Returning to another issue mentioned previously, corporate auctions are sometimes short-circuited by one bidder offering a preemptive bid.
Having only one bidder may well be optimal,  and it could be that it is one of the bidders, through a preemptive bid, who forces the seller to consider the trade-off.
Meet the Parents" smashed all box office records for an October movie opening, and, in anticipation of the boffo appeal of the picture, Turner Broadcasting's TBS and TNT had engineered what they thought would be a preemptive bid
to buy the exclusive network TV window from Universal.
After reading the screenplay over night, Summit senior VP of production Modi Wiczyk and Wachsberger made a preemptive bid
for the story about a high-powered lawyer who, after being dumped by her fiance, tracks down and confronts every guy who's ever broken up with her.
According to the complaint, Bochco was told that the fee FX offered was so high that it was a preemptive bid
based agent Natasha Kern led them into thinking there was heated bidding, so the publisher raised its preemptive bid
of $350,000 to $500,000 for worldwide rights to "Sons" and a future tome by Fergusson.
But these are all six-year extensions of current contracts from buyers who convinced themselves to make preemptive bids
so that no other networks could muscle their way to a seat at the negotiating table--and maybe drive the price up even more.