NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

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

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

Neither NBCU nor WWE have commented on the matter. 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.

According to The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni, we could see RAW and Smackdown on separate networks in the future.

The belief was that WWE could end up on FOX and if that did happen then Monday Night Raw would go to FOX while SmackDown Live would go to FOX Sports 1.

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As noted, WWE and NBC Universal are reportedly close to finalizing a deal that would keep RAW on the USA Network.

The main thing WWE needs to agree on is that Smackdown Live needs to air preferably on Tuesday nights in order for the show to stay being "live".

NBCU scored rights to Smackdown - the second-longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. TV history - in 2010. The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals. But UFC linear television rights are still being shopped by Endeavor, which purchased UFC in 2016 for $4 billion as part of its push into content ownership.

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