Facebook Signs Exclusive Deal to Stream 25 MLB Games

Daniel Fowler
March 10, 2018

The deal ushers in MLB's first digital-only national broadcasts and according to Bloomberg, it's the first time a major United States league has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook.

Facebook logo is seen on a wall at a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F in Paris, France, January 17, 2017. This marks the first time a major US league has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook, which a year ago said it was willing to spend "few billion dollars" on live sports content. The games also will be broadcast in most other countries via the show Page.

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will make history during their game on April 4 at Citi Field.

In a statement, MLB said these games will be produced by MLB Network and its production team specifically for Facebook Watch across its supported devices, including mobile phones and connected televisions.

This is Major League Baseball's first digital-only national agreement. The social media network also has rights to stream the UEFA Champions League, Mexico's soccer league, and "college basketball games involving smaller conferences".

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The games that will be broadcast on Facebook will all be afternoon games, primarily on Wednesdays.

Each afternoon broadcast will include curated content produced by Major League Baseball. The majority of the games will be on Wednesday afternoons and the schedule of which games Facebook gets will be updated monthly, according to Bloomberg.

Major League Baseball and YouTube, which is owned by Google, first reached a deal ahead of last year's playoffs that made the company the World Series' presenting sponsor. Facebook said Friday that recorded broadcasts will also be available globally, excluding select worldwide markets.

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

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