Bosses consider play-off system to decide Premier League title

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TIGERS co-boss David Hoggart believes play-offs are about to be introduced to decide the Premier League title.

Hoggart admits the structure of the middle tier of British racing is under scrutiny ahead of next week’s meeting of club bosses in Warwickshire.

The Premier League is the only league of the three which doesn’t use the end of season shootout to decide the champions.

The decision to look at the structure follows last season’s experience when the campaign was labelled “a disaster” for many clubs as Glasgow were clear favourites for the title as early as June leaving the remaining 13 clubs to see out their fixtures in front of poor crowds.

In the Elite League, Poole attracted a capacity 5,000 crowd for their Grand Final with Eastbourne whilst Mildenhall, who only got crowds of 300, pulled in over 1,000 for their National League Grand Final with the combined Scunthorpe and Sheffield team, thus indicating the Play-off potential. Hoggart said: “I believe there are enough promoters who didn’t want play-offs who have now changed their mind purely from a commercial perspective.

“There are many who say the team that finishes top of the league should be crowned champions and there is a strong argument for that, but as a sport we need to pull in the crowds and the play-offs certainly do that.

“We shall see what happens next week but the bottom line is that we have to look at the league over a long season and try and make the fixtures as attractive as possible. This way we have a good chance of doing just that because the race for a play-off spot can go right down the wire which is exciting.”