Your welcome to tell me that there's "no clear and sporting route to the top. I don't accept that, and many others do not".
But to get a clear route you need to get the top CC clubs on the same money as bottom SL clubs.You do accept that SL clubs turn over an average of about £6,000,000 don't you?And that CC clubs turn over an average of £750,000.They are eight time bigger and so the route stops dead at the top of the championship.
It's not "sport" either to play professionals against semi professionals. It turns people off - see cup attendances. It's not sport either when Hudgell pumps £500K a year year on year for what? Seven years to manage bottom half of SL then give up.
If you have a clear sporting route to the top I'd like you to set it out.
The proposed competition in which Koukash's Salford (ability to pay players millions)will take on Leigh (ability to not even pay wages on time and no bonuses at all) in a competition to decide who goes into SL the year after. Is that sporting?
I'll accept your turnover figures as read, I think that if we're going to truly have a SL2 then we must fund it EQUALLY and give it the same profile and distrubution of TV games on Sky as SL1, otherwise we simply replicate SL and the existing championship arrangements. That isn't going to happen without more money being added to the pot though, so if it isn't then we shouldn't mess with it too much as it will be to the detriment of the game as a whole.
The fact that Hudgell has thrown money at HKR instead of building a solid base/squad and has finished consistently in the bottom half is more about poor business practice (signing ###### players and coaches) than it is about anything else. Andrew Glover hasn't spent any money at Wakefield, but yet has grown the crowds and hence the club's income significantly. Sport and business are mixed intrinsically, but brainpower is still often more than a match of cash and that's a kind of sporting success that I like. Like sports clubs, businesses are not guaranteed success, and if success is a top half finish, then by definition then only half can be a success in any league.
There was a clear sporting route, before superleague. The passage of time has done what many predicted that it would do; it's widened the gap to a chasm. Much as I've always been against licensing, I do consider that the work and effort that some clubs have gone to to comply with licensing should not be stamped down and replaced by this new nonsense proposal and that much of it would never have taken place without licensing. I'm dissapointed that Featherstone seem to be accepting a half way house which will cripple them and others over time.
Koukcash's millions Vs Leigh is not sporting, and if you read what I've put on a number of threads then you'll see that I think it's a daft idea which will harm ALL participating clubs.
Well I certainly wouldn't cite mis-matches between non superleague clubs and superleague clubs for the poorer than expected cup crowds we have seen in recent years. I think the reasons are more to do with the fact that TV is king and our broadcasting partner bangs on and on about their product and only their product – Superleague has become the be all and end all, perhaps it's time the RFL looked at how it distributes the prize money to clubs to insensitive real effort in the most famous trophy in our sport. The BBC who have the rights for the cup don't pay it anymore than lip service. I love the cup, but I feel that the RFL really have to work on its promotion. I occasionally attend the grand final, but I always attend the challenge cup final. I can't see that changing for me anytime soon.
Edited by Larry the Leit, 10 May 2013 - 02:47 PM.