To your first point, no repeat rule being ďan extreme case of micromanagementĒ so do you support being able to repeat in semiís? Audience members pay to get in semiís do they not deserve the best show possible? Why donít we make it so that you canít repeat during prelims but you can repeat during semis?
Why notÖbecause itís stupid thatís why
Your micromanagement point is invalid, because we have rules that govern what poems a team can choose for the entire competition, and I donít see you up in arms about that, so why not finalsÖ
To your second point, I have been to nationals twice, in the last three years, both of which I was on that ďnon-competitiveĒ finals stage as you saw it. Ask Austin, Boston, Louder Arts, Nuyo, Denver, etc... If it was competitive, they will say yes. So your second point is also invalid.
Your third point is valid, and I think the core of where the rub is with this situation, some of us are writers and believe that the no repeat rule pushes teams to push their art, and come with 16 FIRE poems between 5 people, so they can claim the title of THE BEST for a year. There are others who are entertainers and donít really care about the art, they care about the crowd and the entertainment of said crowd,
And to be fair some of us are in the middle on this issue, understand both arguments, and are just leaning one way or the other