There was no French club in 1995, and if you are referring to the totals I posted I didn't post a figure for 1995.
You can't pick and chose the teams that are in and out of the figures, if France is ignored do we also ignore Wales.
What about Essex should that be included or ignored.
Maybe you should have a word with the RFL as you could be on to something, part of their operating profit should be ignored as a French team has contributed and their figures don't count. The tax man owes tthe RFL some cashback.
I didn't think it was that hard.
in 1994 (or whatever) the attendances in the UK were X
in 2011 the attendances in the UK and in Catalans was Y (including the playoffs I presume)
Attendances have gone up (Y-X).
However to determine whether SL has "boosted gates" in the UK we need to find out how much the Catalans (Z) have contributed to last years figures.
It seems to me that Y-Z-X = not much. So the claim that SL has boosted gates is only true if we include a French team.
I do not contest that including the French in the competition has increased SL attendances, however I do contest extrapolating that fact to claim SL is increasing attendances at clubs in the UK.
Since your post and to add weight to the argument, by concentrating our efforts so much on SL, we have undermined attendances for the Challenge cup, and removed other domestic cup competitions, which I'm sure someone will prove will show a net loss in attendance in the UK.
However I concede you never argued SL was anything other than a vehicle to give a few clubs enough money to dominate the game for as long as SKY is the benefactor.
Edited by Ackroman, 06 December 2012 - 01:29 PM.