The Bill Simmons show featured Nick Khan as a guest recently to talk about a range of subjects, including Vince McMahon return to WWE, a possible sale of the business, and more.
The restored Executive Chairman discussed his choices and explained why McMahon wants to sell WWE in the modern day.
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On why Vince McMahon wants to sell now:
“I think he’s (Vince McMahon) ready. You know, I can’t describe it as anything more than that, after the last five months. And keep in mind again, you engaged in empire-building, you’re still engaged in empire-building. At a certain point, it’s like, ‘Okay, how much more of this empire am I gonna build?’ We continue to build it, he continued to build it until he stepped down five months or so ago.
“But I think in looking at a world of consolidation, the sort of stand-alone enterprise that owns 99% of its intellectual property with the media rights and the library, right? With the media rights coming up in October of 2024, which means the process starts in a few months on that, certainly to go lock in a bunch of long-term deals and then to sell or try to sell to everybody doesn’t make sense. The timing was now.”
On all options being on the table including a partial sale:
“No, that’s in play. So again when he’s using the term ‘strategic alternative,’ it’s not to be cute. It’s basically, we’re looking at everything. So if he said, ‘I’m looking to sell the company,’ well, what does that mean? A piece of it, all of it? Do you merge the company, do you buy another company instead of selling the company? Do you sell the company outright?
Is now the right time for Vince McMahon to sell up?