It's only reasonable if you allow for the Reds being a hopelessly inept business
I think that's a bit, ok a lot, of an overstatement for a matter such as this. This is not that big of a honking deal. Plausible decision making process on this one: "Yea we have these cups from last year. Do you think anyone will notice or care? Do you think someone would form a conclusion about our organization because technically this is 'last year's cup?' Nah, me neither. Let's go ahead and use 'em. At least for those wanting the full collection they can get one, and the rest of 'em could probably care less." Guess they underestimated the degree of minutiae that some concern themselves with.