Is this your first America's Cup you're following?Its not like others cant sail (the French being the exception). They could either sail the previous cup boats or build their own LEQ12's. The teams knew the situation and chose the best path for them and their challenge. I think "stacking the deck" is a bit of a stretch
The very notion of the AC is a stacked deck! How else did the 'Muricans hold onto it for 130+ years? They stacked the deck: like you have to sail your boat on it's own hull to Newport, RI to compete...
The funny part with today's Emirates Team New Catalonia is that they complained of expenses but then decided to set up camp 12K miles away from home, added additional foiling boats, additional racing and racing teams and a hydrogen foiling something.
It's like the Ex saying she saved $250 on shoes because they used to cost $1K but were on sale for $750. To her that was easy math: She didn't spend $750 she saved $250.....