But Hull KR aren't a bottom club. Hull City won the first division, do you seriously think there'd be the same amount of enthusiasm if they weren't going to be promoted. "Comparing RL with football is a nonsense/" I've got news for you Dave RL IS football. We need the oxygen of publicity like any other sport. When Fev won the championship in 2011 BBC Look North ignored them. Their cameras were at North Marine Road, Scarborough, watching a rained off Yorkshire fixture, because Yorkshire were in a relegation battle. Because of the rain they couldn't even show any cricket. They didn't even have a reporter at Warrington. That's what P&R does. It created interest. What we've got may not be killing Wigan, Saints, Wire and Leeds, but it's killing the rest of us.
In 1977 how much time did the BBC give to the winners of the second division in RL, how much was in the newspapers, you seem to think a minor club in a minor sport winning a minor trophy was backpage news. It wasn't.
Our game has always been starve of publicity, it seemed like we had a lot of 'national' news in the past because the papers had Northern editions, those articles didn't appear all over the country, there is another myth that we had national recognition because the Daily Mirror gave us a lot of space, it gave us a lot of space in the NOrther edition, the other editions had nothing.
The death knell for RL as a headline backpage sport wasn't SL it was the closure of the local press offices which happened 10 years or more before.
You can have the most exciting P&R competition you want, it won't make one jot of difference to the amount of coverage.