I can't counter this prediction as I see it moving this same way.
This would be awful for the WSOP brand.
It would limit these tourneys to just 3 states (Off the top of my head I think the WSOP.com site only caters to 3 states).
These tourneys would be full of absolute online killers and not enough "rec" players who would be taking their annual trip to vegas to take a shot in some tourneys.
But this is probably (fingers crossed) to be a one year problem.
When you see the traffic at some of the non-regulated, non-licensed online poker sites (Global, ACR, Betonline) we see some big spikes in traffic and guarantees being met and surpassed but a big margin but these sites are working "illegally in all 50 states and other countries" whereas the WSOP.com brand would not take this risk.
Wouldn't it be weird if they only allowed 4 at a table and 3 at one table got knocked out first.
You could potentially have one entrant sitting out lots of hands until a spot opened up. I suppose they could rotate a player in and one out every so often until someone was knocked out. It would be wild.