It seems that there may be some sort of script in play here. MOA knows the updated hall will be a big draw to the players and everyone will want to be a part of its re-opening. MOA may be trying to use this as the means of bringing the players to their knees and getting them to submit a counter-offer.
With the canceling of the remainder of the season, it seems that endgame strategies are in place. I would love to be mistaken.