An interesting item on Serious About RL regarding the SL teams in the game who, even now, would not meet the pattern laid out for SL teams under the franchise system.
Stadia facilities. academy set up etc, to name but two are still lacking in teams who are established SL teams.
Of course the mantra of ‘its on the field that matters’ is fine but in that case would the SLE refuse entry to any large European city with a wealthy backer? And would the present teams with poor facilities be ejected to make room if the incomers demanded immediate entry?