Guys: people who do a bunch of tourneys together around the country are of course going to become friendly with each other (that is human nature, if you keep seeing the same people all the time you become friends with them, or at least should). It doesn’t mean just because people are friends there is some type of conspiracy. Perhaps the people who are friends have greater input on promotion than the rest of us, but it’s not like we don’t have a pipeline (I’m typing in one now) to get our own ideas over to the IFPA.
The IFPA really just wants to promote Pinball. They are trying this $1 fee this year as a test run and I’m sure will evaluate its impact after it’s been in place for a year and make whatever adjustments they feel are in our collective best interests. I wasn’t a fan of the $1 charge when it was announced but it really has not been issue in my area at all. I hope the bigger prize pools attract more attention to Pinball generally.