Reported plans to place the Six Nations behind a paywall when the current TV deal expires in 2021 are just mind-numbingly idiotic.
The powers-that-be may say that nothing has yet been decided but the fact that they are not ruling it out tells us all that we need to know.
And, by outlawing joint bids (a combined bid by the BBC and ITV won last time), it means that the bid process is now heavily rigged against the free-to-air terrestrial channels and in favour of pay TV.
Not only would such a move be disastrous for the Six Nations as a tournament - TV viewing figures would inevitably plummet (see F1 for proof) as casual rugby watchers simply would't pay for the privilege - it would also fatally wound the already struggling grassroots game as participation numbers fall away. Just look at what has happened to cricket.
Those making the decision must understand this. They can't be that stupid. Which leads me to the inevitable conclusion that, in the dash for pay TV cash, they simply don't care.