Facebook will exclusively stream 25 Major League Baseball games this season

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We first heard about a rumor of a deal between Facebook and Major League Baseball a year ago during the beginning of Spring Training.

Major League Baseball said all 30 club owners had agreed to the deal with Facebook.

Facebook will also have rights to show the baseball games globally, though they won't be exclusive outside the U.S. MLB and Facebook will update the schedule on a monthly basis.

"It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week", Petitti said. Facebook Watch will broadcast a total of 25 games this year, mostly on Wednesday afternoons, as part of MLB's first digital-only broadcasts.

Even so, as Bloomberg notes, this is the first time Facebook has nabbed exclusive streaming rights for regular season games from one of the major USA sports leagues. That is expected to generate innovation around the game's broadcast presentation with interactive elements and production value geared specifically geared toward Facebook's platform.

"Much like the migration of sports from broadcast to cable, you're reaching these milestones where the combination of the financial incentive and the audience allow you to make the next great leap", said Lee Berke, an industry consultant.

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YouTube TV branding will be visible during the first pitches of games on MLB Network and MLB.tv in a season-long sponsorship arrangement.

Facebook will stream 25 Major League Baseball games during the 2018 season. Afternoon games on Facebook are at least a way for more people to sneak watch a game while they procrastinate at the office.

The two groups said Friday that the deal is an extension from a previous partnership a year ago in which Facebook streamed 20 baseball games.

In November, the company was said to be looking to hire an executive to negotiate the acquisition of other broadcasting rights for sports leagues.

On April 4, the Phillies will face the Mets at Citi Field in the final game of a three-game divisional series. Scheduled first is Phillies at Mets on April 4, followed by Brewers at Cardinals on April 11, Royals at Blue Jays on April 18 and Diamondbacks at Phillies on April 26.

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