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NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

NBCU is said to be focusing on renewing its pact for WWE's Raw, another wrestling franchise, and that deal is expected to close at as much as three times its current value.

HollywoodReporter.com reports that NBCU is paying almost three times the current rate for Raw, but it will allow Smackdown to enter opening bidding.

Where does this leave WWE Smackdown Live?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, SmackDown is now up for open bidding and the TV rights are being shopped to various networks.

The belief was that WWE could end up on FOX and if that did happen then Monday Night Raw would go to FOX while SmackDown Live would go to FOX Sports 1. Seven or eight years ago, it was only from one network to another network, which changed dramatically.

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

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Rumors surfaced earlier this year that Fox Sports could be a good candidate to broadcast WWE shows in the near future.

WWE's advertisement revenue from including a third hour in their broadcast of Raw has been acredited with increased revenue over the years.

PWInsider contacted WWE regarding the report and responded by saying "No comment".

We at the Outerhaven will reach out to both World Wrestling Entertainment as well as NBCUniversal and update this article with any relevant information related to this story.

WWE have stated they would announce their new TV deal between May and September 2018, so there's no telling when official confirmation will be made by the company.


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