WWE Stock Climbs as Fox Nears Deal for ‘SmackDown’
May 21, 2018 - WWE
As of 2 p.m. ET, WWE batch was adult some-more than 12% from a opening price, trade during $57.75.
ESPN on Monday initial reported that Fox was nearby a understanding to secure promote rights to “SmackDown,” that now front Tuesday nights on NBCUniversal’s USA Network. ESPN did not bring numbers, though described Fox’s offer for “SmackDown” as “massive.”
NBCUniversal now binds radio rights to a WWE’s dual categorical franchises — “Raw,” that front Monday nights on USA, and “SmackDown.” Fox and NBCUniversal had been posterior rival bids for both, with sources revelation Variety that Fox had hoped to put “Raw” on Fox Broadcasting and “SmackDown” on wire channel Fox Sports 1. A news final week in a Hollywood Reporter indicated that NBCUniversal had shifted a concentration of a bid to maintaining “Raw,” pardon adult Fox to pursue a understanding for “SmackDown.”
It is different whether, underneath a due deals, “Raw” would continue to atmosphere on USA, or “SmackDown” would atmosphere on FBC or Fox Sports 1.
Fox declined to comment.
Should “SmackDown” pierce to Fox, it would symbol a show’s sixth network home given 1999. “SmackDown” launched on a now-defunct UPN in 1999 before relocating to The CW in 2006. It afterwards aired on Fox’s MyNetworkTV starting in 2008 before relocating to Syfy in 2010. It assimilated “Raw” on USA in 2016, with “SmackDown” also relocating to a live format during that time.
“SmackDown” would also supplement to a burgeoning sports lineup on a supposed “New Fox” once a partnership between 21st Century Fox and Disney is complete. In further to a recently sealed a five-year understanding with a NFL to atmosphere “Thursday Night Football,” Fox is formulation to split a UFC radio rights with ESPN.
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