Toulouse offer the investment whilst three SL chairmen clubs have pulled investment, and new chairmen at two SL clubs have said they will run their clubs as best they can as businesses but do not look to them for investment as they only sell curries and double glazing. That leaves nine clubs who have strong businesses or benevolent chairmen. Room for three clubs who will invest. This is the real world.
It's all well and good to say you want them both in. That's my preferred option also, but you have also pushed the view that SL should be cut to 12 or less clubs. The two propositions would seem to be mutually exclusive.
I've always said Featherstone should get their chance regardless. If they have the money let them invest and succeed. If they don't let them at least have their chance, as everyone else who wanted SL has and if they fail at least they have tried, one more SL failure will do no harm. There's been many of them. An M62 failure leads to tears, outside the M62 a London failure will sadly lead to cheers.
The "real world" hipocracy is the idea of M62 clubs being let in on a wing and a prayer, but Toulouse having to offer cast iron monetary guarantee according to some.
There's also some doubts as to whether they will have the players. You see they are only semi pro at the moment. That Leigh, Sheffield, Fev and Halifax are semi pro and will need 25 man professional squads when we have a large player drain is whoosh... above the heads of those who apply double standards.
You don't subscribe to this but in the real world you need investment to create SL clubs, if you have access to a lot of support and good players then you need less money than clubs away from the M62 who do not have these resources and need more investment money to create them. To create an SL club may cost anything from half a million a year investment to two million a year.
Lack of it leads to "basket cases" whether they be in Wakefield or London, Bradford or Gateshead, Salford or South Wales, Hull Sharks (remember them) or Paris. There's no need to discriminate RL is RL.
So if Toulouse offer more investment than other clubs they should be in, it's quite simple as the pro game is all about investment. It's a nice "dreamworld" to think clubs can just organically grow from nothing to SL clubs but there's no record of this at all in over 60 years.
The other pressure on any club wanting to grow their business is that you may be stuck next door to another club chasing the same players and fans. Whether Featherstone can succeed of course depends on investment, but if they were heavily cashed up and the only SL club in the Wakefield MDC they could be the ones to deliver in that scenario as their money would go a lot further without opposition from neighbours for the available resources.
So no problem Toulouse and Fev in a 12 club SL.
It may be (as your an old sentimentalist) you may reckon it's unthinkable some big names would go from SL if Fev and Toulouse came in, but you yourself can point to many a big name powerhouse from the past languishing in the championships. RL clubs are RL clubs and whether it's Bradford or Wakefield, Crusaders or London failing it's "really" equally sad for the game, but the game is bigger than all these names and will only stay big via investment.
So the real world is we forget names and we look purely at where the money can come from, firstly that's the SKY contract so that is essential to service and look after as much as you resent SKY, secondly its clubs with the money and resources (half a dozen eh?) after that it's who can promise the most money from their own pocket. I hear more from Fev and Toulouse than most clubs on this count, this is the real world...
Edited by The Parksider, 09 June 2013 - 07:59 AM.