They were struggling on the pitch and their crowds dropped by 18%.
This year they struggled even more and they became the main clubs in jeapordy of relegation.
According to the RFL this would raise crowds. In reality the crowds have dropped even further and more heavily too, so again I can't think I'm having a sensible debate here.
Were Bradford struggling on the pitch last year? They finished 9th, and early doors were top 3. Wakefield were pushing for a top 8 finish til August. Did the RFL ever say that a club could go from challenging for a top 8 berth one year to being bottom 3 and trying to avoid relegation the next, and still increase their crowds? Or did the RFL simply mean that crowds at bottom of the table fixtures would be potentially bigger than they might have been if there was no relegation in place?
So instead of picking at my analysis you tell me. We have brought back relegation - has it increased fan interest and crowds??.
Your 'analysis' basically compared two matches played in completely different circumstances. You made it very easy to pick at.
Has relegation increased crowds? Apparently not, this season. But, as has been pointed out very effectively by posters before me, last year when we had no relegation, crowds also went down.
I genuinely don't know if it can be definitively proved what affect P+R, jeopardy or whatever you want to call it, actually has on attendances. There are so many different factors that can affect attendances, it would be impossible to pin it on just one thing. But it's very boring reading the same people with a fixed viewpoint on this jumping in with stats and figures claiming that it backs up their viewpoint, when it does nothing of the sort. The new system doesn't start til next year, so we'll see what happens then.