Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 17, 2018

Belloni reported NBCUniversal is allowing WWE Smackdown Live to go to open bidding, but RAW would remain with the network. Fox has been speculated as a home for Smackdown, sources say. Thus, WWE will have to find a new home for SmackDown Live. According to the report, NBCUniversal is said to be close to renewing the deal for RAW at three times its current value.

Especially after the brand extension in 2016, it wouldn't hurt to create more separation between WWE's two biggest weekly programs. Both NBCUniversal and WWE declined to comment on the negotiations.

NBCU took over the rights for SmackDown in 2010, and started airing the show on SyFy before moving it to USA Network in 2016. At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. At the time, United States of America aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA.

The main thing WWE needs to agree on is that Smackdown Live needs to air preferably on Tuesday nights in order for the show to stay being "live". Not only do they get to keep their long-standing relationship with NBC/USA, but they would also have the energy of another media conglomerate behind them in Fox.

WWE's television contract is expiring in 2019 with the USA Network.

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