Facebook Agrees to Stream Major League Baseball Games
Facebook announced agreement with Major League Baseball on March 10, 2018, to broadcast 25 afternoon games
Facebook, social networking major announced to stream recorded Baseball League broadcasts worldwide, excluding selected international markets. According to the announcement, games will be available to Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature via page called MLB Live. The game will start streaming from April 4, 2018.
Facebook reported that, games will be avaible from MLB Network for Facebook Watch with interactive and social elements to make them distinct from conventional live streaming. Along with Facebook, other social media giants such as Twitter and Amazon are also trying to enter in live sports streaming segment. For instance, Verizon signed a deal with the NBA to stream eight basketball games on Yahoo. Amazon invested US$ 50 million in 2017 to stream NFL games to Prime members.
This is the company’s first exclusive deal and the MLB’s first digital-only national broadcast program. In 2017, Facebook broadcasted 20 Friday games using broadcast feeds from the participating teams. However, the announcement did not disclose financial values. The first scheduled Facebook Watch broadcast this season will be a matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.
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