RL would die with 9 teams in UK
10 is the right number but two divisions of full time tens
Objectives- increase intensity, make the top a truly super spectacle, increase FT player poll, expand in France, create realistic pathway for ambitious clubs to reach the top, include the limbo clubs in the games future, increase income
How- two tens £1.3m and 625k sky split, Toulouse in SL2, 27 fixtures, top 5 play off, min £1.8 spend in SL1 and £1m in SL2 max 50% income, 1 down/up by position with second bottom SL1 top seed in play offs, 450 FT players as opposed to current 325 plus 50 as opposed to 25 in France, licence review every 3 years or a club will lose licence/get relegated if unable to meet min spend.
Simple, affordable and meets objectives
Would English rugby league die with only 9 fully professional teams? In there current state are likes likes of Hull KR, Castleford, Wakefield and Widnes viable in the long term? Considering the geographical proxmity of the sides involved. Would people in East Hull, Castelford, Wakefield etc stop playing rugby league because their local senior clubs were no longer full time proffesional? I think not. Amateur rugby league thrives in Cumbria but they don't have a Super League club.
The sad fact is that England probably only has the player depth to justify 9 fully pro teams. I can't see why having a licenced Super League would prevent a vibrant and competitive semi-professional 2nd and 3rd tier developing. Unfortunately 2nd tier rugby league doesn't attractive enough spectators or sponsors to justify full time professionalism. In the same way Conference Soccer or 2nd tier Union doesn't.
The only reason professional sportsmen are paid is because people are prepared to sponsor them and to pay to watch them. No spectators or sponsors then no one gets paid. The RFL shouldn't be using its precious resources to prop a business model that has no chance of viability.