Funny, that is what I was thinking about your analysis. I thought it was a bit shallow... and that you were projecting what you would do if you were him onto him. That is what you are doing isn't it?
My analysis was based on watching several news shows about Olberman's departure, including (but not limited to) "Reliable Sources" on CNN this past Sunday. The commentators (mostly liberals sympathetic to Olberman) mentioned that Olberman and MSNBC have had problems for quite a while, and especially since the last November when he was suspended for violating NBC policy against giving contributions to political candidates. Just recently, he promised to tone down his inflammatory rhetoric after the Tucson shootings, but then continued as normal in violation of the promise.
The commentators also mentioned that Olberman was was currently making $7.5 million per year, but that he was not doing the show for the money (based on their personal knowledge of Olberman).
My analysis about Comcast's role (or lack of a role in this matter) is also based on having been involved in several corporate takeovers and my knowledge of anti-trust laws that prohibits the acquiring company from directing activities at the acquired company before the deal closes. Prior to that law, it was not uncommon for acquiring companies to tell the acquired company to discontinue competing products, and then back out of the deal at the last moment before the closing. Here is what Comcast said about the Olberman departure:"Comcast has not closed the transaction for NBC Universal and has no operational control at any of its properties including MSNBC. We pledged from the day the deal was announced that we would not interfere with NBC Universal's news operations. We have not and we will not."
The purchase by Comcast of NBC Universal was announced in December 2009, so the recent FCC approval was just one of many milestones along the way in the takeover saga. Removing a popular host from a successful show is a business risk for MSNBC, so it is hard to imagine that MSNBC management was trying to impress their new Comcast bosses.
What is your analysis based on?