Facebook will stream 20 Major League Baseball games for free this season

Facebook will stream 20 Major League Baseball games for free this season

Facebook will stream 20 Major League Baseball games for free this season

Facebook is playing ball with Major League Baseball through a partnership that will live-stream a Friday game every week beginning this Friday.

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Facebook will stream Friday night games live to users within the US without blackout restrictions beginning with a Colorado Rockies vs Cincinnati Reds game this Friday, Manfred told reporters after an owners meeting on Thursday. The deal is not exclusive, so Facebook will piggyback local broadcasts of the games.

The Friday-night freebies will be available around the world and apparently blackout restrictions will not apply.

The games will be freely accessible on Facebook via the official Major League Baseball page.

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Twitter partnered with the National Basketball Association this season to stream an original live show, and it streamed Thursday night NFL games a year ago.

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Other major American sports have enjoyed success with games in London and elsewhere in Europe, particularly American football.

"We certainly have begun conversations about changes to the posting system", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after an owners' meeting.

Facebook will carry a live game nationally each Friday starting with Colorado at Cincinnati this week.

The MLB is not new to Facebook video.

Manfred calls it "really important for us in terms of experimenting with a new partner in this area". However, the games will only live stream to users in the US, the MLB noted, not baseball fans worldwide.

Facebook is getting in on the big leagues. It has been a frequent live broadcaster on the platform, offering up news and analysis, streams of events like the ceremony for the retirement of L.A. Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, and behind-the-scenes tours of team clubhouses.

Meanwhile, Twitter has been busy expanding its content deals with numerous publishers and, perhaps more notably, with a number of sports leagues.

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