is actually easy to argue the cap is not working. LMS goes to Saints anyway and Saints are always in the final.
But that is for OTHER reasons. The cap will work once all clubs have good junior development and can attract gates (and have the inconme topped up by directors) that means they can afford full cap.
It will also work when the best imports don't shun the bottom clubs to be at clubs winning medals.
Try to pick my argument as much as you can, but at some point Ted, Boogie and you should surely extend your point to how it would actually work in practice.
Ted says a profit system will work - but doesn't explain it
Boogie says a free market will work but doesn't explain it.
Please explain the debt cap and taking the clubs current financial state as a basis can you extend how Superleague would move forward under your Debt Cap idea??