I’m not having a go but I just find it funny that you had a go at RL for moving away from a Sydney based competition to a national competition yet you jumped on board a competition/game that did exactly the same thing (jumped from a Victorian game to a national game).
You also mentioned that you couldn’t support a relocated side in RL but you support one in AFL. Finally, you also said that RL couldn’t attract people who haven’t grown up with the sport but presumably you are an example of someone who didn’t grow up with AFL but grew to like it due to having greater accessibility.
I’m just curious from a psychological point of view that’s all. I remember somebody else saying that they follow AFL because they rationalised Sydney clubs and tried to become national competition, completely ignoring the fact that AFL did exactly the same thing.
Also, why are you getting upset? You like AFL, I don’t. Who cares
I wasn't even born when South Melbourne moved to Sydney and I was 8 (in 1992) when I became a fan of the club, I didn't have a clue about the club's history in Melbourne until I was older.
Thing is I'm a sports fan, there's not too many sports that I don't like.
The VFL/AFL didn't really rationalise the competition, South were broke and would've gone out of business had they not made the move to Sydney, same with Fitzroy although the irony is they almost became the Brisbane Lions in the 1980's without the Bears as they had looked at relocating to Brisbane as early as 1986.
The big difference with the Sydney NRL clubs is none of them are struggling financially as South and Fitzroy were so there's not really any need for them to move anywhere and nor should they.
Comparing the NRL to the AFL is apples and oranges. With the exception of regional club Geelong, the Melbourne clubs were always within 20-30 minutes of each other, putting them all at the MCG and Docklands made sense.
Sydney is much more spread out, going from say Manly (Brookvale) to Cronulla is a 90 minute trip either way, even Manly to Moore Park is a 45 minute drive away.