In all honesty when you look at the financial situations and accounts of several clubs if you put together a lower mid table squad then you would be losing money on 7,000 to 8,000 crowds. If you got 7,000 to 8,000 crowds with all actually PAYING through the gate the losses probably wouldn't be too bad and would take a while to accumulate.
When you look at say HKRs finances on paying for an upper mid table squad on those gates you can easily see that without outside income the losses quickly become unsustainable. Both Wakefield and Castleford broadly fit into the same category of attendances and they too have racked up losses that threaten their businesses.
Those clubs who get gates of 10,000 and over appear to need financial backing as they tend to spend the full cap.
Its pretty mind boggling what Salford could lose next year with full cap spending and the prospect of home crowds around the 5,000 mark (or less).
My point is twofold the obvious one is that without a backer in SL your on the road to ruin.
The second point is that promotion could be the death knell of a club gaining promotion. If a club has an excellent coach and they over perform after promotion say possibly Fev with Powell (assuming he had stayed) its only a matter of time before a richer club lures the coach away.
This year it would have been Batley or Sheffield with respect to either you would seriously worry about the future welfare of either club if they went up. A club could take the £1m Sky money and not spend it and ensure the future of the club but in a 12 team SL supposedly reduced to ensure excellence that would devalue SL.
Edited by RS, 24 September 2013 - 02:45 PM.