I think it entirely possible if a Tasteam eventuates, that the Hawks/North thing continues.Maybe we'll make more money from memberships from our Melbourne supporters? Or maybe we can get a new sponsor or two? Maybe better on field performance in a year or two might also help?
Like, it's not that hard to figure out where North can make some of that money.
In a broader sense, I think selling games and constantly being spoken of as a relocation candidate massively hurts our brand. It makes sponsors less likely to sponsor, and those that do spend less. Partly because you are physically getting in front of fewer people at Hobart than you are at Docklands, and partly because there's a vibe that they don't want to be associated with.
We're now debt-free, so the need for the money is reduced. If it ended tomorrow, it'd hurt a bit in year one, a bit less in year two, and so on. But there's also the "I won't buy a membership because they're a bit sh*t this year" element at play, so how much of the hurt would be Tassie related would be arguable.
Bottom line is that Tasmania don't want us to relocate, we don't want to relocate either, so assuming that we stay with the current or similar arrangement for a few years until the new Tassie side comes in would work well for all parties.
If not, I see North going & some hard bargaining over the Hawks contract. Maybe liking it to more games against Melbourne based clubs, or less money.
Oh I agree. I'm just looking at the political possibilities& footy & the deals that might be made. But who knows. Its all guess work until we find out what such deals may or may not be be.Nope Tassie no longer needs to subsidise North - simple, should not continue.