Today is T minus 2. Less than 48 hours remaining. As of noon EST there are 105 teams paid and 157 teams registered including 8 pro teams. Phoenix '08 had 123 teams including the NXL. The most interesting addition of the weekend is XSV registering in the semi-pro division. This looks like a sharp move. Lower entry, better opportunity to defray expenses through winning prizes all while likely playing pr0 competition in the prelims which should develop and prepare the team for a future move up. And strategically it allows XSV to keep a foot in both major league camps. If they can pull it off that is a win, win in these troubled times.
Registered teams alone do not tell the whole story however. Sponsorship dollars from the industry are down and at a guess I'd say that the savings benefits of the rules changes is about a wash with the added expense of the webcast.