I blame the sub-prime crash of '08 and poor management as the 2 main contributors of the downfall of the AMA.
No money made sponsorship hard to find, and management's dealings with rules changes and series promotion didn't help.
How many people do you think made effort to watch the Daytona 200 on live streaming, since there was no TV coverage?
Daytona used to be about the race, but now it's more about a big block party.
I've told my buddies that AMA should have adopted WSBK rules so riders and teams can transition to that series at any time.
As it stands now, riders find it very difficult to land a ride over there, and forget about any US team presence.
The AMA has just about made itself irrelevant not only to the world, but also at home in the US.