Fans like the local derby, true. But the current system can produce exactly the same results you fear, that is, loss of local derbies. Everton could easily be relagated one day, Leeds were (no more Man U v Leeds), Sunderland have spent a lot of time in the second tier with no Newcastle derby. Arsenal will probably get relegated this year (thats a joke). I was speaking to someone today who lived in Manchester until the 70's and he noted how most of the teams around then are in the lower divisions now and dont play the teams they used to, the point being, times change. Nottingham Forest were a huge club previously. Most young folk today wouldnt even know who they are. We all want things to stay the same, I think West ham should never be allowed to go down personally, but that's the way she goes.
In any case, you'd still have Man U v Liverpool, thats the big one to me, you'd still have AC Milan v Inter, Real v Barca, Rangers V Celtic (maybe), why not? the derby would not die.
Now that is true. It will take a while to happen though. There would be an immediate benefit to the likes of Liverpool etc, which will restore things for a while, how long I dont know, but yes eventually there will be just a few clubs again. But the plan would buy us some time and the party would be fun.
Nonsense. The super 15 is boring because of those stupid names they give teams trying to hide locality. Its absurd and so obviously absurd I dont know why they persist with it. Thats whta kills the concept of tribal rivalry. The other main reason is that people just arent that into provincial rugby. Look at the Sydney comp, was never that popular. So unpopular its only on the ABC. Rugby has to be at test level to be really watchable, that's where the passion is too. I just couldnt care less about sharks or budgies. It has nothing to do with the concept of the competition.