In a sport that is focusing so much on exspantion i thing the importance of bristol coventry and gloucester over HKR bradford and castleford is massive,why dont you think the same?.
Bums on seats 'paying a proper price for the product' has clearly been irelevent over SKY tv money,how is that good long term?
A known and proven product is 100 times more valuable than an unknown.
Where would the crowds come from to replace the thousands at the clubs you'd abandon? The union clubs off-season or converts? Didn't work too well with a very integrated Harlequins and it's not anywhere near RL heartlands that can gather crowds because it's a rugby league game.
Where would the backers come to keep the club going? I read a couple of years ago that a typical Super League club needs an absolute minimum of £2m revenue per season to just keep the doors open, never mind succeed. That's a lot of money to come from nowhere. RU has many many examples of wannabe sugar daddies who aren't proper rugby union men who come in and can't buy success within a couple of seasons then walk away to their next toy or dramatically cut their funding. HKR, Bradford and Cas all have sufficient incomes that they can scrape by with minimum investment (just, mind you).
Top end stadia that can take the big clubs and big games?
I could keep going but then you just need to look at London for the massive efforts, and financial backing, that has gone into a club that still struggles in what should really be a fertile recruiting ground for rugby league.
Don't get me wrong, I think the efforts that Bristol, Coventry and Gloucester have made to enhance and expand rugby league have been astonishing with all credit to the clubs, supporters and players BUT they're just not SL material and won't be for the foreseeable future. Even if they were fast tracked then what would be left of the original club? Nothing. They'd have to replace every single player, the coaching staff, the management, ground and everything that went into building them into the proper rugby clubs that they are now. I'd not want to sacrifice all of that work for a gamble on an unproven area with none of the infrastructure needed for SL level rugby.