Quoted from fattdirk:
I figured the dollar per player covers marketing and stuff and it would give the league exposure.
Unfortunately, no. It goes to cover increased prize pools for the upper echelon.
Our league is up to 27 players and none of them joined because of the IFPA website. It's had zero impact on membership. All of our growth has been from us promoting ourselves. We had some lengthy discussions when the IFPA instituted their shakedown, but in the end, decided to "pay our tribute to the Mafia Don".
A good bit of the members enjoy bragging about having more points than their friends. That's the only reason we decided to pay the fee.