But has it not been said that in 2015 everything will change again and CH1 and bottom half of CH will be in the same league anyway. If this is so after next season it doesn't really matter. RFL say it hasn't been decided yet but I reckon it's a 'fait accompli'
From what I hear Michael it is a "fait accompli" that we will be going to a system of 12 team SL1 and 12 team Championship (SL2) plus Championship 1, from the start of the 2015 season.
Halfway through the 2015 season, ie: after 11 games in each of the top two leagues, the top 8 in SL1 will carry on and play each other home and away for the SL Champions. The bottom 4 SL1 teams after 11 games will join with the top 4 Championship (SL2) clubs to form another 8 team league and they will play each other home and away. At the end of these matches the top 4 clubs will join the 8 SL1 teams to form the following seasons 12 team SL1.
In order to get to this system 2 teams will have to be "relegated" from the SL in to the Championship (SL2) or it could even be 3 teams "relegated" IF the RFL take Toulouse in to SL1. This will have the knock-on effect of either 4 or 5 teams being "relegated" from the Championship (SL2) in to Championship 1 at the end of the 2014 season.
The unfairness of the system will show when the SL teams that are relegated have a large parachute payment and therefore start on a better financial footing than the current Championship teams. Then at the halfway stage the four SL1 teams at the bottom of their league will join forces with the top 4 of our league but with a large difference in both funding and salary cap. The 4 SL teams will have squads of players up to a salary cap of £1.6 million. whereas the 4 Championship clubs will be working on a salary cap of around £300k- £400k. The SL clubs will have received £1.2 million from Sky money whilst the Championship clubs will have received £180k from central funding.
It will be very difficult for any Championship team to get in to the top 4 of their 8 team league as they will in effect be competing with 6 SL clubs, ie: the 2 (or maybe 3) that are relegated with several hundred thousands parachute payment plus the bottom 4 in SL1.