So the people of those three towns, took a look at the clubs and thought, well they are playing sh!t rugby, they are winning nothing and going nowhere, but I'll tell you what I'm going to get myself down there to see this rich bloke they've signed.
Maybe with these type of guys at the helm they understand long term strategies, they understand marketing, loss leaders and invest to impress. Maybe they are just better at running things.
Since you have the access and the skills would you care to put up the precise figures for how much money these 3 have bank rolled their clubs by, could you then also publish how much money the other clubs have borrowed.
Actually yes I could, and a while ago I did (don't think I did Wigan at the time) - obviously any costs paid directly by the owner that did not go through the club (and there is no reason at all why that should not happen) will not show up in that analysis. Also of course its based on thge latest filed accounts, which for most clubs means 31/12/08. Wait until end September (probably longer for HKR again...) and I'll be able to give you 2009 numbers. I'm not going to set about the exercise in full again now, but if I get a few mins at home in the next day or so I'll put up the numbers for those 3 clubs.
And I fear you are deliberately seeking to misunderstand my point. It is an observation and not any kind of criticism. Wealthy owners prepared to put a lot of personal money into a club means that (for example) the club can go recruit and retain some good marketing people. And, as has rightly been pointed out on various forums, the clubs that have got their marketing right - and adequately resourced - have tended to be the ones who have made great strides in building attendances (even Hudds). Marketing requires money, and if you ain't got the funding in the first place, then you'll not be able to compete with those who do. Off the field as much as on the field.
As a specific example - Wigan have a very good and effective marketing director. Who has a decent budget to play with. He used to be at Bradford, where I'm sure he learned a lot in the early SL years. I'm sure he will be earning a lot more now than he did - or could have - at Bradford, and for sure he has a far bigger budget than Bradford. Bradford cannot even afford anyone senior in a specific marketing role now. Wigan have gone from success to success off the field, well before the on-field performances caught up. Bulls have gone from bad to worse, and by common consent its marketing appears poor. Would Bulls have fallen so far with a wealthy owner to bankroll the club - off the field as much as on it, given the salary cap restricts the latter? Its surely not rocket science, is it?
And yes, maybe the wealthy owners ARE better at understand long term strategies, maybe they do better understand marketing, loss leaders and invest to impress. Maybe they are just better at running things. The likes of Ken Davy, for example (I know more about him than some of the others) have proved they are very very good in their respective fields and businesses. And they likely did not get to where they are today by thinking they can do it all themselves. Hence they go out and recruit - and pay - good people. Maybe that is why they have amassed the wealth to enable them to become wealthy owners? Guys like McManus, for example, are clearly very capable and shrewd businessmen - I quote him because of the outstanding job he did turning Saints finances and everything else off-field round.
All of which in no way detracts from my point - if you have a wealthy owner - and especially one who has got to be one through their own business success, you likely have a huge advantage OFF the field - and especially in marketing - than if you do not.
And as for why some clubs have managed to attract wealthy owners and some have not...you tell me. Maybe there is no wealthy fan interested enough, or appetite to take on the task? Maybe the existing owners have not been prepared to relinquish control? And if the latter, and if there were candidates otherwise ready willing and able, then they deserve everything they get.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.