My thinking on how it got the support (albeit limited at SL level) it did is that the big clubs dont really care about the contrived part. It doesnt really affect them and on the rare occasions it does, it wont have that big an effect. If a big club ever did get properly relegated under this system they will be in a bradfordesq spiral with far bigger problems to address.
Some of the smaller clubs might be secretly accepting that they can't actually compete against the bigger ones and see this as a bit of a softer landing than true P+R. We have to remember that the smaller clubs might be the ones most benefitting from franchising in that they were no longer at risk of a bad season relegating them and all the destruction that stems from that. But they were also being squeezed from the other side in that there were demands in terms of facilities and investment that they were under most pressure to make.
Take a club like Wakefield for instance, or even Cas, there were great demands in terms of facilities on these two clubs. They arent excelling in youth development (though cas do a good job) there crowds arent fantastic and their facilities are awful. They were both under threat from licensing and pressure to invest in those areas or be dropped to the championship. I think some clubs looked at having to build a new stadium and having to live at these higher standards and thought that not bothering and taking their chances in a form of P+R weighted in their favour, with a bit more funding at the top might be the easier option
Post of the week so far answering a poster who must be poster of the month.
Whilst tired old arguments are being fought out on the basis that parts of Superleague fail therefore the concept itself is a failure so we must go back to an even bigger failure because it gives MY club a chance despite them being an all time failure themselves.....
This hits the nail on the head for me. Why re-introduce a 35 year old failed system? What is behind this lunacy?
Club self interest that will always dominate when you set up along the lines of a 37 man Working men's club committee in which when you chair the meeting and speak of the good of the club as a whole all the clowns are thinking of is, "what's best for me?"
If the clubs collective thinking is at at odds with what's best for the game then that needs dressing up and then you get the PR drivel self interested RFL officials have been in overdrive churning out, including how the game has never been more financially stable, how crowds will be flocking back next year to exciting structures, how academies are stronger than ever and........
Well. as long as enough swallow this guff then the club chairmen can enjoy another season or three in their Sunday pastime that helps them avoid reality and the wife for a day of fantasy, giving them a welcome break from running their businesses the hard and proper way, which is nothing like they allow the RFL to run the game