Is there the fanbase and corporate support in Christchurch to generate $15million a year plus revenue in those 2 areas? Its a bit unanswerable I guess but that's realistically what teams without a pokies club are aiming for to be sustainable and have the cash to not just survive but thrive.
The same argument could be made for especially Adelaide for example and perhaps even Perth (although I would strongly disagree with the latter). Any area that doesn’t have pokies could have these accusations made against them.
Nevertheless, I think a second New Zealand side is more important than especially another Brisbane side for terms of player development.