Facebook To Stream 25 MLB Games Exclusively This Season

Facebook signs deal to exclusively stream 25 MLB games

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The live streams will be produced by the MLB Network cable channel, but shown only on the Facebook Watch platform, which will allow games to be viewed on smartphones, tablets, computers, as well as Web-connected TVs.

While you'll be able to watch the games on Facebook Watch and enjoy them, Major League Baseball will also provide extra content such as on-demand highlights for every regular season game, and weekly recap highlights for each team.

"This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world", MLB deputy commissioner Tony Petitti said in a statement.

The social network run by Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that it reached a deal with Major League Baseball for exclusive Web-streaming rights to 25 games this season. Financial terms were not released.

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The agreement is a coup for Facebook, which had not previously secured an exclusive streaming deal with any of the major American sports leagues.

The weekday afternoon games will be primarily on Wednesdays, and the first will air on 4 April (a match-up between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets). These will be available on Facebook Watch in the US and around the world. The MLB is also working to take advantage of the interactive nature of Facebook and make it easy for fans to comment, share, and otherwise interact with the games on Facebook. Fans can add this and upcoming games to their Facebook live watchlist by following the MLB Live Show page. Given that Amazon has already paid $50 million to streaming Thursday night National Football League games a year ago, the MLB arrangement might be investing in a market that Facebook is already in.

This is not the first time that Facebook has gotten involved in sports-related content.

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