[QUOTE]Originally posted by Joesitz
I believe Campbell's is an independent contest sponsored by the people at Campbell's. It's design is by the USFSA and approved by the ISU. Am I correct?
No, it is an USFSA event sponsored by Campbell's. The same way Smart Ones Skate America is a USFSA event sponsored by Smart Ones, and Mastercard Skate Canada is a Skate Canada event sponsored by Mastercard. It can be "designed" by the USFSA however they like, as long as it doesn't violate anything in the ISU rules governing Open Competitions.
SkateAmerica is a USFSA event designed by the USFSA and approved by the ISU. Am I correct?
Not really. It is a USFSA event. But, if they want to stay part of the GP series, it is "designed" if you will by the ISU GP commitee of which the USFSA has an equal voice with the other 5 participants. (Canada, France, Russia, Japan, and now China). Bofrost (Germany) was removed as an GP event this year, but the Germany Federation is still running the competion.
From the two examples above, I would dedeuce that only the design of the two contests are different. Am I correct?
Again, not really. See above post. BTW- there are many different types of competitions approved for elite (or senior) eligible skaters, and still sanctioned by ISU. And many skaters participate. Think France's "Toe Jump" competion for example. They just aren't usually televised.
Presume Hersheys at seasons end is similar to Campbell's.
It is the same type of competition (Open Invitational). Only different sponsor.
Neither Campbell's nor Hersheys is considered for seeding purposes?
Well, no....they are Invitationals, which means, the skaters that go, are the skaters invited. Would be pretty unfair, and easy to manipulate the seeding if they did. Actually, if you want to get really technical, the USFSA doesn't just "invite" these skaters, they "hire "them. Remember a year or so ago when the USFSA was fed up with Todd Elredge's contract demands and withdrew his contract offer for a couple Open's? I can't remember which ones....Hersey's maybe??. The event was in Detroit, and Todd has to watch, not compete in his home town. And last years Yag's still competed in the Open's, even though he was hurt, cause he had already signed his contract for $225,000 (or however much it was?) and he said he needed that money.
Hope that helps