It’s unlikely that a club will be relegated from Super League at the end of 2020, even if the Championship is able to resume.
A meeting of Championship and League One clubs last week was inconclusive, with fears that bringing players back from furlough without any crowds and match day revenue, combined with the costs of testing and meeting protocols, would lead to clubs going out of business.
Although they will try again to reach a consensus at an RFL board meeting next week, a number of clubs see the chances of resumption as remote.
That will relieve Super League of making a difficult, and perhaps controversial, decision to ditch relegation for its clubs at the end of what would be a truncated season.
With clubs having to shoulder the majority of testing costs to play out the season, with early estimates suggestion a £5,000 per week cost to each club, some have expressed their unease at the possibility of relegation.
If the current bottom-placed club Toronto went down (and they are still very much expected too when on this website and looking at the bookies odds), every other club would see a reduction in central funding for 2021 as the Wolfpack waivered their rights to their portion as part of the terms of them joining the league ahead of this season and it was shared amongst the remaining 11 clubs.
There’s also the possible embarrassment of losing Toronto from Super League without them ever having played a game in Canada – their six games to date have all been held in the UK, and the possibility of any games in the remainder of the season being played there are remote.
Fixtures for the remainder of the revised season are due to be released next week, with games for August at least expected to be played across three venues to accommodate Sky Sports’ broadcasts.
With hope that crowds could, in some form, return in October, the fixture list will likely only include confirmed venues for each game for the first month of action.
On Monday evening, Super League confirmed that the postponed 2020 Magic Weekend will now definitely not go ahead.