It makes perfect sense: there aren’t consequences to the ownership group, they’re consequences to the coach and possibly the GM (although rarely). Peons, fall guys. The owner of the Fire or the Quakes or FC Cincinnati does not have to worry about playing “in Chattanooga in a stadium of 4,000 people on a crappy field with no fans.” He will rest easy knowing he’s got a few seasons before he loses the fan base. And since they’re guaranteed D1, all they have to do is string together some winning seasons to get the crowds back. Or not, why does it matter really with revenue sharing?