Action Replay: Reds in the Red

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    Young Master Smeet

    Another interesting feature is the aspect of managed capitalism (or State Capitalism) organised by the RFL — Super League clubs are now subject to franchises, based in part on the quality of the facilities they offer, rather than success on the pitch with automatic qualifications/relegation.  This has allowed the RFL to try and extend the range of the game beyond its heartlands.  Coupled with the salary cap, this should have stopped clubs over extending.The Reds are not the only club to suffer difficulties, the Bulls have only stayed in business by the skin of their teeth (and through some very generous fans).  A recent BBC report suggests Super League Clubs are £68 million in debt; given attendances are much lower than top-flight soccer, this is a serious burden.  Of course, television revenue and sponsorship deals may well come to the rescue, but that is really turning the supporters into the product.So, even planned markets fail: a lesson to the reformist left as well.

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