Interpreting these type of figures is difficult.
Picking up the attendances totals from previous posts :
SL has increased by 18.47% from 93/94 to 2011 - 1,364,056 to 1,615,939
All attendances have increased by 9.79% - 1,679,897 to 1,844,398
Remainder = championship - from 315,841 down to 228,459
Does that mean the Championship (the remainder) has decreased by 27.67% or have I missed another set of stats in a post? These are League games only, excluding Challenge cup and play-offs?
One thing I have noticed, and I think this why the RFL have looked to go for the format for the second/third tier they have done, is that every time we split into a third tier we bleed support in the lower division. By grouping together teams that have traditionally low figures with new clubs who will naturally have low figures it allows the better supported clubs to form a second tier that will be naturally stronger.
Despite the championship supporters seeing them as the ones put on by the big SL, they are in fact attempting to do the same, get the lower supported clubs together in their own division and bring together the better supported clubs.
Its easy for supporters to dismiss what the RFL do, but just looking at a few simple charts and playing with some numbers can show what works and what doesn't, the RFL will be employing people (and software) that can analyze this stuff far better than me or others sitting behind a keyboard on a forum (unless you are working for the RFL doing this stuff), what is happening I see is part of a long term strategy (novel in RL) to help all levels of the game to maximize resources and potential for the level they are at.
Yes, these figures are league games.
Edited by Padge, 05 December 2012 - 11:59 PM.