Revealed: The huge advantage Super League clubs have in IMG vote

After the amendments were made yesterday to IMG’s grading criteria, the vote over whether or not they are introduced is firmly set up for the 19th April, a date that will determine the future of rugby league for the next 12 years and beyond.

But the vote is weighted towards Super League clubs. In fact, the weighting almost gives them a two to one advantage over the rest of clubs which is no doubt a reason for Keighley Cougars stern opposition after their owners said the current 12 Super League clubs had “failed the sport” with the current TV deal.

RFL CEO Tony Sutton explained how the vote will work:

“It’s an ordinary resolution which is a simple majority so when I was at school that’s better than 50% of the votes cast.

“Also that voting system, which is embedded in the articles of the RFL and how RFL meetings and resolutions are run, has been in place since 2006.

“None of us here have been around long enough to remember why that change was made so it’s not a recent change.

“It’s an ordinary resolution which means 51% technically is the majority required.

“All clubs have one vote but as a population the Super League clubs vote, and then the Championship and League One club’s vote as a block are equal.

“So everybody gets one vote but Super League are weighted, it’s roughly two to one, and that’s to make sure that the constituencies have got equal votes on each side and simply reflects that there’s fewer Super League clubs than there are Championship and League One clubs.

“Again though that’s a structure that has been in place for over a decade.”

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