The vaunted RU competition you so waffle about has teams in Northampton, Sale, Barnet, Worcester, Gloucester, Reading. these are not much bigger than if they are indeed bigger than Wigan, St Helens, Warrington and are smaller than Sheffield, Doncaster, York or Huddersfield. It's unions ability to attract investors from the successful business class spawned at the public schools and with a built in loyalty to that game that differentiates their success from ours,not the size of the towns/Cities who are mebers of the league.
There is some evidence in the number of well heeled investors slowly entering RL that we might be stemming the tide of finance away from RU.I hope so.
Comparison with the NFL and the premier league is pointless. The USA has many more large cities than the UK and has no soccer competiton of any note. There is just not the same amount of cities absent of soccer competiton in this country to move to the mega franchise future you propose. We should stick with our strengths in the smaller communities where we dominate. Our biggest team is in Wigan or maybe Leeds and how big is Wigan. not big enough to support your super franchise future.Leeds is next and they are well outdrawn by a third rate soccer team. After that it's all downhill in terms of catchment size but if we keep our business model rooted on the smaller markets that we dominate we can succeed going forward. Mega franhises have been long the province of soccer and we cannot and should not try to emulate them.
Your comparison to RU is flawed. Like SL, the RU Premiership has teams in a mix of places of various sizes but there the comparison ends. There's only one of those RU teams in a place with less than 100,000 people (Bath) compared to three in SL (Castleford, Wakefield and Widnes). You can see the geographic spread of their teams at http://en.wikipedia....p_(rugby_union), and as you can see they're not all down south but spread up and down England with four London teams. A comparable map for SL would show all but two of the teams along the M62.
Below the Premiership they have eight other divisions in four tiers: the Championship, National League 1, National League 2 North, National League 2 South, National League 3 North, National League 3 Midlands, National League 3 South East and National League 3 South West. They've put all that in place since they accepted a pro game less than 20 years ago. By comparison RL has stood still.
The comparison to the NFL, Premier League and others is far from pointless. With pretty much every new contract, they keep getting more money for their TV rights than before, whereas the current SL deal pays barely more than the original one seventeen years ago. The RU rights have likewise gone up ― BT Vision is paying them £125 million for three years, compared to Sky's deal with SL paying £90 million over five years. That means they're getting more than twice as much per year for their rights as SL is ― £41.66 million compared to £18 million. Where SL struggles to find a sponsor willing to pay much money, they have £20 million over four years from Aviva.
Your point about not having many big teams is exactly what I was getting at. Failing to create those super teams in 1996 has cost British RL millions of pounds in lost income over the years. A so-called "Super League" of small teams isn't worth nearly as much to sky and BT as the genuine Super League of big teams they were supposed to create would have been. Keeping to the smaller markets is a recipe for falling further and further behind soccer and RU in both profile and commercial income.
Edited by Big Picture, 04 December 2013 - 05:47 AM.