Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week


The social media network confirmed that it will stream one game a week of the nation’s second most popular sport, beginning with Friday’s contest between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds. It’s not surprising that the world’s largest social network is further expanding its footing in the live streaming arena.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but Facebook brought enough firepower to the bargaining table to bounce Twitter from its Friday time slot with Major League Baseball.

Under the deal, Facebook would broadcast games on Friday nights that would be available for every U.S. user on Facebook via the social network’s Major League Baseball page, according to Variety.

“It is something we’d really like to do in 2019”, Manfred told reporters in a briefing at Major League Baseball headquarters in NY.

“We’ve had extensive conversations with Tony about a process for putting a series of meetings together to try to advance the ball on the pace-of-game issues”, Manfred said.

“There are two bidders, at least, for the franchise”. For example, in 2011 – before the launch of Facebook Live – MLB aired some of its spring training games live on Facebook by embedding its MLB.tv player into its Facebook Page.

“It’s just too early to give you some indication as to precise timing”, Manfred said.

“This is not a trend we are seeing with other team sports”, said Manfred.

The competition for live events has gotten keener since Yahoo live-streamed an National Football League game for the first time in October 2015.

One show Facebook has greenlit is a virtual-reality dating show from Conde Nast Entertainment in which people go on first dates in VR before they meet in real life, according to one person who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. The partners will stream games every Friday at 7.10 pm, Eastern Time.

It’s not yet clear whether Dodgers or Angels games were a part of the agreement.

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