Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Facebook Secures Exclusive Broadcast Rights to 25 MLB Games

Facebook Secures Exclusive Broadcast Rights to 25 MLB Games

According to Facebook, recorded broadcasts will also be available globally, excluding select worldwide markets.

Note that this is the first time that the Major League Baseball has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook.

While Facebook's streaming rights are exclusive only to the United States, the social network will also have the rights to broadcast the games globally, giving viewers outside of the alternative way to watch games.

Those sources also say that Facebook may have paid as much as $30 to $35 million for exclusivity rights, which could end up paying dividends for the social media giant.

Major League Baseball and Facebook reached an agreement to stream games on the social media site season, starting with Mets-Phillies on April 4.

It said that Facebook is broadening its sports lineup. The agreement marks the first time Major League Baseball has sold rights for games that will air exclusively on a digital platform.

The games will be available for free to Facebook users through the social network's Facebook Watch feature, via the MLB Live show page.

Facebook's Major League Baseball deal underscores the fiercely competitive market of technology companies like Google (goog), Sony, Hulu, Amazon, and Twitter debuting streaming video services that include shows and sporting events traditionally shown on broadcasting and cable networks. The mobile-first package of weekday afternoon games, they said "will debut a variety of presentation and interactivity innovations". The first game will be a matchup between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies on April 4 at 1:10 p.m.

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

The new deal will also see YouTube TV expand its baseball offering through the addition of MLB Network, while its members will also be able to watch for an additional fee.

Wednesday, April 4: Philadelphia Phillies vs.

The Diamondbacks' game against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. on April 26 will be among the games to be streamed on the social media platform, though the schedule is subject to change.

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