Man, I have always teetered with this topic in my head. To me, Money is the root of all evil. It will change people. And it will make people turn on one another. Now here we have a dilemma. I want the battlers to get paid for hard work, but I don't want to see it at the extent that it hurts the company who has to put up the funds, especially when some leagues/divisions don't have as much to give. If there are sponsors supporting, and folks willing to financially back what is going on, then cool. But I don't necessarily agree on paying people for the sake of paying them cuz someone else paid them before. They will eventually ask for more down the line, or pull an Arsenal and try and blackmail u into givin more. I feel like u should EARN a chance to be paid. And when I say paid, it should be on something reasonable like hotel, flights, and possibly based on how many views u generate. Someone shouldn't be paid just cuz they politicked themselves to get into ur pockets. I am all for seeing BIG blockbuster matchups, but I would rather see money go to battlers that will continue to be loyal and support ur league. Cuz at the end of the day, if u give money out to folks that don't support u, then u will never see a return on ur investment. They will simply take ur money and never give ur league any promotion or credit, and they very unlikely will want to battle unless they are paid again. I'd rather see guys get paid who WANT to battle, who have little to NO EGOS, and are motivated to help BUILD their division and league. They will be the people that are personally invested in ur product, and they will be the people u can fall back on when u need someone to build ur lineup on. If this money gets tossed around, people will use that as leverage to say "well if u paid him, then why can't u pay me the same?". Eventually it'll lead to more bickering and stickier situations. Leagues should build with the people that they know will stay committed and loyal to them, and are not their to leech off of it. Like I said, I wanna see battlers get paid, REASONABLY and if they earn it based on views. I think if ur hustle game is on par with makin music, then battlers can find ways of makin that loot. Get ur studio game up! Or do what other battlers do, and find other hustles. I went to BOTB once and copped a few mixtapes from battlers, copped a shirt from Fredo, etc. U get the point. There are ways of makin that dough without tryna get into the dirty side of politics and shit. I wanna see the leagues have longevity. All ur pesos can't be put into one or 2 monster events. U gotta keep some ends to last u for longer. My 2 cents.