thats ok mate nothing wrong with going into detail to make your point, but you reaching to make a point. Those supposedly conference level teams are professional outfits playing in pretty large cities. They are excluded because they can't satisfy purely financial considerations. The system doesn't care about tradition, passion or a sense of a team belonging to a place. The fact that the rfl have adopted elements is hardly a strong endorsement! I love Yankee sports but apart from some elements of revenue sharing its a vicious unsentimental one that I rather we leave to our cousins!
I take your point but surely the continued denial of p and r to SL and the very slow and difficult licencing process is a vicious and unsentimental method of keeping the CC clubs from joining the SL party as nasty as anything the Americans have done. At least, under the American system the league can be expanded without existing teams becoming casualties. For instance baseball never used to be further West than St Louis but when the Pacific Coast and other mid west and southern teams wanted to join the party, they allowed them in and went to conferences to solve the numerical and geographic problems this entailed.
As an aside, in your earlier post you mentioned the many cities with 100, to 150,000 populations which are too small to sustain American major league teams. I think those places are an opportunity for American RL to move in and kick start the game in the US. Our expenses and wages would not be in the mega millions range of big time US sports and such cities should be able to sustain a semi pro RL side. In the area I am most familiar with, New Engfland I can think of Providence, Hartford, Worcester, Springfield, New Haven, Portland and Manchester and Fall River all in that range and within easy distance of each other, perfect for a conference type of league. Soccer has gone this route somewhat with franchises like Columbus, San Jose, Salt Lake City etc.