>> I think the Oldham experience is the biggest reason for getting rid of
>> relegation in SL.
Because when they went down they went bust.
While they were in SL their creditors were prepared to keep giving them credit.
When they went down they were not.
Sponsors pulled the plug as well and all of a sudden a club that was in one
income bracket (SL) is now in a lower income bracket *but* with the outgoings
(SL players contracts) of the higher income bracket.
This also placed Oldham's finances in an even worse mess.
All because they were relegated.
Unless you can solve these problems relegation and promotion is a luxury the
sport can no longer afford.
When it was semi-pro it was feasible for promoted sides to compete without
breaking the bank (its not now) and likewise relegated sides would not be left
with ruinous contracts to pay.
Now SL is truly professional with full time players across the board at best
relegation would see an entire clubs playing staff on the transfer list or at
worst a repeat of the Oldham experience.
IMO, RL cannot sustain div 1 and div 2 as truly professional leagues. There is
not enough income generated by the clubs in these leagues to do this.
That also makes promotion/relegation less feasible.
>In a divisional structure, promotion and relegation are part of the
I would say that used to be the case. I don't think any promoted side could
live with an SL side anymore (same may go for the Giants too BTW) and so the
promotion/relegation thing will become a farce as promoted clubs go right back
> Without these elements the SL clubs will be too compaicent and
>standards will drop.
I don't think the improvements within SL playing standards has anything to do
> And for those unfortunate enough to be excluded from this
>elite there will be nothing to improve for. The game would ultimately contract
>rather than expanding.
Why? Promoting clubs just because they win div 1 has been just about off the
agenda for a couple of years now. They have to meet criteria beyond playing
It may not seem fair but until RL is geographically more diverse I just can't
see SL allowing in South Wales, them finishing bottom, and being relegated to
be replaced by Dewsbury.
Its just not going to happen like that.
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