Well we get closer all the time.
But I'd rather have a 15,000 crowd Bulls than a 7,500 Fartown with Ken Davey's cheque covering the empty seats.
You forget that the game needs to develop players, and it's people who organise teams and people who play in them. The game is much better attracting people than subsidising empty seats.
I'm sure you would rather have Bradford with 15.000, but the point is Would you rather have Bradford with a potential 15.000 fans and bankrupt, or Giants, Salford, Wakey whoever with 7 or 8.000 doing a reasonable job, even if some of them are funded by rich men.
Everybody wants to see big crowds, But what we want and what we have got are not just the same, There will be always clubs who can pull in big numbers of fans, the names are obvious and good luck to them , they are destined to be the top of the Elite for many years.
When Saints take on Salford tonight , there will be what? around 300.000 watching and very very few of them will care where Salford get their money, they, just like me want to watch top class League.
I take your point about young players but we have been round this before. For what it's worth IMO the clubs who are below the Elite comp "when we finally get there " will be the breeding grounds for the young players. I am well aware of how that will get up some people's noses, but like i said earlier what we want is not what we are getting.
League has to go with what is actually happening, Not keep dreaming up everlasting new things to try to vitalise lesser clubs, The only thing that will do that is Money Money Money " wherever it comes from, It makes no difference who the club are, If for eg Fev's man comes up with enough Millions they will be one of the Elite, because they will be able to fund better players, Wont matter if they only get 5.000 species, if they are good enough they will be there. Won't make any difference who likes it or doesn't.
Bradford need such a money man, IMO it's the only thing that will save them for SL, they may well need to drop down to regroup , but i still think they will need to be rid of Odsal to have any chance, It's hard to see anyone with real money taking on that ground, What a shame the Superdome never came about.