February 2014 is one of the biggest months in the history of WWE and is sure to change the business forever. In addition to the company launching the long-awaited WWE Network on Monday, February 24, 2014, they will also look to determine their future on cable television.
NBC Universal, WWE’s current domestic television partner, will have until February 15, 2014 to accept or reject WWE’s final offer to extend their agreement. WWE is currently looking to significantly increase the $139.5 million they earn each year for domestic TV licensing fees.
While the belief within the television industry is that NBCU won’t let WWE go, the company will be able to negotiate with other networks if NBCU rejects their final proposal. Outside bids are due on February 28, 2014 and WWE is set to select its domestic TV partner by March 4, 2014. Any move, should there be a move, would happen in October 2014.
It is interesting to note there are a couple of tie-ins with TNA Wrestling here. First, TNA’s domestic TV deal with Viacom’s Spike TV is up…
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