As this is Rugby League, It's probably the oinly place where turkeys do vote for Xmas...
All this will lead to is bankrupcies as clubs at the lower splash the cash to stay in Super League. As has been already pointed out on this forum the difference between SL1 and SL2 funding will sink the chances of the promoted club being able to compete and the clubs that drop out of Super League 1 will just go out of business - London being Exhibit A but this would also apply to other clubs such as Castleford that are not cashed up now.
The end of franchising for sure, but as things stand it just represents , as with the expanded and pointless World Club Challenge, an attempt by the bigger clubs to jettison some of the "runts" from Super League they believe hold them back and take a larger slice of whatever Pay TV money the "filler" sport gets .
No wonder John Kear believes that professional RL in the northern hemisphere will be gone within 50 years. It will speed up the process of becomning a feeder league for the NRL and RFU as I have been posting about for the last 12 months and is now the new orthodoxy in the fourth estate.
Pardon me but I do not see a strategic plan about dealing with the real issues, i.e.
Lowering the Salary Cap to allow more clubs to compete
Promoting a sound business model in all Rugby League Clubs with minimal operational losses
Investing in Junior development nationally
Expanding the games footprint nationally
Developing centralised commercial and merchandising revenue to maximise income and exposure
Trusting in the games ability to renew itself so that as young players do drift over to the NRL and RFU they are replaced by newcomers who maintain the standards of the players that left creating a vibrant cometition that sponsors want to associate with
And developing a competition that not only attracts more than one Pay TV bidder but also has packages available for FTA.
But then this is not a sport that believes in short term pain for long term gain is it...,
That's absolutely spot on. You should take over from the fat controller, it woud be impossible for you to do a worse job.