Entertaiment

WWE SmackDown Set For TV Bidding War?

WWE SmackDown Set For TV Bidding War?

The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni reports that NBC Universal is letting SmackDown Live go up for open bidding.

According to Belloni, WWE and NBCUniversal are working on a TV rights deal for Raw that would triple the value of their current contract, so NBCUniversal would then allow SmackDown Live to go to the highest bidder. If it's true that WWE can get an increase from NBC for Raw and add a new deal to SmackDown from a new network on top of that, it could make Vince McMahon a much richer man.

HollywoodReporter.com reports that NBCU is paying almost three times the current rate for Raw, but it will allow Smackdown to enter opening bidding.

More news: Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona transfer approved by Diego SImeone after Europa League win
More news: Beazley plc (LON:BEZ) Ratings Summary as of May 16, 2018
More news: Lightning strikes the Capitals in Game 3: 3 takeaways

NBCU have held the rights to SmackDown since 2010, paying a reported $30 million for the franchise. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. Initially airing on SyFy, they moved SD to United States of America full time in January 2016, but while it now boasts the sixth biggest audience among original cable shows, the blue brand will likely be ditched in favour of keeping Raw.

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. This could be a very big deal pretty soon for a new network looking for a boost on Tuesday nights.

WWE's CFO, George Barrios, commented on the possibility of Raw and SmackDown airing on separate networks when he said the following at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media, and Communications Conference.


  • 'Whitney' Trailer: Whitney Houston Documentary Aims To Hit All The Notes

    'Whitney' Trailer: Whitney Houston Documentary Aims To Hit All The Notes

    It seems that Whitney felt very ashamed of what happened to her and couldn't go to her mother to tell her. She was a attractive woman, but she was never particularly sexy.
    Trump Discloses Payment to Attorney Who Paid off Porn Star

    Trump Discloses Payment to Attorney Who Paid off Porn Star

    The figures are before expenses and so give no indication of how much profit the president made off the properties. His report shows that Trump received $64,840 from the Screen Actors Guild pension fund.
    Wall Street stocks slide as Treasury yields surge

    Wall Street stocks slide as Treasury yields surge

    Markets focused early on economic reports with sales at United States retailers rising for a second straight month in April. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 12.20 points, or 0.08 per cent, to 16,097.81.
  • US Sanctions Iran's Central Bank Governor, Alleges Hezbollah Ties

    US Sanctions Iran's Central Bank Governor, Alleges Hezbollah Ties

    Typically, when the USA punishes individuals with sanctions, it prohibits Americans or US companies from doing business with them. The United States on Tuesday designated the head of Iran's central bank a "specially designated global terrorist".
    Trump hammers California for itssanctuary policies

    Trump hammers California for itssanctuary policies

    The administration also has sued California over three laws aimed at protecting immigrants in the country illegally. US President Donald Trump blamed the influx of illegal immigrants in the US on the country's "dumbest laws".
    1 dead, 3 hurt in Southern California explosion

    1 dead, 3 hurt in Southern California explosion

    Roads were shut down in the area of Oso Parkway, Moulton Parkway and La Paz Road, the Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted. Unconfirmed initial witness reports said that the blast may have been a gas explosion, but Orange County Fire Authority Capt.
  • First Vape-Pen Victim: E-Cigarette Explosion Killed Florida Man, Probe Finds

    First Vape-Pen Victim: E-Cigarette Explosion Killed Florida Man, Probe Finds

    The owner of Lizard Juice, an e-cigarette retailer in Florida, said he does not think such vaping pens are "safe enough". Protect your vape from extreme temperatures by not leaving it in direct sunlight or in a freezing vehicle overnight.
    Senate backs effort to restore 'net neutrality' rules

    Senate backs effort to restore 'net neutrality' rules

    In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order , which the D.C. Attorney General TJ Donovan has also signed onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging the FCC's rollback of the rules.
    US Open Champion Lucas Glover's Wife Arrested for Domestic Violence

    US Open Champion Lucas Glover's Wife Arrested for Domestic Violence

    The altercation occurred at the home the Glovers were renting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla ., site of the Players Championship. However, police noticed that both he and his mother had suffered minor but visible injuries, Krista Glover was arrested.
  • Ozone-Destroying Emissions Are on the Rise But Scientists Don't Know Why

    Ozone-Destroying Emissions Are on the Rise But Scientists Don't Know Why

    While the new analysis can't definitively explain why emissions of CFC11 are increasing, but Montzka suspects covert production. Chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, used to be common in refrigerators, aerosol cans and dry cleaning chemicals .
    Trinamul Congress far ahead in West Bengal Panchayat polls results

    Trinamul Congress far ahead in West Bengal Panchayat polls results

    The election took place for 621 Zilla Parishads, over six thousand panchayat samities, and almost 31 thousand gram panchayats. The BDOs and SDOs of blocks where repoll will take place have been advised to make announcements on loudspeakers.
    Yanny vs Laurel: the debate rages on

    Yanny vs Laurel: the debate rages on

    Kothare suggested that the recording was likely "cleverly synthesized" to trick our brain's powers of speech detection. The audio clip for the laurel or yanny debate comes from a Vocabulary.com listing for the word laurel .