They probably already do.@Oz Sport Mad wrote:
Agreed - Sydney sides have a massive advantage over the rest of the comp.
Teams like say the Broncos should get some sort of salary cap concession to account for this discrepancy.
But sure, Sydney teams not too far from the CBD (Roosters/Souths) do have a slight advantage over a side like the broncos in regards to travel.
Teams like Newcastle, Canberra, Penrith, Cronulla and the Dragons (based at Woolongong) would have an ever so slight advantage over brisbane but not much. Not to mention the fact that all those sides bar Canberra (and possibly Newcastle) have to get to sydney to then fly brisbane/GC/townsville/nz - so thats a disadvantage there.
Hell even getting from Manly to the city can take over an hour when the traffic bad - which is every day.
Same with the doggies and belmore.
Traffic from leichardt to the city can be a fucking nightmare too.
Try getting from Parra to cronulla in under an hour and a half when its busy... or cronulla to the city. Cronulla to Manly... fuck that.
Not to mention when sides move their games to gosford or NZ or to Darwin or what ever.
A side like Melbourne has a pretty even travel schedule to brisbane too. Same with the GC - GC is prob worse, because trust me if its cheaper to fly a side from Brisbane to syd, the club will go from brisbane every time.
The teams with real travel disadvantages are the Cowboys and warriors - but to compensate they get a lot of saturday night games with longer turnarounds (I assume).
I guarantee any team in the league would swap places with brisbane tho to be a one city team in a league mad state - to gain all the benefits that come along with that. I bet most of the time Broncos players sleep in their own bed after a game anyway, they would shower hit the bus and go straight to the airport from the game a lot of the time.