With the obvious acceptance and participation growth of Nike's NXN and the dramatic decline in FL entries and overall men's quality especially as it appears this year, what does the future hold for FL? Runners seem now to be recognizing NXN as both the national team/individual championship and event of choice in the post season now after 7 years of NXN events. Girls seem to be hanging on to the importance of FL, but how long will that last with Nike lurking in the wings?
Is there anything FL can do to right the ship? Seems like FL entry numbers are down almost 50% since NXN began and with massive Nike promotion and targeted events throughout the CC season how long before FL goes the path of the Golden West. A shame and why didn't FL see this coming and attempt to work with Nike? Great history with the event and contributions to the sport as well, but why does it appear that they just continue on the way they always have and make no changes that might have proven beneficial and challenged NXN?