Of course we can fill as many slots as we like.
We can fill as many slots as we like.
Licensing as I see it was about having the best XX teams in one league.
They don't all have to be A graded to be classed as a SL team.
If you are taking that stance then you could take that stance on pretty much any league in the world and find that the English Premier League is a 5 team league, the NRL is a 6 team league and so on.
The reason for having criteria is to encourage clubs to improve on key areas, if a team is struggling in one area, it doesn;t mean they are not a SL team.
We have 14 SL teams now - it is nonsense to say we are struggling to fill it etc. It may not be made up of teams of the standard we all want in a Perfect World, but then no league anywhere is, even hand-picked 10 team leagues.
We can fill them with the current cash strapped Cas & HKR, failing London, we can put crusaders in, we can put Halifax in money or not, in can go Hunslet and on the most basic of definitions they will be "Superleague" clubs simply because they are in erm Superleague.
That's hardly the way to create a competitive elite division to deliver the SKY contract though.
Your analogy with the EPL is as all these analogies are with other sports, spurious with respect.
Pick out the 24 clubs for Superleague 1 & 2 and at the top you have clubs on 15,000 crowds, £6-7,000,000 turnover, and professional players being paid an average of over £60,000 a year.
At the bottom of the 24 the other week was Hunslet on 400 crowds, £150K turnover if that, and semi pro players on low match payments. The EPL is no comparison when it has clubs like Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday all the way down their supporting structure.
Licensing as explained by Ralph Rimmer at the outset was to allow clubs time to grow their businesses so we could get to 12 (then 14) competetive clubs, all well marketed, all playing in front of decent sized crowds in good stadia, and all producing their own players, to best deliver the SKY contract and make the professional game strong.
Rimmer never said that the purpose of licensing was to just have the best teams in the top league Dave - P & R was always delivering that..............
Edited by The Parksider, 15 May 2013 - 12:49 PM.