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Who should replace Cinquanta & Dore when they retire?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Maofan7, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Ottavio Cinquanta & David Dore are now both in their seventies. So, who should replace them at the top of the ISU hierarchy when they retire?

    Figure skating's central problem at the moment is as set out in the following articles - decline in audiences, TV coverage, shows, and tournaments:-

    Washington Post article

    Montreal Gazette article

    The issue of whether COP should be replaced has been addressed in another thread. But, I feel the sports problems go far deeper than just the marking system. So, what do Cinquanta & Dore's replacements need to do therefore to turn around the decline?

    Snooker, like figure skating is now, was only a few years ago a sport in decline. Audiences and TV coverage were falling away and the number of tournaments was dropping year on year. Indeed, matters reached a point where its governing body decided that they either turned things around quickly or the sport would reach a tipping point beyond which recovery would simply not be possible. So what did they do? They appointed a man called Barry Hearn (who had been one of the people responsible for creating the original boom in the game back in the late 1970's/early 1980's), and sure enough within a few years he has completely turned the situation around. Audiences and TV coverage are up and so are the number of tournaments. Moreover, as fans of Eurosport will know, in many ways the increased TV coverage of snooker on Eurosport has been partly at the expense of figure skating.

    Its my opinion that unless the ISU takes decisive action soon to address the decline in audiences, TV coverage, shows, tournaments, etc, then it is likely to reach a tipping point beyond which recovery is simply not possible. Hence, the retirement of Cinquanta & Dore will present the ISU with a real opportunity to find new leadership to take the decisive action that is required to address the sports decline. Whoever it is, it needs to be somebody like Barry Hearn, somebody with the know how, the entrepreneurial spirit, the drive, the connections, the charisma, etc, to turn the sports fortunes around and get it back on track. That is, the road to recovery in my view begins with new leadership.
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  2. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    The ISU needs new blood from the for-profit world since, in actuality, 'amateur' skating has become pro. I'm thinking someone like Scott Hamilton who knows the ins and outs of linking the eligible and for-profit skating worlds. I'm sure that there are European equivalents...Ilya Averbuch, for starters. Scott or Ilya could guide any policy and rule changes with an eye to greater marketing. Cinquanta and Dore, while very aware of marketing, both came from the earlier genteel 'amateur' world; the ISU doesn't need a continuation of their mindset.
  3. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    I think the future is here now. They have been taking decisive action for years... The gps, wtt, etc... And they all seem to fail. Even gifts that are not their doing ( the olys being in very fs friendly countries instead of being rewarded to developing countries as was the habit in the 60s 70s and 80s) haven't saved it. Even things that have nothing to do with them like fs based reality tv shows, all seem to fail.

    Whomever is hero is, I think one thing he or she needs to work on is repairing the damaged frenimies relationship between eligable and non eligable skating. Stealing pro skating's audience only to promptly lose it 5 minutes later was one of $peedy's epic failures. But whomever this hero is, they better be amazing, because this ship has been sinking for over a decade.
  4. care bear

    care bear Active Member

    Maria Teresa Samaranch would be my choice.
  5. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    Has figure skating declined in popularity worldwide, or just in the U.S.? I realize the U.S. was a major market for awhile, but it seems as if figure skating is gaining in popularity in Japan and other parts of Asia. The Russian government still apparently supports it.

    It seems that even recreational skating is starting to gain a toe-hold in Asia. I see ISI events in Singapore.

    I'm also wondering if live entertainment in general is losing audiences as electronic entertainment mushrooms. Skating doesn't always translate well to tv and internet. You lose the sense of speed, and the physical differences among the athletes are not as apparent.

    Skaters have all they can do to keep up with the technical demands of skating nowadays, they don't have time for the drama that makes celebrities popular.
  6. bruno6

    bruno6 New Member

    Peter Kriek
  7. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member


    Increased interest in Japan and Russia have not balanced out huge declines in north America and Europe. One step forward, two steps back.

    People love to dismiss the decline in US as "just one country" but the isu lost millions of dollars in revenue that they never recouped from any other market. Unless nhk signs a multi million dollar contract to replace the one the isu lost with abc, increased interest in Japan is still a redline item on the isu balance sheet.
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  8. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    NHK only shows the NHK trophy these days as it cannot afford the rights to air other events. The Grand Prix series, Four Continents and Worlds are all shown on different channels and audiences are huge. The contracts with the Japanese TV networks are far in excess what any American TV network paid for them even during skating's heyday in the 1990s there.
  9. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    A lot of this discussion is not so much about "Who" as about what direction the ISU should take.

