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NBCUniversal is keeping WWE Raw, Smackdown Live moving to another network

NBCUniversal is keeping WWE Raw, Smackdown Live moving to another 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".

PWInsider contacted WWE regarding the report and responded by saying "No comment".

The Hollywood Reporter reports that WWE SmackDown is now being shopped around to various networks as NBCUniversal has declined to renew the deal for the USA Network.

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

No word yet on where SmackDown will end up but Fox has been speculated. WWE has previously stated that their new television deal will be announced sometime between now and September.

WWE's contract with NBCU is set to expire in September 2019.

NBCUni snagged the rights to SmackDown back in 2010.

Fox this year inked a massive five-year, $550 million annual deal for rights to the NFL's Thursday Night Football as the broadcast network begins to focus on sports and news. At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA.

If it does play out this way, it's a dream scenario for WWE.

And if it is Raw on U.S. and SmackDown on Fox broadcast television, the question then might become whether WWE decides to elevate SmackDown to being the unofficial "A" show. By airing on broadcast television every week, WWE could be motivated to stack SmackDown as much as possible.

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