If you pay attention to business there are certain signs that they're about to go belly up. Massive shakeups that seem to not have anything to do with anything (and which don't address the source of problems) are a major indication of a floundering organization that is in trouble and has no real idea how to get out of it.
The ISU is giving every indication of being on its last legs.
On the other hand, that might just be my fervent hope.
They should totally capitalize on people like Yuzu, Yulia, Jason now when the iron is hot & get rid of nameless judging -> create idols to follow & make scoring understandable -> get more fans -> get more money.
Austerity will not work. It will not bring MORE money. The only thing to do is invest, not cut.
Do ISU publish their financials like any public listed company? I am curious how budget they get, how much contribution federation make. Everyone contribute the same? Or bigger federation contribute more. Contribute equally, or up to their 'discretion'. Privately, publicly?
Just how much does Speedy earn, and things cost. I wonder if there's a culture of kickbacks, underhanded payment, otherwise I can't imagine why one would want to be stay in power of such a 'poor' sport. It is too suspicious.
There were a couple of things in the letter that ottavio wrote that seem fair but getting rid of the SP is not a good decision.
Half the fun of skating is the restrategising and speculation after the short program.
One major reason that Cinquanta had was because it'll cut skaters' prep costs (like he cares) - in this case, giving them choice of one or two disciplines would allow them more efficient use of their resources by focusing on their strengths. I think that rather satisfies you better with the interest of giving skaters more chances, not to mention variety (more technical vs. more artistry) of chances. Like speedy wants, it'll be like speed skating with 500m, 1500m and overall score ranking at short track Worlds (BTW, did you know that superfinals were added only recently? There's how he's cutting costs )
Again, I think we do alternatives if it's his goal to ultimately eliminate the sport. Honestly, I think he's not getting the concept of management - cutting costs in a sport should contribute to the quality of the sport, because feds like ISU is there to invest in its sports despite the non-profitable nature of sports. If the profit theory was so much the focus (figure skating is still enough to support itself, though, and speed skating had to use FS income to survive), there isn't many sports in the Olympics that should exist.
There are hundreds of ways how to decide who wins but only one way how to find out who skates better: to measure it.
If that can't cause interest then what can?
If coaches, choreographers, rinks, seamstresses, etc. suddenly found their income cut by anywhere up to half, they would necessarily have to raise their prices in order to continue making a living. Maybe someone who knows more about economics can confirm this, but I get the feeling that any "savings" brought about by this decision (for the skaters) would be short-lived.