Because they couldn't get the players they wanted. They couldn't even get the players that went to SNI, Sonnys, and Bay Area AA teams to play major with them.
So its a player problem currently. Players don't want to play Major because I guess they think "they can't win worlds at major". Other years its a sponsor problem. Sponsors that don't want to play Major because they think they can't win it. I am not saying this is a good or bad thing. I am saying it is the way it has been for almost 3 decades now. I am just stating facts. I am not saying the players or sponsors views are bad or wrong. They are just different views than fans. I am a fan. There are only 10 of us fans so what we say doesn't mean anything. And that's ok.
You are saying there would be more major teams if there were regional rules. I don't know the answer but I know we could of had 6 Major teams this year instead of 4 but players chose to play AA at 9 points instead of major at 13 points. Can't really blame them. Lets say you are a major player and you play on the 5th best major team and you have a good year and your team ends up 3rd or 4th. That team will start to retool with the elite players and replace you to take that next step into 2nd or 1st. So you can understand why the player just wants to play down.
It is what it is. We all wish Major had 32 teams but realistically it has never truly been more than 4 or 5 and I don't personally see roster rules changing that. Elite players are elite players.
I don't make the rules and I am not even in meetings where rules are discussed. You are with One Nation, should I assume One Nations Major division is going to have regional roster rule restrictions and thus will flourish?
Thanks for the good discussion.