This whole topic is great. Once upon a time, teams seeking promotion would have put everything into getting into the team to get them top of their league..one almighty push for one season of painful glory to be followed by further seasons of painful relegated complaining about how unfair the system was and how they were shafted by the RFL,
Now, clubs such as Fev, Fax, Leigh know exactly what they have to do to to achieve entry to the elite competition and stay there. And you know what? They are all working hard to do it. So once again , well done Fev, Fax, Leigh etc .
But wait...there is more! Clubs such as Salford, Cas etc know exactly what they have to do to remain in the elite and you know what? They are working hard to do that too. But NOT at the expense of of the aspirant new entrants because the nasty hateful RFL has promised on of them a place at the next licencing round!
See? The system works.
But what you say isn't true. Halifax promoted in the eighties, won the Challenge Cup and the Championship, Hull promoted in 1979 won everything there was to win. Fev promoted in 1980 won the Challenge Cup. promoted again in 1988, they got to the semi of the Premiership Playoff (twice) and the Yorkshire Cup final. Promoted again in 1993, they reached the semi of the Challenge Cup. Ok they were relegated in '87 & 92 but so what? There was a swift way back and now there isn't.
Teams should have grounds to to suit SL, and be financially sound, but the main qualification should be on the field of play it is after all a sport, and what happens on the field of play is waht sport is for!
After all what happened (is happening) at Wakey, Bradford, Cas, Salford, Crusaders, London are hardly good examples of the financial rigour that Super League requires are they?