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Dec 5 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
$TKO COO Mark Shapiro yesterday at the UBS media conference said they can make a deal for WWE Raw rights before an NBA deal is done or could wait until literally the night before the current deal with NBCU expires next fall.
Shapiro says they want to cut back on WWE house shows. He says they're "dilutive" from a "margin perspective" which is wonderful corporate speak for unprofitable. Seemingly he's especially referring to house shows in smaller markets or "C and D counties".
In the course of this spectacle of euphemisms, there's a funny WWE terminology moment as he calls WWE events "cards" which he quickly corrects to "superstar events".
He says Wrestlemania tickets sold at the highest "per cap" (ticket prices) they've ever seen. He falsely says Wrestlemania was sold out in 24 hours. They've sold lots no doubt but you can still get first-market Wrestlemania tickets for either day on Ticketmaster.
Also, he sees MORE UFC events in the future, particularly Fight Nights.
May 12 • 21 tweets • 4 min read
THREAD: Jan 17 to Apr 2, "over 60 potential counterparties, including strategic companies, financial sponsors, family offices and sovereign wealth funds" were in contact about a WWE transaction.
Feb 6 to Mar 21, WWE made confidentiality agreements w/ 20 potential counterparties.
Feb 7: WWE and Endeavor signed a mutual confidentiality agreement to do due diligence on each other.
The same day Endeavor submitted a non-binding indication of interest proposal to merge WWE with its holding company, with $EDR owning 57% and $WWE owning 43%.
Apr 3 • 23 tweets • 6 min read
WWE and Endeavor have entered into an agreement to merge WWE and UFC, according to a new SEC filing. otp.tools.investis.com/clients/us/wwe…
WWE employees were sent an email from Vince McMahon announcing the transaction and that there’s an all employees meeting at 4 pm ET.
Apr 1 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
No surprises here, but curious to watch this unfold. Will update later.
Tweets with "WWEHOF" peaked highest at 12:07 AM ET, which I believe is at the end of Konnan's speech introducing Rey Mysterio.
Mar 24 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
New WWE filing with the SEC reports Vince McMahon yesterday paid $17.4 million toward costs for the Board's investigation, which was related to sexual misconduct allegations against him and former executive John Laurinaitis. Vince also agreed to pay additional costs incurred.
"The Agreement also includes a release of Mr. McMahon by the Company regarding the recovery of the costs described above and a release of the Company by Mr. McMahon regarding the investigation and related matters described above." otp.tools.investis.com/clients/us/wwe…
Nov 2, 2022 • 35 tweets • 8 min read
In this thread I will live tweet WWE's Q3 2022 earnings (covering Jul 1 to Sep 30).
The report should be live soon at corporate.wwe.com. The call is at 5 pm ET. Consensus analyst expects $284 million in revenue and an EPS of $0.49.
AEW Dynamite last night on TBS (8-10pm):
P18-49 rating: 0.34
#9 cable original in P18-49
The Weather Channel dominated top cable ranks in P18-49 as Hurricane Ian hit the southern U.S.
With today's event, WWE will have earned more than $350 million from the Saudi Arabian government since 2018. Each event is worth $50M to $55M to WWE.
Here are some things that are less valuable than all the money WWE has made from the Saudi government so far...
Every Wrestlemania ticket sale ever combined, going back to 1985, adjusted for inflation.
Feb 17, 2022 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
AEW Dynamite last night on TBS:
P18-49: 0.31 (406,000)
Lowest total and 18-49 viewership since December.
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Dynamite ranked #3 among cable originals, behind the two NBA games on ESPN.
It doesn't appear Dynamite was up against any abnormally strong competition.
WWE gets paid by the Saudi govt $50 million, 3x the biggest Wrestlemania gate ever, for every event in the country.
The product the govt is paying so much for is a global broadcast of a big entertainment event from a normal-seeming country in the name of supposed progress.
WWE is there, not to altruistically be “part of the change” but because of the money, which makes up 10% of WWE’s annual revenue.
I'm working on a summary of the lawsuit filed today by MLW against WWE, alleging, among other things, that in August WWE pressured Fox-owned streaming service Tubi to terminate a media distribution deal with MLW the day before it was to be announced.
MLW and WWE have both given comment to Wrestlenomics.
MLW CEO Court Bauer: "WWE has been wrongfully depriving its competitors of critical opportunities for many years, but its latest conduct has been even more unconscionable."
Jan 11, 2022 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
AEW Battle of the Belts on TNT, Saturday @ 8-9pm:
P18-49: 0.27 (355,000)
For comparison, Rampage the night before did 588,000 and a 0.24. Dynamite on TBS Wednesday had 1.01 million viewers and a 0.43 demo rating.
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Battle of the Belts went against Cowboys-Eagles simulcast on ABC and ESPN, watched by a combined 20.2 million viewers and a 5.17 total P18-49 rating (=6.7 million viewers in the demo) from 8:14 to 11:22pm.
The last month TNT at 8pm Saturday averaged a 840k and 0.24 demo rating.
Apr 23, 2020 • 81 tweets • 20 min read
In this thread I'll be tweeting about the $WWE Q1 2020 earnings release. Documents release after 4pm ET. Conference call at 5pm.