Figure skating was dramatically changed in part due to fs coverage on television. Yes, there is a completely different dynamic going on in the current environment of rapid technological change and viewer choices. There are a myriad of factors involved re figure skating's downswing, obviously. Just because fs has exploded in interest throughout Asia does not mean as a sport that it is thriving. TPTB within the sport did not know how to take full, positive and long-term advantage of the boom in interest post Tonya/ Nancy, and I doubt they understand how to learn from and build upon the huge popularity of fs in Asian countries in a way that can ultimately benefit the sport worldwide. Re all the kids at local learn-to-skate programs, the sport still needs to be restructured and TPTB still need to understand how to grow the sport at the local level and how to make improvements that can ultimately benefit skaters in a more widespread and significant way, so that they might actually have opportunities to develop and make it past novice and juniors, and see the possibility for successful rewards rather than injuries, money pits, and pipe dreams. The young skaters are the lifeblood of the sport and right now I think they're being ill-treated and taken for granted. Indeed, diehard fans don't seem to matter much either. The only reason the sport continues on is because the joy at its core can not be corrupted, even if we don't often get to see and experience the transcendent magic of that on the ice these days. There's always hope and maybe that's what those of us having a hard time letting go, are actually clinging to. Still the body of the sport is in dire straits, if not death throes. From my perspective anonymous judging is the egg, and IJS is the chicken, or maybe it's the other way around. I've been contemplating trying to become a vegan, cold turkey ... yeah, fat chance. ETA: I'm not sure that "screaming politics" is the point. It may be the diversion. Politics will always exist, but it's not the root of the problem necessarily. I think perhaps the roots of the problem are lack of understanding, lack of vision, lack of unity, lack of beneficial communication and stultifying status quo thinking. There are many good people with good ideas doing good things in this sport, and many who may be well-intentioned, but whose heads seem firmly planted in the sand. The healthy cells of the sport's body are doing their utmost to escape the deadly virus.