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Facebook to exclusively stream 25 Major League Baseball games a year

As part of the agreement You Tube TV subscribers will also soon be able to add streaming service As part of the agreement You Tube TV subscribers will also soon be able to add streaming service
| 10 March, 2018, 02:04

This marks the first time a major USA league has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook, which past year said it was willing to spend "few billion dollars" on live sports content.

The partnership marks the first time a major US sports league has ceded exclusive broadcast rights to Facebook, which has made a push in recent years to acquire sports content to stream on its platform. Fans may add this game and every weekly broadcast on Facebook Watch to their Watchlists by following the MLB Live show Page.

Facebook previously bid $600 million for the global TV and digital rights to stream cricket games from India's Premier League for five years.

MLB Network will produce the broadcasted games, which primarily take place on weekday afternoons, beginning with an April 4 Philadelphia Phillies-at-New York Mets contest and an April 11 meeting between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Last year Facebook aired a set of non-exclusive Major League Baseball games and apparently that test batch worked out for them okay because they're paying up to add more to their arsenal of sports rights. In January, Facebook hired Peter Hutton, the former CEO of Discovery-owned TV network Eurosport, to lead the social media company's push for rights to stream live sports worldwide.

According to Bloomberg, who first reported on the news, Major League Baseball owners unanimously approved the move.


Last year's deal also let Facebook stream Friday night baseball games, a typically popular time for people to watch the sport.

Here is April's schedule, subject to change (all times ET). MLB Network will create new in-game production elements designed for the social platform, including features to foster watching, sharing and interacting.

Games broadcast on Facebook will also provide users with the flexibility to watch on any screen.

All 30 teams unanimously approved the deal on Friday, creating the baseball's first digital-only national broadcasts. Critically, the games weren't exclusive to the social network meaning you could also watch them via other sources.

Facebook has been adding a steady stream live sports to its platform, but it hasn't nabbed anything as high-profile as the Major League Baseball exclusive set of games.

Thursday, April 26: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:05 p.m.

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