Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

TV rights is a huge revenue earner for the WWE, so it's unlikely WWE just wants to put Smackdown on its own WWE Network. The sports entertainment company held numerous same meetings before their last TV negotiations a few years ago.

With the rumors that FOX is looking to acquire the WWE, one of the topics that Barrios brought up was could WWE programming exist within networks of two separate companies.

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No word yet on where SmackDown will end up but Fox has been speculated. 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. 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). It was a match made in heaven with both shows airing every Monday and Tuesday night on the network's USA TV channel. We would feel even more comfortable doing it today just because we have a direct connection with all our fans which we did not have seven or eight years ago.

This is mainly because NBCUniversal wants to only keep Raw which will be three times more expensive than the current deal. SmackDown started airing live in May 2016, increasing the value for advertising during the wrestling show. It debuted on UPN on April 29, 1999, and remained there until it moved to The CW in September 2006.

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This might mean SmackDown Live could be up for grabs soon and might wind up on an entirely different network.

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