Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / English Club Rugby / News
English rugby
Premiership could rescue 'neglected' Championship
ESPN Staff
June 15, 2014

Aviva Premiership chief executive Mark McCafferty has floated the prospect of a takeover of the Championship after accusing the Rugby Football Union of neglecting the second-tier league.

McCafferty claims that Championship clubs are not being adequately rewarded for their role in developing the league and providing players for the Premiership. Teams in the Championship currently receive annual funding of £365,000 from a central pot of £4.4m.

The RFU contributes £2.7m to the pot each year, with £400,000 coming from sponsors Greene King, £1m from Premiership Rugby and £320,000 from Sky Sports. But clubs believe they are being sold short after seeing little commercial improvement in the league since the current structure was introduced in 2009.

Asked if the Premiership would consider taking control of the Championship, McCafferty told the Rugby Paper: "That depends on the RFU view but a lot Championship clubs would support that.

"The quality of the Championship has gone up but what's holding them back is the commercial side. We've got a reasonable track record so if there is help and support we can give, I'd like to think we can find ways of doing that.

"The RFU should be investing more in the Championship. Clubs are doing a great job as far as England and player development is concerned and a country the size of England should support two levels of fully-professional rugby,

"That should be the ambition and vision but you can't do it on a shoestring, you've got to invest more money in it. The Championship should be better funded to stand on its own two feet and it needs commercial expertise.

"It hasn't progressed commercially as it has done on the field, so you need to ask 'why? Can we help?' We're certainly open to discussions."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Formula 1

    Marciello clinches epic maiden win

    Raffaele Marciello overcame Stoffel Vandoorne in a pulsating wheel-to-wheel duel to register his first victory in GP2 in the feature race at Spa-Francorchamps

  • Football

    We've learned from last season, say Wenger and Flamini

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes desire and resilience earned his side a late point in their 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday, while midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes his team-mates have learned from last season's shortcomings

  • Football

    Giroud the saviour as Arsenal complete late comeback

    Arsenal produced a remarkable late comeback to hold Everton to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, although Arsene Wenger's side showed similar signs of the weaknesses that ultimately cost them the Premier League title last season

  • Football

    Mourinho accuses his Chelsea players of laziness

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused his players of being lazy as they struggled to break down Premier League newcomers Leicester at Stamford Bridge, before they responded to his criticism in fine style with a sparkling second-half display

  • Formula 1

    Who said what after qualifying

    ESPN rounds up who said what after qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!