Simple business economics..........can clubs carry on without the £1,000 per season or £35 per week as an average if they switch to a more traditional playing window?
If switching, based on their previous turnover during a traditional playing window is it probable that they can recoup or surpass the £1,000 per season or £35 per week as an average that they would lose as a result?
Based on previous seasons accounts (Traditional v Summer) how much of a decrease have clubs seen and if they returned to similar levels of revenue as a result of switching back, how much of a positive impact would it deliver financially to their club?
I think some might see it as a no brainer on that score.
Why not run a pilot if the demand is there from the clubs?
Do the NCL really want to run a League in a more traditional window applying a 4 seasons ethos?
Change the format from what exists and freshen it up?
Perhaps go with 1 x 16 Team League which would be ideal as an initial pilot.
Based on 16 teams, all teams play each other once (15 Fixtures) some will get 8 home and 7 away fixtures, others will get the opposite.
Once the 15 fixtures have been completed the League is split in to two ( Top 8 & Bottom 8 ) a Premiership and Championship, this is based on the points accrued in the first 15 fixtures.
The points system would be 3pts win, 2pts draw, 1pt bonus if within 12 points of winning team, 0pts for a loss of greater than 12pts.
** This points structure gives a better indicator of the ability of teams and also reflects the proximity of scorelines relative to league position **
Once split in to a the Premiership/Championship all teams retain their points for the previous 15 fixtures and then play a further 7 fixtures based on the remaining Home/Away fixtures that they did'nt play in the initial program of 15 fixtures against the other teams within their now Premiership/Championship league.
This delivers a total of 22 fixtures for all teams, once completed the winners of each Division are crowned Champions.
During the season a Cup competition can also be implemented that would see all teams complete a minimum of a further 2 fixtures.
Champions Trophy & Shield KO Competition's
All 16 teams drawn out in round 1 to deliver 8 fixtures
Winning teams go in to the Qtr-Finals of the Champions Trophy, losing Teams in to the Qtr-Finals of the Champions Shield.
Competitions continue with Qtr-Finals & Semi-Finals in line with standard protocol.
Both finals to be played on the same day at the same venue as the last fixtures of the season.
Obviously this type of format/approach caters for everyone, no matter what level and offers opportunities across the entire ability spectrum and can be adapted irrespective of numbers that enter the league.
Just thinking out loud!
Edited by LordCharles, 17 July 2014 - 08:15 AM.