From the rumors I have heard.... The CONference has selective fees. I have heard some teams have been given big discounts if the take a bump (move up in division) during the season.
It's kinda strange after the season is over there is talk about players being suspended because the team didn't pay the fee.
If this is true..... It sounds alot more like someone didn't kiss the ring correctly.
The game is swirling down the toilet because Don is not implementing methods to reduce costs and balance out the competition.
You can sit in the stands and figure that out.... Unfortunately..... I guess it's not as obvious when your sitting in Florida HQ..