For Rugby League to truly prosper the RFL need to increase the spectator base, which would in turn enlarge the commercial opportunities available to the game and the clubs. Sadly the RFL are incapable of doing either, they don't have the ability or resources and are too tied in with SKY to be able to move in any other direction. The majority of clubs, 3 or 4 aside, are also incapable of increasing their own spectator base and generating anything other than local based income, which is all well and good, but doesn't generate the kind of money needed to truly grow.
Until these issues are addressed nothing will change. Making these changes are not something the current people in control of the RFL want to tackle, or are capable of tackling.
We're in this position until the current super 8 system fails, only then will change be called for. Even if the Super 8's are a success the above statement about spectator base and commercial income will still be pretty much the same.
Making the top 6 or so championship clubs stronger and giving them a faint chance of getting to SL should increase the spectator base. Cutting the SL to 12 will decrease it.
Strengthening the CC1 significantly will give the game a bigger geographical spread and, in theory, will increase the spectator base from Gateshead to Gloucester to Hemel to London with a stop at Coventry and the heartlands along the way.
The numbers at present in this league are very small but every man, woman or child at these locations who was not a fan prior to the CC1 expansion is an increase in the spectator base. Increasing these numbers is a must and, hopefully, local initiatives and a progression path up the ladder will help.