WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

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

WWE will seek a new home for Smackdown on the open market, effectively splitting their programming. The publication cites sources and claims NBCU is focused on renewing its pact for Raw, which is expected to go for 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. 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).

Neither NBCU nor WWE have commented on the matter.

Reportedly, NBCUniversal paid $30 million for the rights to Smackdown Live in 2010, but the deal in 2019 would have been way more expensive. It first aired on SyFy before moving to United States of America in 2016. SmackDown started airing live in May 2016, increasing the value for advertising during the wrestling show. The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals.

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There's a big live-sports rights deal up for grabs.

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

And if it is Raw on U.S. and SmackDown on Fox broadcast television, the question then might become whether WWE decides to elevate SmackDown to being the unofficial "A" show.

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