Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:52 PM
People who keep saying p and r won't work because there's little chance of part-timers from the championship being able to compete in the top division are probably right but aren't looking at the other possibility, which surely is to make the top division part- time again? All this argument counts for nothing. The simple truth is that rugby league is a minority sport played in a few small areas in the North and neither generates enough revenue to support all these full-time teams nor can it produce a big enough pool of players.
Super league couldn't care less what happened in the lower divisions. Bradford go bust with debts is £1.5 m get bailed out, York go bust with debts of £50,000, no one cares.
Super league may have raised fitness levels and given players time to spend all day in the gym and tattoo parlour, but it's so samey and boring. Wingers valued more for their ability to jump up and catch kicks rather than run fast and swerve past defenders. Forwards routinely getting spelled after 20 minutes etc. Bring back part time players and p and r and let's live within our means and make the game truly sustainable (and maybe more interesting?)
I used to literally get a shiver run up my spine watching the game in the 70s. Now I spend most of my time yawning.