Everyone has known for a long time that a special friend can get special treatment. The last two spots on a roster never have any chance to contribute actually on the field, and so it takes someone who wants to be there for reasons other than actually contributing. The difference in this case is the bribery. It wouldn't be that hard to fix this problem though--significant minimum playing time requirements. It would lower the overall level of play, but it would make many coaches far more cautious about the last two spots.