Originally Posted by sibhusky
but in the long term FIS needs to have audience interest in order to survive.
I totally agree, but thing is, that at least in this case, noone give a sh**t about US market. In pretty much everything else, everything is spinning around USA, but in skiing, USA doesn't even exist on map. There's no money coming to skiing from USA, and pretty much everyone know, this won't change anytime soon. That's reason, why noone really cares about Lindsey's PR stunts (as this thing was all the way from beginning). As far as audience goes, they have it. Skiing (with this I mean all what goes under FIS, from xc skiing (which actually ranks much higher then alpine skiing), to ski jumping, alpine skiing, snowboard, telemark...) is top 5 sport in most of middle European countries, and last week's Soelden races had more TV viewers then Federer playing and F1 racing. And that's pretty impressive. So FIS has audience where they wanted them to have. I completely agree they would love to see skiing as top5 sport in USA, but they are realistic it will never be anything more then small niche, so that's why such attitude. As I wrote, that's main reason you have 2 WC stops (plus 2 in Canada), while Austria itself has 6 (hell.. just "my" Slovenia, for which noone even knows where it is, has 2 WC venues).
I agree people at FIS, as with pretty much every single big federation are sometimes shortsighted or hard to change, but I would say compared to many others, they still do pretty good. And if they would see profit for them (not financial), I'm pretty sure they would be all over it... sort of city events they are pushing and pushing, sort of team events on WCH they are pushing and pushing even though noone from racers like them. But spectators like them, and that's why they are there. And so would be Lindsey racing if they would see some benefit in this... benefit for skiing I mean, not only for Lindsey personally.