It's about money for everyone of course so base your argument on that, and you can argue Bristol can become an SL side if they have money and Wigan can wither to nothing if they don't. Simplistic tosh.
The fact remains Sheffield have no money. Their director wants the RFL to pay for marketing the club to get their attendances up. He made no mention of any investment at all so back to the OP rather than people's silly obsessions and it remains the case that "Eagles for SL"?????
Few fans, no pro players produced, and no money = no chance.
The only clubs that get the big backers are the big traditional names. Places where you don't have to put vast quantities of money in.
Even Branson Lenegan and Brisbane pulled out of London knowing the scale of investment needed, Hughes does put loads in, but he has had to go crying to the RFL for help, and is threatening to pack it in.
Toulouse have money but as they have said (and as you and your ilk want to ignore) they are set to get it from such as TV deals, large business sponsorships, local government support, and yes 5-7000 fans to start with (Eagles ended on 3,600 fans). There is no "big backer" at Toulouse is there??
Can sheffield help get a better TV deal?? No
Can sheffield get big local business deals?? No
Can sheffield get Sheffield city council money?? No
Probably because there's no history/legacy of RL in the city unlike Toulose
So look at the facts not the dreams and fantasies, and try to just accept reality, that way we can progress the debate.
1. Yes, it's all about money. Hasn't everybody on been saying that. Sheffield do not currently have the financing in place. Yes indeed Bristol can become a SL side if they have enough cash. Wigan, when they didn't have cash almost went to the wall, lost their ground and, farther into the past ended up in the 2nd division on crowds little bigger than Sheffield achieved when they were last in SL. You are the one spouting simplistc tosh with your view that no team, ever, anywhere, no matter what they do can ever be fit for SL. Sheffield are making impressive strides. They do not yet tick all the boxes but given Aston's remarkable sucess so far in bringing them from absolute zero to Championship winners and making a profit, you are just plain foolish to dismiss their ambitions out of hand.
2." Few fans, no money and no players produced "are problems being addressed by the club as you very well know. They have, in fact slightly increased their fans and have further plans to do so. They have a fully functioning A team and academy set up. This will inevitably produce players. Don't forget Leeds to the same thing as Sheffield. None of their juniors are from the Headingley location. Everyone knows Sheffield don't currently have the money. Despite your bitter protestations to the contrary, neither you not I know what finances Sheffield will find, but, given their track record to date of continuous improvement, I wouldn't bet against them finding some extra sources of funds.
3. You are just plain wrong when you state only the big clubs get backers. London, Widnes, Salford, Hull KR, Perpignan, Wakefield, Huddersfield are all proof that small clubs can find investors. In fact, all of those mentioned except for Perpignan, have been in the Championships or, in one case CC1 in recent times, that's how big these all are.
4. Toulouse are an impressive case if their application lives up to the hype, but don't forger a CC club has been promised a SL place. Sheffield are right in the mix for that spot. I am sure they are planning to tick all the boxes. Toulouse are only projecting 5 to 7000 fans. Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. Sheffield are planning strategies to improve their attendances also. Why don't you wait and see if they can do this. After all Sheffield is big. The potential is there.
4. Can Sheffield help get a bigger TV deal, you ask. Well, if they are in SL, I would think the possibility of attracting many extra viewers to Sky from that area wouls certainly be a bargaining point when the RFL talk to Sky and others.
5. Can Sheffield get big local business deals, you ask. Why not. It's a big place. That's up to the club to explore and exploit.
6. Can Sheffield get local council assistance, you ask. The answer is maybe, I don't know. What is the situation in any British council ? It is unfair to use that as a bargaining point. France has a whole different ethos when it comes to public financing of sporting organisations, but I tell you what, Toulouse RU and Toulouse soccer will be ahead of Toulouse RL in any line up for public funds distributions.
So, you look at facts. Don't just dismiss published ambitions of the club as fantasy. Don't discount future sucess of this organisation given it's past record. Finally, as for the Rugby League legacy of the two cities. Sheffield have won the Challenge Cup, the Championship and have advanced from non existence to talking about SL in the last 15 years. What have Toulouse done? they havn't won much, if anything in French RL. They were a disaster in CC. They have been eclipsed in their own city by RU and soccer. I wish then success in their SL venture but I think you and others should take off the rose tinted spectacles. As we have seen in Wales, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.