The statement "some of the members of the balance council have a financial stake in the outcome" may be technically correct, but to suggest that profit is their motive is disrespectful and childish. Like I said -
No, what's childish is to pretend that every member of the balance council is going to behave like a paragon of neutrality.
What exactly do you think is happening? The council is colluding to make one race more powerful than the others so that those players can win and then split the prize money amoung the rest of them? How exactly does this work? It doesn't make any logical sense. If you HONESTLY believe that the main reason members of the council are participating is profit rather than trying to pump life into a dying, orphaned game I believe you are
I don't know what prompted this fabulist strawman, because it's certainly nothing I said.
It would behoove you to recognize the obvious, namely that the balance council is not a monolith, but a collection of individuals. Some may be motivated solely by a desire to improve the game. Others may be participating to promote a more favorable competitive environment for themselves. Still others may unconsciously conflate the former with the latter, because humans are predisposed to view something that benefits them as an unconditional good. None of this should be controversial, and anyone designing a workable balance proposal process needs to take these factors into account.