Reading and London Irish tend to not be at home over the same weekend, so moving games for live tv (for either club) is rarely a problem.
Only 4 games "clashed" this season, and two of those were cup fixtures, which are harder to plan in advance.
I'm sure a similar arrangement with Oxford could have been arranged.
Billy, I imagine that herein lies the problem. The reasons that the majority of games didn't clash (I suspect) is that the rugby games were jiggled around the football ones. So if eg LI v Tiggers is a clash with a Reading game, then they would switch the fixtures and it becomes Tiggers v LI (and the corresponding fixture therefore changes). Whilst this is easy to do with fixtures against clubs who have primacy of tenure, it's not that case against those who don't.
I can understand why the RFU want clubs to have primacy of tenure because it allows the max Sky revenue. If we're ever to retain a hope in hell of competing with the French teams for players, we need all the revenue we can get.
I'd be quite interested to read the real truth about whether LW have tried to meet the criteria and whether the criteria and the judging process are legally sound. I suspect I have 2 hopes of this!
RESPECT THE REF - NO REF, NO GAME!