Top 10 will improve TV money - SPL chief Neil Doncaster
Doncaster says a 10-team league creates a best v best environment
Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster believes a 10-team top league would generate increased revenue from television broadcast deals.
And he reiterated that failure to change the current set-up would be damaging to Scottish football.
"We've certainly had the indication that the plan on the table is more attractive to TV than the status-quo," Doncaster told BBC Radio Scotland.
"I believe if we stay as we are then we will be managing continuing decline."
Doncaster is pushing for a top flight of 10 teams, with a second tier of the same size and a system of play-offs.
On Tuesday, following a meeting with the 12 member clubs, Doncaster and SPL chairman Ralph Topping were confident that their proposals would be ratified at a vote on 17 January.
However, on Wednesday BBC Scotland learned that at least four clubs - Dundee United, hearts, Kilmarnock and Inverness - were sceptical of the idea.
Doncaster says that if clubs do not vote for the new structure, which he believes is the most financially beneficial, then the current 12-team league will remain.
We had a 10-team league before - we were part of it - and it didn't work then
John Yorkston Dunfermline chairman
"If the vote goes against two SPL leagues of 10 then we have the status-quo, but that's something that everyone accepts should not be the case," Doncaster said on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme.
"No one else has put any alternatives up. I think those who want 16 teams in the top flight are deluding themselves.
"That would take a lot of money out of the game, because clubs would play each other just twice.
"So if you take away half of the big games, you're talking about half of the value being lost - around £7m."
"If you have more bigger games, with play-offs, then there is more attraction and value in the TV rights.
"That money will help ease the burden of relegation, as well as give us a chance to hold on to our better players who, at the moment, are drifting away to England because there's more money there."
Doncaster insisted that the two-tier SPL, incorporating some clubs from the current First Division, would benefit all clubs in the Scottish football structure.
"This is not just looking after our own," he told BBC Scotland. "It's about the best interests of all 42 clubs.
However, there is widespread opposition from fans, who fear the prospect of teams meeting four times a season is dull.
And BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds echoed those concerns, saying: "I'm strongly against it. They [SPL] are looking after their own backyard.
"Everything is short-term. It's all about how can we get more money."
The former Dundee United, Aberdeen, Rangers and Scotland striker added: "They are going to chase the fans away and I really fear for Scottish football five or 10 years down the line."
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