Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

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Adrian Cunningham | 17 May, 2018, 04:48

There's a big live-sports rights deal up for grabs. Belloni also said that the deal to keep Raw was for 3-times their current value so WWE management must be thrilled with that.

If a new report is to be believed, WWE is cashing in big on WWE Monday Night Raw, and will be looking to do the same for Tuesday's Smackdown Live - but the latter likely won't be on the USA Network. It was noted that SmackDown has been speculated to move to FOX. Michael McCarthy of Sporting News had previously reported that if the deal went through, RAW would be featured on FOX, while Smackdown would be aired on FOX Sports (FS1).

Reportedly, NBCUniversal paid $30 million for the rights to Smackdown Live in 2010, but the deal in 2019 would have been way more expensive.

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This won't be the first time both Raw and Smackdown will be on different TV channels as the shows were separated in the early '00s.

Interesting tidbit among all the TV news today: NBCU is letting WWE SMACKDOWN go to open bidding. The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals. Back in 2012, Major League Baseball, Fox Sports Media Group and Turner Broadcasting entered an eight-year national media rights deal for postseason games said to be worth $12.4 billion. But UFC linear television rights are still being shopped by Endeavor, which purchased UFC in 2016 for $4 billion as part of its push into content ownership.