wha happened: I think the following quote from Crisis of Conscience sums things up perfectly:
Additionally, some might advance the argument that any softening of position could “open the way” to a floodtide of wrongdoing. If one or more extreme examples of bad conduct were known that could be related to the issue under discussion, these were presented as strong evidence of the potential danger. The ominous spectre of such danger was usually brought forth in those cases where, even before a motion had been offered, it was fairly evident that a considerable number of the Body inclined toward a change. In one such case, Milton Henschel seriously urged caution, making the point that, “If we let the brothers do this, there is no telling how far they will go.”
The Governing Body operates under the assumption that all brothers lack moderation, period. Each and every one of them will take anything to an extreme given the slightest opportunity. The GB therefore "puts a fence" around anything that might conceivably lead to wrongdoing, however harmless it may be. What few brothers realise, is that this "fence" now encircles sports in general.