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If the teams in the 2nd division still get some form of financial backing from the NRL (even if it were only administation and travel costs), I wouldn't mind seeing it happen.
You could see a few of the teams that got dudded, like Newtown and North Sydney, with the opportunity to compete in the top flight again. Throw in a few Queensland Cup sides (Redcliffe, Easts, Wynnum etc) and maybe even a few Bartercard Cup sides (Auckland Lions, Wellington Orcas) and a few teams looking to get an NRL license (WA Reds, Central Coast) and you have yourself a good national 2nd division.
If relegation was going to occur, i'd prefer a smaller top league (say a 12-team comp) in order to ensure that the highest level is always competitive. The thing is with a greater number of teams like they have in the EPL, you can end up with a lot of teams who just consistently sit mid-table and never look likely to win or be relegated.
Football has had it for a century, and it doesn't seem to have done too much harm.
Relegation gives hope to lower clubs, and also stops clubs from the top league resting on their laurels. I know the argument is that relegation scares clubs into buying foreign players, but personally, as far as football goes, I value club football more than international football anyway. If given a choice between United winning the Champions League and England winning the World Cup, I'd go for United every time.
In Australia, there isn't really enough teams as far as I can tell.
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It's sort of worst of both worlds, really. If your team is down the bottom & threatened with relegation the management don't have the option to recruit without (at least in theory) having to ditch players to remain under the cap. Although last season Wigan signed Stuart Fielden when they were threatened with the drop & he openly admitted he'd moved for the money, so I don't know how closely the caps are policed.
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I can't see St George Illawarra splitting, they've been embraced by both sets of fans from day-one really, and they have a good arangement with St George providing the money, Illawarra providing the players.
Its should be noted that in NSW State Football there is promotion and regulation already. There is only two divison though NSW Preimer League and NSW Super League. But smaller clubs take part in the State Cup comp.
I can see the A-League in the future having a similar structure, with two divisons of 10 or 12 teams, would atleast be a decade or more away though. Also i would say up to six of those sides would be from outside Australia, as you couldn't have more then 20 professional clubs in Australia and all be successful.
EDIT: Just noticed that in NSW they have a 3-Tier structure: Preimer (Div 1), Super (Div 2), North and South Conference (Div 3). I guess it shows its could be done in Australia, but it would be hard to work out the structure to have one including all the states.
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There not really salary cap when they are based on a club revenue. Its just measures to try and stop clubs from going broke, not even out the competition. In theory the A-League has a salary cap on marquee players as well using that logic. But you can basically pay what you want, as long as you can show you get the income to pay that amount of a player
Makes the fact that a wee small team like Colchester (even if the town is a poo-hole of the first water) are doing creditably in about tenth & Dirty Leeds are rooted to the foot that bit funnier.
Moreover how buggered would The Chavs be if the Prem had a similar arrangement regarding revenue...?
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