It looks as though FX might be available for WWE Smackdown should MyNetwork TV go out of business. There might be a slight complication as FX is part of the Fox family, which is a rival of NBC Universal and WWE has an exclusive deal on cable with their USA Network. However, they did make exceptions for ECW on SyFy (also an NBC Universal-owned network) and Superstars on WGN as they are lower-rated stations. The FX President, John Landgraf, spoke with Broadcasting Cable about how the network is looking for a major sports franchise to boost their ratings. He noted that FX can remain in fifth place on cable with their current output but to take things to a higher level they would need some sports. â€œItâ€™s going to be virtually impossible for FX to ever challenge TNT, TBS or USA without sports… No channel is getting anywhere near 1 million adults 18-49, 21 hours a week, 365 days a year, without sports, Itâ€™s not going to happen,â€ said Landgraf. He noted how much NASCAR helped the channel grow, but that they were losing money on rights fees so they dropped it.
Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 13th July 2009 (subscribe here)
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