What ruled Geelong out of getting a T20 team was the fact they don't have lights. Once they go in, which should be in the near future, they should move the Renegades from Etihad Stadium to Geelong.
Why? The best advertisement for cricket at Etihad was shown on Saturday night at the MCG. They won't move a Melbourne team unless it starts drawing deplorable crowds. Which it's not just yet.
I don't think that has anything to do with it. The game was scheduled for the MCG. Are you saying all games should be moved to Etihad? The 2 games there the weather has been fine outside. Crowds of 10-13k are nothing to get excited about. The 2 teams are just splitting existing support. Largest crowd last year was just over 40k. Same crowd attended the derby. Largest non-derby for Stars was 30k-odd and about 13k for the Renegades. Surely Geelong would get somewhere around the 15-20k mark.
Why? Geelong only has about 150k people, and it's not going to be like the AFL club with 150-odd years of history and a huge support base outside of Geelong. I reckon 10k max, maybe a tad more if they're winning similar to Hobart. Still might be worth a team, but not at the expense of a Melbourne team.
My point on Etihad was that I think support for the Renegades won't drop, partly because people can go to games knowing that they're actually going to get a full game. Especially if they can get a Gayle or a Warne that puts bums on seats.