sorry mate I don't get that argument - ask Seattle sonics fans what they think about that, and many many more teams bought and sold and moved at the whim of rich men. Do any search of any area of the states and you will find city after city in the 150,000 - 200,000 range and even much bigger, in fact whole regions happily supporting minor league teams that will never get into the majors, and certainly in no structured way. The conference system is just a way to determine who gets to play offs not a way of giving all a fair go.
I didnt say the team couldn t be moved. They can and they do get moved as do the Crusaders, the Broncos and the most famous, the Wigan, Liverpool, London, Huyton, Runcorn, Prescott team in RL. The Sonics, the Colts and any others that moved were never removed from the league.
The minor league teams you quote are the equivalent of Conference and Barla teams over here . All member teams of the NFL, NBA, NHL and major league baseball are in conferences of their requisite leagues . All are equal, there are no lower divisons and hence no need for p and r. If new teams want to join the league, they apply, and, if accepted, join and are equal to the others. They expand without removing existing teams.
The minor league teams you quote are like the current twinned CC teams except that they are not members of the major league but have a working relationship with a major league team to play and develop their young prospects. They are true feeder teams.
RL has neither p and r nor conferences, so whilst all teams are members of the RFL,they are not equal, they are divided into divisions based of playing standard and there is no movement into the top league without a current top tier team being removed. The removed team may not have finished at the bottom, they are just unlucky.
The logjam of teams wanting to be in the top flight is holding back the aspirations of the better Championship teams. This can be resolved in the typical British fashion by p and r. This creates problems for the relegated team. It can be resolved by licencing although this is a slow and tortuous process and the removed team still has problems, or may have because it has never actually been done yet so we don t really know..
The americans resolve this by having licencing or franchising but link it to conferences so that they create seperate but equal divisions within the league and can expand and admit qualified teams but not boot out an existing member team.
I think this is a good way to go to solve the problems the top CC clubs are experiencing in moving up to he top tier. There are no more than three or four CC teams that can even be considered for top tier status and I would let them all in and create a two conference top tier SL. The remaining CC clubs could compete in a lower tier competition and be admitted to the top tier as and when they were ready. The big drawback is that the money is not there to support a conference style expanded SL, so we are left with p and r as an alternative. However we dont have that either and our top Cc clubs are stuck in limbo as regards any ambitions for SL.
I am sorry I am rambling a bit as i am very tired but that is my take on the p and r versus conference solution to the top tier ambitions for non included teams problem.