I love to skate was spot on: US skating is in great shape, but the public isn't interested because there's no pretty princess who can consistently get to the top of the podium - nor any female skater who looks as though she'll have MK's longevity and influence. It doesn't help that the TV market is so fragmented or that US broadcasters are always the first to cry wuzrobbed instead of, you know, actually telling viewers what's going on or promoting the excellent American men and ice dancers.
Actually we have about the same coverage we've always had. The US has more, from what I gather. Last year was an exception in Europe as ES showed all the GP series and some of Junior Worlds, in addition to the usual wall to wall live coverage of Euros and Worlds. Russian TV continues to show just about everything. During TEB, Bercy was pretty much packed for the LPs and there was a good sized audience for the SPs - on a work day.Seriously, ISU has lost a ton of TV money. FYI we have limited coverage here this season and Europe has less.
US tv money went, Japanese money came in. The only reason the US had a WTT to win was that someone put up a lot of money to host what was essentially a glorified on the record cheesefest. Considering the success of Japanese skaters on the JGP circuit, I think the sport should stay in good shape there.The loss of so much big TV money, which typically used to be the largest income generator for ISU not only hurts ISU but is a fair barometer for judging the saleabilty and attractiveness of skating.
ETA gsrossano, thanks for pointing out the correction. I think it's pretty lame for Ms. Bianchetti to correct her column without noting what the revision was (which is standard practice for journalists and for many bloggers). Ending her column with the dig about the math being too difficult for the ISU, when she herself obviously didn't bother getting it right, is not something for her to be proud of, either.