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14 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

It is the systems fault you have watched pointless dross all year Harry. As I've said, once the businesses are roughly comparable, it starts to return to being sport played out in the pitch (though I'll keep my opinions on Morgan Knowles off here!).

But it doesn't, there is no mention that there will be promotion between tier 1 and tier 2, no promotion no jeopardy then finishing last doesn't matter and so the on-field results of losing carrys no consequence.

If my team are in tier one and some games have no importance then I will not go, I will simply have no interest and I will definitely not purchase a season ticket.

And if we are in tier 2, I also wont be going not going through that 'locked out' scenario, and I can not justify that some grey suits as in IMG and the RFL are the sole arbiters of who plays in which tier when we have a perfectly good system of deciding that know - on the field. 

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1 hour ago, Jughead said:

Ah, insults. Nice talking to you. Off you go suggesting wheelchair rugby league plays on…grass. 

I didn't you did. Seriously though, you could lay a surface on the pitch or play the game round the corner in a sports hall, or dare I say concert hall.  Or as you seem to think I'm thick and don't think of these ridiculously simple options, fit ATV tyres to the wheel chairs.

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3 minutes ago, iffleyox said:

I don't think you're as cynical as I am.... how about whoever finishes last in SL next year gets relegated but as an A, and the promoted side comes up as a B, but the other 11 all get A. And the A definition is written (as it was last time licensing was around) to accidentally include who they wanted anyway? 

The first season under which clubs will be graded (2024) will be for illustrative purposes only so no clubs will be reassigned to a different tier due to grading until 2025. I don't think we will have as many as 12 A grades in 2024, I would expect between 6 and 8 (Leeds, St Helens, Wigan, Warrington, Catalan and Hull FC with possible As for Hull KR and Toulouse too (if Toulouse's participation in SL is seen as a priority by the decision makers)). While it is possible that a team could finish 12th in 2024 while knowing they are getting an A grade I doubt we will see any A grades handed out to a club while in the Championship though the likes of London Broncos or Bradford could be given B grades and be unwisely placed in SL. I would hope that such a scenario does not occur though.

Once the top 12 are set from 2025 then I would not expect too much change on a regular basis among the B grade clubs unless one in SL implodes or a cashed up challenger emerges in the Championship to force the issue. The task for the B clubs in SL will be to turn themselves into A clubs before such a threat emerges. The proposed annual reviews for B grade clubs should allow for Championship clubs to learn where they need to invest to build up the club to allow them to work towards being one such challenger just as it will tell the B grades in SL whether or not they are headed the right way towards attaining an A grade or are on the slide towards demotion. I doubt that the process of promotion to or demotion from SL will occur as the result of a single season from 2025 onwards.

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It's certainly set up for investment. I'd hope they'd have sounded out some interested parties and are not just speculating that there's money men waiting in the wings.

Under this system you can put money into a club in confidence knowing if you tick all the boxes and get an A status they literally cannot keep you out. They'd expand the division before they'd say no. 

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10 minutes ago, David Shepherd said:

Why not? They're only guaranteed participation while they're Cat A. How will they know they're still Cat A without regular assessment?

I am basing my assumption on the wording '‘Category A’ clubs will be guaranteed participation in the top tier whilst ‘Category B’ clubs will be re-assessed annually with the highest-ranking clubs occupying the remaining slots in the top tier."

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2 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

But it doesn't, there is no mention that there will be promotion between tier 1 and tier 2, no promotion no jeopardy then finishing last doesn't matter and so the on-field results of losing carrys no consequence.

If my team are in tier one and some games have no importance then I will not go, I will simply have no interest and I will definitely not purchase a season ticket.

And if we are in tier 2, I also wont be going not going through that 'locked out' scenario, and I can not justify that some grey suits as in IMG and the RFL are the sole arbiters of who plays in which tier when we have a perfectly good system of deciding that know - on the field. 

We've discussed this before H. If the proposals are adopted as stated and there is no yearly exchange between the leagues, I'm done.

This afternoon I've almost resigned myself to it. I was a very angry disenfranchised fella last time. This time I'm a bit more pragmatic. If it happens I can't stop it. But it's not for me and not what I want from our game. C'est la vie as they say in rawmarsh....

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Things I like: 

Magic weekend out. Good, half empty stadiums look dire. 

Loop fixtures gone- Removes unfairness against clubs and makes it feel more like a proper comp.

French teams locked in- Sensible and gives us chance to really grow internationals with England.

Focus on CC- If they get SL clubs in earlier we saw at some clubs it can feel special and now we now that it is CC final and SL GF , none of this spreading costs for Magic.

 

Things on don´t like:

Cap on non UK teams- How can you focus on France and cap at two teams seems absurd, why not make RFL Champ and Elite 1 same level with same criteria for both? Actually join it up.

Cat ######- That lack of stability for SL teams who aren´t A cat makes it almost impossible for them to compete and feels like stringing teams along without having the guts to say, we are franchising. 

12 teams- Just go 14 with no loop fixtures, we have enough clubs now either with backers or infrastructure from next season for it to work. 

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31 minutes ago, Damien said:

Its only because of the World Cup its 27, it would have been 29 otherwise. I never thought you minded loops either!

There is no way clubs will accept 22, 29 to 22 is a heck of a drop which isn't going to happen in my opinion. Some of these games will be replaced by something I feel (and I hope that isn't Challenge Cup group games) This is to me is always why 14 makes sense and 26 games but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.

