A WWE and UFC Tag Team, With Endeavor’s Mark Shapiro
The Town with Matthew Belloni
Tue, September 12, 2023
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Episode Description: The Future of UFC, WWE, and Endeavor with Mark Shapiro

In this episode of our podcast, host Matt Belloni sits down with Mark Shapiro, the president and COO of Endeavor and TKO, to discuss the exciting developments in the world of sports entertainment. They delve into the recent merger of UFC and WWE under the TKO umbrella, exploring the potential for future acquisitions and the impact of this partnership on both organizations.

One of the key topics of conversation is the upcoming rights deals for both UFC and WWE. Shapiro shares insights into the challenges posed by the ever-evolving streaming landscape and how these deals will shape the future of sports media. He also sheds light on the recent CAA sale and its implications for the industry as a whole.

The discussion takes a closer look at the Saudi money issue, addressing concerns and examining the potential consequences of this partnership. Shapiro also addresses the valuation of Endeavor, providing valuable insights into the company's current standing and future prospects.

Throughout the episode, Shapiro emphasizes the importance of live events and premium content in the current media landscape. He highlights the potential for growth and synergy between UFC and WWE, offering a glimpse into the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.

If you're interested in the future of sports entertainment and the inner workings of Endeavor, this episode is a must-listen. Join us as we explore the dynamic world of UFC, WWE, and Endeavor with Mark Shapiro.

Original Show Notes
Matt is joined by Mark Shapiro, the president of Endeavor and now TKO, the newly formed sports and entertainment company merging WWE and UFC. They discuss the details behind the deal, what this means for Dana White and Vince McMahon, who gains the most from this merger, the upcoming rights deals for both sports, and how people will be able to watch in the future. Mark also gives his take on the recent CAA sale, as well as on how his agency, WME, is faring during the strike. Matt finishes the show with a prediction about the return of Drew Barrymore’s talk show. For a 20 percent discount on Matt’s Hollywood insider newsletter, ‘What I’m Hearing ...,’ click here. Email us your thoughts! thetown@spotify.com Host: Matt Belloni Guest: Mark Shapiro Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez Theme Song: Devon Renaldo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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