Having fun??? This is a conference team I think we are talking about, and yes playing ball is fun, but when you sign that contract and get all the goodies that comes from it, you not looking for fun like you do at league or nutters?
Many players have burned sponsors and why you see so many leaving softball. There has been many stories over the years about guys missing flights, owing money, stealing equipment, etc....
a lot of the newbies today things are owed to them. If I sponsored, I would look at the player and his history. Does he have a regular job? Has he played on organized sports at a high level? What his conduct at the tourney? Conduct away from the fields. These are the things I think sponsors should look up.
No sponsors, no conference or competitive tournies.
The NIT days of the 90's had a lot of sponsors fitting the bill, and now we have lost many.