The people who go to the Cowboys games don’t all come from Townsville.’ They come in from all over FNQ.
And I didn’t mention Rocky but the same would apply
As I said that people at games aren’t the NRLs biggest goal.
As for viewership , people don’t have to live within half an hour of the ground to watch it , and games at Townsville are also watched throughout Qld.
I don’t think that there’s much doubt that at least one team from Sydney is on borrowed time.
They won’t drop an outside team (except maybe GOLd Coast)
And I don’t think that will happen.
Someone will eventually have to go.
Johns suggested Rocky.
But I think you miss my point about population - I’m not really talking about attendance at games.
Suppose you introduce a new team in NSW or QLD, is that going to boost TV viewership? Footy is already strong viewership here.
John suggested Rocky or Wellington, but who is going to support those teams? Mostly the locals and local catchment. I can’t see Broncos or Warriors fans switching over to a non-local side.
Compare that to Perth - no rugby competition, some local league support, 2M people with just 2 other football sides in Eagles and Glory (Fremantle not counted).
I dont argue there are too many Sydney teams but Sydney is a big big place. And if you cut a Sydney team you risk alienating those fans - real actual current supporters, not hypothetical future supporters.
Being from the CQ (Rockhampton ) area , you got no ground to start with
You will need to build a stadium
They have a football school namely St Brendans Yeppoon which recruits good footy players from around CQ
Population will be the biggest issue , if you included Emerald which id about 3.1/2 hours away you might have 250 000 , Mackay would see themselves at Cowboys fans ,Bundaberg is too possibly too far south
CQ is in a recession at the moment , mining and the drought are the major reason
My problem is the economy is just too often either boom or bust for an NRL side
Central coast , 2nd NZ side and PNG would be ahead
I still think Darwin could be a gold mine , never had a National sports franchise ……
If they are serious about what’s good for the game, then a second team in Brissie is a must, mainly because of the numbers that would support any team that was not The Broncos.
And it should be the first new team in the Competition,
That would be inline with your Population theory.and rightly so.
Qlders are so oneyed about where they live , and at the moment with no team between Brisbane and Townsville, they don’t have anyone to support except what’s already there,
I don’t know where it will eventually be, but my opinion is that there will be another team in Regional Qld when the times right,
CQ and Ipswich have been working towards that goal for quite a while now.
I think that Perth will be next after the second Qld team