The amateur game has benefitted little from Sky or SL. In fact the way the clubs have raided amateur clubs giving next to nothing in return it possibly has damaged the amateur game to an extent. Money has been thrown at the Pro game. I dont see how SL or Sky money has benefitted the amateur game at all. The amateur game probably would be just as it is with or without the Sky money that came. None of the clubs saw any of that money. Whilst its clear the game is spreading nationwide much of that is nothing to do with SL or Sky but the work of volunteers and development officers around the place. In answer to your question the amateur game would be somewhere around where it is today.
Firstly the SKY money was not provided to benefit the amateur game, but if you mean through payments to junior clubs for players then the problem of ripping them off was around long before SL, but there we go. Blame SL for everything.
What you want to claim is Superleague i.e. a vibrant professionalised version of Rugby League, regularly showcased on television with top players with much higher profiles than if they were semi pros (if they were still in the game and not in Union), who go into schools and promote the game has no bearing whatsoever in regard to people wanting to form and administer clubs, and kids wanting to play RL at those clubs.
How low would senior RL have to sink before people start to disregard it, I remember when it was at it's lowest ebb in the early seventies and the amateur game was equally on it's knees. But it suits you to make out there is no correlation whatsoever. Perhaps Shinty development officers can form clubs all around Great Britain? Once it's explained to the kids and adults what it is they can start clubs and the kids can stop playing soccer and play shinty instead.
A quick look at the amateur leagues especially junior leagues shows the wealth of people in SL areas who form and administer clubs, and the wealth of young players who join and go on to become professionals. The vast majority of professionals today come from Superleague areas, places where loads more people go watch their local SL club then go form or get involved or get their kids involved at the local club.
Still it must be a mirage before my very eyes the adults and kids enthused by the Rhinos, and the new clubs that have formed on the back of that, for according to you there's no correlation whatsoever between the success of the senior game in an area and the amateur game, which flies flat in the face of the analysis.
All those clubs in York Doncaster Rochdale Swinton and Sheffield springing up with kids queuing up to play thanks to development officers, my what powers of persuasion they must have........
Edited by The Parksider, 07 December 2012 - 07:11 AM.