I’m not so sure. Paying customers fell significantly at televised matches when the broadcast was on a pay channel (when only a proportion of fans had access to it). If a match is live on free-to-air TV I expect the crowd might suffer even more.
That team had great reserves something we now largely ignore in our team building.
This season we started with Chessell and Lawlor, who were going to do nothing other than make up the numbers. The change for Bickley helped us big time in the early season and Bailey at home during Aug/Sep beat some decent riders on the way to a few points. Look at the impact Mountain has had for Leicester, we need something similar next year IMO.