Why should staying in the premiership be so important to any owner worth selling to? Your first year in the championship has no effect on your central funding, and long term a championship year has no effect on your team development, see Quins and Saints.
It might well effect their recruitment of Haskell, Palmer and Jones - who no doubt have get outs on that score - which might in turn effect their promotion challenge - especially given that it's getting late to be recruiting alternatives.
Quins and Saints also had their own, comparatively, big stadia with their associated secondary income streams to substantiate them. Wasps don't have any of that and will be living pretty much exclusively on the parachute payment. The difference between that and what they will lose will likely be felt a lot more by a 'soccer tennant' club.
Suspect their gates (already a weak point) will suffer more than the other two did too.
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I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.
I've been in my mind,
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From the evidence relegation hasn't happened to four clubs since the leagues were formed in 1987. Also if you look at the soccer there are a number of clubs that also have never been relegated so your statement is wrong. If you can name both the rugby clubs and the soccer clubs I might give you a jelly bean.
The point is your short term revenue generation will fall sharply while one of your key assets, the players, are likely to be lost. Unless you already have a sizeable stake in the operation you are not going to put more money in. Therefore attempting to raise additional funds will be much harder if you are starting life in the Championship, a league that is so commercially unappealing that it lacks a title sponsor, than if you were in the Premiership and potentially in Europe.
Of course none of this matters if you have a benefactor like Worcester, Racing or Toulon as they will be spending money on the club irrationally and without any prospect of return.
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