Apparently KPMG and their champions are saying that the 2x12=3x8 is a vibrant re-structure in which fans will respond in their thousands to the fantastically close fixtures in the cliffhanging late season tussle to gain entry to the following seasons Elite Super League that you are saying Bradford should avoid competing in???
First things first and it looks like Wakefield's recruitment drive, and Bulls invitation for their better players to all leave may put Bradford and London favourites for the drop. Bulls and London face a full superleague next year and on skeleton squads they'd face what Halifax got in 2003.
On a meagre playing budget Halifax won the first game against London then lost the rest - 27 consecutive defeats with 10 of them over 50 points. The opening crowds averaged c.4,000 the closing crowds averaged c.2,000 fans. What Bradford face is the halving of crowds and the loss of the majority of the £1.2M SKY money. Halifax on relegation finished second bottom of the championship one place off relegation to the third tier, which could have caused further devastation. They have been treading water waiting for that rich man for 13 years. It's not as simple as popping down a division whilst something turns up.
There'll be no "growing the club from a sound base" there's nothing sound about being a player nursery for Huddersfield Giants, or leaking fans in the direction of their rival club. Same for Wakefield. This goes further than one clubs struggles as you intimate. Half of Superleague were in big big trouble as close up north reported (accurately as it now seems) a year ago. Only Salford have been rescued.
Halifax have consistently been in the top 5 of the 2nd tier apart from that first season. They are stronger now than In many a year having won the league and the cup in the past few years. The sponsorship on the shirts this year is at record levels this year. That isn't treading water. Yes the crowds haven't increased and intact dipped lady year but this is down to playing at the level we have been for years without the chance of promotion for what happens on the pitch.
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