That's the point about Fev you will always have to take into consideration, will the club stay the same if they get a no? Or will fans start to decline. If they get a no then carry on getting the 2k+ average then fair play to them, but if they get a no and fans start to decline then they are just like Fax and Barrow having their day in the sun. But who knows what will happen.
100% agree, there's often wishful thinking about what will happen to our game and our clubs, and you can't blame people for that really. We all like to think it's the greatest game and that some sort of catalyst will come along and make it so and wake the people of Great Britain up to Rugby League. The free gangway was the first monster catalyst allowing RL to take off and the SKY contracts, this current one being £90,000,000, was the second monster opportunity for the game to fly.
Some crowds in SL and CC have hit rock bottom this season and there's Garry Schofield recommending we keep certain SL clubs off the television less they put sponsors off for life!!! It's clearly a struggle for life for our game.
IMHO it's easy to predict SL1 & SL2, just look at who has the money and who doesn't and that's just about how it will pan out, how it will pan out crowd wise is easy also. Five figure crowds round the top of SL1 and lucky to get a four figure crowd at the bottom of SL2.
Then there'll be clubs who will always be in SL1 and clubs who'll always be in SL2 but "who can dream" leaving the same clubs to yo=yo up and down. I know none of this for sure as I have no crystal ball I just have a draw full of history books.
Let's hope there a third major catalyst. In this, SKY increase their Funding by 50%, and all the clubs pay a big levy on their incomes and the whole massive pot is shared evenly amongst the 20 clubs annually. Even I'm wishful thinking now.
Edited by The Parksider, 20 March 2013 - 08:26 AM.