Old thread resurrection, and seeing as no one seems to bother posting in this section anymore, who gives a damn, right?
The problem isn't that the SPL isn't unbalanced. Scottish football is unbalanced. We are one of the few leagues left in Europe that doesn't have a pyramid system, but a series of closed off leagues, where the only way to join is getting elected when another side leaves, either by going out of existence like Gretna or the league expanding (or in the non-leagues to replace those elected to the SFL).
This needs to be sorted out ASAP. For a start, we need less organising bodies running the game in Scotland. The SFL should probably become part of the SFA. I'd prefer to see the SPL do much the same but it won't happen. But the SFL who run the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Division & the League & Challenge Cups are a shambolic group who have no understanding of taking the initiative on issues, as shown by their handling of the current embarassment in Scottish football, the slow death of Livingston.
In an ideal situation we'd see the leagues rearranged completely from the top down: 16 side Premier League that means teams play each other twice a season, 16 side 1st Division, and then a series of regional leagues below that, North & South, East & West, however you want to arrange. The seperate Juniors association needs to come to an end. Give Juniors sides the chance of actual league progress. Teams like Linlithgow & Pollock would easily fit in amongst the current Third Division sides.
TV deal needs to arranged better as well. The current situation sees the Old Firm getting more of the TV revenue than anyone else. Yes, they are who broadcasters want to see. Tough shite, they play in the Scottish League and so all sides in the top flight would get an equal share, 1/16th of whatever TV money there is. That would be a start to a more balanced Scottish league.
Could then start to work on proper financial regulation that ensures clubs don't get mired in debt that brings them to the verge like has happened at Clyde, Stranraer, Stirling Albion & the forementioned Livingston in the past few months. Rules that mean clubs spend what they can afford.
None of it will happen though. The Old Firm would never accept an equal share of TV revenue, the other SPL clubs are far too worried about dropping out of the top flight or sharing TV money with even more clubs, and the teams that never get out of the Third Division like Elgin, East Stirlingshire and Albion Rovers would be far too scared of finally losing their league place after years of no ambition. Ultimately Scottish football is full of short-sighted individuals and the chances of any real change with out the Old Firm moving to England or wherever else are virtually nil.