Here is the word from the bridge of the CitiCenter:
Josiah Spaulding Jr., president and chief executive of the Citi Center, said yesterday he was disappointed the ballet opted for the Opera House, but that he had tried to negotiate a new deal.
He said he offered to present "The Nutcracker" every other year, allowing him to also hold other holiday shows. In recent years, the Citi Center has produced a version of "Irving Berlin's White Christmas," alternating it with the Radio City show.
Spaulding said the ballet's decision to leave after next season will allow him to bring in potentially more profitable performances.
"There have been many shows that the Citi Center has turned down to support its resident companies," he said.
Just about sums it all up doesn't it?