For the first time, one of the big American sports leagues has agreed to stream some regular season games exclusively on Facebook.
Major League Baseball and Facebook announced this week that Facebook will get 25 games, one every week, to be shown on Facebook Watch in the U.S. via the MLB Live Page.
It’s MLB’s first digital-only national broadcasts, according to an MLB press release.
“This partnership with Facebook reflects the ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and our Clubs to connect with people around the world,” said Tony Petitti, Deputy Commissioner of Business and Media for Major League Baseball. “It is a major creative step forward in serving our diverse, passionate community of fans, who will enjoy a uniquely interactive experience watching our games on Facebook each week.”
All the games will be weekday afternoon games.
The first one will feature the Phillies and Mets in New York on Wednesday, April 4 at 1:10 p.m. Eastern time. Other April games on Facebook will be the Brewers at Cardinals (April 11), Royals at Blue Jays (April 18) and Diamondbacks at Phillies (April 26).
MLB live-streamed games last season on Facebook, but they weren’t exclusively on the social network.