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    Posted: 21/May/2018 at 18:25
Quote  Fox will be the anticipated home of WWE SmackDown Live in a massive new five-year deal worth more than $1 billion, sources close to the negotiations tell The Hollywood Reporter. The new deal, which is nearing completion and is worth $205 million annually, is expected to begin in October 2019, and will mark a three-fold increase over what NBCUniversal is currently paying WWE to air SmackDown on its USA network. 

Thats top dolla for something that really hasnt been up to much since the superstar shakeup.

I wonder if this big money deal plus the inevitable big money deal for Raw will further enforce the brand split - surely by having more money they can invest more and ultimately deliver a better product

or is that just wishful thinking?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dukezilla Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/May/2018 at 18:56
I never thought I'd see the day Disney essentially gets themselves a WWE program.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GoldenGamer30 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/May/2018 at 22:32
Given this move I wonder if this means WWE NXT will get on TV eventually.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21/May/2018 at 22:35
Deserving of it's own thread and it's seperate to what we talk about in the show discussion thread.
 
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According to the Hollywood Reporter, WWE's pending deal with Fox to bring WWE Smackdown Live to that station is worth more than $1 billion dollars over 5 years. That is not a typo.

Fox will be the anticipated home of WWE SmackDown Live in a massive new five-year deal worth more than $1 billion, sources close to the negotiations tell The Hollywood Reporter. The new deal, which is nearing completion and is worth $205 million annually, is expected to begin in October 2019, and will mark a three-fold increase over what NBCUniversal is currently paying WWE to air SmackDown on its USA network.

The story adds that WWE received an even higher offer from another network but opted to go with Fox due to the company's commitment to promote Smackdown Live extensively, which will reportedly move live to Friday nights. NBCUniversal is expected to retain WWE Raw which currently airs on the USA Network.

In response, WWE's stock has skyrocketed to almost $60 per share - an all-time record - after opening the day at just over $50.


 
Fox have more money than sense. It's no wonder stock prices have gone up.
 
It sucks moving to a friday night because you don't want to spend weekends catching up on wrestling, as you want to be out doing stuff.
 
Makes you wonder what will happen on Mania weekends, unless Smackdown is filmed in the same area.
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The move to Friday nights will definitely hit the 18-30 male demographic hard. It's an interesting one. A move to Fox technically opens WWE up to darker, less family orientated content but the move to Friday should result in a more watered down, PG style to appeal to the people who are actually there watching. 
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Quote UPDATE x 3: According to a report from The New York Post, WWE SmackDown! Live will go from two-to-three hours when it moves to the FOX network in October of 2019.

Also, following the news that WWE SmackDown! Live would be heading to FOX in October of 2019, WWE’s stock continues to grow. The WWE stock on Monday afternoon was trading at $53.89 – another all-time high.

UPDATE x 2: According to a report from Uproxx.com, there is talk that WWE SmackDown! Live could be going back to airing on Friday nights with the new WWE-FOX deal that was announced today. According to the site, the deal is the end result of a major shakeup in WWE broadcast partners after NBC Universal decided to “focus more on RAW”. WWE Monday Night RAW has aired on USA Network since 2005 and will continue to do so.

FOX will begin airing WWE SmackDown! Live starting in October of 2019. According to this article from The Wrap, FOX will be moving WWE SmackDown! Live back to Friday nights.

WWE and FOX Sports both declined comment on this story when reached by TheWrap and other media outlets.

Comcast, which owns NBCU and the USA Network, will continue to air Monday Night RAW.

UPDATE: According to Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com as well as the Hollywood Reporter, the WWE-FOX deal for SmackDown! Live to air on the network is a five-year, one billion dollar deal.

The new deal, which is nearing completion, is expected to begin in October 2019, and will mark a three-fold increase over what NBCUniversal is currently paying.

We’ll have breaking updates on this story throughout the afternoon.

Five years ONE BILLION reported for WWE-Fox.

— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) May 21, 2018

ORIGINAL: Darren Rovell of ESPN is reporting that the WWE has agreed to make Fox the new home of SmackDown Live in October 2019 with what was described as a “massive” offer.

According to Matthew Beloni, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter, Raw would be remaining on the USA Network and getting as much as three times its current rate from the cable network, but NBC intends to let SmackDown Live go. Thus, WWE will have to find a new home for SmackDown Live.

I expected that. If you're paying around 4 million per Smackdown episode, you're going to want an extra hour of original content for your network.
 
Anyone else upset they aren't a E shareholder right now LOL That's a huge increase and I can see it getting even higher in the next couple of years.
 
Both their main shows going three hours live, lets see if the rosters are level playing field.
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Anyone else upset they aren't a E shareholder right now LOL That's a huge increase and I can see it getting even higher in the next couple of years.

I am an E shareholder. Big smile

But my word I am mesmerized how much Smackdown has switched networks over the years since their debut on the air in 1999. They've gone from United Paramount to CW to SyFy to USA and now to Fox. 

It is a good move to expand the show to three hours. There will be more spaces for more talent.  

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Originally posted by Dukezilla Dukezilla wrote:

I never thought I'd see the day Disney essentially gets themselves a WWE program.


Disney didn't buy Fox's television networks, only their movie studios.

Well I must say I am quite surprised by all this news. And 3 hours of SmackDown now, too huh? I wonder how all this will effect storylines?
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

Originally posted by Dukezilla Dukezilla wrote:

I never thought I'd see the day Disney essentially gets themselves a WWE program.


Disney didn't buy Fox's television networks, only their movie studios.

Aye, Disney owns ABC and the ABC family of networks, including all the ESPN channels. Fox is owned by News Corporation (what Rupert Murdoch used to have.) 

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Quote Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated reports that if and when WWE officially signs their deal with Fox for Smackdown and with WWE Raw likely remaining under NBCUniversal's umbrella, the brand split is likely to end. The belief is that both Fox and NBC will want access to the full roster of talent making the brand split difficult to continue.

-- With Smackdown likely headed to Fox, one piece of the broadcast that we can be sure about is that the show will never have an overrun. Not only does Fox air their 10 o'clock news immediately after the Smackdown's timeslot, but if they overran, they would need to advise each of their affiliate stations every week that that happened.

Should that happen I think my interest in wrestling would dwindle as it would be overkill.
 
I don't want to see the same people possibly three times a week in a PPV week, whilst so many others will struggle for camera time at all.
 
The plus side could be so many would be pissed off asking for releases, that another company could be significantly strengthened.
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