Sorry Richie but I disagree. The top 4 clubs will always be a step ahead of the so called smaller clubs it won't bridge the gap if the league is smaller.
Griff says "The smaller the division, the less difference in ability between top club and bottom".
But neither of you back up your stance?
The reduction in the division gives the following SKY monies.....
14 clubs £1.3M
12 clubs £1.5M
10 clubs £1.8M
With 14 clubs some have not been able to pay full wages.
With 10 clubs SKY money pays ALL the wages.
The crowd averages are also likely to rise per club if you take out clubs on small attendances.
Taking out the weakest clubs takes out the weakest 50 or 100 players the best of whom the new "smaller clubs" may feel will improve their team.
Would you gentlemen like to have a re-think and agree something??
All things being even so far I suggest that clubs will sort out on an additional two bases.....
1. The clubs with the best juniors rising up through their careers will get best value for money and performance from these players. Clubs who don't produce top juniors will pay through the nose for ageing stars on their way down. This is what american sport avoids.
2. All things being even an established pot winning club will get the nod from prospective transfer targets over clubs with no record of winning pots.
Also consider if a larger SL (16 clubs 18 clubs 20 clubs) will create an untenable gap?
Edited by The Parksider, 18 January 2013 - 01:37 PM.