Matthew Belloni of The Hollywood Reporter sent out a tweet about the current TV rights negotiations going on between the WWE and NBCUniversal.
According to Belloni, NBCUniversal is expected to pay the WWE three times more than they currently do for Monday Night RAW, in exchange for allowing Smackdown LIVE to leave the USA Network.
This would allow other networks to begin bidding on the rights for Smackdown LIVE in the near future.
The WWE’s current TV rights deal with NBCUniversal, the parent company of the USA Network, runs through September 30th 2019. If the WWE re-signs with NBCU for RAW, it will be business as usual, but Smackdown LIVE would have a new home come October 2019.
Interesting tidbit among all the TV news today: NBCU is letting WWE SMACKDOWN go to open bidding. They're keeping RAW but the deal is so big (3x current value, I'm told) that they're not re-signing both. Big sports opportunity for another network.
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) May 16, 2018