NBC's Exclusive Negotiation Window With WWE Closing Next Month
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.24.2014
Could a physical Hall of Fame be part of the deal?
The New York Post reports that NBC Universal will be launching a physical WWE Hall of Fame attraction at Universal Studios Orlando theme park, which is part of NBC's pitch for a new deal that would keep WWE programming on their networks. NBC has until February 1 before their exclusive negotiating window ends. NBC still has the right to match any outside offer the WWE gets once they start taking bids outside of NBC.
WWE, for the first time ever, set all of their TV rights to end at the same time, allowing the company to negotiate all of their shows at once like a sports league would. This is different from the past in which they had to negotiate new deals for RAW, Smackdown and other shows as older deals expired.
Universal Orlando has been rumored for the WWE Hall of Fame. It will be either within the park or on their Citiwalk property, which would bring in lots of people for a potential Hall or anything else that would be included for the facility like a restaurant or store.
WWE said in a statement: "WWE is the hottest property on cable and a proven ratings juggernaut. However, we are in an exclusive negotiating window until the end of next week."