So it's different to what we've got for 2015, then ?
Not that I think it's much better, mind there'll be no promotion or relegation, owing to the First Twelve teams being a lot better than the Second Twelve teams.
Sure - some rich bloke might throw money at a club once in a while but is that really good for the game ?
Not sure that I see that well on this mish mash.
Anyway as the tables stand if London and Bradford go down they receive very large parachute payments.
Leigh in sparkling form and a rejuvinated Doncaster would add to the above pair as the top four CC clubs.
So as it stands the play offs next year could be professional clubs Hull and HKR, Wakefield and Catalans with Bradford and London still running professionally on those big parachute payments.
Bottom of the pile are Leigh and Doncaster, still running semi pro??
This could easily happen, and isn't it a massive ask for either of those two championship clubs to take on those professional clubs??? As it stands the 4v5 "final" which I missed would be Catalans.v.Bradford.
Finally where would Featherstone Rovers be in all of this or Sheffield Eagles or Halifax?? What effect would this new structure have on these clubs who would effectively be squeezed down to third tier status should all things stay as they are??
Take the wishful thinking out of all this and the new structure in which tiers 1 and 2 of the game are just 16 clubs, relegates such as Fev, Sheffield and Halifax to the third division of late season play offs even if they end their seasons very successfully (Last year 3rd. & 4th. in the Championship were Fax and Leigh who won most of their games). This new structure pushes the top two Championship clubs to the bottom of an eight club play off under four big pro clubs and two ex-SL clubs with fat parachute payments.
In recent years such as Fev and Halifax have been there or thereabouts contesting grand finals (2010's belter) that in other years (1998 -2008) would have seen one of them in Superleague.
Reducing SL to 12, paying out massive parachute payments and loading the play off dice in favour of pro clubs against part timers surely puts the recently stifled ambitions of several CC clubs even further backwards rather than advancing them??
I may be wrong (again?) but if my club were a top CC club I'd be crying "foul" not "Can't wait for P & R to return".
Edited by The Parksider, 25 March 2014 - 10:07 AM.