1. No, it is NOT a democracy. We listen carefully to what the players say, factor in league goals and other criteria players aren't aware of, and make decisions that fit in with our business plan. The reason we have survived this well and this long is precisely because of that. We have never seen a large, democratic league survive.
2. What's the PROBLEM? You can TURN THE BOX OFF if it bugs you, and you'll never see it again.