WWE is shopping the TV rights of SmackDown Live as NBCUniversal - whose USA Network airs the pro wrestling weekly program - declined to re-up its deal, according to Matthew Belloni of the The Hollywood Reporter. Fox is listed in the story as a potential home for Smackdown, though it's unstated whether it would be the Fox broadcast network or a seemingly more likely Fox cable network such as FS1. Initially airing on SyFy, they moved SD to United States of America full time in January 2016, but while it now boasts the sixth biggest audience among original cable shows, the blue brand will likely be ditched in favour of keeping Raw. Variety reports that in addition to FOX, Facebook and Amazon are top contenders for the rights to Smackdown.
WWE's deal with USA / NBC expires on September 30, 2019, and they are now in an exclusive negotiating period with each other until the end of this spring.
Wenger Bows Out With Arsenal Victory At Huddersfield
Arsenal have won the FA Cup seven times under Wenger, including three triumphs in the past five seasons at the French coach. Once the action was under way, a plane flew over the ground carrying the banner "Merci Arsene - we'll miss you".
WWE spokeswoman Annie Kruger told Sporting News in March that the company intended on unveiling their new TV partners sometime between May and September. But UFC linear television rights are still being shopped by Endeavor, which purchased UFC in 2016 for $4 billion as part of its push into content ownership.