see post #204
As you know very well, without Sky there would now be no SL clubs to go out of existence..and in my opinion, no Championship clubs either. With the absence of an elite competition to inspire young players, then the game would have faded into oblivion in the SEVENTEEN years since 1995. Union would have completely wiped the floor with us and there is the game they'd be playing now in your old school.
Remind me again who from SuperLeage has gone out of existence?
Bradford, Salford, Crusaders, Wakefield, Paris, Castleford, Gateshead, maybe Hull KR Oops , there is three in 17 years, the rest is down to your wishful thinking.
Firstly, as with the other posts, I never, ever said that we should have refused Sky's money. There would have been some kind of top division to inspire players even without Sky money, but I am not advocating that. Paupers don't look at winning the lottery and refuse the money.
I think the Championships have benefitted very little from the Sky money and appear to have cut their cloth to the realities of their financial situation, which is more than can be said of the so very ELITE clubs.
Just for your information my school never ever left playing RU, more's the pity.
Finally, play all the silly typing games you want and put lines through things but you need to read the posts before you jump into false answers. I never said ANY SL clubs had gone out of existence although some have. What I said was those listed clubs were incapable of sustaining full time professionalism and their various bankruptcies, mergers, financial crises and indeed extinctions prove that to be so. So it's 8 clubs who have been unable to hack full time professionalism in 17 years and if you throw in the earlier failures of Oldham, Halifax and Workington it's 11. So if you had read what I had written and not jumped to conclusions you would not have been accusing me of wishful thinking, but then again......
Several posters have speculated that it is bad management that resulted in these failures, that the Sky money is enough and that the SL ship can be righted and sail away on calm serene seas. I am not in a position to deny that that is true and I hope it is but, as of this moment it is not. The SL and it's clubs need to take the actions to prove they can sustain full time professionalism before I will be convinced.