BY ALFRED KONUWA EPTEMBER 27, 2019
Amid all the posturing, endless rallying cries and emotional manipulation that has already come to define the forthcoming Wednesday Night Wars between WWE and AEW, a white-collar war seems to be brooding between WWE’s big-money television partners in Fox and NBCUniversal.
WWE signed a pair of five-year, billion-dollar television rights contracts with NBCUniversal—which will air Raw on the USA Network for $265 million per year—and Fox, which will air SmackDown Live as part of a deal worth $205 million per year.
Tensions seem to be building to what should be an extremely fascinating WWE Draft weekend—beginning October 11 on Friday Night SmackDown and concluding on Raw’s October 14 broadcast. And while the writing is already on the wall that SmackDown will immediately emerge as the A-show, it will be in WWE’s best interest to approach this draft with caution.
NBCUniversal is paying WWE an estimated $60 million more per year—partly because it desperately needs WWE to remain relevant in an era where cable news has dominated television ratings—but it certainly isn’t paying that hefty price tag for NXT callups and up-and-comers on Monday nights… Read More HERE