Not refuted very well, I'm afraid.
No it wasn't was it.
The top four battle in SL last year saw some great games and several upsets. Cats blew Wire away with 44 points.
The bottom four battle was equally tight although half a dozen games saw clubs win scoring over 40 but letting in quite a few themselves at the same time.
The top four against the bottom four involved 32 games of which the top four lost 4 of them. In winning the other 28 they scored as high as 76 with a couple of 60's and a few 50's.
1. As per the previous post the MAIN factor regarding competitiveness in a professional league is money because money = good players.
2. If money is equal then competitiveness improves, but then the problem shifts to quality of player, especially if there's a shortage.
So if we had both a shortage of money AND quality players then the pressure would be on to reduce the size of Superleague and quite right too.
As we seem to have people with money coming in I feel the pressure is on to stay at 14.
If going to 16 meant we'd pull in clubs with no money and last pick of the best players then they'd be just like Halifax 2003 and Leigh 2005 and this is damaging to the game as it puts fans off.
It's the case that in going to 14 clubs in 2009 from 12 in 2008 SL average attendances dropped from 9,800 to 8,700.
I'm not going to argue that if you drop to 10 clubs averages would shoot over the 10,000 mark (which they probably would) because the danger becomes that people gradually get cheesed off with playing the same clubs 3,4,5 times.
There's a very tough balance to strike to sort out what is best for THE GAME when it comes to how do we operate Superleague.
One thing that does seem a strong principle is Superleague needs clubs who all have the money required to compete. We have 11 of those clubs, and may if deals come off end up with 13 of those clubs.
Then (as Kenny points out) we have Castleford. Then (as shedloads of fans point out) we MAY have Nahaboo, IF he's going to spend seven figures, rather than six. Then we have Toulouse - loadsa money no players.
Logic could dictate 12 or 14 clubs in SL 2015 as the only choice UNLESS they re-balance the finances.
Edited by The Parksider, 20 January 2013 - 12:28 PM.