WWE Raw reportedly staying with NBCU, Smackdown's future undecided

WWE Raw reportedly staying with NBCU, Smackdown's future undecided

In addition to Raw and Smackdown, WWE produces Main Event and Superstars for their streaming Network service.

No word yet on where SmackDown will end up but Fox has been speculated.

HollywoodReporter.com reports that NBCU is paying almost three times the current rate for Raw, but it will allow Smackdown to enter opening bidding. At the time, the company is said to have paid $30 million for rights to the franchise.

However in 2019 the current TV deal between the WWE and NBCUniversal is expiring and this could change the landscape for Smackdown Live.

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This won't be the first time both Raw and Smackdown will be on different TV channels as the shows were separated in the early '00s. Michael McCarthy of Sporting News had previously reported that if the deal went through, RAW would be featured on FOX, while Smackdown would be aired on FOX Sports (FS1).

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. According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC Universal is reportedly set to pay a big increase to continue airing Raw.

For now, it looks like a bidding war is happening for Smackdown Live and the highest bid will finally get the show from next year onward.

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