I've been watching, listening and reading with both interest and shock at proposals and calls for the return of promotion/relegation.
Bringing back p&r would be totally the wrong decision for Super League and a return to boom and bust where clubs move between the championship and SL without stability, at the time licensing was introduced there were tangible reasons why it was felt it had to be implemented, those being allowing clubs to develop and put the right structures in place without fear of relegation as time in the top flight would bring about a continued development of professionalism both on and off the field strengthening the competitiveness of the sport.
Also we wanted clubs to have the time to develop young players without looking at the quick fixes of importing aussies and kiwis and the threat of relegation hanging over everyone's heads.
In short I actually think the suggested proposals are a cop out and don't challenge head on the underlying and real issues of the sport, which is lack of sponsorship, adding value to the SL product, players moving to NRL/Union, media presence and the geographical spread of the sport at the top level so in my books the sport will continue to be underlings to the NRL and Union.
We are pandering to the lowest common denominator and trying to cut a slice of the SL TV money pie to everyone who wants a piece of the action when the initial purpose of SL was elite competition with elite players and clubs.....this will not address the problems and predict that should these proposals go through we will be back discussing the same problems within the game in a few years time.
Who wants to sponsor a sport that only has 14 clubs with the rest left to rot? Who wants to sponsor a top league with meaningless games for lower teams. Who wants to invest in a club outside SL when there is absolutely no guarantee your cash investment will get you up. Who wants to watch meaningless games outside SL? Who wants to watch a newly formed club in their thousands when there is no chance of SL for a millenia?
Licensing benefits one club really - Wakey. Is it right that the needs of one club outweighs the needs of everyone else?
As a regular London fan I cannot wait for relegation to return. It will "Buck" the team up and see a return to proper games rather than the terdy friendly-like games near the season end
Edited by Lobbygobbler, 08 May 2013 - 06:54 PM.