It has come to our attention that the August 25, 2023 episode of Friday Night SmackDown will experience preemptive changes in certain markets due to the coverage of preseason football games.

As a result, viewers in specific regions will find their regular SmackDown broadcast replaced by the coverage of football games.

The affected markets include:

  • Jackson, Tennessee
  • Fresno, California
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Chico, California
  • Eureka, California

These regions will temporarily experience a shift in their programming lineup as the usual Friday Night SmackDown episode makes way for the airing of preseason football games. Wrestling fans of WWE’s SmackDown in these markets are advised to stay tuned to local listings and updates from their broadcasting networks for any further changes or adjustments.


Such preemptive scheduling alterations are not uncommon when it comes to the overlapping interests of sports entertainment and other major sporting events. While fans in these markets might miss out on their regular dose of SmackDown action, the temporary change offers them a glimpse into the world of preseason football coverage.

As the sports entertainment landscape continues to evolve, flexibility in programming becomes a crucial aspect of catering to diverse viewer preferences. Wrestling fans are encouraged to make a note of the preemptive changes and make the most of the opportunity to catch some preseason football excitement in lieu of their usual SmackDown programming.

As the worlds of sports entertainment and other sports continue to intersect, how do you think broadcasting networks can strike a balance to accommodate diverse viewer preferences? Leave us a comment below.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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