You started out on point here....yes, T2 is non profit. It's not just "for families that do not want to pay bloated T1 prices" though. Some kids do not have the skill set to play at a higher level, but still want to play. Yes, there are some kids that aren't T1 caliber who's mommy and daddy write a check and a club takes them so they can enter a team into a specific birth year, but those teams are generally the ones that get pounded each year. To say T1 prices are bloated is a broad statement. While it is more expensive, you also get more in return with properly run clubs.
I am not sure why all the hate for Black Bear. They aren't going to raise prices so dramatically that everyone is going to be priced out. If so, they will be left holding a lot of extra ice on their hands. With the capital improvements they are making to each rink, the staff they hire to run each rink, and the programming they run in each rink, it requires money. You want good people to work, you need to pay them properly. Half the problem with the rinks Black Bear bought was that pricing was too low. They could not support their own business: couldn't pay good money for people to properly run the rink, couldn't afford to maintain the facility properly (locker rooms, ice conditions, bathrooms, etc). Seriously, look at every rink they own and think about it. Pricing was 10-15 years in the past and we were fortunate enough to take advantage of it, each rink needed some sort of major improvement which we all complained about anyway, and were probably 1-5 years from shutting their doors.
So while prices will ultimately increase, I highly doubt they are going create a monopoly, as that will hurt them more.
As for the new league, and the sustainability of the current leagues I think it's good / healthy to have someone challenge them. How can they differentiate themselves from each other, what value / purpose does each have, etc?