We went from 10 to 8 spots in senior Pairs.
Then ISU removed the Pairs event from half of the JGP events (which admittedly does make sense given the number of pairs competing but if the discipline is to grow...).
Then the number of JGP events were reduced from 8 to 7.
And now the number of finalists is reduced from 8 to 6 for Pairs and Ice Dance.
Pairs can kind of be understood but Dance?
So yes - the point is that the number of competition opportunities is slowly being eroded. And once things are cut, they most likely ain't gonna return. :/