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GoFundMe Set Up For Ailing Wrestling Observer Live Host

edit: 1/26/21 Jim went home on the 16th and is doing much better. But he is still recovering and the costs of the hospital stay was astronomical.. So he could still use donations.

edit: 12//11/20 Jim is off the ventlator and is working on strengthening his lungs. We hope he makes a full recovery.

edit 12/8/20: Jim has had a major set back and is back in the hospital fighting for his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Edit: Jim’s done with dialysis and is Kidneys are back to normal.

https://mobile.twitter.com/JimValley/status/1324495013670051840

Jim is thankfully doing better. He is now in a rehab facitily but still has a long road to recovery.

Wrestling Observer Live Host Jim Valley has been fighting for his life on a ventilator fighting for his life. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help him and his wife, Kari.

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Fox Should Buy Smackdown

Fox should buy Smackdown now to ensure they can maximize its value as a standalone company over the long term. The aggressive move would actually be good for both WWE and Smackdown.

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WWE Should Sell Smackdown To Fox

Fox should buy Smackdown now to ensure they can maximize its value as a standalone company over the long term. The aggressive move would actually be good for both WWE and Smackdown.

With the Peacock deal WWE has exhausted most of its avenues to sell its content for serious money . With productions costs going up and the need for wall street to constantly to have new revenue streams to boost the value of a stock. It makes perfect sense for WWE to sell Smackdown and other assets to Fox in a potential multi billion dollar deal. Such a move would bring in considerable value for the company and a llow them to cot cozts buy letting Fox assume the cost of talent and personal contracts that change hand in the deals.

Fox views Smackdown as a valuable property to Friday nights as part of their commitments to live sports programming. With Peacock controlling the WWE streaming rights for the forseeable future and a potential competitor for Smackdown in a few years…It makes sense for Fox to lockdown the Smackdown IP to start there own promotion. Allowing them the rights to benefit from the programming and IP as a permanent part of their synergy.

Buying out Smackdown now also protects them in case NBC Universal decides for buy WWE themselves. Over the long term Fox could maximize the Smackdown tape library on Fox Broadcast, Cable, and streaming propertiez ( Tubi).

With the Peacock deal… WWE has exhausted most of its avenus to sell its content for serious money . With productions costs going up and the need for wall street to constantly to have new revenue streams to boost the value of a stock. It makes perfect sense for WWE to sell Smackdown and other assets to Fox in a potential multi billion dollar deal. Such a move would bring in considerable value for the company and a llow them to cot cozts buy letting Fox assume the cost of talent and personal contracts that change hand in the deals.

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WWE Network To Peacock Network

Several days ago, WWE signed an exclusive deal with the Peacock Streaming Service for the rights to the Company’s own Network. The deal will make the WWE Network exclusively available to Peacock Subscribers. An Ad based plan is only 4.99 for all of Peacock and 9.99 for ad free. Comcast users get Peacock for free included in their subscription.

source: Wall Street Journal

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New Japan Coming To The Roku Channel

New Japan Pro Wrestling has closed a deal with Roku to bring its content to the Streamers free channel. A one hour edited version of recent New Japan Events will air weekly on the Roku Channel. Other New Japan Content will make its way on the channel as part of the deal.

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There Is A Path For Anthem Owner to Buy AEW PPVs

There is a realistic path for Anthem Owner Leonard Asper to pay AEW for the streaming rights to AEW PPVs and their library.

​​​​​​Dave Meltzer (on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio )mentioned that someone could buy AEW PPV rights for 20-25 million dollars. Its all theoretical of course but its worth talking about. 

Impact has a big  tv library and Impact Plus definitely provides a lot of content for a low cost… But lets face it…Impact Plus can’t be setting the world on fire on what is a crowded market place. Adding AEW PPVs and their library on demand would greatly change this. All of the sudden Impact Plus would be on the map and possible competition to WWE Network. For a monthly fee you could get every AEW PPV ( I would assume Impact PPVs would become added too).AEW fans would definitely sign up for such an easy deal. 

The 25 million dollar investment would be well worth it and open the door for them to go after other combat sports. If Asper didn’t want to spend that money he could get his partners involved or partner with the Khan’s ( Khan gets a percentage of Impact Plus and the overall rights fees are less).

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Former WWE Executives Launch Investment Group

Former WWE Execs, Michelle Wilson and George Barrios have teamed up to launch their own investment group. The goal of the new firm is to invest in sports and media related assets. The two were forced out of WWE in the past year after a management shake up within the company.

Source: Variety

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Networks Have The Power To End WWE’s Market Dominance

Networks have the power to end World Wrestling Entertainmentt’s s market dominanceof professional wrestling . The success of AEW Shows that non WWE wresting promption can find success on cable with less expensive TV rights fees. If Fox and NBC Unversal move on from WWE and move to other wrestling promotions it would have large ramifications to the tv industry. Any kind of money deals to other wrestlong promotions like Impact, ROH. New Japan,MLW , NWA, UWN, ect… would dramatically grow these promotions and move them to a closer playing field to WWE. Likewise the loss of Fox, NBC Universal, or both could dramatically scale WWE down… And make it far more vunerable. We could see a return to the era before WWE’s national expansin, with several promotions on equal playing fields. The major difference being them being all national promotions as opposed to regional.

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Sinclair Should Buy My Network TV

Sinclair should maximize their broadcast portfolio by bying My Network TV. The move woukd give Ring Of Honpr Television a true national outlet to air their television show. As well as another outlet for Sinclair Inventory. Sinclair could utilize the network for news and live sports. They could also keep the syndicated reruns the broadcast service current airs or even featufe original television shows.

Sinclair Broadcasting started out as a owner of various broadcast television stations known for their conservative slanted news. Over time through acquisitions Sinclair became the second largest owner of brpadcsst stations in the US. A failed merger bid with Tribune would have made sure they were the top broadcast owner and given them ownership of WGN America. After the failed merger Sinclair bought a majority share of the Fox Regional Sports Networks from Disney. Owning them through the Diamond Sports subsidiary.

During its string of broadcast acquisitions Sinclair bought Ring of Honor Wrestling. Immediately producing an original weekly series to air on their networks and whatever stations they could syndicate to. Several RSN’s began to air the series. After the Fox RSN acquisition ROH programming has began airing n the station.The

Another notbale purchase for Sinclair was the Tennis Cable Channel. Which does not currently air ROH programming. Sinclair also started the Comet and Charge broadcast services. ROH once aired on Comet and currently airs on Charge. Sinclair also has its own in house add supported streaming service called Stirr.

Ring Of Honor Wrestling was founded in 2002 by RF Video to make up for the loss of ECW videos. Cary zsilkin evntually bought the company from RF. The company main business mode! was through DVDs.

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New Japan Should Sell Content To US based Streaming Service.

New Japan should sell an edited together version of their weekly programming to a US based streaming service. The deal should also include the original New Japan Strong Series. The move would allow them to get more eyeballs on their product in the US and sell people to persue tne rest of their product on New Japan World. Which would be beneficial with them not having a tv deal in the US since the devorce from AXS TV.

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AEW Should Produce a UK Series

AEW should talk to ITV about getting an extra hour of original programming to produce a UK Series. AEW UK would be competition to NXT UK and allow AEW to stock pile European Talent. As well as give the. mpre ways to use the international talent they already have . Pac would be a great centrepiece for the UK promotion