Posted 25 March 2013 - 06:54 PM
If (and it's a big IF) a TV deal or deals could be done for a 2 x 10 SL I'd be all for it. In football you get parachute payments if you drop out of the Premier League for x amount of years. You introduce that to our format so that a club dropping from SL1 to SL2 gets a certain amount of money but also, perhaps importantly,if you go up you get a payment to help you in your first year in SL1. Done for both sides involved in the P&R switch it should help the promoted club stand a chance of staying up and also help prevent the relegated club doing an Oldham. Probably best to start off with 1 up,1 down and if it works out then you could move to 2 up, 2 down. Underneath SL2 you have 2 regionalised semi pro leagues - have the winners of each playoff against each other. The winner of that game is the Championship Champion, if they have the desire to go pro and their facilities are up to scratch (something that must have been signed off on before the season begins - I'd also expect most seasons for no club to gain promotion) then they replace the bottom team in SL2. Again - a parachute payment is given to the relegated SL2 team who can chose to stay pro if they can afford it and if they cant they go semi pro. If another French team wishes to join SL2 then it's a 3 way playoff between them and the two regional Championship winners.
Obviously it all needs MONEY and it would need Sky to pony up more of it. Or BT Sport. Or Premier. Or French Al Jazeera. Or all of them
Your 10 team SL going off last seasons placings:
Wigan, Warrington, St Helens, Catalans,Leeds,Hull,Huddersfield,Wakefield,Bradford,Hull KR
Then you take the relegated four, add the Championship clubs who are badgering to be in the SL, add Toulouse and one other - I suggest North Wales Crusaders for SL2:
Salford,London Broncos,Castleford,Widnes,Featherstone,Sheffield,Halifax,Leigh,Toulouse,North Wales
Championship Scenario 1 could either involve you playing 3 times against your own division or home and away plus one game against 8 of the 9 in the other division.Both options give you a 24 game season.
London Skolars,South Wales,Hemel,All Golds,Oxford,Oldham*,Rochdale*,Swinton*,Doncaster*
* - as new clubs join from non heartland areas i.e Coventry and then perhaps the likes of Medway,Nottingham,Leicester etc etc then a northern club is moved out of the Championship South back to where it should be.You move whoever is more obviously 'north' or whichever is the most serious financial basket case!
Championship Scenario 2 could be that you split into 3 regional divisions of 6 each (obviously that can change over time). You play teams in your division home and away and those from others only once. That gives you a 22 game season. For the playoffs it could be the 3 winners and the best runner up, if a French team is in the playoffs then you dont have the runner up.
Championship North West:
Championship North East:
London Skolars,South Wales,Hemel,All Golds,Oxford,Doncaster*
* - sorry Doncaster I've stiffed you again
I like my plan even if nobody else does! Right...I'm off to ring Rupert Murdoch and BT and whoever is in charge in Qatar