Facebook to stream MLB game each Friday starting this week

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 20, 2017

The first game will be the Colorado Rockies at the Cincinnati Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday. It's not surprising that the world's largest social network is further expanding its footing in the live streaming arena.

The MLB move echoes a similar deal between the National Basketball Association and Facebook.

Facebook will broadcast 20 Major League Baseball games during this year's regular season.

Major League Baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. announced the deal on Thursday at a meeting of Major League Baseball owners, calling it "probably the most important single announcement" of the event.

"It's really important to us in terms of experimenting with a partner in this (social media) area".

Bids for Marlins are even • The two groups bidding to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria are relatively even in their price offers, according to Manfred.

The new streaming deal will expand beyond these earlier efforts to actually stream live games to Facebook users - broadening access to games beyond their local markets.

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

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball fans can like their team's games with a click starting Friday.

Manfred remains hopeful Major League Baseball can play regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019. The deal comes as the social network ramps up its efforts to seed its news feed and video tab with highly produced content, both live and programmed.

- Manfred said "there is no statistical difference between injury rates for players who participate in the WBC and those who don't".

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

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