The short-term effects of COVID19 to WWE’s, and maybe AEW's, finances may actually be positive, not negative. The inability to run normal live events actually reduces costs. TV rights payments to the company from broadcast partners, related to flagship programs Raw and Smackdown, appear unimpeded. In other words, the cost of producing programming has been … Continue reading Will Audiences That Turn Off Empty Arena Shows Come Back?
The following is an attempt to model how COVID-19 related restrictions will impact WWE's finances. Obviously, it's uncertain how long WWE will be unable to run live events. This model considers the financial impact to WWE, at monthly and quarterly intervals, through the remainder of 2020. Ultimately, I concluded that if WWE doesn't run live … Continue reading WWE COVID-19 Financial Risk Assessment
Methodology What data was collected? P2+ viewership for every quarter hour of NXT and AEW Dynamite television programs, going back to October 30 in the case of AEW and November 6 in the case of NXT. P18-49 viewership was also collected for most but not all of the weeks in this timeline. Therefore we'll rely … Continue reading AEW & NXT Quarter-Hour Viewership Study