Well, the Toronto Rock has one up on the Toronto Maple Leafs, they were the last Toronto professional team to win a league championship at the old Maple Leafs Garden. And no relocation can take that away from that franchise
Well, like it or lump it, Hamilton is becoming more and more in people's minds another part, if you will, of the GTA even if it's not officially I don't believe part of the GTA but many are moving to Hamilton from Toronto for less expensive homes and a smaller city atmosphere with the Niagara escarpment and waterfalls trails and that.
Agree with Scott Radley here suggesting if no knows Hamilton from Bermuda, and Hamilton has hosted a PGA tour event the Canadian Open a few times which gets major American television broadcast time, well then Panther City? What, where is that?
Agree as you mention "if the team takes root (unlike lasting a season the first time around) then you can see a rebrand somewhere down the line". Changing the name of a team involves a fair bit I would think. Time will tell and most of the people really interested in lacrosse around Hamilton were probably going to Toronto anyways, it isn't far of course when they wanted to watch a Rock game live.
The third team? Maybe the Marlies, don't know, they do play the odd game at Scotiabank I think.
Oh, come to think of it, isn't Toronto and Ontario the same thing anyways? (playing devils advocate here.... I think )
A Toronto team that doesn't play in Toronto? Torontonians will lose interest.
A Toronto named team playing in Hamilton? What a turn off!
Attendance prediction - 4000 average.
“No disrespect to the people in Hamilton,” owner Jamie Dawick says. “But around North America, a lot of people would look at you and think you’re talking about Bermuda or something like that.” (Quoted from Hamilton Spec)
Revised attendance prediction after disrespectfully kicking Hamiltonians in the teeth - 2800 to 3300 average.
Let me see, Toronto has the "Skydome" or "Rogers Centre" think it's called that you can climb up the stairs in the stadium and say "wow". (ok, they have the penile looking CN Tower, fair enough And Hamilton has the Niagara Escarpment running right through it with wonderful views on top of Lake Ontario and the surrounding countryside (ok, apart from the steel factories, just don't look that way I think Jamie Dawick doesn't actually know Hamilton and surrounding area that well to be honest.