You nailed it!
They certainly have gone out of their way to find excuses to not have open practices anymore. My joke when this whole thing happened was it was the Devils' way of making sure as few people attended as possible, since this was one of the few practices not behind the Berlin Wall.
I've been saying that all along, they made it an inconvienence to attend, now it is end of month, quarters are ending for alot of business, and they go and do this on a Friday and give you 4 days to plan? Well there was no way I could have made this, I'm in an airport currently in Texas for which I flew out of Newark this morning.
I'm glad I opted NOT to renew next year, I'll follow the team on my 48" Flat screen.
And I'm one of those that kept up on my rep asking when this was going down, and he continued to say there was NO FIRM DATE.