Yes its funny how for years people have mocked the AFL having to prop up Sydney teams, now its the NRL whose propping up more lol
Swans bring in (2021 covid impacted)
$12.8mill memberships and game day takings
Thats $28.5mill in football operations in a covid year. I doubt theres a Sydney NRL club even close to that. Hence why the grant has to keep going up at expense of other areas of the game.
Not all of that would be Sydney though.
They still sell off stuff to former South Melbourne fans, It is why these things are never straight forward.
NRL clubs run player development atleast so it is justified