Who's wishing anything bad for Bradford or London? Any failure diminishes the game as a whole. But it's a fact that Bradford in their pomp deliberately set out to attract the fans of their neighbouriing non SL clubs. Tell me this, how is the game enriched by ]the same fan choosing to watch the Bulls rather than say Batley? Same speccie, can't be in two places at once. Bradford IMO were ruined by Caisley. He was arrogant, ignored the game as a whole and what we now have at Bradford is the result.
As far as London goes, they've been a lost cause for years. Unless someone is prepared to put big money in and be prepared to lose a good proportion of it, or at best wait a long time for any return, I can't see the London venture ever prospering. I'll be 34 years next month since Fulham first took the field, and the normal state of affairs in London has been that they have struggled. As soon as P&R came back they predictably the first candidates for relegation. They haven't won a game so far this season. What possible credit with the general sporting public of London can RL gain from this car crash of a team?
That's business, you seek customers, that's marketing, you target potential customers who have already shown an interest in your product. Its Batley's job to keep their customers not the Bulls' job.
What Bradford did wrong, and its the same thing that many professional sports clubs do, is spent as if winning bonuses (including crowds) would be in their accounts for ever. Sport doesn't work like that.
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