I never really thought that removing P&R was ultimately about fear of change but it seems it is and is one that will create sterility.
Answer me this then Parky, why does what you call sporting communism work in every other competitive sport in this country? Sport is all about change not maintaining the status quo. In Union even the ultra posh Harlequins were relegated. In cricket Yorkshire have been relegated and promoted. Even a powerful side like Lancashire have been relegated. It's called dynamism and its good for us all. What we have at the moment, effectively an oligarchy will kill the game either sooner or later because the fans will tire of the same old same old winning every year. In the late eighties (and I know this for a fact, I worked with a good number of them) even the Wigan fans began to tire of their team winning everything every year.
If well held and respected theories are correct, it seems to me that traditionalist thinking in RL is the one open to change and new ideas. It is the ideas to keep things the same, not to develop from within and share the opportunities to strengthen the whole sport that looks old fashioned imperious behaviour.
If we are to believe that it is because there's only so much money to go around then it has to be spent wisely which seems to me isn't the case.
Secondly the RFL could do with looking at how well some Championship clubs have developed there infrastructures forced on them by the possibility of extinction. Without significant investment or opportunity to progress some clubs have really burned a candle for RL. It's those that scoff the loudest that CC clubs aren't ready for SL for whatever reason that preach due to fear. How can you compare or make a judgement when some clubs haven't been in the top flight for over 17 years in the name of progression?
These clubs have shrugged there shoulders and thought "well if SL don't want us and there's no money then we best go find some". The CC clubs haven't sat back on their laurels. They spent some time wondering what the hell but have also made progress with there stadiums, marketing and community programs to keep afloat. What they haven't done is stand still living off a 17 year contract. The sad fact is that if you took SL away only 2 or 3 clubs in the CC would notice. That is not healthy for the game of RL.
Edited by Ackroman, 04 December 2012 - 09:03 AM.