One thing the bbc mentioned which i thought was good. No one really knows how many professional teams wales can support cause they have never had competent leadership. If you have morons running the show like you do now even cutting down to three teams will lead to failure.
I agree to a point. Success puts bums on seats, and when the Ospreys were competative they saw healthy turnouts most weeks. Success wasn't always forthcoming though, even when they had a side most teams in Europe would have been envious of, so who knows what the crowd numbers would have been has they conquered europe and had continued success.
Likewise Cardiff have seen periods of relative success (Challenge cup, EDF etc.), and the last time they made the champions cup knockouts they drew large crowds with the games moved over to the then Millenium Stadium. Inconsistency and a big downturn has seen support dwindle, but it does show that there might be punters out there if the product is of a high standard.
Are we likely to return to a point where a region boasts a combination of world class Welsh talent + genuine superstar signings from abroad though? Looking back at that 'galacticos' Ospreys side with Shane, Hook, Henson, AWJ, Ryan Jones, Adam Jones, Phillips/Marshall, Hollah, Collins, Bowe, Byrne - it was prety epic and a travesty they never conquered europe!
Maybe if we consolidated to 3 sides there's a chance all 3 sides could be competative and grow again, orherwise I fear things will continue to slip and slip. Cutting a region is a big decision, it's not something we want to get wrong (again!), but something needs to be done. Somehow we need a buy in from supporters, I think East, West, Valleys and eventually North could offer something that the current regions are lacking - i.e. more buy in from a larger area as the sides aren't just rebadged Cardiff, Swansea, Newport & Llanelli.