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

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

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

It was a match made in heaven with both shows airing every Monday and Tuesday night on the network's USA TV channel.

This is according to a new write-up from The Hollywood Reporter, who state that NBCUniversal are keen to retain Raw in a deal that could close at up to three times the now contract's value, but will let SmackDown go to open bidding.

Fox has emerged as one of the potential buyers as the network expressed its interest in acquiring the rights to Raw and SmackDown last March, per Michael McCarthy of Sporting News.

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NBCU and WWE declined to comment on the still-ongoing negotiation. The original story from The Hollywood Reporter stated that the new deal would only be for RAW at three times its current value.

NBCU have held the rights to SmackDown since 2010, paying a reported $30 million for the franchise. Due to the heavy increase in price, NBC Universal is reportedly not re-signing its deal to carry WWE's Smackdown. Back in 2012, Major League Baseball, Fox Sports Media Group and Turner Broadcasting entered an eight-year national media rights deal for postseason games said to be worth $12.4 billion.

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