But if you tick all boxes, i.e. win the league AND meet minimum standards you will be promoted. Under licencing you may well meet minimum standards but the SL Gods decide that the bottom SL club has a better application for a licence, then that club will get the licence, not the club who qualified for it from the championships.
Nobody ticks the boxes.
Sheffield don't on 1,000 crowds, Leigh don't because they are skint, Halifax definately did not tick the boxes last time as the licensing committee said, Batley and Dewsbury don't want superleague and below that you have the DR clubs fighting to survive on crowds in the hundreds.
Featherstone may tick the boxes dependent on a rich man guaranteeing cap spend.
Go back to 2010 and Featherstone had won the division by six points clear. They deserved to go up but they had the grand final to come. They lost it by a point.
Had we had your suggested system then Halifax would have got the promotion but had it denied as they were skint, and in addition to that Les Catalans who came bottom would have been "protected" anyway.
The fans would have been going mad because...
1. Featherstone won the league and did not get promoted
2. Halifax won the grand final and did not get promoted
3. Les Catalans deserved to go down but were protected
What if Batley had a great season but refused to go up, and Cas had as awful a season as Halifax had 2003 when they had no money? Do we condemn Cas to be slaughtered for another season in SL. What does the sporting world make of the club who refused promotion?
There's no sense at all to P & R with minimum standards.
In the first 10 years Workington, Oldham, Halifax and leigh collapsed financially out of SL, Huddersfield came bottom four times but stayed up three, London would not have been allowed to go down as weren't catalans, and Hunslet and dewsbury were refused promotion - an absolute pigs ear it was.
I'm not against P & R but either do it or don't do it because the evidence is all there to show it was a mess 1996-2006 when standards were applied to it, and would have been an equal mess in recent years under "standards".
Edited by The Parksider, 22 April 2013 - 05:26 AM.