First of all times change. Most of those years Rugby League was a semi professional sport and you were competing with what? Rugby Union was an amateur sport, AFL was like League and had no prescence outside of a few states and soccer was only well supported by post war European immigrants. Eve you must realise that it has changed a bit since then.
Support for Sydney sides are massively inflated by some around here. Cowboys, Storm and Broncos all have more supporters than any of the Sydney sides
Doesn't mean there's too many NSW teams - just means some clubs are poorly managed. Guess what, so are are plenty of teams outside of the state. Remember clubs in Perth, Adelaide & even Brisbane went belly up.
Vast majority of pay tv subscribers, FTA viewers & fans of game support Sydney Clubs. It's the basis for the upcoming record broadcast deal. Don't throw out baby with bath water...
Plus streaming & fox half a million ppl in Sydney will watch a big regular season game. Melbourne lucky to hit 50k. Game wouldn't exist without Sydney teams
First of all those teams were booted because of News Ltd not because of financials. They’re all making money.
On the subject of supporter bases, you’re overestimating Sydney support. Storm and Broncos have twice the amount of support that the most well supported Sydney have got and are worth way more to the competition than any of the Sydney clubs you can name. Even the Cowboys and the Warriors would probably have more supporters than the Sydney sides
Depends on who is playing and the actual significance of the game. You shouldn’t consider all Sydney clubs to be the same, so if you’re talking about the Sharks or Manly probably not, even the Tigers and Dragons at the end of the season or Penrith pre their current run wouldn’t rate very well. You can’t say all Sydney sides are as important to the comp as say Souths or Parra.
Again Melbourne, Brisbane, Cowboys, Dolphins when they come in, Warriors all mean more to the comp financially. That might hurt people’s feeling but it is an inarguable point
So no drama if Sydney just play Sydney clubsSo you are talking about the conference idea? They already do in a lot of ways - the Qld teams definitely do and I know as a Raiders fan that we always play the Warriors and the Storm twice even the Knights and Titans more often than not
Broncos yes - unlikely rest.
Interesting broncos monopoly soon to end as Brisbane content more important than having a large super club.
Basically any team which provides Sydney content is of value to NRL. Teams you list just piggyback off the game's popularity in the Sydney market. Superleague would've never merged with ARL if otherwise
The Storm definitely do. They are challenging the Broncos for the most supporters in Australia now. Cowboys have around 600,000 supporters which if not bigger than all of the Sydney clubs, would be bigger than all except maybe Parra or Souths. Warriors is a guess but not outrageous considering they have a country of five million to themselves
Also I don’t need a clue mate I already have it. You need to ask yourself why some Sydney clubs continue to struggle for supporters and financially and why adding another side in Sydney would be a good option when you several other options available
Sydney doesnt require even a single other team. The only places in NSW that ought to be represented are Wollongong, Campbelltown, Gosford. Dragons already do wollongong partially. Tigers do Campb. partially. Sea Eagles can do Gosford partially. Those three teams can for the time being service those regions by playing half their home games there, but the goal should be a permanent relocation there.
All you have to do then is push one Sydney club to Perth asap, and eventually in the future a second Sydney team to Adelaide.
Cronulla to Perth makes the most sense (apologies Sharks fans) because it's a weak region in Sydney, the Sharks have been on the brink of collapse before, and the Sharks moniker would suit a Perth team.
Any actual expansion should be QLD (2 more clubs... Ipswich and Central QLD). So you have about 6 NSW and 6 QLD teams. And Wellington or Christchurch.
Short term plan imo... Ipswich and NZ-2, in the next 2-5 years. Sharks to Perth asap. Sea Esgles to Gosford 50% as soon as 2022.