Im not saying you dont have valid points Rob, you arent wrong in what your saying. Except about Princes Park. That has everything to do with Ian Collings - and John Elliot - being idiots.I'm not slagging off Victorian clubs here. Just pointing out that crowds and memberships are not valid comparisons between Victorian and non Victorian clubs because they're not the same product at the same price.
It's not just Perth either - have a look at how much it costs an Adult to get into the SCG this year. A GA ticket is $53.50, and reserved seats are up to $143! For $143 you can nearly buy a full GA membership of any Victorian club. Charge those prices per game and Melbourne's crowd average would be about 15,000, despite games against other Vic clubs.
Games regularly sell out though, especially at the Eagles. I gather you are aware of the difference.
Bollocks. When the AFL had a contract to play 16 games a year at the ground, all clubs bar Carlton campaigned the league to buy it out (which they duly did so that only Carlton would play there) because it drew such god awful crowds. Princes Park is about the same quality stadium as Subiaco.
Seriously, you put Collingwood v Gold Coast at Princes Park, charged $45 a ticket and you'd be lucky if 20k showed up.
Now lets just get it back to Tassie eh