Another play by WWE.
WWE has been in the mix of extending their programming to the masses abroad. It was announced recently that WWE agreed to a deal with FOX to move SmackDown Live over to their network starting in the fall of 2019 and the company has also agreed to keep Monday Night RAW on the USA Network as well. Both of those deals are reportedly worth a great deal of money although the amount has not been confirmed by WWE themselves.
Over the past year the sports-entertainment has been announcing new deals with television networks around the world to bring WWE programming overseas and featuring it on various networks. Today it was announced that WWE inked a deal with 'Telekom Sport' to broadcast RAW and SmackDown in the southeastern European country of Romania. WWE sent out the following press release today regarding the news:
TELEKOM SPORT TO TELEVISE RAW AND SMACKDOWN IN ROMANIA
"BUCHAREST, Romania and STAMFORD, Conn., July 19, 2018 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Telekom Sport today announced a new multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE's flagship programs Raw and SmackDown in Romania.
Every week beginning next Friday, July 27, Telekom Sport 1 will air a two-hour version of Raw at 11 p.m. on Fridays and SmackDown at 11 p.m. on Sundays, both with Romanian commentary.
"Telekom Sport continues a tradition to build a premium sports television experience, and this is why we are honored and excited to be the platform that delivers Raw and SmackDown to WWE Romanian fans," said Vlad En?chescu, General Manager of Telekom Sport. "The biggest WWE Superstars will be seen on Telekom Sport, and anywhere on any screen, through the Telekom TV Web & Mobile platform."
"Telekom Sport shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans," said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. "This partnership to televise localized WWE programming in Romania allows us to expand our reach and deliver action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to WWE fans throughout the country."
Raw and SmackDown will also be available on Telekom TV, Telekom Sport's TV Everywhere platform for authenticated subscribers, and on its 14-day VOD catchup window."
To read up on WWE's latest TV deals with FOX and USA Network, click here.