Arrogant, selfish, greedy SOBs at both BUSINESSES have one thing at the top of their priority lists: crushing the business rival running the other championship series. Nike has a track record (Hee hee, Bevis, he said "track"!) of being a slimy organization, which is appropo for running their championship in slimy conditions. Slip-slidin' away, to quote Paul Simon. Yeah, that's XC in many parts of the country in the fall, but such conditions penalize some kids badly, too.
But NXN certainly isn't all negative. It's the ONLY opportunity for team competition, and a boatload of kids come away with the thrill of a lifetime, and some great swag. For those elite individuals from CA and the SE regions, who are shut out from any opportunity to compete in both Foot Locker and NXN, and potentially shine in both, it's a crying shame, though. For any individuals who get their moment in the Foot Locker limelight, it must be awesome, and deserved.
I blame the unfairness of having two competing championships on arrogance, selfishness, and greed. And those bigwigs at each biz are clueless and will probably always have a righteous opinion of their motivations. After all, that's how businesses are run in America, more often than not.
To the teams which will make NXN in December, you deserve to have the ultimate team experience -- but don't lose any shoes in the muck. To the individuals who compete in San Diego, a hearty congrats will be in order -- but watch out for the ruts on that wicked downhill, especially if there has been rain (which there can be). And watch out for sharks (and e-coli?) when you go for a dip in the bay!
If Foot Locker really did pass up the opportunity to make their championship a team competition...well, it would have altered the fundamental nature of the meet, absolutely, and it would have complicated the logistics of housing, feeding, and entertaining tons of teens. However, by slamming the door on the team concept thing, FL set themselves up for a showdown with Nike, which FL may end up losing, in the long...run. (Hee hee, Bevis, he said "run".)