The TKO Group President has given his thoughts on WWE’s media rights negotiations.
Following new deals for NXT and SmackDown, attention has now turned to Monday Night Raw. WWE’s current deal with the USA Network for its flagship show runs until October 2024, leaving plenty of time for a new agreement to be reached.
Speaking at the UBS Global Media And Communication Conference, TKO President Mark Shapiro said the goal is to secure as much money for Raw as possible.
“We’re in conversations on Raw. Our deal with USA is not up until October of next year. We have time. We have time to be flexible, we have time to be creative. We have time to develop different solution models depending on what the player may be. We could go before the NBA if the price is right or after the NBA is somebody is left at the alter,” he said. “Our job is to maximize the rights value of Raw.”
Triple H Misses WWE Raw Due To Rights Negotiations
The November 27th episode of Raw was a big one for WWE following the returns of CM Punk and Rany Orton at Survivor Series two nights earlier. Both men also appeared on Raw, with Orton wrestling his first match since May 2022.
However, Triple H missed the show, instead traveling to Los Angeles with Nick Khan to take part in discussions over a new TV deal.
Despite a deal said to be close, WWE Raw’s new home won’t be with Warner Bros. Discovery. It’s been reported that Khan approached the company back in October, but was rebuffed.
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