I see nothing illegal about it as long as it’s within the rules… the problem is… in some instances the game would be better off with tighter guard rails..
Dan once offered to sponsor a team the whole NEXT SEASON run by Ron Swartz. The team was called The Tribe. “All he wanted” was for them to give up the berth to the B World that they won so his team could get the hand me down.
A few years later there was a norcal team with a bunch of good players that vowed to stay together.. Dan couldn’t beat them or buy any of them individually… so he offered to sponsor them… THE WHOLE TEAM the following year as long as they moved out of his division to AA..I was on that team. We enjoyed success because of it
A year or so after that Dan’s biggest norcal competition had a player Dan that was on a frozen roster… he paid for all their travel costs to the A World.
I guess being able to buy almost anything you desire kinda blurs ones vision..
Away from softball I won’t go deeply into trophy hunting from a parachute plane over indian land radioing down coordinates…
I guess what I am saying is.. Dan’s gererosity sometimes comes with a price and on occasion is blurred because of his desire to succeed… in the end… that mindset is why the man has financially succeeded in life and also why… guard rails need to be strongly built…
I have no doubt many of the big money sponsors over the years have been built from the same timber..
That is also why I strongly believe rosters should not be larger then 14 or 15 players, contracts should be allowed for more then one year, players have to agree to be released from a frozen roster and a chip limit needs to be installed on major rosters…
Those things would dramatically increase competition while reducing big money’s ability to buy the game and abuse its players.