This cheerful notion that we should have championship clubs scattered everywhere kind of misses one key fact: the existing CC1 clubs are only sustainable because of the £70,000 they get from the RFL (some are struggling regardless). Where are the extra £70ks gonna come from to fund a glut of extra clubs?
The RFL and the game itself needs to be really pragmatic about where it places its resources.
Indeed, the thread on Scorpions exposes the reality of how these clubs are created by subsidy. The record of CC and CC1 clubs producing professional players in any number isn't even there, and they don't attract fans in any number either. There's no business strength in numbers and if anything swallows money and wastes it it's CC clubs. In SL clubs attract heavy private investment, clubs attract paying fans in their thousands and clubs develop professional players - even London Broncos.
The singular contrived arguments against foreigners like London taking SL slots and "not knowing their place" include how Celtic Crusaders "wasted" millions in their failed venture, that the league contains nearly 30 clubs who have thrown money at trying to make RL work is forgotten. IMHO bottom line is the best possible payback for RL is from well structured SL clubs with everything the game has invested into that, but I have to credit Mo Lyndsay with that solid idea. Sentiment and fantasy don't pay bills.
Edited by The Parksider, 09 September 2013 - 06:22 AM.