Judging from the poll MBC will have nearly the turnout of jack and allstar even with the "no boat" and "change the championship qualification requirement at the last minute" drama. I personally dont understand why someone would devote their time to a circuit without a boat at the championship (jack/MBC). It seems to me if you are going to put in the money and time to fish a whole circuit why not pick one where you will be fishing for a big prize at the end of the year?
Not everyone HAS to fish for a boat, some people just like to fish, with the option to win a little money.
Personally I like fishing the Jack AZ tournaments because they are simple, no frills, no side pots, etc...... It's the one I started in and I know the people, it's comrfortable.
When I want to go for some big prizes, I'll fish the U.S. Open or join the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, at least with the Federation Nation you fish 5 qualifiers, and if you do good, you have a shot at fishing the Classic.