Big Update: Did WWE and NBC Universal Agree to a Deal Over the WWE Television Rights?

Nick Paglino

WWE television rightsAccording to Variety.com, WWE and NBC Universal did not reach a deal this past Friday over WWE's television rights, therefore WWE is now free to negotiate with other networks as the exclusive negotiating period for NBCU expired at the end of the day this past Friday.

WWE issued the following statement to Variety regarding NBCU negotiations:

"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 #1 show on cable and live content delivered 52 weeks a year."

The report goes on to note that Raw and Smackdown will continue to air on NBCU channels until September 30th, and NBCU has the right to match any deal offered from any other network before WWE can accept another offer.

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