Aussie hyperbowl level which is associated with NRL and State of Origin?
My proposal is based on two premises:
1. Having a marquee event/competition at the forefront of the sport.
To expand further every major sport has a marquee competition which enables the mainstream viewer to get interested in the sport when they normally would not have a single interest, an example is the Heineken Cup, prior to the competition taking off Union club rugby had just turned pro and the crowds didn't spike as much as the sport had anticipated, now compare union club rugby crowds to just after turning pro to when the Heineken Cup was hitting its peak and you'll note that this competition has contributed in the upsurge of club union in Europe. Fans and locals have the opportunity to see their club play at the highest level and on the biggest stage.
Another example.....when London Broncos were in the World Club Championship, they played Canberra, Brisbane etc at the stoop and for those few weeks the sport was buzzing down south, crowds and press attention was at its highest point than I can remember for the sport in London. That told me that to break into a competitive London entertainment and sports market you have to deliver your best high end product, I firmly believe that this kind of product would assist the sport taking off down south and other emerging areas aswell as consolidating the sport in the heartlands.
2. My other standpoint for the way forward is as David Waite said, the best against the best as much as possible, that's what people want it would expose players over here to a tough standard of league and be the bridge to international comps. As part of this I'd bring super league down to 10 teams but compensate with the extra World League (and European Cup) games.
The concept initially involves NRL, SL and French Super 13 teams, the flaw and short term obstacle would be the gap in talent between the NRL to SL teams and then another large gap in intensity to the French teams, there will be some blowout scorelines in the first few years but what is more important than that is the long term objective of the sport and competition, it takes time to create balance when the Heineken Cup started it had all sorts of issues, the Celtic teams couldn't compete, but over time parity was restored.
Now for this to work the league would be reduced to 10 teams, World League would initially consist of 12 teams, 4 NRL, 4 SL, 4 French, there would be 4 groups of 3 playing each other home and away with the best qualifiers going into the knockout rounds and then the final.
So for example....
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Manly Sea Eagles
Aude Cathars (hypothetical)
Over time, games could be taken to big stadiums like Elland Rd, Old Trafford etc.
Also worth noting that the next 4-6 teams who don't qualify for World League would be competing in some form of European Cup.
Just thinking out loud...
Edited by The Daddy_merged, 24 November 2012 - 08:58 AM.