I've done a financial model for an 18 team SL.
In this model I've added York, Doncaster, Fev and Fax.
Each team gets a £930,000 share of the TV money.
That will increase losses amongst the current 14 SL clubs by £270K each and thus SL losses will go out to around -£72M.
I can't project anything BUT losses at York and Donny (Fev already lose money, and Fax break even on a low turnover and £930K won't be enough for them to continue profit in SL)
So I've conservatively estimated losses of £250K a year each on the basis that they will probably drop their player spend (and not compete) so the SL losses will go out to £73M in the first year and rise year on year faster than they are doing now.
What is your profitable model for a larger Superleague please?? Please project your figures and justification?
Did you add in any extra money that the game might get from a bigger Sky contract negotiated because 1. There will be more Sky suscribers in the expansion areas and 2. Increased because already, without expansion, the viewing figures are increasingly impressive and Sky need us to fill their schedule with their second most watched product after soccer, who coverage on their channel has been decreased by competition. 0r 3. Maybe some extra TV money from another source such as ESPN.
I don't have figures, I'm not a bean counter, and I don't say this stuff will happen overnight. This should be a long term strategy. The alternative is a slimmed down 10 team league with the rest of the game slowly expiring. I don't think Sky would continue to subsidise the game at present levels for a reduced size competition.
Crowds have been rising year on year. If this trend continues, there will be extra gate money.
Once this depression ends then there will more money sloshing around on the corporate sponsorship front and maybe more investors wanting to play at running professional sports clubs.
None of these expansions would take place unless the appliying clubs were seen to be financially sound. How each club would do this is up to their management.
The game took a pay cut from Sky between contract one and contract two but it survived. If it cannot obtain the extra revenue and the clubs had to operate on less Sky money, well it's been done before.