Here's a thought......................
Taken from the Watkins report.....................
"The central television contract is split 16 ways: - each Super League club receives a share, one share is paid to the Championship clubs and one share is received by the RFL (as a contribution towards the Sport’s central costs). In addition, the Super League and the two divisions of the Championships share equally a further £2million per annum. SLE retains all revenues net of direct costs from its Play-offs, its title sponsorship and other commercial income generated by its competition. Historically SLE also shared the profit from the World Club Challenge match each year, although in the past two years this has been retained by the competing clubs".
In a nutshell there is £27 Million a year available, plus a further £2 Million, so why not create the following structure?
Currently I think each SL club gets £1,687,500 per season plus an equal share of the other £2 Million, with £1,687,500 going to the RFL and £1,687,500 being split between all 23 Championship clubs, giving you the 135 Million over the next 5 years.
If the SLE/RFL had anything about them they would restructure the Leagues and then broker a deal that benefited the sport as a whole instead of just the top end.
SL 1 - 10 teams getting £1,687,500 each (Plus a further £67,000 from the share of £2 Million)
SL 2/Championship - 10 teams getting 75% of the remaining £9,767,500 (£8,437,500 + £1,330,000)...........so that's £732,562.50 each
Championship 1 - 2 Divisions of 10 Teams (North & South) getting the remaining 25% between them £2,441,875.00...........So that's £106,168.00 each
** Please Note - The amounts currently received by Championship and Championship 1 Clubs if far less than allocated above **
Championship 1 clubs would also save on travel costs as it would be regionalised to an extent, also meaning players would be less effected in their professional work lives by their participation in Semi pro sport, plus lots of other common sense benefits and solutions to problems faced by Championship 1 clubs and their players.
Play offs for Championship 1 would be top 4 North & Top 4 South, 8 team format, i.e......1 (N) v 4 (S), 2 (S) v 3 (N) etc, straight knockout, Q-Finals , Semi - Finals & Final with GF Winner getting a home tie in a P & R playoff against Bottom placed Championship Team, Whoever wins either remains in, or joins Championship.
Championship Play offs - Top 6 - GF winner gets promotion to SL
SL Play offs - Top 6 (Similar to current format of 8 but with 6)
Challenge Cup to remain as it currently is.
SL1 & SL2/Championship to have an additional Cup Competition to include all teams in both Leagues with fixtures to be played from 1st April - 31st July
Format - 4 Pools of 5 to be drawn giving 8 fixtures per team per group (Alternate draw to be used - SL club then C/ship club per group), 4 home and 4 away.
** All SL 1 teams in this competition must name a minimum of 9 British born U23's in their 19 man match day squad **
The principle is simple, SL1 Clubs by having to name a minimum of 9 British born U23's in their 19 man squad will assist in promoting the development of the home grown talent pool, it also allows senior players to be rested and rotated without having any direct bearing on the SL League table, creates a more balanced competition for the SL2/Championship teams and supporters, whilst also delivering a minimum of 26 intense fixtures (18 League & 8 Cup) for the top 20 teams in the competition.
Top 2 teams at the end of each Group stage to compete in Q-Finals, ie G1 winner v G4 Runner Up etc, Semi- Finals are open Draw and to be played at Neutral Venue, same for the Final.
Championship 1 to have an additional Cup Competition to include all teams in both Leagues played from 1st April - 31st July
Two groups of 5 from North - Two Groups of 5 from South giving 8 fixtures per team per group, 4 home and, 4 away.
Top 2 teams at the end of each Group stage to compete in Q - Finals, ie G1 winner v G4 Runner Up etc, Semi- Finals are open Draw and to be played at Neutral Venue, same for the Final.
Again, minimum fixtures for any Championship Club in any division is 26.
This would produce a much more balanced competition all round, be more cost effective in many areas, be financially for more viable for most clubs and see revenue being generated and distributed more effectively to the benefit of the game as a whole.
It would also create a competition for 40 teams, open up opportunities for more players to develop at an appropriate level, particularly if SL clubs run Academies at U17s & U19's, Championship clubs ran an U21's reserves competition and Championship 1 clubs just focus on a first grade squad.
SL Clubs, whilst not running U21's/Reserve teams would be granted the opportunity to retain up to 8 players in total at any one time from their academies on intermediate contracts for a maximum of 3 years (if coming out of the U19's) or until they turned 21 years of age. These 8 players would not form part of the first team quota of 30 players, but would train full time and be part of the first team squad as "project players" and could be part of any dual registration agreement between the SL club and a SL2/Championship Club in order to give them regular game time in an environment which will assist their development and they can be monitored.
All too straight forward I know, but it would be a much better option and close the gap between clubs looking to play SL1 from SL2/Championship status.
So based on this year it could potentially look something like this...............
Salford City Reds
Championship 1 - North
Championship 1 - South
As I said................just a thought!
Edited by LordCharles, 01 July 2013 - 10:17 PM.