Crowds =/= profits. Sponsors, TV rights, outside ventures - that makes clubs profitable. Clubs like the Suns and GWS require substantial AFL assistance to remain viable - a Tasmanian side would be no different even if their crowds were higher.A team could prosper there. Av attendance at Hawthorn games is just under 14K. North games 10.5K and that is for what can mostly be described as games that would pull low crowds even in Melbourne. Gold Coast and GWS draw crowds of 11.5-12K with a games against all of the opposition teams and require a lot of AFL money to stay afloat. At least the Tassie Govt would be providing money to make sure they were successful because of the tourism factor and with a better variety of teams playing there maybe crowd numbers would increase. They are a footy state give them a team.