The first one was done right;bring your best shirt,all Feds. on one stage, No hoakie drug test to cause contraversies and just see who has the best bench! It's went to shit since then.
I think the point was to try and get TV coverage. To do this you need sponsors with BIG money. They want what they want so it is done that way. Gotta look at the politics behind it.
I am completely against BA. I liked the first one, it really put everyone together and it could've been a good thing. Since then it has just gone completely ridiculous. I disagree with the statement about TV. Yes, it was for TV you're right. The part I disagree with it about why they changed it for TV. People don't know the difference between 1 and 2 ply, and they think everyone who benches big is drugged. There was no real reason to change it at all.
It is no longer a comprimise between feds.
Many seem especially unhappy because of the promise they saw in the event:
Drugs had to be taken out because of sponsors, ok, I can kind of see that. Double shirts had to be taken out because of sponsors, I don't see eye to eye on this one, but I'll even let that pass. Now what's with belly benching and don't sell me that sponsorship crap. It is now an IPF/USAPL contest... The promoter is a USAPL lifter and this is now a USAPL meet. End of story.
Because it went so far away from it's original purpose; Bring your shirt, represent your Fed. and let see who has the biggest bench in America. That was exciting!
A contrary opinion:
I loved the idea of the first BA. We need something that is "run what ya brung". No more feds, no politics, either put up or shut up. Basically what Joe did with the first BA was to civilize an outlaw meet and it worked... I simply care that he took a great idea and completely screwed it up.
So it's alright to have WPO/APF rules with multilayer and non tested, but when it's drug tested and single ply meet it's somehow wrong.
To my knowledge, BA4 doesn't have a big sponsor yet. There's a remote possibility that BA4 could be raw.