Saw that... combination wanting to finish the NBA finals in my season and a strong dislike for public games kept me out.
Only 4 slots out of the 14 were non-invite. I usually start out that way until we get enough people and then make it invite only. More fun to play with a couple random people than not at all when we're just starting. Also with only 4 slots it's very easy to manage the people that need to be kicked.