Just what has the professional game got to show, 15 years down the line, for that sort of windfall ?
We have seen the expansion of the game into the RL heartlands of France with the elevation of Catalan Dragons into SL, - following a very expensive failed attempt at establishing a team in Paris.
We have seen a further farcical attempt at gaining a foothold in South Wales. - Something which has been tried a number of times before. Do we ever learn from history ?
We have seen what only can be described as dogmatic and persistant insistantance that a team in London WILL be a success - despite all the evidence which says that RL in London at pro level will never prosper - they have had almost 30 years and something like ten grounds to try and establish the game in the capital, yet could they survive more than two seasons out of SL and is associated pay-outs ?
We have seen Wigan lose their ground at Central Park, numerous clubs in administration, the saga of new grounds at Wakefield, Salford, Castleford & St Helens which have yet to materialise.
And we have seen a group of clubs appoint themselves as the elite and condemn the rest to life outside the top flight virtually forever with the franchise system.
The magic of the Challenge Cup has gone, Australian tours don't happen, which is probably a good thing because we simply have not bred enough world class players to put out a competitive 7's side let alone a test team !
Just what has the Professional game got to show for the money they have received from Sky over the last 15 years ?
Edited by Jimmy B, 04 July 2010 - 01:27 PM.