I don't think the league was meant for a "minor" league to scrape by directly under he big shadow of a major league team. They can choose their markets carefully. The reason Halifax can average 4000 fans is you have to go into communities that have strong local pride and want something to call their own. Especially in the east where they never seem to get the chance to compete for anything nationally, not even the CFL.
I know enough about other markets like Kingston, London and Oshawa that they all have their ownidentity and pride also.
And I think it's great to give guys a chance to play for pay locally. Maybe they can try and stagger their season a bit with competing leagues.