The game in the UK is the game in the UK. It has hit the buffers at the moment for a number of reasons, the niggly play and antics is only part of that. It feels a very fractured operation at the moment and that is what is needed first and foremost - a bit of strength and unity.
We have no plans confirmed for next season, we have clubs like Wigan and Hull doing their own thing and going to Australia. Toronto and Bradford doing their own thing in terms of covering the game. SL clubs have punted the RFL off the SL board yet they have no direction themselves. We have unsubstantiated rumours flying around about League 1 and North America and what the future holds.
On the pitch, we have to decide what we are as a sport. It is the entertainment business. Are those covering the game firstly looking to promote the game as entertainment? Is it played and officiated to create the best possible product to sell to fans and commercial partners. Stop start games with cheap penalties seemingly endless VR calls and then old refs hypothesing on their former colleagues' calls - not sure if that is helping or hindering the product we have.
Some of the games are still fantastic to watch. Let's just find a way to have more of those. It is a reasonably easy fix - it is usually helped by all parties working together to improve the sport here. I am envious of how the NRL product is now being churned out. SL can be great again I think. Uncertainty helps no one.