"... no way NYMEX and the CME would have put that deal together in a few days. I'm sure that was on the table when they bought the OPBL stake."
You may be right. And if that's the case, NMX intended to torpedo OPBL from the start of their collaboration. It makes sense: NMX buys a stake for a few bucks so they can help run it into the ground. Kind of like what the Detroit automakers used to do: buy up alternative energy ideas, inventions and patents, and lock them in a room and let them die, thus enabling the big three to continue their automobile, gas-engine monopoly.
I'm generally not a supporter of conspiracy theories, but something just isn't right here.
Good luck buying more OPBL. Globex (and by that, I guess you mean CME, who owns the Globex platform) is the industry gold standard. They would never buy the OPEX platform because that would make no sense whatsoever. I'm trying to think of a good analogy for you, but there really is none because that's the stupidest idea I've ever heard of ...