I’m not entirely closed minded on this. In principle I would not object as much to limited edition SKINs celebrating 1st/2nd/3rd place winners of tournaments, etc, and other notable CCP sponsored events pitting alliances/coalitions against each other. I might even be amenable to a “cultural icon” contest conducted by players that isn’t corp/alliance specific… all of a sudden you have ALWAYS CODE Catalysts and Taloses flying around with tattooed with a picture of James 315 on their longer wing and I’m not going to lie that would be pretty ■■■■■■■ hilarious. For most it would hardly an endorsement or show of love for CODE, but more of an appreciation for what is the equivalent of a meme in the EVE Universe.
While some may disagree with my objection that sponsoring some player groups over other player groups is ■■■■■■■■ (outside of recognition for player event participation, which I find acceptable), the practical objection remains that very few people would buy these skins, and it takes a lot of time for graphic designers to make them whereas they could focus their attention on other items that benefit all players, or at least a larger group of players such as a batch of SKINs players would be more likely to buy.