And is being paid straight back to the counties. There's no need to be so pedantic about this, the ECB have promised the counties the money in return for hosting this tournament, all of the tournament's profits are going to the counties. The ECB themselves are not gaining financially (directly at least) from this tournament, only the counties are.You just said the profit is going to the ECB, not the counties.
Regardless of the fact that pumping millions into clubs you're suggesting they're trying to abolish makes no sense, the ECB is just a board of the counties. In order to make any changes to the county structure 31 of the 41 members need to vote in favour. Those 41 members are the 18 first class counties, the 21 national counties, the national counties association and the MCC.The point is what the ECB is pushing towards is city-based franchises for both white and red ball cricket. The Hundred is a means to this end.