Last month, WWE announced in a press release that they have signed a five-year deal with NBCUniversal to broadcast Friday Night SmackDown effective from October 2024. WWE RAW and NXT currently air on the USA Network and that will expire in September 2024.
Recently, Hollywood Reporter noted that SmackDown moving to USA Network means NBCUniversal didn’t want to renew RAW and NXT’s media rights. As of now, plenty of buyers are interested in the red brand and the WWE’s third brand.
During Bloomberg’s Screentime conference, Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel discussed WWE’s media rights deals. Emanuel said he is open to moving Monday Night RAW to another night.
“So, you cannot undervalue the WWE and UFC for the following reasons: One, we do not have a season. One of the biggest issues that will happen with s-mods and networks is churn. We’re 52 weeks a year, right? And we’re flexible. You want us Thursday night? You want us Tuesday night? I don’t have any of those scheduling issues and that churn issue because we’re the full year. It’s so much different than any other sport because then people churn out. That’s one of the issues with sports. Not in a bad way”
Ariel Emanuel said he is open to moving Monday Night RAW to another day pic.twitter.com/6J4PGz8M7n— TheSpotlightNews.com (@TheSpotlight___) October 12, 2023
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