I have no particular liking of loop games, but I think the negatives are over-stated, when I last did analysis on this the numbers showed that the replacement loop games were often better attended than the games against a 13 and 14 ranked team. 

I'm not a fan of making the season too short. I think we struggle to get much exposure as it is, and only being a thing for 22 weeks is not great imo. But as I've said before I'd love the solution to be an international club comp and internationals, I just think we are a good way from that. 

It does look like 26 games may be the aim, but I'm not sure we will drop to 22 in the meantime, especially as it could take 5 years plus. 

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I hope there is a minimum criteria whereby a championship team needs to make a championship GF and already have a proven full time environment.

I hope that is the kind of investment that is meant.

The team needs to be competitive and not like London thrown in for the geography rarher than the performance.

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1 minute ago, Harry Stottle said:

But it doesn't, there is no mention that there will be promotion between tier 1 and tier 2, no promotion no jeopardy then finishing last doesn't matter and so the on-field results of losing carrys no consequence.

If my team are in tier one and some games have no importance then I will not go, I will simply have no interest and I will definitely not purchase a season ticket.

And if we are in tier 2, I also wont be going not going through that 'locked out' scenario, and I can not justify that some grey suits as in IMG and the RFL are the sole arbiters of who plays in which tier when we have a perfectly good system of deciding that know - on the field. 

With the best will in the world Harry, there are plenty of Wendyball followers who have come to the same conclusions as above with their game and started going to watch very low level teams for their fix. It happens, people don't like corporatism in professional sport. 

The chances are, give a Grade B Leigh 3 to 6 consecutive years in Super League and they are comfortably on a par with at least the likes of Huddersfield and able to not unreasonably consider themselves within reach of finals and playoffs. I suspect your enthusiasm will return, and if not, your clubs crowds will at least be on the up in your absence. Its not inconceivable they attain a Grade A.

Realistically, this grading is likely only going to be controversial for a handful of clubs, incidentally largely the same clubs for whom every nearly decision since the game went fully professional has been controversial. 

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30 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

They are assessing the b´s annually though so it´s impossible for them to improve

Impossible for whom to improve ?

The As ?  Yes - but maybe they'll drop to B level if they take their eye off the ball.

The Bs ?  Why is it impossible to improve ?

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3 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Realistically, this grading is likely only going to be controversial for a handful of clubs, incidentally largely the same clubs for whom every nearly decision since the game went fully professional has been controversial. 

Ten years ago, someone would have put a picture of Kermit drinking a lovely cup of tea under this.

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Well as the heading says these are recommendations from IMG, now the clubs have to have a vote on the outcome of further disclosures as in funding etc, why do this piece meal they have had enough time to give their verdicts on who sits in Grades A, B and C and it has to be/should be introduced before a ball is kicked in 2023 with a small matter of the WC inbetween. 

 

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Just now, Harry Stottle said:

Well as the heading says these are recommendations from IMG, now the clubs have to have a vote on the outcome of further disclosures as in funding etc, why do this piece meal they have had enough time to give their verdicts on who sits in Grades A, B and C and it has to be/should be introduced before a ball is kicked in 2023 with a small matter of the WC inbetween. 

 

Wanting to wreck your own club's big upcoming final to prove some kind of point is an interesting approach.

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16 minutes ago, Harry Stottle said:

when we have a perfectly good system of deciding that know - on the field. 

I am not sure Leigh financially doping their way to promotion and making the competition a foregone conclusion whilst meaning clubs who try and grow organically get doped is perfectly good.

if we had a salary cap in 2nd tier plus same eligibility as SL I would still want p and r between SL and champ

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9 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

With the best will in the world Harry, there are plenty of Wendyball followers who have come to the same conclusions as above with their game and started going to watch very low level teams for their fix. It happens, people don't like corporatism in professional sport. 

The chances are, give a Grade B Leigh 3 to 6 consecutive years in Super League and they are comfortably on a par with at least the likes of Huddersfield and able to not unreasonably consider themselves within reach of finals and playoffs. I suspect your enthusiasm will return, and if not, your clubs crowds will at least be on the up in your absence. Its not inconceivable they attain a Grade A.

Realistically, this grading is likely only going to be controversial for a handful of clubs, incidentally largely the same clubs for whom every nearly decision since the game went fully professional has been controversial. 

But I don't want to be in a "locked in situation" I want my team to fight for the right to be there - on the field, I want to stand on that terrace and feel the joy, frustration, anger, elation of winning and especially in those tight hard encounters when it is important to get the result, I won't feel any of that if the result doesn't matter.

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18 minutes ago, binosh said:

I hope there is a minimum criteria whereby a championship team needs to make a championship GF and already have a proven full time environment.

I hope that is the kind of investment that is meant.

The team needs to be competitive and not like London thrown in for the geography rarher than the performance.

But this is why it doesn’t make sense.ft before you get the SL is financial suicide unless you are doped which goes against growing off the field.

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1 minute ago, Harry Stottle said:

Unless you are intimating that my club will be dissapointed with their grading I have not a clue what you are on about.

I have no idea what your club's grading will be. I don't believe such processes should be rushed. I also don't believe in changing the rules about next season during this one. And, lastly, I don't believe in wrecking the validity of the Championship Grand Final in response to a hissy fit about the game's development not going my way.

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3 minutes ago, DI Keith Fowler said:

Our favourite broken clock journalist has tweeted that 4 clubs currently don't spend up to the cap and IMG want to introduce a salary "floor".

James Gordon mentioned the salary floor.

It's a good idea.

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