During the Predators home games in the playoffs, they have been playing almost exclusively WWE theme songs. Some are older (Angle’s), some aren’t written by company employees/contractors (HHH’s), but they are playing Nakamura and Roode’s themes as well during stoppages. How does that deal work in terms of licensing? Does the WWE allow it without pay and consider it free advertising? Or does the team/NHL have to pay per usage?
Also, who owns the rights to Joe Gomez’s music?
As for the NHL games, they typically consider it background noise and don’t require a license, much like UFC entrances. However, if it’s ever released to streaming or DVD, it has to be scrubbed typically. Much like UFC.