While "6.0" certainly can invoke a visceral reaction, the rest of the OBO system is a mystery to the average skating viewer. Back in the day, when all of the scores counted and they were added up, it made a bit more sense, but ordinals? Skaters swapping places? A fantastic 6th place performance mired in certain defeat? Boitano, Browning, and Petrenko with virtually no chance to medal in the 1994 Olympics because of their disastrous SP's? Skater A can win only if these three skaters place this way? Don't we like to see the last-inning winner or the Hail Mary touchdown? (Unless of course Bill Buckley's on our favorite team or our favorite skater is protected )Originally posted by Joesitz
Will the CoP lose interest for the average viewer?
Under CoP, the same program can be ranked throughout the year. Skaters can have higher or lower scores. Since there are scores for each element, commentators can do slo-mo side-by-side comparisons of elements, to point out the differences. There are no ordinals blocking someone moving from 6th to podium, and skaters are dependent only on their own performances. Just like in diving, while the scores come up, the commentators will be able to say things like, "Jenny Kirk needs 56.8 points to take the lead, but to stay there, she'll need closer to 60, because AP McDonough has been scoring 59's with this program all year."
"+3" may become the new 6.0, because I don't think there are going to be that many of them.
We always talk about making things fairer for the skaters. I think it's more informative to know that three sets of five judges hae scored your 3L/2T in the -1 to 0 range. Then you can go work on it, and the judges can give you more specifics, because it's still perfectly legal for them to talk to skaters. (I don't know about the caller, though.) Or that the caller has called your spin or spiral a level 2, not a level 3. (I wonder if callers will be influenced by the levels called in previous competitions, though.)
Also, if you're a parent of a skater, or an older skater with a lot of control over your coaching, you can see trends -- for example, if all of Coach A's skaters are marked down for Lutzes consistently, then you can send your kid to a Lutz specialist, or to someone's summer camp. Or you can change coaches and choreographers, based on patterns you see.
It's difficult to find out this information using relative scores, because, under placements, your lutz (or your kid's lutz) is lumped in with everything else, and even if you perform it the same way all season, in one competition, it might be the best relatively, in another, it might be the worst relatively.