How many of those business have Illawarra in their name? Forgive me if i'm wrong, I didn't realise the burger bar was called "Illawarra Boy Elroy"?
It's been said many times by the new owners that removing the name was an NBL decision, not their own. Put some heat on the NBL, not the club.
But saying the Hawks have no ties to the region is simply ignorant.
They will play most if not all games in the Illawarra.
The Hawks give people of the Illawarra a team in a National league to support, something for kids to aspire to.
There's flow of effect for bars and eateries around the stadium to reap economic benefits on game days.
All the players and coaches and staff live in the Illawarra, and will spend money in the Illawarra.
The team will visit schools and community groups in the Illawarra.
They'll likely resume afternoon sessions with Junior teams at the Snakepit, post COVID.
That's probably enough to show they still have ties to the Illawarra.