Saturday, 26 May, 2018

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

Sources say the franchise will now go to open bidding as NBCU will keep 'Raw.' Courtesy of USA Network
Freda Brock | 17 May, 2018, 06:40

The sports entertainment company held numerous same meetings before their last TV negotiations a few years ago.

Now that Barrios is talking about working with more than one company, I wouldn't be surprised if Raw is on FOX and SmackDown remains on USA Network next fall. If this happened then Raw may have to go back to two hours and they wouldn't have an overrun due to local news starting at 10pm EST.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that WWE SmackDown is now being shopped around to various networks as NBCUniversal has declined to renew the deal for the USA Network. Prior reports had FOX interested in airing both programs with a plan to put Raw on its broadcast network on Monday nights while adding SmackDown to Fox Sports 1 on Tuesdays.

'High school basketballer' arrested after real age comes to light
He did", said Christopher Bayer, the principal at Hillcrest High. "That makes a little more sense now". "It hurts your feelings". He was arrested late Friday night in the 2400 block of Highway 80 in Mesquite, said a Mesquite police spokesman.

"From our end, [we don't think] it's an issue to split it", said WWE chief financial officer George Barrios earlier this week when asked about the shows airing on differrent networks. Seven or eight years ago, it was only from one network to another network, which changed dramatically. It started on USA Network in 1993 until moving to TNN / Spike TV in 2000, before returning to USA in 2005.

WWE's current NBCU deal generated $180 million for the 2017 year, but that also included rights to Smackdown Live. If it's true that WWE can get an increase from NBC for Raw and add a new deal to SmackDown from a new network on top of that, it could make Vince McMahon a much richer man. Fox has been speculated as a home for SmackDown, sources say. It debuted on UPN on April 29, 1999, and remained there until it moved to The CW in September 2006. It first aired on SyFy before moving to U.S. 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.

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