Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:49 PM
I agree with those who decry the timing and doomsday slant of this report.
Bewteen us afficionados on here though, it has been apparent for some time that many of the SL clubs cannot operate whilst paying full salary cap wages. Eventually, if this carries on for long enough then Salford, Bradford, Crusaders, Wakefield type financial meltdowns occur,
I get the point made that if half the league plays on reduced salary caps wages then many uncompetitive matches may be the result when they play the big boys. However, this is almost the case now when top plays bottom four or five.
I get the point, although I don't agree with it, that the league should scale back to a big profitable club only competition, but then, what to do with the rest excluded from this small group.
Unless the suggested mega club concept looks like emerging in sufficient numbers to be an operable competition, then I do not this as a solution any time soon.
I think therefore that, uneven games or no, clubs who cannot afford to pay top wages should pay less. This is probably more than half the league so there will be competition between the have nots to get a lower playoff spot.
Of course, should any of the lower salary cap teams snare a big investor, then they can always pay top cap wages again.
The alternative to wage cuts is more bankruptcies and so far we have been lucky. The next time a club might die, as indeed, did our Welsh experiment at SL level.
So whilst this journalist might be a muck racking opportunist playing his cards at exactly the wrong time and ignoring any positives that are out there re the game, there is no smoke without fire and the league, the SL. and the individual clubs need to take a long hard look at the financial situation they are in and cut their cloth to suit or it will end up being their shroud.