Facebook Watch to get exclusive rights to 25 Major League Baseball games


The weekly broadcasts will be shown exclusively on Facebook Watch in the USA via the MLB Live show page. This means if you want to watch those games on mobile, desktop or TV, you'll need to log into Facebook first.

Hours after the Facebook deal was announced, Twitter announced its own plans for a three-year with Major League Soccer to stream two dozen live matches as well as highlights.

Facebook has bought from Major League Baseball the exclusive rights to stream 25 afternoon basketball games on its social network in the United States, writes Bloomberg, citing sources close to the matter. The new deal includes only afternoon weekday games, which while a less popular time, suits people who want to watch while at work.

MLB Deputy Commissioner Tony Petitti called the move, "a major creative step forward". Financial terms were not released.

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The broadcast will begin in April with a game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, April 4.

The dueling announcements highlight the emerging arms race in the tech industry to lure users with live streaming sports events.

What: Facebook has signed an exclusivity deal with Major League Baseball to stream 25 matches on the social network.

This 25-game package of weekly broadcasts will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch in the United States via the MLB Live show Page - marking MLB's first digital-only national broadcasts.

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"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. The games can be viewed on all devices and will have a "broadcast look and feel" as they will be produced by the MLB Network.

Unlike last year's deal in which both Facebook and regional television broadcasters showed the same Friday night baseball games, the new deal only allows Facebook to stream the games through its Facebook Watch video service.

"The deal is meant to establish skills and resources for Facebook to potentially bid on larger games with the Major League Baseball and other properties", Berke said.

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