SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: McMahon Keeps Printing Money With Latest WWE TV Deals


NEWS & NOTES from the pro wrestling world via SI, starting off with discussion over WWE’s current television negotiations…

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Monday Night Raw will remain on USA Network while SmackDown Live, which airs Tuesdays, is headed for a new broadcast home. There had been much speculation about FOX Sports picking up both shows, but Vince McMahon has managed to get NBC Universal, which owns USA, to renew its deal for Raw for as much as three times its current value, according to THR

This is somewhat stunning for a few reasons: Monday Night Raw ratings are good, but nowhere near what they used to be. (This week’s episode averaged 2.9 million viewers from 8 to 9 p.m., 2.7 million viewers from 9 to 10 p.m. and 2.6 million viewers from 10 to 11 p.m.) Most hardcore fans haven’t been happy with its overall television product for a while, but clearly that is irrelevant when it comes to what WWE brings a network in terms of viewers, advertisers and volume of content … Read the Full Story HERE

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