The challenge cup starts again this weekend , but has it had its day ? Crowds are poor only get 3 or 4 10,000 plus gates in rounds. We struggle to sell out the final in fact last year less than 70,000 turned out. At the moment its possible with the challenge cup that teams could play each other six times. Twice in regular season , Magic weekend the super eights, The semi final play offs and then the challenge cup . If we scraped the cup it would free up four weekends or so . At moment we play 22 regular rounds , 1 magic weekend , 7 super eights, two play offs and four challenge cup totally 36 weeks. Its also hard for clubs to budget with the cup . If we had leagues of 12 teams playing each other 3 times for 33 rounds 16 home 16 away and one magic week end , still keeping top four play offs . Then the most teams could meet each other is 4 . Also with 33 rounds could this be worth more when going for TV deal . Also clubs by playing more games, 16 home games they have more room to offer better deals on season tickets .Fans would know the season and who there playing where well in advance to plan holidays around season this is one problem at the moment with super eights. We could then may be looking at Super league finals moving to Wembley .
On another issue of super league if licensing returns I would look again at London being in there in fact maybe having two teams if we dropped the Catalans . Have two London teams play alternate weekends at home and have them play Saturdays and every game live on sky similar to what Catalan do . I would look to create a TV package that enables every first week rounds to all be shown live . 1 game Thursday night, 1 Friday night , 1 Saturday game , two on Sunday and then one on Monday night . Also both May bank holidays weekends and August bank holiday weekend games to be spread across holidays ad all shown live . Plus the magic week end all live . Alone with the play offs and final that's a possible 117 live games to offer . If we manage to keep the world club challenge as a three team event you could even have a double header final at Wembley . The final of course being between the two semi final winners with Champions up for grabs and gold medal for winners , runners up could get silver medal plus both qualify for World Club Challenge . Before main event you could have a bronze medal play off between the two semi final losers . Winner gets bronze medal plus qualifies as third team for world club challenge . So that's another possible TV game to make it 118 and with four top teams going to Wembley with something to play for Ithink we could sell it out.