Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
As we reported late last month, WWE signed a new deal with Sky Sports to air their programming on UK television. This was the first of three major contracts WWE will be re-negotiating in the coming months, and they are expecting to make a lot more money off each of these deals.
The new WWE-UK contract is for five years, through the end of 2019, and is three times what their previous deal was worth. Sky Sports will be broadcasting Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, NXT, Superstars and Main Event each week, with recap shows and replays. This also changes the role WWE pay-per-views play in the UK market. In the past several PPVs have been given away for free as special events, however now all 12 shows will be buy-only PPV shows. That said, each PPV works out to about $25 U.S., so it is roughly half as expensive.
The WWE Network will be making its way overseas by the end of 2014.
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