Would be an easy solution but unfortunately NRL seems to fail with relocations and I doubt Perth would accept a loser team over their Pirates bid which has had juniors playing for years.
Need to cull some sydney teams but no one want it to be theirs, I’d say you’d get a south’s style sook March if they got moved like the last time the NRL tried to deal with a shit team
I can't see the ARLC getting rid of any Sydney side or forcing them to relocate. The talk before the Commission was formed was about making tough decisions. The NRL media were all saying how they need to consolidate teams or review the geographical spread of the sides.
After the Commission was formed it came out how the ownership of the NRL or ARLC was the clubs and the two main states. As we have seen if the clubs get unhappy they can gather the numbers and throw a hissy fit and the ARLC back down so they keep their jobs or there is change.
They also use the broadcast deal needing 8 games a week. So unless we have an odd amount like they might move to if they let in another club soon then the only option is relocation.
Can only see a club relocating if they are in big trouble. But like you mentioned most areas will want a new club instead of one that has failed elsewhere. I'm not totally across the AFL but I believe the Swans are a relocated side, any others? In Australasia relocation doesn't seem to be as popular as America.
A smart club would put a game or two over there a year and build a fan base so if they do need to move they started getting a footing in the new location. The way the NRL clubs run they would want to keep their home games but have the other clubs move theirs.