Reading this article, it sounds like a lot of money has been spent in making the balls worse than the typical 32 panel ball.
Do the designers even know what properties they are looking to improve in the ball?
Who says faster is better? Is a sudden drop in drag better than a slow drop? Should it kick in at a lower or a higher speed?
Should the balls bend more or less with spin?
Should a game for all classes like football really be spending millions on ball design, effectively demoting poorer countries to playing an 'inferior' game?