^I've said many times that the IFBB needs to be investigated by the Feds for the way they run it. Lack of healthcare for their "employees/competitors", possible ethics violations, nepotism.
The healthcare argument, which I've heard others state I disagree with. The IFBB is a private organization, and on that basis they're not required to provide health care for anyone just as no private organization should be required to. If they want to provide it, sure, could they get some type of fantastic deal on a group plan, I'm sure they could, but that's up to them. Overall though I agree with you on the basis of the insanity and corruption of the IFBB.
Here are some prime examples of how stupid the whole thing is.
When we did the probodybuilding.com thing. off the top of my head I can think of about two dozen men and women, all top IFBB pro's who we offered numerous video shoots to for pay ranging from $4,000-$6,000 per video...those who have a say in the IFBB and influence wouldn't allow it. I won't mention the names of the people who were a problem, but to give you more of an idea I once went to one of these controlling people and wanted to do a video with Jenny Lynn, it would have paid her around $10k for a full day of shooting...this guy wouldn't even return my phone call and I kept getting the run around from his secretary and this was after we are sponsoring nearly every major IFBB and NPC show.
There are countless examples like this, we were trying to do all we could to throw as much money as possible at these competitors, something no one else would do and it was not allowed. It was a complete load of crap.