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    WWE & Fox Sports

    It's been mentioned in other threads, but WWE's TV contract with USA/NBC expires in 2019 & Vince McMahon has stated that he'd like for a new deal to be in place by the summer. Fox Sports has been a frequently mentioned suitor for WWE, and according to Pro Wrestling Stream, the company has offered WWE $250 million a year for television rights. By comparison, WWE received $180 million from USA/NBC in 2017, which amounts to nearly a fourth of the company's annual revenue.

    Also according to PW Stream, the Fox Sports President and one of their talent producers were in attendance at Smackdown last night, along with personality Colin Cowherd.

    @I gotta go to work stated elsewhere that if the two were to reach a deal, a possible proposal would see Monday Night Raw move to Fox for a two-hour show every Monday, while Smackdown would move to FS1 for its two-hour Tuesday night show. I have read FX as a possible destination for Smackdown.


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    Two different networks (even under the same Umbrella) is bad news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Two different networks (even under the same Umbrella) is bad news.
    They did it that way for years, didn't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    They did it that way for years, didn't they?
    Yep and ratings were not that good for Smackdown if I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Yep and ratings were not that good for Smackdown if I recall.
    It was also a taped show back then.

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    They used to be NBC and USA along time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Footballforever74 View Post
    They used to be NBC and USA along time ago.
    They were USA & SyFy not so long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    It was also a taped show back then.
    True.

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    New report states that NBC/USA is going to pay big bucks to keep Raw (up to 3 times what they're paying now). But Smackdown is likely headed to a new home, and Fox could be the new home.

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

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    I do like RAW on USA. Would like to see Smackdown on a different network. This seems great for WWE to stretch their footprint. Kind of like how Pro Sports Leagues like the NFL/MLB/NBA get on different networks.

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    Boom. Stock opens up 15% this morning with the new TV deal.

    Really wish I would've bought in about 6 months ago when I started to follow it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    Boom. Stock opens up 15% this morning with the new TV deal.

    Really wish I would've bought in about 6 months ago when I started to follow it again.
    Profits should be climbing with the new deal & the Saudi money coming in for the next decade.

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