Facebook To Stream 25 MLB Games Exclusively This Season


Facebook Inc. reached a deal with Major League Baseball for exclusive rights to stream 25 afternoon games on the social network in the U.S.

The games add to Facebook's growing sports lineup.

Facebook and the Major League Baseball have reached an agreement that will allow the social media giant to stream 25 weekly games starting in 2018. First time a major USA league has granted social network exclusivity. Facebook's ad revenue previous year totaled $40 billion.

The report states that all of the games will take place on weekday afternoons, with most coming on Wednesdays.

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The agreement begins with the April 4 game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. For Facebook, however, the rights allow for experimentation with things like social integration and graphics during the broadcast, enhancements popular with younger viewers drawn to digital platforms. It has been doing that since May past year but Facebook didn't have the exclusive rights back then that it has been awarded now. In addition to desktop and television, the games will be available across all Facebook Watch platforms, including smartphones and other mobile devices.

"We're excited to extend our partnership with Major League Baseball to make Facebook Watch a home for exclusive, live games every week this season", said Dan Reed, Facebook head of global sports partnerships. Facebook had bid the previous two years.

"While this specific deal likely won't prove material on the surface, it's increasingly evident that Facebook is in a prime position to capture sports rights from the media establishment", said James Cakmak, an analyst for Monness, Crespi, Hardt.

It is also the latest instance of Silicon Valley's biggest names getting involved with America's favorite sports leagues.