A rant about "Wildcards" (VEGAS SPOILERS) Aug 17, 2016 2:55:46 GMT -5 thebobmaster, lhii789, and 1 more like this
Post by arsenette on Aug 17, 2016 2:55:46 GMT -5
Also, from a TV ratings perspective, it would be a huge mistake to have Vegas just be a sausage fest. You don't get a wildcard into the olympics if you mess up in the trials. But you do get direct entry if you are representing a heavily underrepresented country. Women are in the vast minority in ANW, especially the Vegas finals which I'm sure a lot of people are tuning in to watch who didn't bother to watch the qualifiers. So they deserve some representation. It's not taking away any of the 15 spots promised to each region.
You are under the illusion that ANW is the Olympics. Hell one can argue that the best people aren't even selected to even RUN qualifiers. If it were the Olympics they would be in the line up instead of snubbed each season. So your entire premise is moot.
ANW is a TV show beholden to ratings. Wildcards only became divisive because some people want all qualifiers. That's not going to happen. Historically ratings prove that. For ANW to survive it needs that mix of qualifiers and wildcards to be viable on television. That mix is what keeps people interested. Again, ratings prove that. Considering that more women watch ANW than men, and women have been the headliners since ANW got HUGE with Kacy's run, they would be crazy to ignore women especially when they are doing very well. Heck, one can argue that they should have 20% wildcards to add those cusp competitors that people were clamoring for. You aren't going to please everyone especially when the loudest fans have polarizing opinions. Some want a pure sport and others want an entertaining variety show with equal representation of the genders. Considering that women rule in ANW ratings, the former will never happen.