The Premiership, and its shareholders (The clubs with the Golden Tickets) are bound into a horrifically thought through CVC deal.
CVC would never sanction these clubs leaving the league to go join with the URC, who are not tied into giving away 1/3 of their income, without getting similar rev share agreements.
So lets assume the English clubs ould somehow join the URC, with the same income streams as the Irish, Scotttish and SA clubs... but before they even set fixtures the English contingent have to give away 1/3 of their key income to a third party with no benefit whatsover. The English clubs could never complete.
So neither CVC or The Premiership teams would agree.
So they are stuck. in a league with only 10 teams and a two month break in the middle of it, with rising costs, and flat revenues. We know somenoen else will go bust, and soon. Rugby cant sustain itself. When we go to a 9 or 8 team league, who the hell is going to pay to watch?
Its the end of days people, and nothing could make me more sad (In my Sale Sharks world anyway), but Rugby is fucked and no matter how much we love and enjoy our team, and those who help sustain it, there doesnt seem an obvious way out.....
But wait, Great news... Our best players will no longer be controlled by our clubs, but by England. So we have even fewer games on the promise of seeing our 'best' play in every match, only we wont because Borthwick decised to rest them.