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 Posted: Thu May 17th, 2018 02:19 am
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With all the talk of the future of World Wrestling Entertainment's broadcast home in the United States, Matthew Beloni, Editorial Director for The Hollywood Reporter has put forth a report stating that Raw would be remaining on the USA Network, getting as much as three times its current rate from the cable network.  NBC, however, intends to let Smackdown go and allow other cable networks to bid on WWE's Tuesday night series.   
If that is the case and this report is correct, it would mean that NBC Universal would be waiving their exclusivity for WWE programming on cable.

Belloni's Twitter comment:

Interesting tidbit among all the TV news today: NBCU is letting WWE SMACKDOWN go to open bidding. They're keeping RAW but the deal is so big (3x current value, I'm told) that they're not re-signing both. Big sports opportunity for another network.


WE has stated they would announce their new TV deal between May and September 2018.
UPDATE: After being contacted by PWInsider.com about this report, WWE responded, "No comment."



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 Posted: Sat May 19th, 2018 03:18 pm
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Variety is reporting that should Smackdown go on the open market (as The Hollywood Reporter has claimed is the plan), the frontrunners to acquire the broadcast rights to the series are FOX, Amazon and Facebook.



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If it’s not FOX, it’ll be very difficult to keep Smackdown relevant at all.



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