Major League Baseball signs deal to let Facebook livestream 1 game per week

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Major League Baseball signs deal to let Facebook livestream 1 game per week

"We've probably gone backwards a little bit", Manfred said Thursday after an owners' meeting.

Acknowledging that games have gotten even slower this season, Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball with will meet with players in an attempt to find a solution. The deal encompasses 20 games this season, but more games are. The broadcasts will occur every Friday for the remainder of the season, beginning May 19 with a matchup between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.

"Baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond", says Dan Reed, head of global sports partnerships, Facebook.

Tech companies have been slowly but surely buying into streaming rights for live sports just as those companies are also investing in live video. According to TechCrunch, the broadcast will be sourced from a local broadcaster from one of the participating teams, without local blackouts.

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This marks MLB's latest live-streaming effort with Facebook.

Live sports are emerging as a primary video content target for digital platforms like Amazon, Twitter and Facebook that are looking to expand their programming slates and hopefully pull ad dollars away from television. They'll be available on the official MLB Facebook page.

Facebook, in a significant move forward on its premium video strategy, has reached a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 20 games for free during the 2017 season.

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