My reading of the judgement was that while its ok to exclude clubs based on primacy of tenure, premier rugby was not allowed to apply an exemption for only three clubs and not extend it.
While the rule included exemptions for three particular premiership clubs ("the three club exemption"), there was insufficient justification for the narrowness of that exemption and its restrictive effect on aspirant Championship clubs. It is not for us to formulate a compliant primacy of tenure rule with suitable exemptions.
As I understand it, that means that the Primacy of Tenure rules have now been canned because of the exemption granted to us, Wasps, Sarries and Sale. Premier rugby will therefore have to decide whether it should be replaced, and with what.
Sarries are now moving into Barnet Copthall, Wasps' new owners are apparently talking about either building a new stadium near Beaconsfield, or buying into 50% of Brentford's new stadium, and Sale now have "joint" primacy with Salford Reds. Every club has shown that they are looking to move, except Irish, whose lease on the MadStad runs until 2026. I was worried that Premier Rugby might decide that, instead of scrapping the Primacy of Tenure requirement, they might just scrap the exemption and force Irish into building, or at least buying into a stadium.
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