We might bridle a bit at being called ‘second rate’ but honestly the Aussie game is in a different organisational class. They had the wit and confidence to refuse SL and have reaped the rewards of being able to bargain with a variety of TV bidders. They have the advantage of several TV stations to play with. We just snapped Sky’s hand off and now wait to see what crumbs we will be offered, knowing full well that we have no other options.
Gould is a bloke who likes the wind-up and no doubt sees the US/Canada as a fruitful expansion target. The Aussie game already ploughs funds into the South Sea Islands and they are becoming a force to be reckoned with. That sort of initiative is needed if we are to see genuine expansion.
The hard truth is that the SL/RFL have done very little to build the game on its home ground. They are happy to welcome Canadian and US teams particularly if they pay their own way and leave more for our ‘senior’ clubs. They seem intent on driving struggling clubs down rather than encouraging effort, as we know to our cost.
I agree with your comment regarding the US game, it will leave us as soon as it finds a better hole. Then we will have to re-organise again. The whole exercise in my view has been to the detriment of the Championship clubs, fighting massively financed interlopers who are just passing through.
The suggestion should achieve its objective of winding things up, both here are in Aus. You never know, it might shake some trees!!!!