Posted 27 October 2012 - 09:53 AM
There is a thread about link ups, can't we keep that to one.
On the point of the 2 SL's of 10, I get frustrated when some posters dismiss things like this and talk as though they are dealing in facts.
There may not be money at the moment for 20 teams in SL, but there is no proposal, or suggestion of discussion around this being for now, so that point is not relevant. The discussions need to take place to understand what is the structure that the game would want in a perfect world. There then needs to be a plan on how we get there. If no plan can be worked up then a reasonable structure and plan needs to be drawn up.
I'm not one for kneejerk changes, but I could see some benefits in a 20 team structure, and I could also see it as a structure that could be delivered in a relatively short time period.
High level things I'd be supportive of:
> Salary Cap - eg. £1.6m SL1, then £1m SL2
> Round Robin home and away, then I'd split the 2 divisions into 3 after this.
> Top 6 in SL1 play home and away with 1st straight to GF and 2nd v 3rd in Semi.
> Bottom 4 in SL1 and Top 2 in SL2 replicate the above. Top 2 from this conference in SL Shield GF. Bottom 2 in SL2 next year (relegated)
> Bottom 8 in SL2 play off for SL2 title.
This kind of structure IMHO would make it easier for new clubs to be introduced into the SL structure, Toulouse, Crusaders etc. could be brought into an environment where they could in effect only need a player budget of £800k to be competitive in their division.
I'd see a starting point of:
It is clear that certain clubs just aren't in a position to compete at the top end of SL, and I think this is a decent solution.