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WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network”

No word yet on where SmackDown will end up but Fox has been speculated.

However, NBCU is reportedly focused on keeping Raw, and WWE is expected to receive three times its current value for the show.

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.

For the past few years now, NBCUniversal owned the rights to both WWE Raw and Smackdown Live.

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.

While that sounds like a problem for WWE, it's more of an embarassment of riches.

NBCU took over the rights for SmackDown in 2010, and started airing the show on SyFy before moving it to USA Network in 2016. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. Presumably, that would mean that Raw would stay on the USA Network but it's possible that they could move to one of their other networks. At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA.

The Fox connection has been in the conversation for months now with there even being rumor and innuendo that Fox could try to buy WWE outright.

If it does play out this way, it's a dream scenario for WWE.

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



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