On the other side of it, the folks who bought the DirecTV stream at home are a little more split on the subject -- we twittered to get some responses, and they run the gamut from "yes, it was worth it with the pet," to "no, they should have covered WoW more" (not only did the feed cut off halfway through the contest on Friday night -- we later heard from DirecTV employees that they could only broadcast a certain number of hours over the weekend, and that's where they made the cut -- but they also skipped a few big WoW panels for Starcraft coverage on the main stage instead). And don't even get us started on Jo Garcia, lovely and well-meaning though she may be (though Jay Mohr doesn't deserve the crap he's getting -- he did a respectable job this year). Fortunately, there were lots of other outlets to get your WoW news from, and odds are that Grunty will soothe your pains from the $40 you might feel you've wasted.
As for next year? Blizzard can't use much more of that convention center, so 20,000 is probably their limit for attendance (unless they go East Coast...), and given that DirecTV still made plenty of money, they'll probably be back, maybe with expanded coverage (one idea going around is to have a few channels and let you choose what to watch, and that definitely seems like a possibility). We're sure about one thing -- if they do plan to hold it in 2010, it'll still be an absolute blast either way.