The old pro competitions in the 1980s and 1990s had their flaws, but they had some respectability, particularly those in Landover. I miss those because skaters were able to develop the artistic/creative side of their skating after their eligible careers were over.
The recent trend of cheesefests after cheesefests makes me not want to watch figure skating outside of eligible competitions. I would like to see the respectable (highly debatable term but I would use Landover as the benchmark for this) pro competitions brought back, and it could offer the older eligible skaters an alternative to retirement.
The exhibitions are always there, but they often seem to mimic the cheesefests and cheap humor, at least in the USA. May be Europe is different. I have never been a fan of exhibition skating, although I did go to COI and SOI for many years. COI disappeared and SOI does not interest me anymore. I love competitions, but only when they are taken seriously.
The pro ams killed the real pro competitions. I think there is a void that needs to be filled. I miss the programs from the pros like G&G, Robin Cousins, even Scott Hamilton (when he was still young and able to skate at competition level), also Kristi, Kulik, Bechke-Betrov, and so on.
Anyone else feels like this?