I'm a fan of the RL taking on a similar system to the NFL, but I just don't think we have the numbers in terms of top flight clubs to do it or the money to spread between them.
Given the question over how will clubs on less money compete. Don't forget that points are carried forwards. So it's a few weeks late, but given the current standings.
The bottom clubs SL1 that are dropped into the middle division would be going in with a points tally of about 5 - 7.
The top clubs from SL2 would go in with about 19 - 15 points.
So when the league re-emarge. The SL2 teams effectively have a head start. Now you can say that the SL teams will win every match, but personally I doubt it. But the SL2 teams will also play each other, so they can take points off each other. The likes of featherstone and Halifax (taking current standings), will add to their tally. There is only a maximum of 28 points to be gained from the divison games, so it's actually going to be harder for SL clubs to top the league and therefore get the best draw in the playoffs.
It's not a perfect system, but no system is.. I'd be interested to see how it goes. Also the increase in crowds for those top 4 SL2 teams may mean that over time there income will go up allowing them to pay more to players, therefore closing the gap between SL1 bottom teams and SL2 top teams. I think this is one of the aims to increase the number of players FT and increase the competitiveness of the teams.
I certainly think there is no harm in giving a go over 3 seasons. The worst case senario is that it does not work and we can always revert to a more traditional league system. Nothing is set in stone, but I do think the option 3 poses some interesting qualities, also with a good sales team, there should be oppertunities to increase TV revenue whether from 1 or multiple providers.
Edited by bewareshadows, 16 May 2013 - 06:33 PM.