However, the UK proceeded with it and the television deal that was included. It didn't take the game global, but SL certainly put money into it and captured the public interest again. That can be seen by the change in attendance figures in the 1995-6 season (the last before SL) and the subsequent years.
In the 1995-6 season, a paltry average of 5,516 was achieved per match. That amounted to 606,727 in total for regular season games, excluding any finals matches. For the first year of SL, that jumped to 6,578 or 868,255 in total. That represented a 43.1% increase. Thereafter the average was consistent for the remainder of the decade*.
Would SL continue to impact on the game in the UK? The next in the series will address that question. You can see that by clicking here.
|SL Attendances 1995-99|
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* In 1996, the number of teams went from 11 to 12. Then again an increase in competing sides from 12 to 14 in 1999, which reduced the average but bumped up the total figure.