- deal is "nearing completion" - would begin in October 2019 (so almost a year and a half away) - five years, just over $200 million a year - this is big Fox, not FS1 - the show moves back to Fridays. - I'd assume that means it's taped but no one says that for sure
FOX would also promote SmackDown on their baseball and football coverage. Interestingly, the article mentions that was not the high money offer but that promotion made a difference.
I know in the past their practice has been to tape or do Smackdown on Tuesdays, but why couldn't they shift their schedules where they tape Friday night and work their live events Sat-Sun-Mon instead of their current Sat-Sun-Mon live events before TV on Tuesdays?
The explanation I've always heard is it's a production staffing issue. It's cheaper to keep the techinical people around two (or three) straight days than to fly them out twice a week. They're also not employees and some work college football games Saturdays during that season, and it wouldn't be possible to do both if they're taping to late Friday night.
They might be able to handle those issues with all that extra money.
Surely if they are paying that much money then it will be live. How could anyone pay that much for a taped show that pretends to be live?
Maybe this is part of their big plan so they can put Roman on Smackdown and dub in crowd cheers on the taped show to make him the most popular person ever in the history of man. Maybe the head of Fox is a secret Roman fan who wants him to be cheered and thinks this is the only way. He might be right!
Regardless of what happens, that is a ridiculous amount of money for a company that has live TV viewing figures as low as they are at the moment. What would they have got if viewing figures were back in the Monday night war days? I hate seeing values this high being thrown around for TV shows, sports stars salaries or things like that. I love football (I'm English so it is football, not soccer!) but absolutely hate people getting £250,000 a week for playing it. Bloody ridiculous. The team that I support pay around a third of that a year for the entire team. I know that you pay for quality, but there are times that it is just a waste. Which is why indy wrestling is popular around the world as quality and entertainment is there and you are appreciated for being there. How many multi millionaire sports stars actually love their fans? I know a lot do, but there are a lot more that just think they are above everyone else as they have a shit load of money so really don't care. And that is Vince.
Sorry - wine and whisky are talking here but it makes sense to me!