Debate’s National Championships: Where do we go from here?

There is ongoing discussion of protests at TOC 2014 on this thread here, but for now, let’s separate the incident from the broader question of what to do going forward. How can LD’s national championship system be improved? Should the TOC be reformed from within (and how)? Should it be replaced by an alternative (and run by whom)? What makes for a good national championship, and what elements should be changed from current ones?

Please do not get overtly political on this thread; it is separate from the flamewar, and the point is to foster a productive conversation. The best time to discuss these issues is now, while people are still interested, but we can only make that happen if the conversation remains civil.

– Steven