Did anyone read the article on the home page about that the ISU will no longer provide funding for Skate America? It was part of a USFSA report but here is the part that discusses this (i cut and pasted it...hope is is ok. Here is the link in case you want to read the whole thing http://usfigureskating.org/Content/e...esentative.pdf)
ISU issues: There are three major topics that I want to report to you regarding our international federation: (1) The ISU has informed us that it will no longer provide any operational financial support for Skate America. Based on what the ISU has said directly to me, the ISU has taken this position because the ISU has not been able to sell its television rights to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in the United States – so we are, in effect, punished because of the ISU’s inability to sell those rights. We have argued that the ISU should look at the Grand Prix series as a whole and provide equitable financial support to the federations participating in the series. To date, that argument has been rejected by the ISU, but we plan to continue our discussion of this subject with the ISU in an effort to get financial support for Skate America.
Way to go Speedy!! First no television, then probably no competition and then no skating!! This is really a way to dimish the sport even more here in the States!! But I blame the networks too for not wanting to air it. Frankly I am surprised that NBC didn't want to air it to hype up the Olympics.