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.
You and others have said SL saved the game. Now you saying it didnt as Sky money was not provided to benefit the amateur game. So you talk more rubbish as normal. SL didnt save the game of Rugby League as you have just said. The amateur game would have still carried on anyway. SL and Sky likely saved a few pro clubs from going under but even then it didnt save the pro game as no doub it could have carried on although on less money. I havent blamed SL for everything-thats just your wild imagination again where you make things up what others are alleged to have posted. But thats how you roll making up things and only answering certain things.
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.
You really have little idea about how most people get playing the game or be involved as can be seen how you view things. Most kids get involved through either friends and family or vis Development Officers going in to Schools etc and introducing the game. Why is their a large number of kids playing the game in Halifax, Heavy Woolen area, Oldham, Cumbria, Hemel Hempstead, Telford? Oh it must be the local SL team they watch! Seriously you have no idea on how important such things as how important the role of development officers are and how they bring the game to kids.
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.
I didnt say there is no correlation that is once again you making things up as usual. I said MOST people play because of Family and Friends or from development officers going in to the school or running a camp etc. Are you now trying to say SL now makes most kids watch the game and play? Why do you have to lie and make things up what people said I dont know. Maybe its to think you know best.
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........
Are you saying the role of development officers is not worth it? Have a look at how Development officers in London, Telford, Wales, North East etc have helped both open age and junior teams to be formed and work with clubs in running things. I would bet a good 75% of clubs outside the heartlands were setup directly or indirectly due to a development officer. And kids do play Rugby League in Sheffield, York etc and much of that development has been made through development officers. Your ignorance is an insult to people who have contributed much to the game and its growth.
"Where do you think Rugby League would be today if the game had rejected the SKY offer of millions of pounds a year to stage an elite competition"
Well there would still be a semi pro game with maybe the same clubs but paying out less money. The amateur, youth and student game would still be where it is. There would still be internationals and maybe it would be better with closer games and cooperation against France and Wales etc. Australia doesnt care about Internationals anyway and cant even be bothered to play this year. SL saved or helped one small section of the game. It didnt save the game as you keep posting. But even then its not the clubs that have benefitted most its the players and the agents.
Maybe your next post could be done without making up something or thinking what people have put.