Dolphins were probably 5-10 years ahead of Tigers in asset proofing their bid with NRL-standard training facilities and revenue streams outside of their Leagues Club. On that basis Redcliffe deserved the 17th licence.If it is clear that the NRL is adding an additional team and that they want that team in Brisbane and an interested party fails to put in a bid, they they don't deserve a spot in the NRL.
If you are talking about the Firehawks, please give us a rundown of why the bid was so much more impressive against each of the the criteria set out by the NRL compared the the Dolphins' bid.
But, the whole situation has been f**ked by stupid decisions from the ARLC and Redcliffe. In my opinion, Redcliffe should have liaised with the Queensland Government to have a 35k stadium built in Moreton Bay and rebrand themselves as the Moreton Bay Dolphins. The bulk of their fans are based in Moreton Bay and will need to travel 40km to see them play at Lang Park.
Dolphin Oval isn't fit to hold NRL games and neither is Sunshine Coast Stadium. On top of this, the club has sold its soul by calling themselves The Dolphins, but aren't marketing themselves outside of Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast, despite playing most of their games at Lang Park. It would make sense to aggressively market themselves to everyone in SEQ because they'll need as much support as they can get from Brisbane, Logan and even Redlands to draw big crowds at Lang Park on a Thursday or Friday night.