Yeah I was around that time, in Sydney. 4 new clubs was way too ambitious, then superleague happened. Crowds dropped off massively everywhere so it's hard to use events back then to gauge anything. The reds Crowds during that time beat a few other teams, they weren't at the bottom.
Caution will be taken by the NRL and any investor of the club . If it doesnt stack up then it doesn't stack up. But the reason's not to go to Perth bandied about here are ridiculous , not by you btw.
Glory, force, gws..... that's all bull and that crap will be challenged.
They aren't reasons not to go, They are reasons to be cautious. That point is being lost in this and threads like this
NZ 2 is my preference but has its own issues to overcome to be a suitable option
As a whole I don't think Australian Sport has done expansion well, WSW, Storm are a few notable exceptions. Even in RL in the last 30 years
Those who are still around.
GC were seagulls then Chargers, Had their licence returned since being Titans
Auckland has had issues
Even Newcastle recently was in NRL ownership
The NBL said this in regards to that competitions expansion
“A reasonable lead in time is a year-and-a-half to build a team from the ground up, build the back office and the on-court performance, without rushing it,” Kestelman said.
“I don’t want more teams for the sake of having more teams if they’re going to be struggling.
“We need to make sure there is support from fans, from business, from government to ensure it is commercially viable and it actually grows the game and the NBL.”
Nailed my thoughts with that. No rush imo gives a few seasons to assess some of the issues mentioned in this thread and generally