will stream exclusive live Major League Baseball games for the first time- Facebook has secured the exclusive rights to stream 25 Major League Baseball games this season, the company said Friday.
“Community and conversation are central to both baseball and Facebook, and MLB Network’s innovative broadcasts will bring these interactive and social elements of the game to life to fans around the world in new ways on our platform,” Dan Reed, Facebook head of global sports partnerships, said in a statement.
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The games are mostly on Wednesday afternoons, so they are far from prime time but stand as another foray into live sports for the social media company. Facebook partnered with Fox to stream UEFA Champions League games last summer and was the only place to watch 15 college football games last fall.
Reports put Facebook’s future spending on live sports licensing in the range of a few billion dollars. Facebook will start the baseball season with an April 4 matchup of the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.