Your confidence is sorely misplaced and my contribution is not irrelevant, despite disagreeing with yours. You have introduced the concept of failed academy players, no-one else. My concern is with those players who might be successful but would be denied the chance with a reduced league. The temptation to apply their skills in a higher profile and seemingly more attractive arena like RU will be very great.
The corrollary of your earlier statement is that increasing the opportunities in any aspect of life will inevitably result in a reduction of quality. So I assume that we would be even better off with an eight team league?
Define successful? It appears our two definitions would be different, as I wouldn't say a successful player would be denied a chance at the top. That's why I said they'd be failures. I don't see why they think they'd have a better chance changing skill-sets later in their career and joining a sport that has even more competition as well as a smaller league than SL!
And my earlier statement wasn't saying that at all. What I was saying was that there is a balance. People seem to think that the more players we have, the better pool we'll have to pick from. It's just nonsense spouted by people that haven't really thought about the logistics of what they're saying. Having more players doesn't mean they'll be any good. All you're doing is increasing the number of lower quality players in the league, inevitably bringing down the whole quality of the competition until such a time as it catches up, which could take years.
There's a balance between quality and quantity. Some people don't seem to realise this and either suggest we need a ridiculous amount of players (the ones that suggest having no overseas players and a huge league are examples of this), or suggest that we should just have a few teams in the league to improve intensity. Neither find the balance and just cause further problems.
RL needs to find a way to improve quality AND expand it's talent pool. You can't achieve both of these by messing around with the numbers of teams in the league. There needs to be other ways.