SmackDown Live changes house. The weekly WWE television program will begin airing on Fox in October 2019. As reported by the ESPN news portal, WWE and Fox have reached an agreement for the rights to broadcast the program.
WWE has accepted Fox’s proposal according to the portal as it is “an incredible offer”. At the moment unknown details about the contract between companies. The duration of the contract, as well as its value, will be unknown, foreseeably, until the agreement is publicly confirmed. ESPN has contacted Fox and WWE. Neither party has wanted to make statements about it.
One factor that does seem to be decided is that SmackDown Live will change the day of broadcast. According to the exclusive The Wrap portal, Fox will broadcast SmackDown Live on Friday nights, thus returning the program to a previously explored slot. In case this change is confirmed SmackDown will be reissued deferred.
Investors have reacted very positively to this change. Stocks of WWE closed last night with a value of $51.80. This afternoon, with the filtration on the principle of agreement of Fox and WWE, the actions have marked a new historical maximum with a value of 54.45 dollars.
This news confirms the rumors about NBC Universal’s lack of interest in renewing SmackDown Live. As reported by various sources close to the company, NBC prefers to focus its interest on WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night RAW, and triple the value of the existing contract.