> : Please pardon a basic question from a naive fan.
> : Why does the ISU ban "amateur" skaters from participating in non-ISU-
> : sanctioned events? What is the justification for this rule?
The ISU wants to "protect" its events - Centennial, Grand Prix
esp. Worlds --they make the $$ that funds the organization
from the Worlds -- they consider it the premiere skating event.
If the current top "amateurs," Stoyko, LuLu, G&P were allowed
to compete in non-ISU events --then*** Button's pro comps
that might match them against Brian B, Oksana, K&P etc could
easily be seen as the most prestigous events..
Yes, they also have some verbiage about maintaining control
of the rules and the"integrity of the sport" yatata, yatata, but
believe me, a lot of it is about money.