No. Because Mad Media doesn't "run" the Mint, just promote it. The entry fee is exactly the same as every other BITD race.More like dozens of hundreds.
I don't wanna pretend I know their finances but I do know that the stuff they do is pretty over the top. I do know that they paid a ton of money to have the lights at the UTVWC Laughlin Leap because if doing that was worth doing it needed to be able to be filmed, otherwise, it didn't happen. To do things big, you gotta pay. Right?
Does the Mint 400 have a super high entry fee compared to other stateside races of similar lengths? Serios question. I dont know.
Mad Media surely attempts to profit off the other ventures affiliated with the race and the name, which they paid for. Are we really mad at them for that? Who is upset about a business who is working to create new products and then make a profit off of their ideas and work? It's ok if YOU don't personally want a decanter, or a tshirt, or a hat, but why are you mad about them making and selling them to people who do?
Honestly, my personal belief is that some of this irrational anti Mad Media/Mint stuff is rooted in the 2012/3 (or whenever it was fiasco) and some of it is just good old fashioned haterade. The Mint is never going to be exactly like it was in it's old school hey dey. But in fact, what it was when in it's old school hey day...that people know want to call the "real" Mint, isn't even what it was when it started! So anyway, I don't really have a point here, LOL.