I think that, like any other tournament, people will make a choice as to whether the time and money commitment required (which of course can vary based on how much help organizations outside of the players' own pockets provide in a given state) are worth it to go. On the quizbowl level, we've turned in three straight years of what has basically been a universally lauded question set and, if I may say so myself, flawless execution of the tournament logistics. I trust that to speak for itself when "quizbowl insiders" make their economic decisions in the future.
We are working on various strategies for attracting states that are not in the first quizbowl tier right now or wish to come but have persistent difficulties in fundraising. We do want to see all 25 or so states with active good quizbowl circuits participate in the near future, at a minimum, and there's no reason that in the long run this tournament can't be as big as Panasonic was at its peak, with 45 or more teams from US states, US territories, and Canadian provinces.
Founder, Quizbowl at VCU / Player, VCU, 2003-2007 / Advisor and tournament director, VCU, 2008-present / ACF editor, 2005-present / Owner & founder of hsquizbowl.org / Chief administrator of hsquizbowl.org message boards, 2003-2006, 2011-2012 / Administrator of hsquizbowl.org message boards, 2003-present / NAQT writer, 2009-present / HSAPQ writer and editor, 2008-present / PACE NSC chief editor, 2002-2008 / PACE NSC tournament director, 2009, 2012, 2013