WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

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WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

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

According to the Hollywood Reporter, USA Network is planning to keep Monday Night Raw, paying as much as three times its current value.

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.

Smackdown Live moved to the USA Network July of 2016, after 17 years of appearing on SyFy, MyNetworkTV, UPN and others.

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". The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals. Variety reports that in addition to FOX, Facebook and Amazon are top contenders for the rights to Smackdown. Disney and ESPN earlier this month inked their first-ever multiyear deal for digital rights to live UFC Fight Night events in a pact worth $750 million ($150 million annually) starting in January.

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