Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Facebook will exclusively stream 25 Major League Baseball games this season

Mark Brown  Getty Mark Brown Getty
Ivan Hill | 10 March, 2018, 00:59

Facebook is officially the first social network to have exclusive rights to stream games from a U.S. professional league.

All 25 games will be weekday afternoon tilts (mostly Wednesdays) as Major League Baseball and Facebook seemingly look to engage with many Americans during work hours. Fans may add this game and every weekly broadcast on Facebook Watch to their Watchlists by following the MLB Live show Page. The social media giant has entered into its first major deal with MLB to be the exclusive home for a number of games this season.

"This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world", Tony Petitti, MLB's deputy commissioner of business and media, said in a statement. The games will be produced by MLB Network specifically for Facebook Watch, and will feature interactivity specifically for the platform.

All fans, except those in "select worldwide markets", will be able to watch each of the 25 streamed, MLB Network-produced games on the MLB Live Facebook page. Soshnick noted the games will primarily be on Wednesdays, starting with the April 4 contest between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. Neither MLB nor Facebook disclosed the financial terms. Below is the schedule of games in April.

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CAUGHT: CMU student wanted for fatal shooting of parents arrested
They took him to his room in Campbell Hall to pack up for spring break when they were shot with a gun that belonged to Davis Sr. Davis Jr.'s parents had come to the university Friday to pick up their son and take him home to Plainfield for spring break.


Wednesday, April 4: Philadelphia Phillies vs.

- Wednesday, April 11: Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:15 p.m. The social media network also has rights to stream the UEFA Champions League, Mexico's soccer league, and "college basketball games involving smaller conferences". These will be available on Facebook Watch in the United States, as well as its global audience of baseball fans.

MLB Network will produce the 25 games that will air on Facebook Watch and use interactive in-game broadcast elements tailored to mobile and digital users.

The new agreement, which Bloomberg reports is valued at around $30-$35 million, is a significant increase in investment from a year ago, which saw Facebook simulcast 20 local Major League Baseball games on Friday nights.

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