Exactly. There are just so many variables, there's not much you can take out of it.
We should study by all means, but don't forget that they grew rapidly at a different time, in a different league with very different competition, so there might not be all that much that we can learn and apply to our fine sport
Different culture to sport than ours.
Different level of interest of rival sports.
Much higher interest of the sport itself to start with.
Different population sizes of it's potential market areas.
You'd have to look at what they've done and consider the above to make it work for us. I think once you consider the above, three very littlest of what they've done that we could apply without some serious contraction first. I think, as we've seen, that kind of contraction (considering the sporting culture over here) could seriously damage the game.
I reckon you'd have six clubs to start with: Catalans, Hull, Leeds, Saints, Warrington, Wigan. All get big crowds in decent stadia with junior production, etc.
How would people expand on that out of interest?genuinely intrigued by the proposal.
For clarification, I don't really agree with keighley's idea of ever lasting expansion either.