What? Perth's population is growing by around 25k a year in normal times, and by a lot more in mining boom times. In less than 10 years between 2006 and 2013 it went up by 1/2 million people! All the estimates are that Perth will hit 3million by 2050.
Sydney is over saturated, the crowds and club finances clearly show that. Some clubs revenue from football operations is pathetic and they simply wouldnt exist if they had to rely on the actual football operations to keep them going. Will it change? Not whilst people keep feeding pokie machines, but that doesnt change the fact. Sure Sydney is the most valuable city for NRl by far for lots of reasons but does it NEED nine clubs? Of course not.
At rate of last decade Sydney will be 10 million by 2040 (probably more). Where do you think businesses & sponsors will want to put their money?? Place growing at that rate a lot less crowded.
No proof Sydney clubs are cannibalizing each other. Some clubs are poorly run but hey what excuse do you use for cowboys, titans, knights, Auckland who've all had recent troubles?!