I don't think either of us really believes that, do we?
The four annual Super League rejects (and it's a fair bet it'll be the same clubs) will quickly see their own standards drop, to the point where the big eight wonder whether they should really be playing them at all.
We currently have a 14-team closed shop Super League with a bloated playoff series, where many argue that a third of the clubs have little tangible to play for.
What we ought to be pushing for is a 12 team comp, where every club has something to play for, whether it's a place in the top five or Super League survival.
Instead, we seem to be favouring a bloated 24 team 'Super' League, with a contrived format, where only a third of the clubs have something to play for and the rest are stuck in a strange limbo.
It doesn't make sense.
I doubt this really appeals to the top clubs as their aim should be to increase the number of viable elite clubs, not decrease it.
Well it took you three goes to complete the post but you got there.
I do believe SL2 will start as a glorified version of SL but the lack of real money for the likes of Fax, Leigh, Fev and Sheffield won't propel them to Superleague unless any one of them has a multi-millionaire who will actually invest heavily.
Equally I agree with you that SL sides cut adrift (there will be six of them) will result in their standards dropping and all we will end up with is a massive gap between the top eight and the rest.
So why all this utter nonsense? Like you I can only assume it's a means to an end, so why not just go straight to the end game rather than play all this out?
Well the procedural make up of the game in terms of decision making is something perhaps Padge or other RL sages can clarify, but if "the clubs" means the 28 clubs in SL, and Oldham and Rochdale then can enough clubs carry a vote to basically say we're having 14 clubs and that's it, the rest of you can go be "community clubs"
Maybe the fact is that the RFL along with the top clubs can't force a vote for what what they really want. After all in 1996 the RFL under Lyndsay aimed at a 14 club Superleague. He set out his vision for bigger clubs through merger and expansion to Paris and Wales.
Nobody voted for it at all then.
So as Padge says the clubs were left to "fight to the death" and 17 long years on that original policy aim is still years away, and maybe still blocked by the voting??
Do you know how the voting works Mr. P.??