I don't know any of these conference people outside of softball.
I told a sponsor last fall, thank you for sponsoring for the last 6 years but we cannot have your team be in Conference with the current roster. I tell potential conference teams all the time they aren't ready for the conference. I don't have anything to do with money and the conference lost money by the boat loads. One team won't change that. Honesty actually helps the conference.
Conference is for the love of the game, plain and simple. There is no profit to the association.