I'm not blaming the organizers at all but I also don't think it's fair to blame the Royal.
I suspect some of these procs are pretty old and I don't think a dated one was meant to be good forever. I'm sure it's a hassle to get a new one and I'm sure it would have been a hassle to make everyone get a new one and keep track of them all, but just because it's a hassle doesn't mean you don't have to do it. But in typical KCBS fashion they don't want to make anyone mad so they just let it bleed. Now the Royal decides to fix it and they look like the bad guys.
IMO the bottom line is that the State Championship thing is antiquated and corrupted and needs a complete overhaul.
The Honey Badger of BBQ. I just don't give a sh!t.