WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw'

17 May, 2018, 16:01 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw'

It was noted that a new deal for RAW would be worth three times the current value, which would open up Smackdown moving to a new network. WWE's final decision on the deal is reportedly planned to be announced sometime during the summer.

In addition, CBS Sports reported that there is speculation that FOX wasn't just in the business of picking up Smackdown Live by itself, as the network wants to pick up Raw as well for FOX on Broadcast TV, with the Tuesday night show going to Fox Sports 1.

NBCUniversal is willing to lose the television rights to SmackDown Live while maintaining its relationship with WWE to air Raw on USA Network, The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni reported Wednesday.

WWE's contract with NBCU is set to expire in September 2019.

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SmackDown Live has aired on USA Network since July 2016, and it has been under the NBCUniversal umbrella dating back to 2010, when it was on Syfy. The show began airing that year on Syfy, with corporate sibling U.S. heavily promoting it. SmackDown moved full time to United States of America in January 2016, as the cable network home to Mr. Robot and The Sinner aired all three WWE shows: SmackDown, Raw and Tough Enough.

If it does play out this way, it's a dream scenario for WWE.

WWE's CFO, George Barrios, commented on the possibility of Raw and SmackDown airing on separate networks when he said the following at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media, and Communications Conference. By airing on broadcast television every week, WWE could be motivated to stack SmackDown as much as possible.

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