What exactly is the ISU rule about outside competitions? Suppose a local club decided to put on an age-level competition among its members, or in conjunction with the club across town. Suppose they were able to attract a local sponsor, maybe get part of it shown on local TV, what if they charged admission to the public and got a strong enough response that they could give cash prizes .What if they used their own format, for insatnce allowed solo dance, and some new judging system that emphasized crowd-pleasing performance values? I assume that the ISU would not have any poker in the fire.
What if the clubs had some top competitive skaters, like a competition between the Canton Ice Dancers and the Detroit Skating Club ice dancers?
Would it be permissible for the USFSA to try to organize events like this, U.S. skaters only, without bothering the iSU about it? (Of course if international Olympic eligible skaters happened to be training at the same club, there would be no reason to exclude them.)
My feeling is that the ISU is already maxed out as far as coming up with new wrinkles to beef up audiences. They are scaling back the Grand Prix and giving less money in prizes at Worlds, compared to a few years ago. (the exception may turn out to be the team events. That would be ironic because back in the day the "team" competitions s -- USA against the world, men against ladies, etc. -- were the absolute cheesiest of the cheesefest competitions. I still liked them, though. )