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Facebook to air 25 Major League Baseball games in exclusive streaming deal

Facebook to air 25 Major League Baseball games in exclusive streaming deal”

Facebook is officially the first social network to have exclusive rights to stream games from a United States professional league.

Facebook Watch will broadcast a total of 25 games this year, mostly on Wednesday afternoons, as part of MLB's first digital-only broadcasts.

On top of the live broadcasts, the Major League Baseball will also release extra content on Facebook Watch like on-demand highlights for every regular season game, as well as weekly recap highlights for each team.

Facebook and Major League Baseball are expanding on the live broadcast deal they kicked off past year, promising a 25-game package of weekday MLB contests.

"This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world", Tony Petitti, Deputy Commissioner of Business and Media for MLB, said in the statement.

The MLB Network is handling the games' production and will debut a new graphics package "designed for intuitively watching, sharing and interacting on Facebook". Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by neither Major League Baseball nor Facebook.

Major League Baseball and YouTube, which is owned by Google, first reached a deal ahead of last year's playoffs that made the company the World Series' presenting sponsor.

The first game to air will reportedly be an April 4th matchup between the Mets and Phillies, (feel. the. excitement!).

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Here is April's schedule, subject to change (all times ET). Each additional monthly broadcast schedule will be announced during the season.

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Wednesday, April 18: Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11: Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 26: Diamondbacks vs. Phillies, 1:05 p.m. This included the first-ever presenting sponsorship of the World Series, television ads that incorporated live footage, six-second spots with current MLB stars on YouTube and TV, exclusive baseball content from YouTube's highly popular creators, and player support across social media.

Last year, the league streamed one Friday game a week, but it wasn't exclusive to Facebook.

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