>I read in yesterdays Sunday Mirror that there will be no relegation at
>the end of SL3. However, it says, this does not mean that there will be
>no promotion from Division 1.
>As far as I can see though, if Paris is readmitted and a new South Wales
>side brought in and a team promoted that would make at least 15 teams.
Yep, it's the RFL doing things backwards again. Isn't it typical that they
decide to s***relegation from SL only weeks after disbanding the club
which would have had the most to gain from such a policy?
They have spent approx 1.75 million of Murdoch's money in Paris, to give
the "European" SL a sheen of credibility, but instead of spending it to
properly establish the PSG operation, and underwriting its SL existence for
a set period while it built up support (which would have been good for the
ESL and for French RL generally), it was thrown away (by English
administrators, lest we forget!) on two "avoid relegation" campaigns, the
second of which was pointless anyway given that they were ditched despite
avoiding the drop, and despite being the 5th best supported team in the
Now the SL is composed exclusively of English based clubs, the drawbridge is
being pulled up. Aaaarghh!!!
We seem to be well on the way back to a 14 (maybe even 16) team division,
loads of crappy, pointless fixtures, small town clubs all within a stones
throw of each other, waiting for the Aussies to give us a good hiding every
couple of years and moaning that the media ignores us. Small ***y wonder,
Global Vision? They can't see further than next week. By which time this
policy will have changed anyway. It has all the hallmarks of something
straight of the top of Maurice's head.
If we want an ESL worthy of the name (please, yes!) which means big city
clubs playing big games week in week out in the full glare of the media
spotlight, the crazy gang at Red Hall are going to have to do better than
making a right decision, but two years late.
I think the saying "locking the stable door after the horse has bolted" just
about sums it up.
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