>But the point is, in order to achieve a place in Super League any new club
>must provide evidence of infrastructure, stadia, and (more difficult)
ROTFL, Steve, prior to Branson coming on board, London IMO did not meet any of
these criteria but were elevated to SL for the obvious reason of expanding the
geographical scope of SL.
IMO expansion into new areas such as Brum with a second division team
immediately precludes the establishment of an SL side until, if ever, the new
side justifies its elevation to SL.
If London can be put into SL to geographically expand SL, I would expect
franchise bids to be accepted from expansion areas in 1999 with teams that have
absolutely no playing track record but that fulfil the franchise criteria.
Now you can debate if this is right or wrong if you like but it just seems to
me the RFL (as opposed to SL) are muddying the waters (maybe intentionally) and
throwing a potential spanner in the works of the method chosen to expand the
game, i.e. franchise applications direct to SL.
>Without these criteria, the 2nd division is a way into professional Rugby
>League for new areas.
Why do people keep talking about the 2nd division as professional? It isn't.
RL has never been fully professional for the vast majority of it's existence
and its only recently that all SL clubs went fully pro.
While there is a sense of fair play in all of us about the "right" way to do
things I just don't equate expansion into a competition as (in many ways) lowly
(not disrespect to the clubs intended) as the second division as
a brilliant idea.
I can see it now, Brums first game gets 1000 supporters in some little ground
with one "stand" and a hot dog stall.
> This is also a way to introduce new clubs without
>severely upsetting the existing ones.
That's going to happen anyway.
>Wigan and Salford are both in the Manchester area
> Salford are closer to
>the Centre of Manchester and as such Wigan must give way to Ipswich. How
>do Wigan feel.
Well as all clubs (in theory) have to bid for a place in SL, anything could
happen but what has that got to do with adding clubs to the bottom of the pile?
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