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Pro sports teams based in two locations.

What do people think of a future where expansion teams could be based across two different geographic locations whereby home games are split? In the event the NBL gets a second tier or expands the likelihood will be Tas team in Launceston/Hobart, Geelong/regional Vic, NSW Central Coast/Newcastle, Canberra/Albury etc. Do split teams work in other sports and are they easy to manage? IMO basketball is one of the few codes where this could work in oz.

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Gaze next on the list!

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no and nowhere.

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I believe St George and Illawara did it in rugby league and they are going ok with two home grounds. AFL have tried with the swans/south Melbourne and Brisbane/Fitzroy by relocating but still trying to keep previous supporters. Know a couple of people that were original fans and continue to support but also others that say they want nothing to do with them because they moved. And Hawthorn are trying to form links with Tasmania, North Melbourne tried the same with Canberra, but cant really see fans following them with the same passion as if they had their own team.

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Crows womens team is half the side training in Darwin and the rest in Adelaide. Won the flag, so it is possible

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New Orleans Pelicans did it back when they were the Hornets and New Orleans got washed away years ago

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no. shit idea, never works.

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Geelong and butt f%ck nowhere.
Hobart and Launceston need to be Tassie.
Newcastle and who? Canberra with all their friends. Sorry. NO.

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Re: Crows women split.

I hadn't heard that.

A split city team would be easier to manage in basketball than any other team sport. The smaller roster, and the NBL’s smaller support staff, would make travel and accommodation more economical.

They’d still come up against fans’ natural tribalistic, home town nature though.

So, it could work for a cashed up owner, but I doubt there’d be a strong enough fan base for such a team to be financially viable.

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I am not a great fan of it directly, however when you look at teams like Footscray FC in the AFL changing their identity to the Western Bulldogs I get it.

The South Dragons could be a sample case, so where were they directing their target membership base, I am guessing the whole of Victoria.

It has been done plenty of times before, not specifically two locations, I suggest geographical zones more often than just two cities or direct locations.

You still need an identity, plenty of more important factors will decide the success of a pro-team IMHO.

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