A question: most game shows and contests have a rule that excludes "employees of the sponsoring organizations and their affiliates" from participating. Will this have a like-minded rule that prevents employees of Stern and Raw Thrills from participating? If not, why not? Much as I like these people, it would be "bad optics" if such an individual were to win. The people who sponsor game shows and contests give up their rights to win for the good of the events; the PCH site calls it "contest integrity." People who are helping to physically run the event [TDs, scorekeepers, techs] are a somewhat different matter in pinball, since they are volunteers, not paid employees, although as has been discussed on this board before, not everyone thinks they should always participate either.
Here's a paraphrased version of the Wheel of Fortune rule; Publishers Clearing House has something similar:
Participant is not eligible to be a contestant ... if Participant works for, or is related to, anyone who works for < the company, parent company and subsidiaries thereof >, prize suppliers, or any affiliated < companies >.
As a former employee of multiple nationally-known companies, I know I was ineligible to enter anything they sponsored.
Not looking to screw anybody over, just sayin' fair is fair ....