    Should it try to turn elite skating into a professional, audience-oriented, for-profit sport, possibly at the risk of losing its Olympic status?

    Should it encourage other organizations to promote professional skating as entertainment and allow/encourage skaters to go back and forth between non-ISU events and ISU competitions?

    Should it set up and promote separate competition tracks, one aimed at higher-faster-stronger Olympic-style sports fans, other(s) aimed at mass audiences or performing arts audiences?

    Or find a way to adapt or significantly overhaul the existing rules so that skaters will be rewarded for technical skills and athletic risk performed in ways that are aesthetically pleasing to watch and the judging is generally explicable to lay audiences?
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  10. Fashionista

    Fashionista New Member

    The only thing I know is that they shouldn't be from FS-powers like Russia, US, Japan.
  11. officialcoach

    officialcoach New Member

    John misha Petkevich... Olympian, Rhode scholar, entrepeneur, wealthy and smart
  12. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    I wonder if he would be interested,
    The ISU needs someone with that background who is also well-connected/respected in the skating community.
    JMP certainly qualifies.
  13. SpeedySucks

    SpeedySucks Active Member

    The Japanese networks are currently paying more than $22 million a year for TV rights? That's what ABC was paying from 1999-2004. It's my understanding that at the end of the last ESPN contract in 2008, ESPN was still paying more for the rights at $5 million a year than all other TV contracts around the world combined.
  14. Dave of the North

    Dave of the North Well-Known Member

    allezfred and sharpie
  15. Casey2

    Casey2 Active Member

    Shouldn't the question be IF they retire? Maybe they can live forever...
  16. professordeb

    professordeb Well-Known Member

    Does that mean their theme song is Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever"? :D
  17. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Ziggy and Andrei aka Pushkin.
  18. 4rkidz

    4rkidz plotting, planning and travelling

    don't forget ISU isn't just figure skating :shuffle:
  19. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Cinquanta has made speed skating his priority for years while using figure skating as a cash cow. A little focus on figure skating would set the balance back.
  20. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    That is the first problem. If the ISU wants to be a union for the skaters, have a liason for both speed skaters and figure skaters seperately. So each is represented, they may be on ice and use skates but they are different sports.
  21. Visaliakid

    Visaliakid Well-Known Member

    Within Article 9, Paragraph 1 of the Provisory Version of the Summary of Proposals For The 54th ISU Ordinary Congress and supported by the Russian Skating Federation there is a proposal made by Cinquanta and Krick which is an effort to postpone the scheduled ISU elections one time to supposedly give the body additional time to consider plans to deal with the poor economic impact on the Union and the sport. This is a ruse to allow Cinquanta to retain his office (not because he loves figure skating) but in order to keep his seat on the IOC Council thru the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

    With the Russian Skating Federation backing this maneuver, you can bet there is going to be some big time payback if it succeeds. I fully expect someone from the Russian Federation will be running to replace Speedy.

    IMHO it is long past due to force Cinquanta to retire and put a more modern thinking person in his place to begin to address a multitude of issues, long frozen under the ice of the sport.
  22. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    Scott Hamilton.
  23. magnolia

    magnolia New Member

    Old men with power usually get what they want.
  24. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

  25. googooeyes

    googooeyes Active Member

    This is a pretty good bet, Bruno. Peter Krick is already in a powerful background position in the ISU as Sports Director. At important competitions he is always there quietly in the background. His wife Cissy Krick is an International judge from Germany. He is very knowledgable about Figure Skating.
  26. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

  27. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

  28. IceIceBaby

    IceIceBaby Active Member

    What's the point to have speed skating and figure skating combined under one union? They are totally different sports with different audiences, sponsors, rules etc. I hope figure skating will get it's own association one day.
  29. drfj

    drfj Active Member

    i hope also,but that would be a miracle
  30. merrywidow

    merrywidow Well-Known Member

    IMO it should be someone from one of the Asian federations. We've had Speedy for years (Europe) & Dore (North America).