Sorry, you are Gung Ho, and I am a Stratagizer. True about the US and the GPs, but the ladies that lunch will be there. No one will travel to San Jose except the skaters and their family. There may be some fans from San Francisco nearby who will attend. Flying is weird with so many fees. I suspect eventually one will have to pay to use the toilets.
The finances for the event may be helped using the fans favorites but many will be watching on some sort of TV. How much cut does the USFS get from NBC's unisports? I dunno nor do I care.
I plan on hibernating soon. If I am still breathing, I will be back for the GPs. In the meantime, I will be checking the ISU for changes in the GPs and other competitive doings.
Yeah, I think having Jeremy at SA would both add to its competitiveness and help make it appealing. It comes down the same thing as fans like to be able to watch the most competitive skaters. I hadn't thought about him redeeming himself. Of course, I hope he does in a general sense because he's a great skater. But he could do that an any event. He doesn't need SA. I wasn't thinking that way.
Whatever American skater competes at SA, a victory or medal would mean a lot more if some of the best skaters from around the world were there too. That should be the goal for all the GP events, not just SA.
for all competitions that go through eliminaiton rounds, the match ups are always designed to prevent the best form meeting up early so one of them would be knocked out. As much as possible, a final is when the best come head to head.
GPF series skater selection process is based on the same principle so the GPF will hopefully be when the best come together for the ultimate contest. Of course, anybody can step up along the way to upset the expectation.
SA has to go with selection criteria as established by ISU.Load up SA with some of the best USA skaters. Then try and get some of the best Intl skaters.
Yes, ISU understand Marketing 001 as well and they have a whole series and the Final to sell.Marketing 001 (beneath 101) says pack SA and try and make it as appealing as possible.
Cowards never win championships and don't deserve to.
The two competing views are (as Joe puts it ) gung-ho or strategy?. Unfortunately, within the rules neither is actually possible.
Still, employing what the little wiggle room we have, doing just the ladies I think Skate America should invite crowd pleasers Czisny (host pick and also possibly 1-3, Kim and Ando withdrawing), Murakami (defending Skate America champion, moving up to 4-6 -- and working out a deal for NHK to take the Shibs), Nagasu (USFS should be pushing her like crazy in the U.S.), and people's choice Zawadski Chips fall as they may.
But now we will have to wait and see what the new rules are going to be about skaters doing three events.
Kinda like many tournaments. The Stanley Cup playoffs: The top team in one conference plays the lowest qualifying team (1st vs 8th, 2nd vs 7th, etc). And they go through that repeatedly.
In the English Premier League, the title is bestowed after the end of the season based on points earned via games won/tied.
If winning Skate America was a result in-and-of itself, as I suspect it was before the GP series, than Hernando's assertion makes sense. But it's no longer so, and pretending otherwise just muddles an entertaining conversation.
But, the only way to do this "correctly" is to imagine all the debates and behind the scenes chicanery, which means trying to do all of them at once. Anyone up for it?