Dick Ebersol: How His Departure from NBC Sports Will Affect the WWE
Dick Ebersol leaves future uncertain for WWE
It’s not always been easy to get big networks to believe in what the “fake wrestling” world was doing. For Vince McMahon he had a believer in NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol.
Those days are over.
While Ebersol may support from afar, it won’t be with NBC. Word has it that Ebersol has resigned from NBC Sports after a failed contract negotiation.
What does this mean for WWE?
Well, it could mean plenty. As the WWE has been expanding their brand name(i.e dropping the “Wrestling” from their company name, getting into mainstream movies as well as books and reality TV) they are no doubt looking for mainstream support. That means that NBC would have been a smart ally to have.
That doesn’t mean that there is no good will there. What it does mean, is that there will be a new boss and a new vision for their sports brand. WWE loosely falls under that division.
Let’s not forget that NBC owns USA. So the next time the RAW TV contract comes up it could be a different kind of negotiation than McMahon may have been hoping for.
This doesn’t spell doom for the WWE, but it’s the last thing that the WWE probably wanted to hear.
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