This whole crying about a dollar per tournament entry going to a national organization that helps promote pinball is absurd. A dollar?! How much is that spread across all of the games that one plays in a tournament? Ten cents per play? Good grief.
Pinball is a whole lot more fun because the IFPA has rankings and sanctions events. I don't play much competitive pinball due to time constraints, but if I did I'd be very glad that someone was keeping track of my ranking compared to other players across the entire world. I'm super into watching competitive pinball streams on Twitch now and the IFPA rankings and increased prize pools make it more interesting to watch than ever.
To imply that the Sharpes are skimming dollars off of people so that they can line their own pockets with what a few hundred dollars is absolutely absurd and douchey. They have careers in the arcade and pinball industries. They aren't stupid enough to torpedo their own careers to make a few pennies. They win tournaments because they're good. If you don't like it, beat them.