You're being disingenuous here to push your angle. The stadium is a unique scarce resource in our region, this isnt a situation of looking for the next vendor for venue or equipment and being able to open the same business somewhere else. If the club folds because a workable deal can't be achieved the community loses their (privately held) only representative in top flight sport, surrounding businesses lose revenue, local people lose work/jobs, there's one less advertisement for the central coast on a national stage and the stadium loses its only full time tenant which puts the cost to rate payers further in the red. There is no way rate payers or the council are better off long term under the current arrangement if their tenant disappears. It's lose-lose and up until this point I suspect they believed MC and the club were bluffing, years later and we're seeing that might not still be the case. Don't let your distaste for MC blind you to logical arguments.The stadium is a Council asset, just like playing fields, child care centre etc. If a businessman comes along and says "If you give me a deal on the road plant that is unused at night/on weekends I can run a business. If you don't I'll go bust and blame Council instead of my own poor decisions" I would turn it down too.
And on top of this its reasonable to assume had they gone to tender earlier in favorable market conditions before this information became public and COVID occurred that they would have achieved a higher asking price for the management rights. Now they face the prospect of going to tender with their only permanent tenant in doubt and the very real prospect of reduced crowds for any events in the next year or so depending how all this plays out. They've also missed the boat for getting involved in the women's world cup bid which could have had the palm trees & brisbane water backdrop broadcast worldwide.