NBC has confirmed that it will shut down the NBC Sports Network cable station, which can have a significant impact on WWE programming broadcast on USA Network.
NBC today announced to sports leagues and partners that the NBC Sports Network will be closed by the end of 2021. Sports Business Journal Larger properties such as NHL, EPL and NASCAR report that they are likely to move to USA Network.
The move of NBCSN’s Wednesday night hockey series to USA Network could mean a change in the weekly WWE NXT show that airs on Wednesday night.
PWInsider speculated that NASCAR’s Sunday show moving on the USA Network on Monday night could affect the weekly WWE RAW show due to late weather, but the United States has potential. In recent years, RAW has become advantageous in terms of preemption. With various events such as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and paying high premiums for WWE’s flagship show, it seems unlikely that the United States will drive the RAW transition.
deadline The full staff memo issued today by NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevaqua has been released. You can see the full internal note below:
We are all aware that the media situation is evolving rapidly and we are willing to anticipate these trends as much as possible and often help set them up. Is taking.
As evidence of a strong commitment to live sports programming, we recently moved all linear studio productions on our golf channel to Stanford. Stanford is also creating several new programs for Peacock and other platforms. In addition, we are working with Telemundo and Sky Sports colleagues to do much more.
Launched later this year, USA Network will begin broadcasting and / or co-broadcasting certain NBC Sports programs, such as the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Games and NASCAR races, as part of a larger internal transition.
At the end of 2021, the best strategic next step for the sports group and the entire company is to completely abolish NBCSN, a key element of NBCSN programming will move to USA Network, and in some cases Peacock in 2022. And beyond.
This makes USA Network a very powerful platform in the media market and can significantly increase the audience for sports programming. We believe that the power of this offering is the best long-term strategy for sports groups, partners and companies.
This transition will grow the sports media space and our business, combined with a strong portfolio of assets such as Golf Channel, Olympic Channel: Team USA Home, RSN, SportsEngine, GolfNow, Digital, Audio, Sports Betting, Games and more. To keep it going.
As the broader plan progresses, we will continue to provide you with information, and join the virtual conference on Tuesday afternoon, January 26th to answer your questions. The meeting invitation will follow soon.
Thank you for everything you do on behalf of the NBC Sports Group.
Stay tuned for more details.
– WWE Sports
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