More common sense which will get totally ignored.
I like Bianchetti's questioning the ISU directives. One doesn't have to agree with her always but many, if not most, make sense.
I'm a great believer in quesioning authority, and I approve of this latest essay by Sonia.
Doesn't the IOC control the schedule at the Olympics? Not sure. Either way I imagine that the prestige of the Olympics would furnish at least a moderate crowd even for the lowest skaters present.
I have more of a problem with how '10 Nationals is being set up. Half of Nationals one weekend and the other half the next weekend?? Why??? Who can travel there and pay for a hotel room for 2 weekends plus the interim week? Not many could afford to spend that or to spend the time. How stupid.
We'll see how it all works out.
For the Torino Olympics, the men's and the ladies were a week apart, but not on weekends. The men's SP was on a Tuesday and the LP onThursday, then the ladies were the same a week later (Feb ruary 21 and 23, 2006).
NBC seems to have the same deal going on for the Stanley Cup hockey finals. The first game is today (after only two days of rest), with game 2 on Sunday (no day in between). Then games 3 and 4 are during the week, but on some minor cable station, not NBC. Then it starts up again next Saturday with game 5.
The conjecture is that NBC does not want to show a hockey game during the week because if it went to overtime that would cut into the debut week of Conan O'brien's show.
Also, as in the case of figure skating, the amount of money that NBC is paying for the rights to broadcast Stanley Cup hockey is zero. It is up to the National Hockey League to sell enough advertising to break even or make a profit.