Facebook’s Headed Out to the Ball Game
The average time of a nine-inning game is a record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 3 hours a year ago and 2:56 in 2015, Manfred’s first season as commissioner. The deal is not exclusive, so Facebook will piggyback local broadcasts of the games.
The partnership will reportedly begin on Friday, May 19, when Facebook broadcasts a clash between the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds. 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.
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.
“It’s something we’d really like to do in 2019”, Manfred told reporters. The live stream of the Major League Baseball game is going to be available to all Facebook users in the United States.
Back on May 4, Zuckerberg essentially stated that paying out huge sums of money for the exclusive rights to stream live sports content wasn’t part of the plans for Facebook’s future.
The MLB is not new to Facebook video. Facebook is also expected to announce a deal to show professional video game contests.
Twitter also partnered with the National Basketball Association to stream 360-degree videos of the National Basketball Association finals games previous year. It also went live for last season’s World Series for pre-game and post-game press conferences, and other events.
The NBA has hosted seven regular-season games at London’s O2 Arena since 2011, as well as pre-season matches there and one at Manchester Arena.
The games will be freely accessible on Facebook via the official Major League Baseball page.