Kayo has (or had) over 400k subscribers as well. Manly may get modest crowds but they have far more fans than 16k. I'm all for expansion but this is the one thing you don't get. These clubs have built up fanbase all over the country for decades who will watch NRL games on TV. It's not as simple as "manly only average 11k per game so if we dump them we only lose 11k fans".