Its not exactly a high quality match up though is it? Its 11 Vs 17. The only reason its a "game we want to watch" is because it involves a popular big 4 club. Tasmania was offered the 1st on the ladder Demons the other week and yet no one was interested.
It will be intresting to see the posted crowd for the scg match as the nrl match today only bought 17k.
Probably highlights an issue for the nrl as so much effort is put into drawing attention to the SOO games that it leaves no real marquee fixtures to market for the regular nrl season.
But it is on the background of Tasmanians having long held interest in the vfl from generations back and Tasmanians having attached themselves to supporting vfl teams. You can't just say 'interstate' teams and think it is an apples for apples comparison to the Sydney sporting market.