However, 14 clubs times £1.1m Sky money = £15.4m p.a
That £15.4m could be divided amongst a new top tier of 10 SL clubs (£1.54m to each club), and then arguably a full salary cap could be paid. Revenue from increased crowds could be possible and the business model may not be of losses outside the top few clubs.
However, we'd seriously have to think about ring-fencing SL totally, without licencing once the top 10 were decided and voted in, and without even discussing P&R, as the huge gap to the Championshiop would become a chasm of unreachable proportions, even if a CC club grew it's revenue to £1.5m and 3000 attendances.
Would the clubs go for it - the current top 8 would.
Would the rest of the RL game? Would there be a choice?
The only choice would be to eek a few more quid out of Sky (maybe £4 - £5m per year) to either underpin a top 10 SL even more, or to go towards a different distribution of funds for the idea of a 2 x 10 club SL that has mooted recently on here.
This is nonsense. A 10 team SL means 4 current SL teams are to be disposed of. The league want a 2nd French club and a Welsh club, that'a another two teams to be jettisoned. A 10 team league means 18 league games. That's going to reduce revenue by a lot. The monotonous nature of the fixture list would turn people off. Someone would still have to finish bottom and might not be able to compete without their investor, London comes to mind. If they go to the wall, you will have a 9 team league with no ready repacement due to your contemplated total ring fencing of SL.
If you go that route, the CC clubs will seriously comtemplate a breakaway competition. They will have no choice and with 5 or 6 of the former SL clubs in their ranks, plus a greater geographical spread of clubs, plus lesser wage costs, it might just be a more attractive league than the rump SL you are proposing. Looking at the sponsors Featherstone have recently found, there might be a market out there for more investment or sponsorship for a breakaway league with a countrywide exposure.
Is that what we want, a split game? I think reducing numbers in SL to prop up a failing system by splitting the money between a smaller number of clubs is a recipe for failure. It would be far better to keep the league at present numbers and reduce player expenses.