By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
UFC and ESPN struck a new television agreement that will go into effect in January. Variety.com reports that ESPN’s total commitment is $1.5 billion over five years. That figure includes the deal that the two sides reached in April for a portion of the UFC television package. Read more at Variety.com.
Powell’s POV: UFC’s current deal with FOX is a seven-year deal that paid roughly $100 million per year. Meanwhile, WWE’s new Smackdown television deal with FOX is said to be for more than $1 billion and breaks down to $205 million per year. Reports also indicate that Raw is likely to stay with NBC Universal for nearly triple the current rate. In other words, both companies are making a fortune in their television rights, though it looks like WWE will be coming out ahead when you combine the Raw and Smackdown numbers.
The new edition of the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast with Jason Powell features referee Rob Page discussing the difficulty of reffing tag matches in the modern era, making three counts if a wrestler's shoulders are down even if it wasn't the planned finish, the growth of F1rst Wrestling, and more...