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WWE and NBC Universal Fail to Reach Deal for TV Rights, WWE Issues a Statement

– As noted, NBC Universal’s exclusive negotiating period with WWE expired last Friday. According to Raj Giri of, WWE and NBCU were unable to reach a deal. WWE will now shop their programming to other networks. WWE could still sign a deal with NBCU as NBCU has the right to match any offer that WWE receives from other networks. RAW and SmackDown will continue to air on USA and Syfy until September 30th, regardless of who WWE goes with. WWE issued the following statement to Giri:

“WWE’s exclusive negotiating period with NBCU for our flagship television programs, Raw and SmackDown, has now expired. While we were unable to reach an agreement with NBCU during this period, we have certainly appreciated our long and productive partnership. With year-round, live programming that is highly coveted by programmers, distributors and advertisers, we are extremely excited about our future. We look forward to engaging with potential partners who recognize the value of having the No. 1 show on cable and live content delivered 52 weeks a year.”

  • D2K

    If WWE went to ESPN that would be interesting considering that Disney is the parent company. ESPN, ABC, Marvel, Lucasfilm, etc. Maybe Disney could convince WWE to sign with ESPN buy offering a WWE Hall Of Fame building at Walt Disney World? They were planning a location in Florida anyway.

  • Jeff N

    ESPN or TNT should try and get it

  • Will Henderson

    note, just cause they no longer have exclusivity for keep WWE on NBC Universal TV, doesn’t mean they will leave, now the other networks have a chance to woe away WWE from NBC Universal. it’s possible that WWE may remain on USA after the old deal expires. but their odds of retaining WWE TV rights have change. and chances are if NBC Universal fails at a deal with WWE, then Viacom, Fox Corporation, Disney and Time Warner’s Turner Networks are now in fight for WWE rights, i can see Viacom or Fox as the most likely top candidates and Disney and Turner a dark horse in the WWE TV rights battle.