Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Maybe his contract called for a bigger buyout. Add to that the attorneys fees NBC would have to pay an outside firm to litigate if it went to court (standard practice, as most in-house attorneys aren't litigators). While they could win, they could also stand to lose big, not to mention the ongoing bad press as things drag out, and a big case like this could drag out for years. When you look at it from that angle, $30-40 million might be the more palatable option.
Anyway I look at it, NBC screwed up bigtime.