I think this idea of a mortgage on the top 8 is false. Apart from Widnes and Salford, I think nearly all the other clubs have made top 8 over the years. Warrington being a top flight team is a fairly new thing, it was not long ago that Huddersfield, Hull, Hull KR all played in lower leagues.
Just because you cannot envision Sheffield coming back to SL, it does not mean it will not happen.
Also a question on the funding. Has anyone seen this???? Or are people projecting the current funding system into the next system???
I've not seen anything on funding, but if you remove the cap from SL2, then there is nothing to say that SL2 teams can't fund a team to make a run on SL1.
Like I say, I've seen nothing on funding and until a system is picked, even the RL community itself has no idea. To me I can see the arguement for crowds increasing, others see differently, but no one knows. If it follows my theory, then the gap in revenue will close and there will be more fulltime clubs, which should make for better funding from crowds, corporate, merchandising and TV.
I still think option 3 offers more than a 12 team SL. To me that just seams like the RL giving up and saying we can't expand and we are stuck where we are. I'd still like to think another French team, Sheffield and Wales could make a move on SL1. The option 3 allows a money man to come in and do this quicker than previously.