Well first I wanted to stick around through the first 10 eps just to see how the series was in general and get to know Iris/Cilan. Then they announced the Dawn/Brock specials, so I had to stick around to see them. Then they announced that TR 2-parter, which I must see. And since the ep right after is Arty's Gym, might as well stick to that.
BW itself is a good series, I just don't agree with the endless loop nature in general.
The TCG is a bought-and-sold good. The anime is a relatively-popular kids show based on advertising relationships. In either case, the day-to-day managing isn't with Nintendo. (Though I agree about the TCG; I gave up on it in Gen II. 3 booster-packs were more than enough. This is a problem with every TCG, eventually.)