BY MARCH 31, 2019
WWE and Fox are considering the possibility of adding a third hour to SmackDown Live when it moves to the network in October.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio said WWE would gain an additional $50 million in annual revenue from Fox for the extra programming, per Robert Gunier of Wrestling Inc. The plan would be to air the first two hours of SmackDown on Fox’s flagship network before transitioning the third to FS1. Fox does not program past the 10 p.m. hour.
Fox and FS1 will need even more combat sports programming after losing UFC rights to ESPN. The network will air SmackDown Live on Fridays—at least temporarily—and is reportedly pushing a more “sports-oriented” product.
No one knows what that will entail, and WWE’s move to network TV will be a true adjustment given its long-term home in the more lax cable environment. While WWE’s programming has been PG for some time, it will now be subject to broadcast regulations… Read the Full Story HERE