I know Brisbane have a stack of disadvantages, as testament to those regularly pointed out as rebuttal when others (not me) suggest that one particular thing or another is an advantage. But can any Broncos fans think of anything they might have that might actually be an advantage?
Once upon a time I would have said access to third party agreements and corporate sponsorship, but the Roosters have shown you can still have that in Sydney so I guess that's good management rather than something only the Broncos have access to, so you can't really call it an unfair advantage. If a team which is basically at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Broncos with the smallest support base, and virtually no local juniors and leagues, can also have massive corporate support, then surely you can't attribute that to something unfair that the Broncos have. If Newcastle or the Dragons for example had Nick Politis or Paul White as CEO's, perhaps they'd be in the same position.
Access to the best venue in the world perhaps. Although I guess that was brought on in large part by them averaging 40K+ in the mid 90's, so I suppose again that's not really an advantage other than one they created themself.
I guess you could argue that having the best weather in Australia helps by having better conditions for try scoring football, though that is someone negated by not playing day matches at home that often. I guess you could say the weather makes it a liveable place for footballers and their families to want to relocate to if all other things were the same. Shame we don't have DLS to really take advantage of it.
A huge supporter base certainly helps, but who wouldn't want to support the Broncos with the terrific style they've traditionally played. Given before 1988 most football supporters had a different team to support but the style the Broncos played encouraged them to change, and that is supported by the Crushers having next to no support in an identical market. I guess that again is an advantage they've created themself.
So I guess through all of that it seems like the "advantages" we have are more rewards for what we've done over the last 30 seasons rather than unfair advantages.
Wait! I've got one! Manly take one home match a year to our home ground, so effectively 13 home games a year instead of 12. That's an advantage. Not as much as an advantage as Souths, Bulldogs, Tigers, Parramatta, Dragons and Roosters get, but an advantage over the other 9 teams for sure. That and Queenslanders are generally smarter, so the players don't have to put up with idiots like Phil Rothfield on a day to day basis. And Queenslanders don't have an inferiority complex like others do, so the players don't have to put up with stupidity surrounding them 24/7. Other than that I can't really think of anything. Certainly nothing major.