Read a good theory about the Dolphins somewhere (can’t remember).
News Ltd want more Broncos games exclusive to Fox/Kayo, which means a 2nd Brisbane team for Ch9 to choose from.
But News Ltd are still majority owners of the Broncs
So the way to get A without damaging B too much is having the bid from the established suburban club in Brisbane’s north be successful, rather than either of the bids representing the expanding growth areas to the west of the city.
Slightly tinfoiling but also seems possibly legit…
I mean, its certainly true to an extent. The NRL has no long term vision, their goal is short term cash and the Dolphins win the bid because of $$$.
In terms of actual expansion it is probably the worst place to plonk a team, but Redcliffe are cashed up and TV networks, who once again control the game due to PVL, only care for short term wins.
Anyway, turns out my brother is mates with the Dolphins chairman son so we might get some inside info on signings.