Interesting discussion - much that has been said before however. I enjoyed this years EOT but I didn't shoot it well. Worst finish in nine years. My excuse is not that the match was too hard. I just haven't been shooting much in the past two years. I liked the movement, I liked the target placement. I also think that folks are comparing to the the wrong sport. IF you want to compare it then compare it to GOLF. Why golf, because the courses change. The US Open is traditionally set up much more difficultly than a standard pro golf event. You could also compare it to Old time Pro baseball. Some stadiums had very short outfields - read up on the old Polo Grounds - the home of the New York Giants.
I've seen EOT with very long rifle targets - heck in 1992 some were 40 yards out. and Pistol yards were 15-20 yards out. And slowly over the years, the targets got closer. I think when T.A. was in charge they were down almost to Bordertown distances and attendance did go up. So this year they were out a bit more - works for me. I'd recommend it to anyone.