It has been long rumored that FOX had been looking to acquire both WWE RAW and WWE Smackdown once the wrestling company's current contract expires.
This is according to a new write-up from The Hollywood Reporter, who state that NBCUniversal are keen to retain Raw in a deal that could close at up to three times the now contract's value, but will let SmackDown go to open bidding. 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.
Neither NBCU nor WWE have commented on the matter.
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NBCU have held the rights to SmackDown since 2010, paying a reported $30 million for the franchise. At the time, United States of America aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. At the time, United States of America aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals.
The Fox connection has been in the conversation for months now with there even being rumor and innuendo that Fox could try to buy WWE outright.
There's a big live-sports rights deal up for grabs. In addition to Raw and Smackdown, WWE produces Main Event and Superstars for their streaming Network service.
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