I guess I'm not familiar with the Stacy issue, so I'm not sure why 'steering' the game would be risky or even that devious. He's the producer and it seems he could throw whatever curve ball he wanted, like someone stated above, it's not football or some tightly regulated game. It's a show.
I don't know if you watched Forever Eden (worst RTv show ever, imo), but they threw all sorts of BS at the contestants.
If the Outcasts came in last place, they wouldn't have been able to vote ANYone back in. The twist would have fallen flat on its face and proved pretty boring. As it played out, they got to vote not 1, but TWO Outcasts back in. Since most of us hated seeing that, we all watched avidly, hoping to see Lil and Burton get the hook asap. Kind of like those of us who hated JFP, but watched every week so we could b@#ch about him and WILL him off the show. Whether it's because we were happy or angry, we STILL watched... so IMO, that's how ensuring Outcast success could help ratings, even if it was an unpopular twist.
That being said, from YOUR perspective... if doing any of this would open up even the slightest chance that MB would get sued.... I agree with you, I don't think he would do that. Just not worth it, and the game will find its own ground anyway.
AND, yes, I agree that the Outcast team was fresher (even though JP said they'd only eaten rice, etc) and definitely had an advantage regardless of any knot issue. Even if they DID have the same diet, I bet they'd gotten more sleep, etc.
I'm not trying to be contentious here... all I wanted to say is that "I wonder" sometimes.