Thats true, and thats why the AFl could never support the wholesale relocation of sides.
World Footy News talks all about new clubs starting up here
Its the one thing clubs like the Bulldogs, Saints, Roos, and Dees should have all learnt from the Hawthorn experience. Show some goddamn commitment.
I actually think that it should be a condition of the AFL assistance to the smaller Melbourne clubs that they play at least 1 or 2 games outside of Melbourne in areas that wouldnt necessarily be big enough to support a full time side. Theres no reason why these clubs couldnt survive with a 7-4 split of their home games - hell even North folks have said that would be ok if they had clean stadium arrangements.
That would in turn have allowed for games in both Launceston and Hobart, Darwin and Alice Springs, Cairns, and New Zealand.