Consider it a sacrifice. If there is one thing that WWE can always use more of, it is attention on their product. There are millions of people already watching WWE but there are far more who do not. Anything WWE can do to get more people watching their product is a good thing, with extra media attention always being a positive. Now they are going to be losing one of their bigger outlets.
The big news of the day is the WWE Network moving over the NBC’s Peacock platform, which will open up WWE programming to millions of new viewers. That is a huge move for WWE and hopefully it is the sort of move that helps grow the company in a hurry. However, not everything associated with the deal is a positive, as WWE has lost something at the same time.
According to Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE will be losing its coverage on ESPN due to the move to Peacock. There is a chance that ESPN was in talks to make a similar deal with WWE but did not do so, resulting in WWE moving the Network to Peacock instead. ESPN.com has featured a WWE section for a few years now and WWE highlights had made occasional appearances on SportsCenter.
Opinion: This shouldn’t come as any major surprise as ESPN is owned by Disney, whose streaming services would be competition with NBC and Peacock. ESPN wasn’t exactly airing a lot of WWE content in the first place so this is hardly some big sweeping change. WWE was lucky to have the ESPN association as long as they did, so this move is hardly the biggest shock in the world.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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